Jul
05

Game 86: Make It Three

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It’s been a while since the Yankees last won three straight games. They haven’t done it since sweeping the Blue Jays and winning the first game of the Orioles series in Yankee Stadium three weeks ago. They have a chance to win their third straight this afternoon, and whenever the Yankees need a win, the Twins always seem to come through. Especially in Target Field. Here is the Twins lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. SS Derek Jeter
  2. 2B Brian Roberts
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. LF Alfonso Soriano
  8. C Frankie CervelliBrian McCann was a late scratch because his foot is still sore, though x-rays were negative
  9. 3B Zelous Wheeler
    RHP David Phelps

It is nice and sunny in the Twin Cities. No threat of rain or anything. Perfect afternoon for baseball. Today’s game is scheduled to start a little after 2pm ET and you can watch live on YES. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Raza

    No Brett Gardner? Lame…

  • Chris

    Roberts day was so good yesterday I like the idea of batting him 2nd and 6th.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I know Roberts had a big day yesterday, but batting him 2nd and 6th is a bit much.

    • trr

      Pretty sneaky if you ask me….

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Swap Wheeler and Soriano, and I’d be cool with it.

  • ChristisKing

    Not bad… Roberts batting twice…. What happens though if he’s up and he’s on base? Do they just ask Gardner to run for him in the meantime
    ?

    • WAJohn

      Ghost runner, duh. Lol.

  • Zeddard Wheeler

    McCann scratched is just fine because Frankie gives us more offense from the catcher position anyway. BGDP is going to have another good start and this should be another W.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Francisco Cervelli career OPS+: 88
      Brian McCann career OPS+: 115

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It’s Eddard

        • WhittakerWalt

          I should know better.

  • Mary Ann

    Cashman needs to go. A’s pull off big trade for pitcher’s and he just sits on his butt doing nothing. At minimum, he could have joined the trade and got one of the 3 top prospect shortstops that the Cubs have stocked up. What is the plan for next year?

    • Deep Thoughts

      So are you first-name-only commenter from the South, or did you just double down?

    • Chip

      Yeah! We should trade Addison Russell for a big name pitcher too!

    • common sense

      Next years plan to sign more .200 fillin hitters. The cycle of the platoons!

  • ropeadope

    Either my proposed lineup last night got in Mike’s head or he’s just pulling my chain (listing Jeter – Roberts in the top two slots).

    • ropeadope

      Or with the McCann scratch, maybe that is correct.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It is. He was originally 6th, but with Gardner not playing and McCann scratched, he was moved up to second.

        • ropeadope

          Thank you. Just turning the game on now.

  • Chip

    At the game and couldn’t believe the show Wheeler put on in bp. Dude hit one into the third deck. I had no idea he had that much power

  • OldYanksFan

    It’s the O’s vs the Red Sox.
    MY GOD WHO DO I ROOT FOR ?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!

  • common sense

    Roberts had the game of his life yesterday so he’s gonna play until the season ends and still bat about .240.

    Wheeler had a great game so according to the Yankees he’s the next big thing and will play 75 games to many and in the end bat .245.

    The Yankees won two in row so now everything according to the Yankees in Yankee land is fine and dandy. Leaving Yankees fans no hope and running out the same different lineup every day and every other game when they lose Joe will say “Well he had a few great swings” “we feel as if he’s coming around”

    You like that? “same different lineup” That includes the starters who are batting .240 .240 to high .215 along with the bench guys who play just about every day and bat .215 as well.

    • Deep Thoughts

      So, you made one unclever comment, so you’re going to provide funny and insightful comments for the rest of the year. Did I do that right?

    • ropeadope

      You’re no Thomas Paine.

    • vicki

      you’re living in the past, guy. ml batting average is .251, the lowest it’s been since 1972. if wheeler finishes at .245 with his on-base ability and a little power you should call that success.

    • TheRealGreg

      What’s your point?

    • Mr. Roth

      Isn’t common sense supposed to make sense?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Marty Foster behind the plate today. Have Phelps throw everything in the dirt.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    30 year old making his 4th career start with like a 6 era; if soriano can’t make contact today he shouldn’t even bother getting on the plane.

    • TheRealGreg

      He’s in waiting right now.

  • vicki

    i usually love long, languorous ballgames, but let’s get this one in quick. it’s too pretty out to be nerding on the yankees all day.

  • RetroRob

    …and all those players like Roy White were allowed to use greenies.

  • TheRealGreg

    Oh good lord this strike zone’s gonna suck

  • TheRealGreg

    Yankees haven’t seen Pino before and it has showed here.

  • TheRealGreg

    He looks like Charlie Hayes

  • TheRealGreg

    What was Gardenhire arguing about?

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      They calling it a balk.

      • TheRealGreg

        Which is dumb because it didn’t look like a balk at all.

        • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

          Twins broadcast is adamant that it’s clearly a balk on everytime he goes to 1st.

          • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

            They are still going on and on about the balking.

        • zach

          That was a balk. Front foot tapped forward prior to turning toward 1B.

          • karcotte

            Yeah Phelps does that every time tbh. Usually he’s better at keeping it more subtle.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    The big man does it.

  • BigBlueAL

    11 scoreless innings in a row and counting for the Yankees offense. Back to normal :-(

    • TheRealGreg

      Do you know the Yankees have only been shut out 3 times this year?

      That surprises me.

      • Mr. Roth

        Wow, that really is surprising. If you told me they were shut out 3 times in the last 2 weeks I probably would have believed you.

      • RetroRob

        Do you know where that ranks among all teams? With hitting down, it does feel low.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          2nd lowest in AL (Angels have 1)
          Cleveland, Detroit, Oakland, and Texas have 4

          Rays have a league worst 11, followed by Astros with 10, Seattle with 9, and the Red Sox with 8

          • TheRealGreg

            So the problem is not that the Yankees don’t score any runs, it’s that they only score 1 to 4 runs per game and their pitching can’t hold it down.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            For MLB, Dodgers tied with 3
            Padres worst with 12.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Not a big deal when you hold the other team to the same.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        or close to it.

  • RetroRob

    Xander Bogaerts. Ha.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      What about him? The error, you mean?

      • RetroRob

        Yes. He’s been going through a brutal streak hitting and now it seems to be spreading to the field.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      Rookie of the year Xander Bogaerts, ha.

  • BigBlueAL

    Not watching Yankee broadcast, has Kay ripped Gardner the way he did Ellsbury for not playing today?? Or is this not a “big” game like he claimed the last game vs Tampa apparently was which is why it was so appalling that Ellsbury sat that game out.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Not to the same degree. Questioned Girardi more than Gardner cause this sounds like it was Girardi’s decision.

    • RetroRob

      He went blabbering off about how when he was a kid Roy White would play in every single game. Then he somehow tried to weave the extreme outlier of Cal Ripken into the conversation, disregarding that an argument could be made that Ripken might have been better with some days off. He somehow didn’t mention Lou Gehrig.

  • BigBlueAL

    Greg you are spot on, Wheeler at-bat reminds me so much of Charlie Hayes lol.

    • TheRealGreg

      He just looks like him. Stocky build, round face.

      • ropeadope

        And for the older crowd, Walt “No-Neck” Williams in terms of the stocky build and wide smile. Williams played primarily for the White Sox, but finished his career with the Yankees. One notable characteristic of Williams was running to his outfield position at full speed when his team took the field, and doing the same when returning to the dugout. Don’t know how this correlates with Wheeler.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    There we go Cervelli.

  • TheRealGreg

    Bet you Matt Thornton will be used in this game.

  • Zeddard Wheeler

    If Frankie hadn’t started we wouldn’t be leading 1-0. BGDP and Frankie is a battery that should be used more often. Wouldn’t mind seeing Frankie and McCann platoon at catcher, especially with the way Frankie is swinging the bat.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Definition of regression.

  • Zeddard Wheeler

    Another day another multi hit game for Frankie. He’s set them up nicely here to give BGDP and the short pen an insurance run.

  • Mick taylor

    What does it take for yanks to get Josh willingham to replace soriano

    • fred robbins

      The time to get Josh was 2 years ago when he hit the free agent market for 3 years and 21 million– I guess that was too good a deal for the Yankees to take and with a good power hitting outfielder and right handed bat… all of which they were looking before– but they went with Wells I believe at this time— or was it Raul… but it killed me that they didn’t even make a move on this guy who always kills the Yankees.

  • http://riveravenueblues blubber123

    How many hard hit balls with so little to show? “watching” on Game Day so can’t tell for sure but seems every other out is a line drive.

  • TheRealGreg

    Dammit Phelps

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      How dare he give up a run?

      • TheRealGreg

        On an 0-2 pitch? Horrible pitch.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          It was a 1-1 pitch.

          And yes, it was a horrible pitch.
          Mistakes happen.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Yea, but at same time you can’t complain all that much when he only gives up 1 run in 6+ innings.

      • TheRealGreg

        I know but it’s a given that this offense isn’t going to give you much, despite yesterday

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Should be able to give more than 1 run against a minor league pitcher.

          • TheRealGreg

            The fact that he was a minor league pitcher explains it further. Pitcher they’ve never seen before. They struggle against those pitchers.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      6 plus innings, 1 run. Not too shabby I’d say.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    How is nobody warming up yet?
    The HR and lineout weren’t warning signs?

    I know the bullpen is short, but that’s just ridiculous.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Because you want to trust your pitcher.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        You can trust the pitcher and be ready just in case at the same time.
        2 crushed balls should be enough to raise concern.

        Nbd, it worked out.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice game by Phelps.

    How about some offense now?

  • fred robbins

    These low scoring runs are just going to kill Betances and Warren- and that’s if Warren is not already feeling some effects that are sometimes called being “Proctered” around here…dammm
    It seems like Girardi has lost confidence in Shawn Kelly, and I don’t blame him- but he almost has to be used to day over the other two just mentioned.

    And wasn’t there any other choice to insert over Soriano today?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      I don’t think Girardi’s lost confidence, its just that Kelley hasn’t looked sharp since his return from the DL.

  • TheRealGreg

    Great job by Phelps but that pitch selection to one of the guys who can homer in that lineup is really bad.

    Let’s see if we can squeak it out

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      It was more the horribly missed pitch location (it was supposed to be outside corner, missed the target by about a foot), than the pitch selection that did him in.

      • TheRealGreg

        Good point. It must have been very bad location

  • GGBG Fan

    Lol Twins broadcaster bashing the Yankees farm system. “And the Yankees don’t have any homegrown arms in the starting rotation so they had to go get Tanaka.” Umm look who’s starting against you?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Hughes, Correia, and Nolasco are homegrown Twins, apparently.
      They’ve gotten all of 21 starts from homegrown Twins this year.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Bremer or Blyleven?

      • GGBG Fan

        not sure which one is which

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          Bremer is PxP, Blyleven is analyst. Blyleven has sense of humor and known for Telestrator abuse.

          • GGBG Fan

            Blyleven then haha

            • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

              Yeah it’s something that Bert would say. Bert isn’t exactly quality analyst in my book. He’s not Suzyn Waldman/FP Santangelo/Mark Gubicza bad but not the best.

              Of course, “Circle me, Bert” has become one of the best non-intentional baseball innuendos you can make.

  • Zeddard Wheeler

    Lead off man on again and no runs. This team just doesn’t know how to manufacture a run when they need it. Twins will and this will be yet another 2-1 loss.

    • TheRealGreg

      “will and this” ?

  • Zeddard Wheeler

    Why the hell is Gardner not in LF. Two 40 year olds just waltzed to a foul ball pop up and let it drop. That will costs us.

  • iblamejay-z

    ugh

  • Slap-Ass

    This offense is nauseating.

  • TheRealGreg

    Would you have bunted Ellsbury there?

    • Zeddard Wheeler

      I would have manufactured the run. Bunt, hit and run, steal, anything other than the stationary Girardi ball.

  • GGBG Fan

    Jeter + Soriano = Less than stellar defense

    • GGBG Fan

      Soriano alone = Less than stellar defense

      • JV

        Lamp shade >>>> Soriano’s defense

  • TheRealGreg

    Wonder if Gardner would have played that on a hop.

    Pirela can’t get here soon enough

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Kelley has got to be thinking, “I’ve gotten you an out twice..”

  • nsalem

    The writing is on the wall. I hope the right parties are reading.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fucking bad news bears.

  • BigBlueAL

    Good thing Gardner got the day off today.

    • TheRealGreg

      Don’t know if Gardner would have gotten to that one or played it on a hop. He probably would have gotten the foul pop up After that, fallacy time

  • vicki

    kelley is broken.

  • iblamejay-z

    Soriano is just useless at this point

    • JV

      He needs to go. totally useless in the field and at the plate.

  • http://www.gluefactoryadhesives.com/index.html Glue Factory

    Paging Mr. Soriano.
    Paging Mr. Soriano.

    • JV

      He’s busy abso-FRIGGIN’-lutely sucking at baseball right now to respond. It’s just sad to watch at this point.

  • Zeddard Wheeler

    And just like clockwork the Twins will manufacture a run and it’ll be yet another 2-1 loss. They can manufacture runs and the Yankees can’t. And Gardner should have been subbed in LF late in the game.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      That was some great run manufacturing.

    • roberto kelly johnsone

      like clockwork!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice play.

  • TheRealGreg

    This would be interesting if the Twins bunt Parmelee here when the Yankees didn’t bunt Ellsbury

  • iblamejay-z

    what happens when you give a team 5 outs in an inning

    • nsalem

      They usually score. Keep your hopes up though because his is the Twins.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice job, Kelley.

  • vicki

    i take it back, shawn kelley. you were heroic.

  • TheRealGreg

    The Twins shot themselves in the foot when Dozier didn’t advance to second on the drop. That would have completely changed the complexion of the inning

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      He might have been out on the drop.

  • JV

    Soriano needs to be cut now! 2 mistakes in a row in the field and an absolute ZERO at the bat. Get rid of this guy now…

    • TheRealGreg

      When Pirela is ready, Sori’s gone.

      • JV

        Bring up Almonte, bring up anybody at this point. He worse than ichiro, worse. Didn’t think that was possible.

        • vicki

          he’s significantly worse than 2013 vernon wells.

          he’s jackie bradley junior bad. and lemme tell you. that’s bad.

          • JV

            Bradley at least has upside… Soriano’s DONE.

        • TheRealGreg

          Problem is Almonte only hits .206 against lefties in his career.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

            Is this MLB or AAA numbers?

            • TheRealGreg

              MLB numbers

              • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

                I think SSS applies here. Almonte has not gotten much consistent playing time in 2014 and his 2013 stuff wasn’t exactly a large size.

                • TheRealGreg

                  7 for 34. Probably SSS. But I still think Pirela is the better option

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  He hasn’t hit well against lefties in the minors either.

                  He has hit righties well in the minors.
                  And Ichiro has hit lefties well in the majors, but not so well against righties.

                  Hmmmmm.

          • JV

            which is 206 points higher than Soriano can provide at this point.

            • TheRealGreg

              Doesn’t matter. You want an effective solution, not just a minor upgrade

              • JV

                at this point, I just want him gone. way to frustrating to watch.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Only a problem if you ignore that Ichiro is better against lefties than righties.
            They could use Almonte against RHP and Ichiro against LHP.

            They won’t. But they could.

            • JV

              They could do almost anything and get better OF production than Ichiro/Soriano

  • iblamejay-z

    wow that was very Yankee-esque of the twins

  • RetroRob

    I suspect Ellsbury’s UZR will be even worse after that catch.

    • vicki

      fielding tracker!!!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      heh

  • Ron

    This is Kelly this team needs with all the bullpen overuse

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Best he’s looked since coming off the DL.

  • TheRealGreg

    By the way, they gave Dozier a hit on that drop. Home cooking

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well at least Soriano provides good, um, uh…….memories?

    • JV

      No, he’s slowly erasing those…

  • iblamejay-z

    Soriano = Crispy

    • JV

      burnt to a friggin crisp, beyond recognition.

  • JV

    Glad to see Soriano make up for his fielding mistakes with a great at bat. 0 for EVERYTHING!!!!! Totally useless.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I don’t want to alarm you, but Soriano also can’t hit lefties now.

    • JV

      Or righties, or field, or do anything except fuck up.

  • Deep Thoughts

    I am officially ready to see Zoilous Wheelmonte on the left side. Adios y gracias Alfonso.

  • JV

    Gardner is in, 4 at bat’s too late.

  • Patrick

    So is it realistic at all to think Soriano will be DFA’d?

    • TheRealGreg

      He will. Just a matter of when Pirela is deemed ready. As Mike said they are not playing him in RF at AAA for laughs.

      • Patrick

        Well, Pirela is hitting .318/.361/.446 in 80 games. That’s enough evidence for me. Soriano is just brutal.

        • TheRealGreg

          It’s more about defense. Hadn’t played RF in his career. Started as an infielder and moved to the outfield this year

          • Patrick

            Couldn’t be any worse than the display Sori just put on.

        • JV

          Pirela has a pulse… Good enough for me, get him up here.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      May be realistic, but I somehow doubt it happens.

    • JV

      He has to be. This is just pathetic to watch.

    • WhittakerWalt

      The time has come.

      • ropeadope

        The Chambers Brothers

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Figure we’ll see Jim Miller in the 10th? Betances isn’t usable, I doubt Huff is. D-Rob can definitely only go 1 and Warren can probably go 1.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Whitley should have plenty of gas left in the tank.

    • vicki

      jinx averted. but be more careful in future.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Not trying to jinx, but I figured we’d go to extras. I just wish we were at home.

  • Patrick

    The redemption of Shawn Kelley? First time he hasn’t looked lost on the mound since he came back.

    • vicki

      pre-back injury shawn kelley would be such a gift for this poor pen.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Kelley looks great today. Let’s keep it up in future appearances.

    Also, FREE BASEBALL.

  • iblamejay-z

    Lets bring back Johnny D…I mean with him being able to hit better than half the league and all

  • steved fl

    Girardi should be kicked in the nut sack everytime he puts Sorianos name in the lineup!

    • JV

      Love it.

  • TheRealGreg

    Yankees have hit a few balls solidly in this game that have found glove. BaBip

    • TheRealGreg

      But actually the Twins have as well, so..

    • vicki

      i’ve mentioned this before, but as long as the oakland buzzsaw has the second-worst babip in baseball there can be no crying about luck.

  • TheRealGreg

    Remember when people wanted Kelly Johnson to have more at bats?

    • Kosmo

      not buying it. PHing for Wheeler with Burton on the mound? KJ is without merit.

      • JV

        Girardi wanted to remind us that there was someone underperforming just as much as Soriano.

        • Kosmo

          truth is NY needs at least 1 more reliable BP arm (Benoit?)

    • JV

      Yeah, he can go to. The good news is that the next GM won’t have to do much to improve on the replacements for Johnson/Soriano/Ichiro/Roberts.

  • Kosmo

    Jeter yells “now knock me in goddamit“

  • iblamejay-z

    Jeter lives! Lets go Roberts…rake another one

  • TheRealGreg

    They score runs when their pitching is bad and they don’t score when they pitch badly.

    • TheRealGreg

      Pitch well, I meant

  • JV

    A leadoff single???? Is that a thing, I thought those only happened after 2 outs. Yankee offense, ugh…

    • TheRealGreg

      Exactly.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Does Thornton get anyone out?

    • JV

      I bet he could get Soriano/Johnson/Ichiro/Roberts out.

  • TheRealGreg

    JGYank wanted to see Thornton so here he is.

    • JGYank

      Not in that situation. Drob was the right call there. Thornton is strictly a LOOGY and a low/medium leverage guy. Almost got out of it, but he also missed giving up a homer by inches.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Nice. Got the runner off.

  • Tom

    So how many times is Girardi going to have Robertson warming up?

    After working two days in a row, he should have just been brought in once he got him loose. He’s going to blow out a guy already working on reduced rest warming up multiple times in the bullpen (he’s already warmed up twice, no?)

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Joe’s waiting for them to get a lead. Bringing in DRob in a tie is not binder friendly.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      1 more from thornton and then I’d go Drob. Everyone has been doing 2, he can follow along.

  • Farewell Mo

    Is Meredith pregnant or did she just get fat?

    • Deep Thoughts

      Double threat–not only are your comments idiotic, but you’re also an asshole.

    • Kosmo

      truth is NY needs at least 1 more reliable BP arm (Benoit?)

  • Kosmo

    Thornton pumping the heat.

    • Farewell Mo

      Maybe Girardi can start using him a bit more. 17 innings in half a season doesn’t justify a roster spot especially with most of the starting rotation not getting deep into games

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        He does have 34 games so far. They were using him as a loogy early on, but he seems better just pitching a lefty heavy inning.

      • roberto kelly johnsong

        everytime thornton pitches and he doesnt give up a run, it feels like the yankees got away with stealing something.

        • Farewell Mo

          Guess I’ve got my answer why he hasn’t pitched more.

  • TheRealGreg

    And again getting a hit with 2 outs.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Get Drob in here.

    • TheRealGreg

      It’s not going to happen.

  • Kosmo

    Ichiro 10RBI Suzuki

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      He never had more than 69 even in his prime.

      • Kosmo

        I realize that. He simply can´t get a meaningful basehit if he tried. In his best years he could at least drive the ball now he´s simply a mediocre offensive ballplayer.

      • WhittakerWalt

        But he could have hit 40 homers any time he wanted to. Never forget that.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    come on. hitting arcia?

  • vicki

    typical.

  • TheRealGreg

    WOW Cervelli

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    thats ridiculous.
    It wouldn’t even have made it anyways.

  • iblamejay-z

    cmon Cervelli…no reason to throw that

  • WhittakerWalt

    Playing the infield up with this defense should be hilarious.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    What a joke.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Can we please stop hitting Arcia? He’s not Carlos Quentin.

  • ropeadope

    Just when you think you’ve seen it all.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    WTF Cervelli????????????

  • Slap-Ass

    Even Cervelli wants to rebuild this muthafucka!

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    OMFG.

  • BigBlueAL

    Another embarrassing loss in a season full of them.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Umm, why was that even thrown?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I think a good throw actually could have gotten the out.

      Unfortunately, that wasn’t anywhere near a good throw.

  • Zeddard Wheeler

    The Twins just manufactured the run they needed to win and it’s another 2-1 loss. Stationary Joe needs to realize this offense isn’t going to hit the 3 run-HR.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      They didn’t manufacture that…we put two runners on.

      I will say, that should’ve not been thrown to 1st. Forces the Twins to get a hit to win.

    • TheRealGreg

      Manufactured is a little strong.

      • WhittakerWalt

        He’s rolling now. Unless he thinks the Twins paid Cervelli to help them out.

      • Zeddard Wheeler

        They put the ball in play. Morales got the runner over. Ploufe put the ball in play and ran so slow to 1st that he induced Cervelli to make an errant throw.

        • roberto kelly johnson

          you cant be serious. running so slow is a manufacturing tactic now…

    • Farewell Mo

      They manufactured shit. Your boy Cervelli choked.

    • TheRealGreg

      Your Boy Screwed it up.

    • Paqua

      Gimme a break. Girardi is as “small ball” as they come – especially considering they’re an AL team — to an often infuriating degree. The team doesn’t hit — homers, or otherwise. You can’t “manufacture” anything if you don’t do SOMETHING with the bat.

  • WhittakerWalt

    WHYYYYYYYYYY?

  • Farewell Mo

    Fucking Cervelli. He overthrew that by 30 feet.

  • Nathan

    Figures.

  • WhittakerWalt

    That was the boneheaded play of the year.

    • TheRealGreg

      100%

    • vicki

      that’s saying something with these oafs.

      • ropeadope

        At least you got your long, languorous ballgame.

        • vicki

          correction; i didn’t want the long game today. but i moved out to the fire escape with john and suzyn c. the 4th inning. so there!

          • ropeadope

            I stand corrected, and that definitely sounds like a nice way to take in the game.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Also, another game where we scored one run.

    • BigBlueAL

      This was even more special than usual because it happened in 11 innings.

      • WhittakerWalt

        According to Greg this loss is on Phelps for giving up more than zero runs.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          The offense did it’s job. They had a lead.

          /Greglogic

    • TheRealGreg

      And could have won. The offense sucks. It’s a given. Have to pitch with perfection to win, otherwise downhill.

  • The Lime

    Ha ha ha. Out of all the ways that I expected the game to end…at least this loss came with some laughs

  • steved fl

    the team is just not good. cant hit, defense is bad. they win a couple games here and there and are hanging around because nobody else in the division can pull away. im not even sure Cashman can make ALL the moves needed to right this sinking ship. Very hard to watch.

  • Kosmo

    not much to say. Girardi has his loogy in for a 2nd inning over 20 pitches runs the risk of an unhappy ending. Yanks brought Jim Miller up use him g-damit.

  • Zeddard Wheeler

    For those blaming Frankie for the loss the only reason they had 1 run was because of him. Where are the big boppers Teixera, Beltran and Ellsbury? They couldn’t do anything against a 6 ERA pitcher, which has been par for the course all season long.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yes, because driving in 1 run in 11 innings of work totally justifies making that throw.

  • Charles

    Miller was in AAA when the Yankees called up Aceves instead, doesn’t that tell you something? I’d rather have a 20+ pitch outing from Thornton than a 2014 debut from the last pitcher on the 25 man roster.

    • Kosmo

      it tells me NY was running out of options anyway. If Thornton got thru the inning, Miller probably was next up. FWIW Miller has pitched in the bigs. He´d also be facing a weak hitting lineup who haven´t seem much of him.

      Aceves was brought up to be the long man something Miller is not.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Will there be a similar book written about this year’s Yankees?

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Wors.....0803278225

  • JKatlak

    The Yankees are hitting the right amount of homers, they are simply just not hitting enough. If Beltran was a 290 hitter. If McCann was a 280 hitter. If Tex was a 280 hitter. I don’t think anyone would be complaining that they are not hitting enough homeruns if guys hit the way they are supposed to. They are not getting enough hits because too many guys hit into the shift.

    It’s tough to get on base at a high rate if your team is not hitting. Ultimately it comes down to getting on base, but it’s no story, if you’re not hitting you’re not hitting. It’s tough to draw 5-6 walks in a game. You’ve got to be able to hit the ball. It’s as simple as that. That’s the reason they can’t get on base, they don’t hit.

  • Chris

    Did anyone else throw the device with which they were watching the game or was that just me?