3 HR’s by, Sal Fasano, Derek Jeter, and Nick Green, got the Yankees off to a fantastic 6-0 start by the 4th inning. Hayden Penn, the Orioles starter, lasted 3+ innings(7 er, 10,hits) before being replaced by Russ Ortiz.
Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi were again both missing, due to an upset stomach and a sore wrist, respectively. Nick Green and Aaron Guiel, both made a very good account of themselves.
Another RBI by Jeter in the 4th with no-body out, in the 4th, increased the lead to 7-0. Meanwhile Jaret Wright was pitching his socks off. Now whilst I’m a big opponent of Wright this season, he was amazing today.
In the 5th, Ramon Hernandez belted a solo home run to reduce the lead to 7-1. It was a blemish on an otherwise great outing by Wright.
After Damon walked, and Cabrera doubled ion the 6th, Jeter flied to right to score Damon and make the score 8-1. Bobby Abreu singled to score Cabrera and further increase the score to 9-1.
Wrights performance, showed glimpses of how he can pitch and aid the much maligned Yankee rotation. Now that Mariano Rivera is sidelined with an arm injury, it’s now imperative that the starters go deeper into games with both Proctor and Farnsworth not 100% reliable.
In the 7th, Wright walked both Tejada and Millar. Joe Torre came to the mound and called for Ron Villone. Unfortunately, Villone hadn’t got his stuff with him at all today. In successive pitches he gave up a fly-out then, Hernandez’s 2nd homer of the game to make the score 9-4. He then proceeded to hit Brendan Fahy and allowing a single to Roberts. Torre had seen enough and called for Brian Bruney, who pitched magnificently.
In the 9th, Scott Proctor was called upon to hold the game. After giving up a lead off double, he successfully retired the side to give the Bombers a 9-4 victory.
It wont be long now till the Yankees reach the post-season, and try and maintain the form they have been in of late and reach the World Series.
Sorry folks a bit of a technical disaster has prevented me from posting. Hopefully I’ts rectified now. Anyway what about those Yankees.
8-3 does not reflect how dominant the bombers were in their 3rd game at Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas against the royals. Behind a dominant Randy Johnson outing, who, now is pitching like the pitcher we know is capable of being, alongside another phenomal offensive performance by Jorge Posada, the Yanks reduced atheir magic number to 15.
Two 3 run homers by hip hip, who went (2-3, 6 rbi) gave the Big Unit a platform to build on. MVP elect, Derek Jeter, had a 2-4 night alongside boy wonder, Robbie Cano, to further aid the Yankees evening.
Sadly, the only downside was the pitching performances of Proctor and Farnsworth. Combined they pitched 2 innings of work that yielded 4 hits and 3 runs.
All things being said, it was a vast improvement on Tuesdays performance. Kansas, although, not a great ball team, will provide to be a spanner in the wild card race.
The Yankees, are now a definate force to be reckoned with, in the American League race. Fingers crossed us here in New York shall get a subway series again.
In other news, Hideki Matsui had a 1-3 night for the Trenton Thunder in his 1st rehab start, since breaking his left wrist. Things are looking up for the Yankees.
Another footnote, Angel Sanchez of the Florida Marlins, pitched the 1st no hitter in 2 years. The last guy to do that was none other than, Randy Johnson, who had a perfect game for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
All I can say is, help. Pick me up. That was simply unreal. I can’t take much more, and there is STILL 3 months to go. Paramedics please!!!!!!!
June 28, 2006
Atlanta 3, N.Y. Yankees 4 at Yankee Stadium
Atlanta Record: (33-46)
N.Y. Yankees Record: (44-32)
Winning pitcher – Ron Villone (1-1)
Losing pitcher – Jorge Sosa (2-10)
ATL HR – M. Giles (5)
NYY HR – J. Giambi (23) A. Rodriguez (16)
Next N.Y. Yankees Game: June 30, 2006 07:05 PM ET vs. New York Mets
Cole Hamills pitched a very good game. He is the second good rookie we have come across this year, (1st being Sox, David Pauley) Both kids have bright futures ahead. Hamills gave us a hard time tonight and deserved better, but thankfully he didn’t and we won.
Wrong, again could’t give us more than 5 innings. Whats new there. The tired bullpen in Villone, Proctor, Farnsworth and Mo, did the polygrip act to get Jaret Wrong back to an even .500 at 4-4. It’s only the second shutout of the Phillies this season. The 1st was the Nationals earlier this month.
Maybe the Yankees are starting to make their late season surge earlier than the normal July 4th (old timers day) usual signal. Is it the sight of all the former greats that stir their loins, and gets their backsides in gear or is it just a regular coincidence. Eitherway the Phillies are a good team, not a brilliant one, but a definate bananna skin. So to come back from brotherly love city with a series win, especially the way we have been playing lately is a big plus.
Anyhow the big match tomorrow in the World Cup, without a shadow of a doubt, is U.S.A. Vs Ghana. I’m doing a live blog on the match from 10am over on my other site "Maddog’s World Cup Reports" If you can drop in and leave a comment.
N.Y. Yankees 5, Philadelphia 0 at Citizens Bank Park
N.Y. Yankees Record: (40-30)
Philadelphia Record: (35-37)
Winning pitcher – Jaret Wright (4-4)
Losing pitcher – Cole Hamels (1-3)
An offcast, shut us down and a $17m proven choker lets us down. Shall I add a third???????? According to "Mike and the Maddog" on YES….. Dotel gone for the season. Jaysus, I’m expecting a call from the cash man.
Randy was brilliant, got no run support. Farnsworth, OH MY GOD.. Strike 3 is a wild pitch, run scores (brilliant). ‘Flash’ Gordon, a closer, not a set up man, got his 20th save of the season!!!!! (brilliant).
Small is gone, Wright is totally WRONG, where has Chacon gone, look at Pavano and he crumbles like a porcelain doll.
Jeez, it’s battery in the Bronx, folks.
Wang was pitching an absolute blinder, and retired all but 1 on groundouts. A classic pitchers duel with Wang just after getting tapped for a run on a single, woeful attempt to catch him stealing by Jorge, then a single to Melky in left, followed by an offline throw to home. Silly mistakes cost a run and the way things are going today 1 may be enough. No more damage done in the 5th so the bats have to come out now and Wang, fingers crossed, can go deep into the game coz our pen is F**K*D….
Nice by Captain clutch. The wild pitch which moved him to 2nd was a big mistake by O’Connor. Nice effort by A-Rod to get Jeter home to tie the score, but boy does Guillen have a gun or what for an arm. All tied now, everything to play for. This inning will be huge for Chien-Ming Wang.
Oh boy!!!!!! a 6 pitch inning for him, and only 72 pitches going into the 7th. More offence please boys..
Nice start in the 8th, with Melky walking. New pitcher for the Nats in Gary Majewski. Jeter does not look happy at all. Terrible strikeout, looked like me in softball. His hand is still bothering him me thinks. Now Giambi strikes out. Impressive stuff by Majewski. A-Rod in the spotlight now, and a huge RBI double by him, scores Cabrerra and puts the Yankees 2-1 up. Nice one Alex. It’s on Wang’s shoulders now to complete 6 outs, as neither Mo or Proctor are available today..
Oh Lord help me….. Wang walks Harris, and Jaret Wrong is warming up in the pen.. A good sac bunt by Bird moves Harris to 3rd. With 2 outs Wang walks Soriano. Jose Vidro, hits Wangs 96th pitch deep to left, but Melky makes another spectacular catch to end the inning.
So to the bottom of the 9th and Wang is going for a complete game. Proctor and Myers are warming up, just in case.
Oh good Jaysus… Thats all i can say. I really feel for him. He did not deserve that and anyone who criticises him does not know Baseball. I hope this does not destroy his confidence. Thats tragical… Chien-Ming Wang, You pitched your stones off mate. Hard luck dude.
June 17, 2006
N.Y. Yankees 9, Washington 11 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
N.Y. Yankees Record: (38-28)
Washington Record: (31-39)
Winning pitcher – Jon Rauch (2-1)
Losing pitcher – Mariano Rivera (4-4)
SV – Chad Cordero (13)
NYY HR – J. Damon (10) J. Posada (9) A. Rodriguez (15)
WAS HR – D. Ward (5)
After 3 homers, including a grand salami by Jawnee Damon, we decide to show the ugly side to our game. 6 ineffective pitchers used, including Mo, and newbie, T.J. Beem. We get rid of Erickson and Small (designated for assignment) and activate 2 minors.
Now, I do realize we need to utilize our farm system, but surely, even Stevie Wonder can see, we need to bolster our Rotation and pen. I know Dotel is due back next week, but how long will it take for him to be game ready. Calling on him in a tight situation and blowing it because he ain’t fully ready, would be counterproductive.
I still maintain, to highest extent, that we need another starter at least. Chacka Khan is only back from injury, Randy is suspended for his next start, and Jaret, well, is still wrong. Who’s gonna step up?? Pavano?? Don’t make me laugh…. His contract should be eaten up, chewed and spat back feckin out. What a waste of a player. Farnsworth is injured now aswell. I know most of you don’t like him, but he CAN be good at times. I can wait for him. Contentious I know, and I’ll probably get stats to the contrary shoved in my mush.
Jason Schmidt took a devastating loss in Safeco Field, Seattle today. He is the only pitcher the Giants really have. Is the pressure getting to him. The trade rumors are still leaping about. He could be amazing here in the Bronx, with Gator Guidry taking him under his wing. Johan Santana is the most likely, but again the Twinkies swept the Sox (more than we could do), and Minnesota would be loath to part with him at the moment.
Can someone explain to me how Joe Torre got the win added to his record yesterday, while serving a 1 match ban?? Lee Mazilli took over, and according to the mighty FOX, Mazz did not get the win on his record…. Baffling.
Come on Yankees, games like this one might rear up and bite you in the ****, come September.
To all readers of my blog, working commitments got in the way (how dare they) of both my sites. My other being my World Cup Blog ..
Chacka Khan, died a death again yesterday. HELP, Pitchers needed in The Bronx.. Not really much more to add, surprisingly enough..
Oh by the way, those of you who are religious and pray to a God, please offer up a prayer for poor Ben Rothlisberger (The Steelers QB), who is in a bad way , in hospital, following a motorbike wreck. Get better soon Ben..
So the Moose is human afterall. Touched up today and didn’t really get that much help at all, from a lacklustre and overworked pen. Octavio Dotel is due back in 2 weeks. I bet ya, should this mini-slump materialize into a panic alert this week, do not be surprised to see him rushing back.
I know the Giants are not a trading team, but an offer ‘apparently’ has been made for Sheffield, to play right in place of Moises Alou and they also want Phillip Hughes in a 3 team trade, that includes the Oakland A’s with Bonds walking across the Bay to DH. We in turn get Jason Schmidt. I’m sure the deal is a lot more complex than that, as I have said before, I do not know how these things work.
Barry Zito is still the favorite to come to New York. Could they be talking this weekend??????
Jeter must be pretty sore to DH yet again. Andy Phillips is the odd man out in this scenario as Jason Giambi continues to see more 1st base action. Miguel Cairo, while no Jeter, is a worthy understudy. He gives the phrase "Jack of all trades" a new meaning.
What about young Kevin Thompson. His 1st major league home run, didn’t "just get out", It left with a passport and suncream. It landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico. What a blast. We certainly have some decent players in the farm system. Are they now legitimate trade fodder for the Cash Man…??????
Anyway enough of that and always forever looking to tomorrow. It may seem like I’m wishing my life away, but in my eyes, unless you win 162 regular season games and sweep to the world series crown, (which will never happen), Things can only get better. Thats the beauty of sport..
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