Split: Twin-Bill Routs; Shea Shutout

I ended up climbing into my son’s bed last night to help him get to sleep, and the next thing I know it’s one in the morning, so I went to sleep and figured I’d contribute the wrap this morning when I was more lucid.  I also won’t spend an inordinate amount of time on the first-game 15-6 blowout loss, which can be briefly summarized as follows: Giese, Edwar, Ohlendorf and Hawkins were all terrible; Wright, Beltran, and Delgado drove in all 15 runs, with Delgado himself having 9 RBIs; and the Yankees left 14 on base, 7 in scoring position.  It was a disgraceful showing in every facet.

The nightcap, however, was much more palatable for the HDLR, with various luminaries among the readers gracing the HDLR’s red carpet to see Sir Sidney Ponson shed the “Stinking” moniker I inserted between his first and last names by pitching a six-inning gem.  While working out of trouble and stranding seven in the first three innings, Ponson sharpened up his act, getting a double play to end the third and escape the bases-loaded jam.  He then cruised through the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, with Molina helping the cause with a terrific peg to catch Reyes stealing second in the fourth.  Ponson worked a 1-2-3 fifth and sixth, allowing five hits, four walks, no runs, and fanning four in six on 96 pitches/56 strikes, throwing good heat if erratically early on.  Despite some rough patches, the Yankees got three shutout innings of relief from Nuke, Veras, and–yes–the Kei-Man in the ninth, who also got a double-play ball to end the game.

On the other hand, the Yanks worked Pedro over, opening up and soon enough widening a lead into a blowout with two runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth each, and adding three more in the seventh.  In the fourth, Abreu worked a walk and stole second, A-Rod walked–both he and Abreu walked on full counts–Giambi singled to right to load the bases, Cano’s weak tapper for a 1-3 acted as a swinging squeeze play, 1-0 Yanks and, after Melky got the free pass, Molina’s grounder to Wright led to a force at third but couldn’t get Molina at first, 2-0 Yankees.  In the fifth, JD singled, Jeter worked on another 3-2 count, and Abreu drove in JD with a single to right, 3-0 Yanks.  During A-Rod’s K, Abreu stole second, Giambi walked, and Cano’s medium-range F7 near the stands was good enough to act as a sac fly and score Jeter, 4-0.  They chased Pedro in the sixth, with Grady Manuel leaving him in too long during a two-out rally.  Molina started off hit by the first pitch of the inning, Ponson bunted him to second, JD’s 3-1 moved him to third, and Jeter cranked a double off the center-field wall on the fly, scoring Molina 5-0.  After Schowenweis entered for Pedro, Abreu doubled to left, taking the pitch away to score Jeter, 6-0.  They piled on in the seventh, making it an official rout though not satisfying Mike, who called for at least a double-digit spread in addition to Mets blood and their eternal shame.  Cano led off the seventh with a long homer to center off Schoenweis, 7-0, Melky popped out, Molina singled, Betemit pinch-hit for Ponson and singled, JD walked to load the bases, and Jeter’s 6-3 scored Molina, 8-0.  Abreu’s single to right made it 9-0.

Kudos to the bullpen for preserving the shutout, despite some unnecessary dramatics especially from Veras and Igawa.  But bigger congrats to the offense for rolling on the Mets, and to Ponson for settling in and pitching a much-needed if unanticipated (except for Leo) gem.  Abreu was 4-4 with 3 RBIs (53 now), hitting .285.  Cano was 1-4 but drove in 3 (32 RBIs now) and had the big blast off lefty Schoenweis and is hitting .241. Jeter was 1-4, driving in 2 (35 on the year) and hitting .285.  Molina was 2-3 with an RBI, upping his average to .225.  Ponson gave the Yanks a good start and, with the offense, rolling, helped bury the Mets.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a very fun and lively HDLR.  We’ll do it again soon, perhaps Sunday, when I’ll also appear on Yankee Fan Club Radio in the evening.  Pettite (8-5, 4.04 ERA) faces Santana (7-6 , 2.93 ERA) in a battle of good lefties this afternoon at 3:55 EDT.

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