Has everyone recovered from the emotional rollercoaster of last night? Good. Glad to hear it. Now let’s sit back and savor our victory — but obviously after we delve into this recap.
Damon allowed us to all breathe a sigh of relief; it feels like forever since we scored a run in the first inning, even though it was just a week ago against Boston. A few minutes later, and we’re tacking on run after run. This Jesse Litsch kid may have pitched well against Baltimore, but they’re not the beat that is (or was) the Yankees offense. Fall behind in the count, and you’re meat, rook.
So Giambi hits a sac fly after Alex and Posada walked to load the bases. Then Phelps, who was actually starting against a righty, singled in the two walkees. Cano then slapped a double to left, and all the sudden it’s a five-run inning. Of course, Melky hit a dinker to first to end the inning, but even those of us who were peeved about that were calmed when Clippard sailed through a 10-pitch first inning.
Triple-A Scranton (7-0 loss to Toledo)
Chris Basak: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4, 2 K – 5 for his last 30 with 1 XBH…
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 1, 2 BB – 2 for his last 20…
Alex Gonzalez: 0 for 3, 1 SB
Steven Jackson: 6 IP, 8 H,Â 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K – now boarding, flight Y-O-U-S-U-C-K to Trenton…
Colter Bean: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB,Â 1 K, 1 WP
After you see the lineup, you’ll be asking the same question: Damon, CF Jeter, SS Matsui, LF Alex, 3B Jorge, C Giambi, DH Phelps, 1B Cano, 2B Cabrera, RF Sitting Abreu and hitting Phelps against a righty? I thought it was a joke at first. But I’m glad it’s not. · (0) ·
Tabata’s latest journal entry over at milb.com is up. It sure sounds like the whole Clemens experience went well. · (0) ·
Pitcher A (MLB): 26 IP, 24 H, 21 ER, 20 BB, 13 K, 7.27 ERA Pitcher B (AAA): 23 IP, 20 H, 2 ER, 9 BB, 26 K, 0.78 ERA How many innings does it take to get Chris Britton into Luis Vizcaino’s role? Is there some magic point at which Vizcaino turns from pumpkin to princess? The season ain’t gettin’ any younger. · (3) ·
Mike alluded to this earlier, but I think we could use some clarification. What the Yankees need right now is a slumpbuster. What, you ask, is a slumpbuster? Well, I’ll let my pal Urban Dictionary explain it:
Baseball players believe that by having sex with an unattractive female, they can end their slump. Therfore a slump buster is the unattractive female that they have sex with, in hopes of busting their slump. Manny Ramirez told Pedro Martinez that the reason why he’s been hitting so many homeruns lately, is because he hooked up with a lot of slump busters when he was in a slump.See, A-Rod, you got it all wrong. You can’t be bangin’ hot blonds on the road. You gotta jump on a grenade. May I suggest: · (9) ·
I guess this will perfectly illustrate the team’s troubles:
And our pitching:
Pettitte: 14.1 IP, 2 ER
Mussina: 6.1 IP, 2 ER
Wang: 8 IP, 3 ER
Clippard: 4 IP, 3 ER
DeSalvo: 4.2 IP, 6 ER
Vizcaino: 2.1 IP, 4 ER
Villone: 3 IP, 4 ER
Proctor: 1.2 IP, 2 ER
Farns: 2 IP, 2 ER
Rivera: 2 IP, 0 ER
Bruney: 1.2 IP, 0 ER
Myers: 2 IP 0 ER
So you can see exactly where the problems are.
But, of course, since this A-Rod and since A-Rod can’t seem to cut a break around here, Alex is the one who gets caught by the paparazzi and The Post is the only paper around town to print the photos and call the story an “Exclusive.”
Here’s what The Post has to report:
Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate with a mysterious, busty blonde in Toronto, as these intimate, exclusive photos reveal.
The cozy duo dined with two pals at a pricey steakhouse late Sunday night, then headed to a glitzy strip club before making their way to his hotel, where the pair ducked into an elevator and headed upstairs just after midnight.
In his own defense, A-Rod apologized for the indiscretion. No, wait. Just kidding.
In his own defense, A-Rod said, “No comment.” And a Yankee spokesman said that Alex has “never commented on his personal or private life, and he’s not going to start now.”
While we must consider the source – The Post relies here on numerous people simply referred to as “witnesses” – the article implies that A-Rod doesn’t stay at the team hotel on the road, cheats on his wife, gets caught and then goes 0-for-3 while making a costly error.
Just when I think the season can’t get any worse – a steal of home plate?! – it does. The 2007 Yankees will never cease to amaze me.