Hi everyone and welcome to the Heartland Digital Living Room, where the hot dogs, chicken wings, and bratwursts are always fresh, the beverages are always cold, and the chin-wagging is always lively. Today, the Yankees go for the sweep of the Shea phase of the series, with Rasner (4-5, 4.50 ERA) facing lefty Oliver Perez (5-5, 5.29 ERA). More good pitching, like the last two games, would go a long way to achieving that. I’m opening things up early so I can go for a run and clean up before the game. Also, I’ll be on Yankee Fan Club Radio tonight, with the show starting at 6 p.m. EDT. Drop by and listen to Ty, Uncle Joe, and Tony. Also, come on in the HDLR, grab a cold one and a digital leather recliner, and enjoy the game. Let’s Go, Yankees!
1st: Top–Yankees go 1-2-3 on only nine pitches; eight in the Yanks lineup can or do hit righty, including Jorge at first and Betemit at second. Bottom–Rasner works around the lead-off hit from Reyes and the two-out walk to Beltran, jamming Delgado on an 0-1 fastball to get a shallow F8. Rasner through the first at 17 pitches.
2nd: Top–Yankees go 1-2-3. Mets score one, off three hits, a walk, and a sac, but Rasner got through on 26 pitches, and got Wright to ground into a 5U to end the threat, 1-0 Mets.
3rd: Top–Yankees go 1-2-3 yet again. Delgado smashes a 3-2 hanging slider off the scoreboard, 2-0 Mets, but he avoids trouble after a Church bloop and an IBB to fan Perez. Thank goodness for facing the pitcher, if only in that instance. The Yankees have mustered nothing at all on offense. That needs to change with JD, Jeter, and A-Rod.
4th: Top–Jeter’s one-out single and move to second on a wild pitch goes wasted, A-Rod fanned in a terrific, nine-pitch at-bat, Jorge’s weak 4-3 ends the threat. Bottom–Rasner looks better, working around a single to get Wright and fan Beltran on a fastball up. Rasner at 87 pitches.
5th: Top–Yankees go 1-2-3 yet again, though Betemit hit the ball hard twice. Bottom–Rasner is improving, throwing only 14 pitches and working around a hit, finishing the 5th with 101 pitches/14 in the inning. The Yankees need offense now.
6th: Top–Moeller gave a pitch a ride, to the wall in left pinch-hitting for Rasner. JD singled but Jeter swung at the first pitch, again, three outs. Bottom–David Robertson is in for his first major-league appearance, fans Perez in a long at-bat, allows a single to Reyes, Castillo’s single past A-Rod down the line made it first and second, wild pitch gave them second and third, and Wright’s sac fly to right made it 3-0. Beltran down on an F8. Robertson had to throw 25 pitches in what was probably a nervous first time pitching. Runs now.
Yanks can’t cash in on what few chances they have down the stretch, lose 3-1. Kudos to Betemit for one of the longest home runs I’ve ever see in (and out of) Shea. But he was caught looking to end the game in the ninth, and the Yanks mustered little off Perez. Thanks to Joe, Mike, and Vanessa for coming by the HDLR. I have to split and get some dinner going before YFCR. Rasner was fairly good if inefficient, Robertson had a rough first but better second inning pitched. But no offense.