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Yankee Game (7/6/09)

Well, the Yanks were able to rally late, but came up short as the Blue Jays avoided a four game sweep and salvaged a 7-6 win over the Yanks. The Yanks were able to out hit the Jays (12 to 8), but not out score them as they snapped their three game winning streak. 

Andy Pettitte’s command was off today, as he allowed 6 runs and walked 5 through 6 innings. He also surrendered 5 hits with two of them resulting in home runs. After Pettitte was taken out in the seventh, the Yanks brought in Bruney who was able to get 2 outs but then gave up 2 hits and surrendered a run giving the Jays an important 7th run which allowed them to hold off the Yanks.
As far as the Yanks offense is concerned, their bats were shut down today (except for Hinske’s solo shot in the fifth) up until the seventh inning. I guess its better late than never but the Yanks offense just couldn’t pick up that game tying run to possibly push the game into extra innings. Before I analyze/summarize the Yanks offense, I just want to point out, for those of you who didn’t watch the game, that the umpires made a few bad calls on the Yanks today. Not just balls and strikes, but key safes and outs. 
In the first inning with no outs and Jeter at second, Derek decided to steal third. Now, I’m not defending Jeter’s decision to steal third because he was already in scoring position. What I want to point out is that on the replays, the throw from the catcher might have beat Jeter, but the tag didn’t. Jeter was clearly safe, but I guess Marty Foster lives up to the fact that if the throw beats the runner, he is automatically out.  Girardi was ejected that inning, but I agree with him when he said “He’s either out or safe.” It doesn’t matter if the throw beat him, its all on the tag. However, that wasn’t the only awful call that the umps made today. In the bottom of the seventh inning with Hinske on first and Cano on second, Gardner hit a hard ball to the shortstop who flipped to the second baseman Hill for the force out. However, Hill was at least 2 feet off the bag when he caught the ball, but Wally Bell rushed the call and called Hinske out. Even without the replays following the play, you could see Hill never touched the base. Hill even turned to go back and tag the base but he saw Wally make the out call, so he stopped. This prevented the bases from being loaded and the next batter for the Yanks, (pinch hitter Damon) was hit by a pitch. This would have walked in the Yanks game tying run and would have pushed the game into extra innings, giving the Yankees a chance to sweep the Jays. Overall I was fed up with the umps today, and so was Girardi and probably many other Yankee fans.
Anyways, back to the Yanks offense. With Hinske making his first debut for the Yanks, Eric blasted a solo shot in the fifth inning off Romero giving him his first home run as a Yankee. Then in the seventh inning, the Yankees were able to rattle up League and Accardo, of the Jays, for 2 runs making it a 7-3 ball game. Next inning, the Yanks put up a run on a bases loaded walk issued by Frasor moving the Yanks within 3 runs (to tie). Then in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Matsui pinched hit for Melky and delivered a 2 run single, to close the gap and move the Yanks within 1 run. But then the next batter (Eric Hinske) struck out on a 3-2 slider that ended the game.
Now, I hate to blame people for a loss, but I have to say that neither the Yanks offense nor pitching was really a problem today. Now you might be saying to yourself “What is this guy crazy??? Pettitte gave up 6 runs over seven innings!!!” But, what I forgot to mention was that Wally also made another bad call at second, calling one of the Jays’ runners safe at second with two outs, when the replays clearly showed him out by a foot and a half. The next batter was Rios who hit a 3 run shot off of Pettitte. However, the home run could have easily been avoided if Wally Bell could just open his eyes!!! So don’t blame Pettitte or the Yankees offense today for their tough loss.

Toronto AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Scutaro, SS 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .280
Hill, A, DH 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 .295
Wells, V, CF 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 .257
Rolen, 3B 4 0 1 2 1 1 3 .327
Rios, RF 5 1 1 3 0 1 3 .264
Millar, 1B 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 .233
  Overbay, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Bautista, J, LF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .256
Barajas, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .268
McDonald, Jo, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .267
Totals 35 7 8 7 6 6 15  
BATTING
2B: Wells, V (23, Bruney), Rolen (25, Bruney).
HR: Rios (10, 3rd inning off Pettitte, 2 on, 2 out), McDonald, Jo (1, 7th inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Wells, V 4; Rolen 2; Rios 4; Bautista, J; Barajas; McDonald, Jo 4.
RBI: Barajas (40), Rios 3 (44), McDonald, Jo (1), Rolen 2 (32).
2-out RBI: Barajas; Rios 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McDonald, Jo; Barajas; Bautista, J.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Bautista, J (Rodriguez, A at 1st base).
DP: (Bautista, J-McDonald, Jo-Millar).

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 .314
Swisher, 1B 4 0 3 2 1 0 3 .242
Teixeira, DH 5 0 0 0 0 2 6 .273
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .244
Posada, C 5 1 1 0 0 2 3 .282
Cano, 2B 5 2 2 0 0 2 1 .303
Cabrera, Me, LF-CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .280
  b-Matsui, H, PH 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .267
  1-Ransom, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .180
Hinske, RF 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .264
Gardner, CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .278
  a-Damon, PH-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
Totals 37 6 12 6 4 8 20  
a-Hit by pitch for Gardner in the 8th. b-Singled for Cabrera, Me in the 9th. 
1-Ran for Matsui, H in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Swisher (18, Romero, R), Cano 2 (21, Accardo, Frasor).
HR: Hinske (2, 5th inning off Romero, R, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Swisher 4; Rodriguez, A; Posada; Cano 4; Cabrera, Me; Matsui, H; Hinske 5; Gardner.
RBI: Hinske (12), Swisher 2 (43), Jeter (35), Matsui, H 2 (38).
2-out RBI: Jeter; Matsui, H 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada; Teixeira 2; Rodriguez, A; Swisher 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
CS: Jeter (3, 3rd base by Romero, R/Barajas).

 

Umpires: HP: Chad Fairchild. 1B: John Hirschbeck. 2B: Wally Bell. 3B: Marty Foster-Worst Umps I’ve ever seen
I usually don’t hand out players of the game from the other team when they win, and I won’t start now. But today I am going to post (in my opinion) the worst players of the game… (HINT: These people aren’t from the Yankees or Blue Jays)
Worst Players of the Game
Wally Bell.jpg
Wally Bell: 2 awful calls at second base
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Marty Foster: awful call over at third base
Tomorrow the Yankees will be on the road and will face the Minnesota Twins for a 3 game set. The Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia (7-5) will be taking on Scott Baker (6-6), who has won his last four games. Honestly, I’m not sure who will win tomorrow. Both pitchers have been inconsistent this year, so its hard to decide who will come out on top. It will mostly come down to who scores early and will be able to hold onto that lead for the remainder of the game. The game is scheduled for 8:05 PM tomorrow night on MY9.
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My Version of the 2009 All Star Roster

Of course, many people have their own opinion of who should be on the 2009 All Star roster. And of those many people, I too have my opinion. I have made these decisions based upon talent, skill, most deserving, and my personal preference. I’m not saying this should be the starting roster of the 2009 All Star Game, but it is who I’d like to see on the roster. I would appreciate it if know one would comment on “why this guy over this guy” or “you call that guy deserving?” It’s just my opinion. It also doesn’t mean that these are the people that I voted for.

               American League                                                                 National League 
1st Base:   Mark Teixeira                                                                          Albert Pujols
2nd Base:  Ian Kinsler                                                                              Chase Utley
Shortstop:  Derek Jeter                                                                            Hanley Ramirez
3rd Base:   Alex Rodriguez                                                                       David Wright
Catcher:     Joe Mauer                                                                              Brian McCann
Outfield:     Ichiro Suzuki                                                                          Raul Ibanez
                  Josh Hamilton                                                                         Ryan Braun
                  Jason Bay                                                                              Alfonso Soriano
Pitchers: (I’ll name 5 starters and 4 closers)
SP:  Zack Greinke                                                                                Tim Lincecum
       Roy Halladay                                                                                 Jason Marquis
       Tim Wakefield                                                                               Chad Billingsley
       Josh Beckett                                                                                 Matt Cain
       Andy Pettitte                                                                                 Dan Haren
CL:  Mariano Rivera                                                                              Heath Bell
       Joe Nathan                                                                                  Francisco Rodriguez
       Jonathan Papelbon                                                                        Jonathan Broxton
       Brian Fuentes                                                                               Brian Wilson