Sep
12

Game 147: Don’t Stop

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The Yankees have managed to pick up two games in the wildcard race these last two days, but as I’ve been saying for a few weeks now, the team can’t sit around and feel good about things. They still have some ground to make up and not much time to do it. Finish this series with a win tonight and head up to Boston for what will surely be another hellacious weekend with the Red Sox. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Alex Rodriguez
  3. LF Alfonso Soriano
  4. 2B Robinson Cano
  5. RF Vernon Wells
  6. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  7. 1B Mark Reynolds
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is right-hander Phil Hughes. He needs to not suck tonight. Simple as that.

It has been raining in Baltimore pretty much all day, but it’s supposed to clear up tonight. They should be able to get the full game in. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Austin Romine (concussion) feels “much better” but is still not close to returning. He needs to pass a series of tests before being allowed to play again … Boone Logan (elbow) will try to play catch today. What do I have to lose besides my career?” he said to Andy McCullough.

Update (6:51pm): Well, scratch that. It’s pouring in Baltimore and the game will start in a delay. No word on a start time.

Update (7:54pm): First pitch is scheduled for 8:20pm ET.

Categories : Game Threads

479 Comments»

  1. dkidd says:

    wells over granderson

    #bindered

  2. Darren says:

    There’s some part of me that will never stop believing Phil Hughes can be the pitcher he was on that awesome night in Texas.

    Hope is a powerful thing. And it rhymes with Zihuatanejo.

    • Naved says:

      We traded away Tyler Clippard for that scum.

      DAMN you yankees. Giving up on our only pitching prospect that was actually good.

      • whozat says:

        Zihuatanejo is a Shawshank Redemption reference. I think you’re making an Albaladejo joke? Also…David Robertson is probably better than Tyler Clippard, or at least as good.

  3. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Well there’s always the Jets

  4. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Wells vs L .292/.345/.416/.761 106 wrc+

  5. So, stop me if you’ve heard this before:

    Final game of a series with the Orioles, and a Yankee victory means they exit the series 1.5 ahead of the Orioles in the standings, while a loss means they exit .5 behind the Orioles.

    This is an atonement game. The Yankees can erase the irritating memory of those two blown chances to sweep the Orioles if they can grab the W tonight.

    This is a tiebreaking game. The winner of this game wins the season series, and that means any tiebreaking games go to that team’s home stadium. Remember the ALDS last year? The Yankees had Game 5 at home, and they won that game. In a winner-take-all scenario, be it against the Orioles or anyone, we want the Yankees to have that crucial game take place in their home stadium. A win tonight would give them that right in any tiebreaking game (or even the wild card game) over Baltimore.

    This is a potential movement game. If the Yankees win tonight, they might move into a virtual tie with Tampa Bay in that second wild card spot, and also move within two games of idle Texas for the first wild card spot. The winner of this game will stand a much better chance of reaching the playoffs than the loser of this game.

    This is a “wash away a bad season in a fell swoop” game. Phil Hughes can erase a lot of the wretched starts he’s had, in the minds of fans and players alike, if he can step up tonight and throw a 6-7 inning, 2 run or less performance tonight on a big stage, on the road, against a fellow division rival and playoff competitor.

    It’s all there in front for the Yankees to grab at this point. All they need to do now is actually grab it. Go forth.

  6. vicki says:

    i get all the buck hate, and i see where his words and actions would invite strong feelings. but i like him. and he gave suzyn a pretty sweet interview, mostly about jeter.

    • Alkaline says:

      It seems he’s one of those guys who puts a bit of a show for his team. He’ll do whatever he could as a manager to give his team the upper edge and support, but it’s for his team, not because he dislikes the other team.

      Or perhaps I’m off the mark here. Any other opinions?

    • Wheels says:

      Might have managed us to a World Championship in ’94. Buck helped get it rolling.

    • RetroRob says:

      Love Buck. I still view him as a Yankee in enemy clothes.

  7. jim p says:

    Ichiro has hit lefties better than righties his entire career; not just this season where he’s .100 better.

  8. Scott Brosius says:

    While we wait, might as well watch this, in honor of Mo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c7bISLhVl8

  9. nycsportzfan says:

    I got a feeling Mark Reynolds is going deep tonight.

  10. Alkaline says:

    Start the game already!

    /ageofempires2

    • Pat D says:

      All hail! King of the losers!

      Nice town…I’ll take it.

      Raiding party!!

      And of course……

      WOLOLO!!!

      • Alkaline says:

        Did you get it on Steam?

        • Pat D says:

          The first time I played it was back at Notre Dame, so…1999 or so? A friend just installed it on my computer, I think. We had some private games in the dorm, but I never played anyone outside.

          Still one of my favorite games, especially when LucasArts co-opted it for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, which I’ll still play from time to time.

  11. dkidd says:

    garbage time in south chicago

  12. Alkaline says:

    I got a feeling…about this…I got a feeling…about this..

  13. Alkaline says:

    Keep it going!

  14. Wheels says:

    2 out rally time.

  15. Cuso says:

    The Yanks are just going to eat Vernon’s $2M next year, aren’t they

  16. your mom says:

    Booooooo!!! C’mon Wells……

  17. Cuso says:

    Gardner?!?! No!!!!

  18. Rolling Doughnut says:

    What happened to Gardner?

  19. Wheels says:

    Not good news.

  20. Mickey Scheister says:

    I feel like a couple of years ago the O’s line-up would’ve been switched from 9-1 instead of the normal 1-9. With Roberts batting first, Weiters second, etc.

  21. Cuso says:

    Comparatively speaking, Patriots cheerleaders are such mutts. And I get a kick out of that.

  22. vicki says:

    weak contact with two strike counts.

  23. Wheels says:

    Reynolds!

  24. Eddard says:

    WHAT A PICKUP REYNOLDS HAS BEEN! NEED 5 MORE OF THOSE WITH PHIL ON THE MOUND!

  25. Dan in Athens says:

    MARK ANGRY! MARK SMASH!

  26. Eddard says:

    Kevin Long has fixed Reynolds just like he fixed Grandy. That man is a hitting wizard.

  27. Tom says:

    Mark Reynolds, non-embedded Oriole.

  28. your mom says:

    Reynolds was a nice p/u.

  29. Elton Cod says:

    Props to whoever called that, you should call things more often

  30. RetroRob says:

    With A-Rod missing part or all of next year, what are the chances that the Yankees don’t bring back Reynolds?

  31. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooom!

  32. Alkaline says:

    Boo Gardy. Yay Reynolds!

  33. Pseudoyanks says:

    Ryan needs to shorten his swing and choke up like Felix Millan.

    • RetroRob says:

      Very few players choke up now. Much of that was caused by the change in approach by hitters in the 90s, yet I wonder if it will make a comeback? Certain types of hitters, like Ryan, are not going to hit Maybe they should choke up.

  34. Alkaline says:

    #IbelieveinPhilipHughes

  35. whozat says:

    Oh. That’s why Grandy was sitting today.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      It was one AB.

      • whozat says:

        I know. He clearly did not see the ball well that entire AB, though. Chen’s a really good lefty, and Granderson generally struggles against lefties; the only reason his numbers look good so far this year is 9 walks in a tiny sample of plate appearances.

        The way he looked in that AB did not make it seem like he’d really be working the count much against Chen tonight. Noting the flaws in a player’s game is not the same as saying a player is terrible. Granderson is a good player…but that AB shows why he started the game on the bench tonight.

  36. Now Batting says:

    FUCK TIME WARNER CABLE.

    Cable is out and I can’t watch the game online because I’m “in market”.

    • your mom says:

      Sux to be you.

    • RetroRob says:

      I have MLB.tv and I would get so pissed that they’d black out games. I finally signed up for a VPN so I could get around blackouts. It’s also damn helpful when I’m traveling internationally as I do now so I can connect with Netflix, which is blocked in most international markets.

      I know none of that helps you now!

  37. Pat D says:

    Grandy is now in an 8 for 47 tailspin.

  38. Eddard says:

    Hughes 2 scoreless innings and he even got a 3rd strike on someone. Maybe he’s turned over a new leaf.

  39. Freddy's Dead says:

    Hello, everybody. I made some nice fresh guac for the game tonight. Was nice to have for the rain delay. Anyway, I like what I’m seeing from Mr. H tonight. That first curve to Betemit was truly awesome. I thought he had strike three that many pitches before the put out, but that was a fine one too. He seems to have heeded the advice I heard the commentators making before the game to go back to his curve, or at least it seems so to me.

  40. Darren says:

    Stewart is the dumbest catcher I’ve ever seen. What a galoot.

  41. Wheels says:

    Here we go.

  42. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Only Chris Stewart can strike out with 2 strikes…

  43. Eddard says:

    They’ve got a rally brewing here. Perfectly placed hit by Soriano. Get these 2 runs home. Phil needs all the runs he can get.

  44. Rick says:

    Chris Stewart knows he sucks so much that he doesn’t even give himself 3 strikes

  45. Pat D says:

    So Stewart is so bad he strikes out on only two pitches?

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      Could you imagine what his BA would be if he only got two strikes ?

    • RetroRob says:

      I don’t understand why the umpire didn’t say anything, unless he assumed he was also wrong when Stewart walked away.

      • whozat says:

        the simplest answer is the first pitch was called a strike, but we didn’t hear it, no?

        • RetroRob says:

          Yes, that would make sense, but then they showed the umpire as Stewart walked away holding up two fingers to signal strike two. It’s a mystery. Have to say, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player strike out on two pitches that wasn’t recognized at some point.

  46. Freddy's Dead says:

    Boston’s making it interesting.

  47. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Runners on 2nd and 3rd 0 outs gotta do some damage here to buffer the inevitable Hughes meltdown.

  48. Wheels says:

    Blow it open here boys.

  49. Dan in Athens says:

    With all due respect to ACDC, you’ve been… BINDERSTRUCK!

  50. Eddard says:

    Great rally there. Worked 2 walks and now they have him on the ropes. Game still isn’t Hughes proof.

  51. Alkaline says:

    lol Wells

  52. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    That’s what I’m talking about.

  53. RetroRob says:

    Binder rulzzzzzzz!

  54. Rick says:

    Vern baby, Vern

  55. Freddy's Dead says:

    Let’s bury the birds and root for Boston.

  56. whozat says:

    Nice job, Vern

  57. JGYank says:

    In general, Vernon does suck but he’s actually not bad vs. LHP.

  58. your mom says:

    Should’ve bunted………..

  59. Dan in Athens says:

    And we are tied in Tampa courtesy a Salty SB and Drew double.

  60. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. Gardner out until at least the playoffs. Well that’s just fucking dandy.

  61. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Would have liked some more there, but Chen’s already at 70 pitches and their pen is short with O’Day out which is helpful.

    Now for Hughes not to shit the bed.

    • Dan in Athens says:

      and it begins…

      • Dan in Athens says:

        2 WPs on 2 strike counts…

        • whozat says:

          Passed balls, they should be. Those were both totally blockable. If your defense-first catcher doesn’t enable your pitchers to confidently bury their breaking stuff in the dirt…maybe you shouldn’t have allowed him to be your starting catcher all damned season.

          • Dan in Athens says:

            Bullshit. Those were wild pitches. Fucking Bench let’s those through.

            • whozat says:

              Well, I’m convinced by your overwhelming preponderance of evidence.

              What about the third strike, a chest-high fastball that Stewart tipped off his mitt? How about that?

              • Dan in Athens says:

                The third was on Stewart. But first, no fastball should ever bounce before the mitt – ever. So that’s one. Second, if you are bouncing a pitch on 2 strikes, it should still be one you can smother. If you bounce it too soon, and it goes off the chest protector, it’s on you. This was taught to me when I played, and I teach the same thing.

        • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

          Gotta agree with whozat, those pitches were indeed blockable. That said, Hughes’ inability to finish batters drives me nuts.

  62. whozat says:

    That was blockable.

  63. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Annnnnnd, Stewart helps Baltimore score a run. He is so beyond useless.

    (Yes, I know it was a wild pitch. He should have blocked it.)

  64. your mom says:

    Good god I hate Phil Hughes.

  65. Freddy's Dead says:

    I don’t think that was a bad pitch. First of all, Stewart should’ve had that “wild” pitch. Second, I can’t understand why Phil didn’t just go for another slider outside and see if he bit.

  66. WhittakerWalt says:

    Nothing is Hughes-proof.

  67. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Again who is the strength and conditioning coach???? Never seen so many injuries that seem avoidable. Is stretching just something they dont do?

  68. Hughes is getting squeezed to death out there.

  69. WhittakerWalt says:

    Has Chris Stewart ever caught before in his life?

  70. Piattos says:

    Please tell me that Stewart would not be our catcher next season.

  71. Wheels says:

    This inning should be over.

  72. whozat says:

    FFS, Stewart.

  73. WhittakerWalt says:

    STRIKE THREE HAS BEEN THROWN ALREADY.

  74. your mom says:

    Good god I hate Chris Stewart.

  75. Eddard says:

    Jesus Christ, he almost struck out Chris Davis only to have Stewart drop the 3rd strike.

  76. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    My god, about time that inning ended.

  77. Elton Cod says:

    Give Stewie a break – he can’t catch the 3rd strikes because he thinks the at-bats are over at 2 strikes and Phil is just playing soft toss.

  78. Dan in Athens says:

    3-3 going to the 7th in Tampa

  79. Rick says:

    So we’re 140 comments and no one has pulled out the “That’s What She Said!!!!” to the “Don’t Stop” headline of the article? You’re all more mature than I.

  80. Stewart curse says:

    Chris Stewart would have been killed by big stein by now. RIP

  81. Wheels says:

    Nunez you spaz.

  82. Rick says:

    WTF is Girardi doing?

  83. What a seriously tight rope.

    Loathe Hughes like most, but he had some really bad luck tonight. Definitely a precautionary move, just hope Huff doesn’t get destroyed.

  84. Piattos says:

    Hughes out?

  85. RetroRob says:

    Nunez should just not play third.

  86. Eddard says:

    Good work, Nuney. You got Hughes out of the game.

  87. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Stonehands.

  88. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Nunez’s fielding has been fine!”

    -Sterling, every day

  89. your mom says:

    Is there any infielder more incompetent than Eduardo Nunez???

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      No one who gets more clueless praise from the fanbase, I’d say. Seriously, what do Yankee fans see in this clown? He’s bad at everything except running fast.

      • whozat says:

        Jon and Suzyn love him. LOOOVE him. Stewart, too, and Cervelli. If you experience the yanks mostly through the radio broadcasts, I could see why you’d think he was exciting and young and just needs more of a chance.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Unfortunately I work weird hours, so I almost always have to listen to the radio broadcast. It’s dreadful.

          • whozat says:

            I live in CA, so I do too. I was so, so hoping that the move to the FAN was going to spell the end of Sterling and Waldman. Doesn’t sound like it, though.

  90. Pat D says:

    What the fuck, Girardi?

  91. whozat says:

    …is there actually a reason to be more confident in David Huff? It seems like Hughes got pulled because Chris Stewart and Nun-E suck as defenders.

  92. Frank says:

    When are Yanks going to realize Nunez is not an infielder. He needs to be converted to the OF.

    • whozat says:

      His bat isn’t good enough unless he’s a plus CFer. If you’re going to do that, just trade him or cut him.

    • Stewart curse says:

      You spelled the bench wrong

      • whozat says:

        He’s already been converted to the bench, hasn’t he? They acquired one of the worst hitting SS in baseball in order to play him over Nunez.

        • Stewart curse says:

          Let long work with ryan he has range we havent seen in years. Let jeter platoon at 3rd next yr

          • whozat says:

            I’m not making a point here or there about Brendan Ryan. He’s always been a bad hitter, and Long isn’t a miracle worker.

            My point was that Nunez is already a bench player, so much so that when Jeter went down they went and got some other guy — who won’t be able to play in the post-season, by the way — to make sure Nunez stays a bench player.

    • JGYank says:

      (Pictures ball rolling past Nunez in the outfield all the way to the wall) Maybe he should stay in the infield… just to have the outfielders behind him to catch the ball.

  93. Mickey Scheister says:

    Hughes looked PISSED.

    • whozat says:

      Wouldn’t you be? I mean…sure, Hughes hasn’t given a lot of reason to trust him lately, but Huff was awful last time out. He only gave up the run because of Stewart.

      • Dan in Athens says:

        No, he gave up that run because he has the worst swing percentage on swinging strikes with 2 strikes I can remember.

        • whozat says:

          Is it the 2-strike fastball on the back you’re complaining about, after Stewart failed to block a pitch in the dirt, moving the runner into scoring position? Manny Machado is a good hitter who went out and got that pitch. Should Hughes have bounced something in the dirt, given what we’ve seen of Stewart? Maybe a high fastball that the hitter could swing through, and Stewart could allow to go to the backstop? I guess we had to wait one more batter to see that happen…

          • Dan in Athens says:

            Maybe having a third working pitch would help. Pretty much required of any starter who plans on going past high school. Guessing you didn’t pitch or coach from your comments.

            • whozat says:

              Dude, I’m not saying that Phil Hughes is a good pitcher. But, today, he wasn’t pitching badly, and the guy behind the plate who is only on this team for his defense botched his reception of several pitches.

              Hughes should totally have a third MLB quality pitch. He does not. That is unfortunate. At the same time, today he was actually pitching just fine and got pulled for ANOTHER pitcher who does not have 3 MLB quality pitches.

              Also, not to pick nits, but there’s this guy Phil Hughes who managed to put up some pretty great SP numbers in professional — albeit minor league — baseball. He must have > 2 good pitches in order to have done so after high school, right?

              • Dan in Athens says:

                Never developed the change up. That’s on him.

                • whozat says:

                  Yes, it is.

                  Someone upthread said

                  Dude, I’m not saying that Phil Hughes is a good pitcher… Hughes should totally have a third MLB quality pitch. He does not. That is unfortunate. At the same time, today he was actually pitching just fine and got pulled for ANOTHER pitcher who does not have 3 MLB quality pitches.

                  and I agree with that guy.

                  It’s also the case that Chris Stewart and Nunez suck, though.

    • Stewart curse says:

      Fuck him

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      He doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. Remember his last appearance when Stonehands played like crap behind him? 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning. You don’t get rope, Hughes.

  94. Dan in Athens says:

    Why does Curtis’ “I got it pose” look like other OF’s “I can’t see it?”

  95. your mom says:

    These coaches aren’t fucking around eh?

  96. Stewart curse says:

    Looks like grandy will be playing everyday now
    Unless joey put wells out in cf

  97. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Sori

  98. Wheels says:

    Nice recovery, Sori.

  99. Frank says:

    It may just be that Huff pitches better out of the BP. I’m not all that upset by the switch. It was just a matter of time before Hughes melted down. If Huff can give them 4 scoreless, they should be fine.

  100. itsallhowuseeit says:

    We will find out between innings that on the sori dive he pulled his soul and is out for the season

  101. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I’m with Joe here. Hughes doesn’t deserve a leash.

    • whozat says:

      But Huff is also a crappy pitcher. This is the point. Did Girardi actually improve the team’s chances with this move? Why do you think he did?

      • JGYank says:

        Agree. Hughes actually wasn’t that bad. Huff could of been a disaster coming out of the pen.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

        I think that Hughes was showing signs of “classic Hughes”. I know his defense betrayed him but, as is his wont, instead of finishing off an AB he brought it to 3-2 and then waited a zillion pitches before finally getting the damn out. And he was wild – I know he hadn’t been giving out walks but those wild pitches illustrated a bigger problem – slipping control.

        I think Huff is an improvement simply because he is facing the lineup for the first time through. I also think there’s a good chance he’s just better out of the bullpen.

        • whozat says:

          I think your belief about the bullpen thing is because we saw him face the Jays and the ChiSox out of the bullpen, and they’re terrrrrrible.

          It looks like Huff is doing well tonight, which is great, but going to a reliever is always somewhat risky, because he might not have the feel tonight. He could just as easily have reproduced his effort agains the Red Sox.

          You’re right that Hughes is what he is, but I don’t think it’s fair to ignore that Nun-E and Stewart did not help the issue. With the bullpen the way it is, I would have stayed with Hughes.

          • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

            I mean, if Joe really thought Phil was losing it then it’s a matter of playing percentages. I can see a case being made either way.

            • whozat says:

              Totally. I guess I’m not sure what he saw. Hughes had just gotten a pretty easy grounder that Nunez botched. Did Markakis have a great AB against Hughes earlier? Clearly Huff doesn’t own Markakis, after what we just saw :-)

    • Inventive says:

      Are you suggesting some role play, where Hughes begs Girardi for a leash and Girardi tells him he doesn’t deserve it, shaming him but arousing him at the same time? The dom thing probably would fit Joe like a glove.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Right because just like that it’s 4-3 on the next pitch.

  102. Stewart curse says:

    Nunez and stewart to the marlins for a bag of balls and some suntan lotion for cashman.

  103. Eddard says:

    I just wish Joe would have the same short leash with CC. If he had pulled CC before he coughed up some of the leads we might be battling the Sox for 1st instead of pinning our hopes on the 2nd WC.

  104. Eddard says:

    Huff can actually get people out when he gets 2 strikes. That’s why it was a good move. Huff > Hughes

    • whozat says:

      Hey, how’d Huff’s start go 5 days ago? I wasn’t able to watch. Must’ve been solid.

      • Eddard says:

        And how has Hughes’s season gone? I haven’t been able to watch any of it. Must be solid. He sure has earned confidence from Joe with his stellar pitching this whole season.

        • whozat says:

          David Huff had an ERA around 4 at AAA this year, then threw 2 solid long-relief outings against two horrendous teams.

          I’d say that neither pitcher has done much to earn any trust at all this season, except Hughes was actively pitching a decent game this evening.

          • Dan in Athens says:

            Oh, Huff sucks. He is a replacement level player. This is blind mix and match take a guess on how the last few pitches go time. Girardi playing every game like an elimination game.

          • WhittakerWalt says:

            Eddard is the king of putting faith in SSS. Not worth debating.

    • JGYank says:

      Debatable.

  105. Gotten it to the 6th now. Get some runs, extend the lead, and make it as smooth sailing as possible here on out. Hope Huff has another two innings in him.

  106. your mom says:

    None of these hitters showing any patience now.

  107. Pat D says:

    Rays just took the lead in the bottom of the 8th.

  108. Dammit to all hell. Myers bloops one inside the line, Rays take the lead 4-3 with two outs in the 8th.

  109. Dan in Athens says:

    And Tampa takes the lead

  110. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Why did they take Hughes out?

  111. Cuso says:

    It feels like the price for tying for the second wild card tonight (should that even happen) is Gardner.

  112. Rolling Doughnut says:

    oh my what a play Robbie

  113. Eddard says:

    Are people still questioning the move to take out Phil? 3 scoreless innings from Dave Huff.

  114. Wheels says:

    Robbie is sick.

  115. Eddard says:

    Granderson should be playing every day.

  116. lee says:

    still waiting for this “best defensive shortstop in the game” to show up……

  117. your mom says:

    How the fuck did Chen make it to the 7th?

  118. WhittakerWalt says:

    Stewart puts together the most feeble ABs you will ever see. They are absolutely pointless. The only way he gets a hit is if he gets lucky or the pitcher goes to sleep on him.

  119. JGYank says:

    Ryan and Cano are quite the dp combo.

  120. JGYank says:

    Nice Grandy. Seems safe to say we can put this one in the win column. Boston up vs. Rodney down 1 in the 9th at the Trop.

  121. Calling Fernandblo.

    Calling Fernandblo.

    (hopes for a pick up)

  122. vicki says:

    fernando rodney; let’s go sox.

  123. nycsportzfan says:

    Grandy Man with another bomb! 2nd in 2nights! Hes getting hot! This team is gelling well now!

  124. WhittakerWalt says:

    TOO MANY HOMAHS

  125. Dan in Athens says:

    Drew on first with squib infield single

  126. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Cano is not a star”

    -stuart a

  127. Four pitch walk. Two on, one out for Boston. Let’s go.

  128. Dan in Athens says:

    Mini-cock up with 2 out 2 on down a run in Tampa

  129. The Real Greg says:

    Oh my god, Jets fans are the worst in the NFL. I am ashamed to be one at times/

  130. Dan in Athens says:

    Mini-cock out. Rays win.

  131. Wheels says:

    Dammit Pedroia.

  132. Rays win. Damn.

    And Rodney still has the balls to do the arrow thing despite the tailspin they’re in. What a clown.

  133. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Massive win for the Rays before we face the Sox and they face the Twins.

  134. Meeks54 says:

    Damn you Boston, your gonna make us wait.

  135. Dan in Athens says:

    Is the goal Warren 2, DRob 1?

  136. vicki says:

    get back under your bridge, dustin. and quit harassing those goats.

  137. Piattos says:

    We win tonight, and we gain ground on the idle Rangers, who are also in a tail spin and has a tough schedule ahead. I’d like to believe that both WC spots are still attainable.

  138. Needless to say, with the Rays win, the Yankees NEED to win this game now more than ever.

  139. whozat says:

    A 3 run lead in the 7th feels like a 3 run deficit with this team right now.

  140. Truthfully, Mo cannot pitch tonight. He’s way too shaky of late, and probably gassed. Need to try and save Dave for the 9th, if possible.

  141. your mom says:

    Need a DP here. Don’t want to see McLouth up in a clutch situation.

  142. whozat says:

    If Joba winds up in this game, and the score is within 3 runs either way, I’m throwing my sofa out a window.

  143. Joe is seriously overmanaging tonight.

  144. WhittakerWalt says:

    John Sterling just messed up about 5 things in 30 seconds. What is he watching? How could he not know anything about the game on the field, who’s playing, who’s hitting, or who’s coming in from the bullpen?
    The man literally gets everything wrong on a consistent basis.

    • whozat says:

      In fairness, he doesn’t give a crap about doing his job well because as long as shut-ins and the elderly continue to be comforted by his stories about jazz singers from the 40s and ballplayers he knew personally in 1962, he’s not gonna get fired.

  145. Meeks54 says:

    Ugh the bullpen.

  146. vicki says:

    stairs, bitches!

  147. Dan in Athens says:

    Rule 5!!!!!

  148. Eddard says:

    I love what Joe is doing. Mix and match, match and mix do anything you have to in order to get through the ballgame. Now he can go to Drob for the 8th and Mo for the 9th. Mo has pitched 3/4 days but he is emptying the tank and should be available.

  149. your mom says:

    Hail Cesar! Hail Cesar!

  150. Your Own Personal Jeter says:

    The Yankees have announced that Chris Stewart has forfeited his next at bat.

  151. Machado-Davis-Jones.

    Gotta find a way to navigate this. The Orioles best chance to immediately jump back into this game.

  152. And huge bonus points to Sori for trolling the hell out of us.

  153. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Holy SHIT, I didn’t think he caught that. His reaction was so badass. Just like, “Oh damn, too bad I didn’t catch that…OH WAIT YEAH I DID BITCHES”.

  154. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Sori is a terrible OF

  155. lee says:

    UNBELIEVABLE fielding we are getting out of players who are supposed to be terrible defensively!

  156. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Great catch!!!!

  157. Piattos says:

    What happened?

  158. Pat D says:

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!!!

  159. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    ALFONSO GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING SORIANO!!!!

  160. whozat says:

    Hol-ee shyt.

  161. Eddard says:

    Stop em Robertson damnit. Throw your curve in the dirt and strike somebody out.

  162. Wheels says:

    FUCK FUCK FUCK

  163. Eddard says:

    Girardi just lost the ballgame.

  164. dkidd says:

    nothing easy this year

    let’s break their hearts

  165. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Not cool Drob. Not cool at all.

  166. Pat D says:

    Fuck me in the fucking ass.

  167. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    You can’t even say worst loss of the season anymore. They’ve had so many losses exactly like this. This is the reason they’re still two games back after the Rays go 4-11. Pathetic.

  168. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeez, D-Rob. Get Valencia out, OK?

  169. Eddard says:

    Girardi has lost this ballgame. He has left himself with no alternative but Joba Chamberlain. This could be the end of the season.

  170. vicki says:

    danny valencia, fucking yankee killer.

  171. your mom says:

    Fuck. DRob…..

  172. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Saw that coming, right down the middle

  173. your mom says:

    Fuck this Valencia fucker!!!!!!

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      For who? We’re going to lose, not because of any dumb thing like momentum, but because we really have NO bullpen. I mean, D-Rob too? Really?

  174. Valencia is total shit vs. RHP, too, which makes it even worse, really.

  175. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Took them kind of a long time to see Drob has nothing today.

  176. your mom says:

    Thnx for bringing your A-game asshole!

  177. Karl Krawfid says:

    0-2 fastball

    Could have bounced a curve or something shit.

  178. Mickey Scheister says:

    Lol! Oh Yankees pitching. Call up the entire Trenton Tunder bullpen.

  179. This suddenly is looking like it’s going to be the THIRD TIME the Yankees were outs away from ending a Baltimore series 1.5 ahead of them, and finding a way to blow it.

  180. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Jawbah Chambahlin wawming in the bullpen” is NOT what I needed to hear.

  181. Elton Cod says:

    I knew there was a reason I didn’t watch the last 5 games.

    Sad to watch. Isn’t the bullpen’s fault, blame it on bullpen fatigue due to overuse due to the shitty offense that could never take a real lead. Blame the shitty offense on injuries, God, Cashman, the Steinbrenners, $189m, Obama, A-Rod, Girardi, Joba, Randy Levine, Bud Selig, Ichiro, or CC Sabathia.

  182. Karl Krawfid says:

    I mean he got Davis out with the curve jesus christ.

  183. vicki says:

    i got a sick feeling when some dick commented that we could put this one in the win column. i kick people out of the bar for saying shit like that. i know it’s not logical, but come on.

    • SDB says:

      it was John Sterling. When Valencia came up, he said he mashes lefties, but said (rather derisively) that his numbers against RHPs were quite average (I think the number he gave was in the 190s). I cringed then. Still cringing now.

    • Jiimlay Ritz says:

      Yeah, I saw that and thought ‘Fuck you, there are 9 outs left and we are only 4 runs left, have you watched this team lately? If you are troll-jinxing, then fuck you; if you are actually a fan, then fuck you.’

      When people say that in our bar I hope you drag them out by their ear and smack them over the head with a newspaper.

  184. WhittakerWalt says:

    You could hardly blame this on Girardi. Robertson’s their best reliever and he didn’t have it.

  185. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Shut the fuck up all you haters, shit talkers, pessimists, and assorted douches! We are winning this fucking game, god damn it.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Dude, we’re allowed to have a pessimistic reaction after that debacle.

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

        Ugh, I’m not trying to insult any of my fellow RAB brethren, and I understand the frustration but come on. Stop throwing in the towel before the fat lady sings. We’re winning this game.

  186. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Come on guys. There’s still hope. Did Lewis and Clark give up when the Germans bombed Hiroshima?!?!?!?! NO! Now let’s win this fucking game!

  187. Eddard says:

    I don’t see any way they win this ballgame. Girardi used everybody and their brother in that pen to get through 7 innings, now he has nobody left but Joba Chamberlain. Once Joba comes in it’s good night and good luck. Buck has his pen lined up to go because Chen went into the 7th.

  188. your mom says:

    Well whaddya know? He threw a curve and got the K. Good fucking pitch selection dumbasses!!!!

  189. Mickey Scheister says:

    Maybe Betances or another call-up will actually get an opportunity to sniff the circle of trust, just please no Joba.

  190. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Don’t waste this, boys.

  191. Cuso says:

    When you leave yourself no margin for error at the end of the season, every misstep is magnified 1000x.

    /philosophizzle’d

  192. your mom says:

    I’m sure Ryan and Stewart will be starting a rally here.

  193. I have a hard time getting past the fact that ALL OF THAT occurred with two outs, nobody on, and Jones was the only “big bat” to play ANY role in that, and that was being the first guy to get a hit.

    Ridiculous.

  194. WhittakerWalt says:

    Bunty, bunty, bunty, bunty. Yeesh.

  195. Eddard says:

    Jimmy Johnson might be our saving grace! Great bunt, Stewie!

  196. TampaYankee says:

    Oh, Joba is warming up.

    That makes me feel like everything will be ok.

  197. Tom says:

    Don’t bunt Grandy…

  198. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Horrible bunt.
    Save – Johnson.

  199. Dan in Athens says:

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight…

  200. SDB says:

    Come on A-Rod. Please.

  201. CANNOT waste this chance here.

  202. Elton Cod says:

    WHY WOULD YOU BUNT WITH NO OUTS AND TWO RUNNERS ON WHEN YOU ARE CURTIS GRANDERSON AND ARE FACING A RIGHTY WHEN YOU NEED AS MANY RUNS AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE BULLPEN.

  203. Piattos says:

    Okay let’s go ARod!

  204. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Not walking ARod?

  205. Cuso says:

    Come on A-Rod. Swings at strikes dammit

  206. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    The last two half-innings have been ridiculous.

  207. Wheels says:

    fuck yes

  208. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Holy moly.

  209. Piattos says:

    ARod! Making things happen!

  210. Cuso says:

    Wieters mighta broke his hand there

  211. Eddard says:

    THANK YOU JIMMY JOHNSON! BRING IN MO!

  212. flamingo says:

    Hahahahaha.

  213. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    LEWIS AND CLARK, BITCHES!

  214. TampaYankee says:

    Well, Brendan Ryan is my new hero.

  215. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I guess the Orioles were fucked by their own Johnson.

  216. TampaYankee says:

    So…we put Joba in for the save. Right?

  217. Elton Cod says:

    …perhaps that is why you bunt.

    not really. but I’ll take it.

  218. Cuso says:

    Make em sorry, Sori

  219. Eddard says:

    Damn it, that would have been a big insurance run. I knew Mo would be available. He’s emptying the tank. Let’s just hope he has a little bit left.

  220. That is killer, Soriano.

    I don’t trust Mo with a one run lead here, given how gassed he is. REALLY needed that second run.

  221. Meeks54 says:

    WOW. what the hell is going on.

  222. Andy says:

    I do not feel good about this at all

  223. Exaggeration says:

    Soriano gives us a bunch of home runs and that catch, but he falls apart when it REALLY matters. If we lose this game because of a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th, it is Soriano’s fault. Then when we don’t make the playoffs it will be because he collapsed there. Bastard. Go back to Wrigleyville.

  224. Karl Krawfid says:

    No confidence in MO here.

    He has been pitching waaay to much.

  225. Meeks54 says:

    Your exaggerating “Exaggeration”

  226. Season series on the line here. Whoever wins this inning wins the season series.

    No pressure.

  227. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Mo probably gassed and with no margin for error.

  228. nsalem says:

    It will be miraculous if we win this game.

  229. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    MAN I feel really, really badly about this.

  230. vicki says:

    roberts, morse, machado.

  231. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    THIS INNING NEEDS TO BE STRESS FREE. NEEDS NEEDS NEEDS.

  232. Rek4gehrig says:

    What’s wrong with you people? It’s Mo

  233. nsalem says:

    Please dont Nelson us C-Dick

  234. SDB says:

    I don’t care if Mariano’s gassed, has thrown 10 innings in the past week, has a sore arm, is hungover, concussed, whatever.

    I would rather have him in ANY state pitching than Jobber right now.

  235. ClusterDuck says:

    Joe using his B’pen like a crazy person using Robertson and Mo (and the now injured Logan) way too much.

  236. Darren says:

    Mo is incredible. The graceful warrior.

  237. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    What does this game have in common with the 43rd president of the USA? They were both a little ugly, but they both have a ‘W’!

    Let’s go Yanks!

  238. Eddard says:

    Mariano does it again. What a job by Joe tonight managing that pen. And they’ve taken 3/4 in Baltimore. What a series.

  239. flamingo says:

    This game was insane.

  240. Two outs.

    Mo’s danger zone.

  241. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thou shall not doubt lord Mo.

  242. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Still feel badly about this.

  243. Elton Cod says:

    Everything is forgiven. God bless everyone.

  244. Rolling Doughnut says:

    1 more to go Mo. Put Machado away.

  245. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Heh, Machado’s swing there was hilarious.

  246. Dan in Athens says:

    “Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

    Dylan carries this team…

  247. Meeks54 says:

    Atta Baby Mo

  248. Tom says:

    Mo breaking out the 4 seamer on those last 2 pitches and schooling the youngster.

    Well done, Mo.

  249. Meeks54 says:

    The Sandman cometh,and he taketh.

  250. dkidd says:

    ON THIS TEAM WE FIGHT FOR THAT INCH!

    DO NOT GO GENTLY!

  251. Eddard says:

    WHAT? Whoever that official scorer is should be fired. That was a SAVE if there ever was one. Give Mo the win and the save.

  252. your mom says:

    I could’ve gone without that stress. The pen is gonna be fatigued heading into the Boston series. We need to have a couple blowout wins this weekend.

  253. flamingo says:

    Give Mo the freaking save, scorer.

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      A win is pretty damn good, too.

      • flamingo says:

        Eh. They’re going to be talking about Mo’s final saves number for… the rest of my lifetime, and I’d like not to remember this ridiculous farce every time they do. (“IT SHOULD BE ONE MORE”, etc.)

  254. acb says:

    just checked the stats Jim Johnson and Mo both have 43 saves. Guess the official scorer doesn’t want Mo to lead the league in saves in his final season.

  255. ClusterDuck says:

    They just took the save away from Mo and gave him the win and took the win away from Robertson.

    LOL. I’ve never seen that.

    • RetroRob says:

      I’ve never seen a player strike out on two pitches and I’ve never seen an official scorer steal a save from a reliever. All in one game.

      Stupid decision, especially considering this is Mariano. Perhaps the scorer wants to give Johnson a chance to lead the league in saves!

  256. Tom says:

    Hell as long as the scorer is making shit up (which he is technically allowed to do)… Give Soriano the win for the catch (or at least a hold?)

    I’m guessing that gets reversed at some point.

  257. SDB says:

    The scorer could always go to rule 10.17(c):

    http://www.baseball-reference......ives/13780

    • Darren says:

      Yeah, Robertson should get the win because although he was ineffective, his appearance was not brief. The guidance in the rule book suggests that “brief” means less than one inning.

      SOMEONE START A PETITION!

      • Petey-O says:

        This is total B.S. What if Robertson had only given up a two run homer, and the game was 5-4 going to the top of the ninth? Would it have then been a save for Mo? Or would it still have been the “brief and ineffective” rule? So obvious the official scorer didn’t want Rivera to take the lead in saves, so he invokes a seldom used bullshit rule? Unbelievable.

  258. flamingo says:

    Literally just heard on WCBS (11:50 PM EST): “Robertson the winner, Mo gets his 44th save.”

    Someone missed the memo.

  259. ClusterDuck says:

    Heck since the official scorer is being so anal about awarding wins, why not give the win to Huff (and keep Rivera with the save).

  260. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Winning this season series might be big if we tie for the 2nd wild card, right?

  261. Petey-O says:

    Why was Rivera credited with the win instead of a save?

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