The Melkman Delivered

The 2009 season has brought us many firsts and today we received an exciting first walk off homerun from the Melk man in the bottom of the 14th inning. The first walk off in the new stadium. The Yankees took the series when they finally scored and defeated the Oakland Athletics, 9-7.

The game lasted 4 hours and 57 minutes and took a toll on my wrists from keeping score.The weather in the first half of the game looked alot like the pitching…ugly!


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took the mound for his third start of the season and it wasn’t impressive. Coming into the series the Oakland offense was horrible and one would think seven runs would provide a cushion for any pitcher. Sabathia labored throughout the game and threw a total of 112 pitches. The southpaw allowed six earned runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The four walks he allowed all scored a run. The hook came when Matt Holiday hit a single in the seventh that sent Sabathia to the dugout and erased a two run lead.

In defense of Sabathia, Joe Giradi should have taken him out the minute he walked Sweeney and definitely when right-handed batter Holiday came to the plate. I don’t know maybe Giradi is getting a feel for his players but allowing Sabathia to pitch to Holiday needs to be questioned. The seventh inning would have been epic had the Yankees not pulled this one off. The guy was laboring and had given up a run every time he walked a batter.

The Yankees offense had answered back every time Oakland scored with exception of the seventh inning. The bases were loaded after Oakland pitcher, Russ Springer, allowed a single to Robinson Cano, a walk to Nick Swisher, and another single to Hideki Matsui. No outs. Next batter was Melky Cabrera and he was too aggressive against a pitcher with no sense of the strike zone. Result…Strikeout! Brett Gardner came up to pinch hit for Cody Ranson and had the same game plan, be aggressive. Result… pop up to third. Derek Jeter made the last out also unable to leave the infield but we give him a pass since he hit a homer and a double before this at bat. Both hits gave New York the go ahead runs in those innings.

The game would be scoreless for another nine innings. Thanks in part to the Yankee bullpen with 6 pitchers combining for 7 1/3 innings of hitless baseball. Jose Veras took the cake with 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

Melky Cabrera came to the plate in the bottom of the 14th with Nick Swisher on first and his former teammate, Dan Giese, on the mound. It didn’t take long before Melky jumped on a pitch and launched it over and out for a walk off win. Yankees Win!!!

melkman.jpgThat was Cabrera’s second dinger of the game and fourth of the season. Fans are alredy asking for him to be the everyday centerfielder. Let’s not get too excited people. Yes, Melky is swinging a hot bat but the everyday competition for the job with Gardner is the reason. The guy needs to be kept on his toes to be productive and his patience at the plate is his weakness that will show if he plays every day.

melk.jpgFor the record, every one of these Yankee homers was hit hard, wind tunnel not a factor. Still there were 26 round trippers during the home stand and the home homer watch will continue to be the focus when the Yankees come back on the 30th to host Anaheim.

Tomorrow night the most intense rivalry in sports begins when Boston plays host to the Bronx Bombers at Fenway Park. The players would love to think that it’s just another game but there is no getting past the atmosphere that gets created when these two franchises get together for a weekend. The anticipation is already building up and from what I’ve heard the weather will be perfect. 

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A No Wind Win

Thumbnail image for andy1.jpgThe Yankees beat Jason Giambi and the Oakland Athletics in their new stadium,5-3. Yet the news today will be about the one homer hit at the “Coor’s field of the East.”

The game began with a great web gem from the glove of Brett Gardner that robbed Jason Giambi of extra bases in the first inning. Gardner could have packed up his stuff and went home happy after that grab but decided to contribute offensively in the second inning. With Swisher on third and Matsui on second, Gardner hit a single with the infield in that brought his teammates home. The hit gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Mark Teixeira and Johnny Damon also hit singles that knocked in a run to give New York
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 a 4-0 lead after 2 innings.

Andy Pettitte(2-0) pitched deep into the seventh inning for the third time in 3 starts and allowed the bullpen another night to relax.

Pettitte would get into trouble in the fourth inning by allowing 3 straight singles before recording an out. Luckily, Oakland only came away with two runs that inning and blew their chances of knocking Pettitte out the game. Pettitte would recover from that tight spot and left the game after seven innings pitched without a walk and only two runs off nine hits.

In the sixth inning Johnny Damon tested the wind patterns in right field by launching the only homer of the game. The ball reached the upper deck so this one wasn’t a product of the wind tunnel.


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got the call tonight in the seventh with a streak of 20 straight batters retired. The Star of our bullpen retired two more before allowing Jack Cust to single. Mark Ellis hit a double to center that scored Cust and cut the lead 5-3.

Mariano Rivera would come in the ninth and secure the victory for New York. Rivera and Pettite haved teamed up for 57 wins and saves during their career. A great accomplishment that ties a record set by Bob Welch and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley for the highest total in history.

A Royal Weekend

This is how it ended

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Kansas City wins 6-4.

The sweep was not complete but nothing to cry about this weekend. Well unless you’re Joba Chamberlain who should’ve got the win.

Joba Chamberlain pitched a good 6 innings under nasty wet conditions and allowed 4 hits and 1 earned run against. The Yankees scored 3 runs in the 7th inning to take the lead 4-3 and made Joba eligible for the win but coughed it back up in the 8th inning.

The official scorer in Kansas City has taken home field advantage to a another level…

doubleerror.jpg In the fourth inning Alberto Callaspo got a broken bat dribbler through both Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano. Swisher should have stood on first and allowed Cano to field the ball. Whatever. Let’s blame it on the weather. The play, an obvious error, was scored a hit and credited Callaspo an RBI. The play occurred with two outs and a 1-1 tie and allowed the Royals to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the inning. The play must have been changed because now the boxscores have Swisher with an error. The problem? It screws me up. The plays in question have been in favor of the home team every time and what happens is that it creates doubt in the person watching the game that wants to keep score. Swisher had committed an error but the official scorer wanted to credit his team with the hit and RBI. He must have been pressured to change the call and Micheal Kay’s criticism had to be the reason why. 

Here was the broken bat single

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No! Wait it was an error so…not a broken bat single.

The problem was the bullpen which had been great but not this day. Brian Bruney took care of business in the 7th inning by going 1-2-3 outs. Damaso Marte forced the first two batters in the eight to fly out but when Royal’s manager sends in Butler to hit for Jacobs things begin to slip away. No more like walk away. Joe Giradi then counters the move by sending Jose Vera to relieve Marte with 2 outs and a 4-3 lead. The result? A walk. A two out walk. Phil Coke then relieved Vera and the rest I don’t need to explain. At least I don’t feel like describing the mess. Just remember how cold and wet it was in New York-New Jersey this Easter Sunday and thank God you were inside. Hey those Royal fans actually stood around to watch that comeback. Gotta give them credit. 

The rest of the series

Nick Swisher has made an impact this season sooner than I thought he would.

crazyswish.jpg Good. So far… 2 homers,9 RBI’s, 7 runs, .471 batting average(leads team in all categories)

Friday’s score: Yankees 4 Royals 1

Andy Pettitte with a GREAT start to the season.

Saturday’s score: Yankees 6 Royals 1

C.C. Sabathia had a good bounce back start after losing the season opener.

Tamba Bay is the next stop before the home opener on Thurday against the Indians.

The Yankees now have 3 Wins and 3 Losses after the first week

 

Angels in Mourning

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nick.jpg                                                Nick Adenhart (1986-2009)

An Angel rests in peace today after spending his life fulfilling his dream. Finally reaching his goal and pitching 6 scoreless innings with his father in the stands.  He was killed in a hit and run last night. As tragic and surreal as this was I attempt to make sense of a senseless death by celebrating the accomplishments of this young man.    

Still we can’t allow this tragedy to go without punishment. This was a hit and run committed by a man that had his license suspended for a prior DUI and should never have been on the road.

 

All over the league today stadiums will take a moment of silence to reflect the death of a young pitcher, friend, and son to many.

Nick Adenhart was 22 years-old and a pitcher for the Anaheim Angels. His family had flown from Maryland to see him start against the Oakland Athletics.

 After the game he went to celebrate with friends. On the way back from a club he was struck by a drunk driver with a suspended license and a motive to run. Andrew Thomas Gallo, 22, fled the scene and was later caught. As usual the drunk driver always seems to survive. At least that’s the way it’s perceived. No one deserves to die but his decision to sit behind the wheel when intoxicated and already warned once before was his own. Gallo deserves to be punished and made an example from.

 

Angels are known to make an impact in our lives and Nick Adenhart has done just that. His death has transcended beyond the baseball realm and into every living room in America. When a young life is cut short in such a senseless way humans tend to express compassion. This sort of death seems to make people question their existence in this world. How can a young man who had just pitched a great game suddenly disappear this way? Just leave us with so much promise in his future. Our first instinct is to find someone to blame and when we find that someone we are still confused. God bless his family who lost not a pitcher but a son. We as individuals must make the most of every second we breathe because we never know when our number will get called. Adenhart died having fulfilled his dream of being a Major Leaguer. Life always seems chaotic. Other times order can be made after questioning ourselves and others.  Today an Angel was called up and we who remain must celebrate his accomplishments in baseball and in life. Then take the time to examine our own.

 

The Long Wait ends with a Bang!

   Game #3

  Yankees 11 Orioles 2

                                  The Yankees Win!                                                                          

 


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specialk.jpgFinally! We can take a sigh of relief and thank A.J. Burnett for taking us out of our misery. Yes, Burnett recorded a strikeout today. We didn’t have to wait long either. Just one batter later when Adam Jones came to the plate. It was a 2-2 count when A.J. threw a breaking ball down and in that Jones chased for a strike. The streak was over! That’s it… shows over. Congrats guys.

Kidding aside the guy was on top of his game this afternoon. All the stats and his reputation in these situations gave Burnett the edge. Some might say it gave him the pressure but not good old A.J. The guy was nasty.

The way Burnett approached Nick Markakis was not only impressive but gutsy. An indication of the kind of pitcher he is. Markakis has been killing the Yankees his whole career since 2006. Here are his stats over the first two games:

He went 5 for 7 with 3 singles, a double, a homerun, 4 runs, 5 RBI’s, and a walk. Which gave him a .714 batting average, .667 On Base%, and a 1.286 Slugging%.

Burnett put fear in the kid by running the first two balls at him. He sent a message about leaning over the plate. Message received and a few more pitches…Strikeout looking. The rest of the game for Markakis looked like this:  0 Hits… 3 AB…3K’s… BB.

The third inning saw Burnett facing the bases loaded with two outs and a full count. Aubrey Huff sitting on a fastball struck out swinging and the game turned in the Yankees favor from there on.

The Yankee offense was alive today against the right hander Alfredo Simon. He started out well but in the top of the fourth Mark Teixeira took him deep.  The homer probably a carryover from last night’s game.  The rest of the day’s highlights belonged to New York.

Joe Giradi changed the lineup today and it paid off well. Nick Swisher was in Right Field today and reminded us that Joe has many options. Swisher had a field day that started with a two- run homerun in the fourth inning. He ended up with 5 RBI’s with 3 hits in 5 plate appearances. He wasn’t alone. Robinson Cano has patiently been compiling a very good start to his 2009 season. He had 4 runs and 2 RBI’s off 3 hits. Cano was coming off a disappointing ’08 season. He’s now 6 for 11 which give him a .545 average and a surprising 3 walks. Last year he only had 23 unintentional walks.

 

Watch out Royals! The bats will be on display tomorrow when the Yanks travel to Kansas City for their second road series.

 

                                                                                                           

Game 2 of 162

New York Yankees 5 Baltimore Orioles 7       Two in a Row

I wonder what they were talking about? You think they’re worried about getting swept? That sure is a long walk for Wang. Will they ever get that elusive K? Two Games. Two Losses. No strikeouts recorded.  

 

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               IP    H  R  ER  BB  SO  HR   ERA

WANG   3.2    9   7    7    3      0    1     17.18

Tomorrow’s starter is A.J. Burnett and he led the A.L. in srikeouts with 231 K’s last year. I hope he gets at least one because that’s all that really matters…right???

Yes I’m being sarcastic. But I do hope A.J. stops the bleeding.

Hideki Matsui was 0 for 5 and Japan was watching to the tune of 12 million viewers.

Congratulations to Koji Uehara who made the transition from Japan and won his first official MLB start.

 The Orioles offense provided two runs in the first inning which helped settle the rookie pitcher who gave up only a run. Nick Markakis went 3-3 with 3 RBI’s and is leading many to believe in the future of the Orioles.

Nick Markakis signed a six year extension in February worth $66.1 million. 

The only bright spot was Derek Jeter’s two-run Home Run in the 9th inning with two outs and nothing to play for. The captain wouldn’t go down without some noise and brought some hope to the fans back in New York. 

Baltimore seeks to sweep the Yankees tomorrow at Camden Yards for the first time since 2005.  

Breaking News: Joba arrested again!

Here’s the police dashboard camera footage…
via videosift.com

 

Check out this great pitcher under the influence of Canadian Whiskey.

 

 

APRIL FOOLS! I never got to “punk” anyone this year… so there you go. Eight days late. The truth is that the Nebraska State Police have released the video of his arrest today. Joba Chamberlain actually asked the trooper that was admitting the sobriety test if he had seen a video on the internet where a female cop makes a man recite the alphabets backwards. The video you have just seen is from a comedy show called Reno 911 and Joba thought it was real footage. A Breathalyzer test was done but obviously not needed. Check out the next entry for more information and a link to the actual footage.

 

Guess what he was drinking?


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Drinking and driving is not a laughing matter and the consequences can be deadly. I’m not endorsing this whiskey and you won’t see Joba Chamberlain shooting any commercials for it. He has apologized and regrets the incident which is still affecting him to this day.  

Be Smart. Drive Sober. (Kelly Ripa PDA)

NOTE: This disclaimer has been dedicated to my cousin Sigfredo Trujillo.