Yankees Crush Phils 12-0

Joba has settled in his last two starts, pitching well and fairly efficiently today.  He only allowed two hits and a walk (to the first batter of the game) in three scoreless innings, fanning three including Howard on a money fastball on the outside corner.  Bruney struggled through the fourth, giving up two hits and a walk, before escaping any damage.  After that, it was all Yankees, who scored 12 runs in all–10 after the third inning–on 20 hits, pasting the Phillies in a 12-0 shutout.

Ransom was good and disruptive, scoring in the third on an error after stealing second, singling and scoring twice.  Brett the Jet had an RBI triple, two runs, and a walk. Nick Swisher busted out of his Spring slump in a big way, going 3-4 and knocking in three.  Nady was 2-4 with 2 runs and an RBI.  Eduardo Nunez was 3-3 with 2 runs, and turned a Jayson Werth hot one-hop smash into a 6-4-3 DP, impressing the Phillies radio crew. Jose Molina was 1-3 with an RBI, and showed that he is probably the best throwing catcher (if not best defensive catcher outright) by throwing out Bruntlett–from his knees, and with ease. Shelley the Marauder was 2-2 with an RBI, and Austin jackson was 1-2 with an RBI.  Amazingly, only 4 of the Yanks’ 20 hits were for extra bases.

Igawa continues to throw well, with the pressure off as the Phillies radio crew saliently reminded, putting up the same stat line as Joba–3 IP, 2 hits, no runs, a walk, and 3 K’s.  Right now, it’s just sad that Igawa’s fine Spring is followed up with so little positive commentary.  He’s engendered just so little trust that it’s impossible for me–and surely others–to get worked up about his Spring successes and 0.00 Spring ERA until he actually does it consistently when it counts.  Alas, he likely won’t get that chance without a significant spate of injuries in The Bronx, and no one wants to see either of those scenarios transpire.  Albaladejo fanned two in his impressive eighth, and Robertson cleaned it up with a walk and a K in the ninth.  They both sport Spring ERAs under 2.

Tremendous day for the team, maybe their most impressive game thus far.  Sabathia gets the start tomorrow night, and Mariano will make his first Spring appearance for an inning.

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Published in: on March 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. As much as I joke about Igawa I do feel sorry for him. Other pitchers can be great in spring, ERA 0.00 and people say going to have a great year. Igawa is great in Sprng, ERA 0.00 and well its just Sping isnt it doesnt count.

  2. It is a shame really, Nick. Here the guy has an ERA of 0.00–yet in some later innings and often not against major-league players, but still–and is still an afterthought. I hate to say it, but it’s mostly his own fault. He performed badly in 2007, and the Yanks clearly seemed to do a bad job of scouting Igawa the player and person. He seems overwhelmed by playing in NY, and though I’m inferring, I’m inclined to agree with the Philly radio crew. When the pressure is off, Igawa does fine; when it’s on, he flubs.

    It would be great to see him contribute in some meaningful way to the Yanks, but especially after the free-agent haul and with his own history of gagging, that doesn’t seem in Igawa’s foreseeable future.

  3. it’s just a shame that his salary is 12 million or we’d be able to trade him…


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