Friday, August 7, 2009

Beggars Can't Be Choosers

The Yankees would have taken a win anyway they could have got it last night and the Baseball Gods responded with a protracted, sloppy, lopsided affair that spanned nearly four hours, included 26 hits, 18 walks and 23 runners left on base.

It didn't appear to bode well for the Yanks when Jorge Posada trotted into home standing straight up in the 2nd inning and walked right into a chest high relay throw from Dustin Pedroia to Victor Martinez. At that point it seemed possible that Posada's baserunning gaffe would come back to haunt them later in the game. That notion vanished fairly quickly when Yanks sent 13 runners to the plate in the bottom of the fourth and scored 8 of them.

Joba Chamberlain, although he got the win, was not sharp at all, throwing 108 pitches in five innings, walking 7 and giving up two home runs. He continually failed to put away hitters but still managed to earn his 8th win of the season and 4th in a row.

Despite the fact that the Yanks were leading by eight runs when they made their first call to the bullpen, Joe Girardi still managed to use four more pitchers. (The Red Sox used only 3 to absorb 45 plate appearances). Girardi also pinch hit and pinch ran comfortably ahead and made defensive switches with a 9 run lead in the 9th inning. Anthony Claggett came on for the final three outs, but apparently couldn't have been trusted with a 7 run lead in the 8th inning or a 6 run cushion in the 7th.

I'm not sure if Mark Melancon purposely threw at Dustin Pedoia with a 13-4 advantage in the eighth, but this is just a fantastic photograph, you know, on an artistic level. (via AP/Yahoo)

It must have been a horrible baseball game to watch if you weren't a fan of the Yankees. Sorry about that. We take what we can get.


  1. No need to apologize, buddy. We are on the board.

  2. Some over-managing, yes, but also may be sending a message to the team that there is no such thing as a blow-out against the Red Sox, can't let up on them, and any other cliches about winning games you'd like to trot out there.

    I missed most of the action (went to see The Hurt Locker, which is awesome) so I got to see about an innings worth of 'excitment' before I called it a night.

  3. Fackin' little Dusty walked into both pitches.

  4. We'll see if Diva Beckett can pitch without headhunting and throwing temper tantrums tonight. I'm guessing not.

  5. That is a fantastic picture in a "fuck the red sox" sort of a way

  6. "We'll see if Diva Beckett can pitch without headhunting and throwing temper tantrums tonight. I'm guessing not."

    Diva. um, ya, hi. I'm thinking it's either Jeter or Cano. Pretty clear that Pedroia was hit on purpose. Man, pot and the kettle.