Away But Around

Right now, I’m catching up on some blogging from Kaladi’s, a nice coffee shop with free wireless in downtown Galena, IL, a small but somewhat bustling vacation town in the far northwest corner of Illinois near Iowa and Wisconsin.  We’re here for a couple days on some work but mostly pleasure.  We had a great lunch in town at 111 W. Main–a smoked salmon platter and a beer cheddar fondue for appetizers, then corn battered catfish (for me), and a variety of delicious sandwiches for the rest of the family.  Then it was on through town to the outstanding Galena Canning Company for a salsa made with a pepper even hotter than habanero (can you believe that?  And it’s terribly hot, to which I can personally attest), The Atomic Toy Company, Peace of the Past book store, the Galena River Wine and Cheese Shop for some great beers, and home.  In the afternoon, we went to a local ski lodge overlooking the Mississippi River for a warm weather luge run, with my son beating both me and my wife going blazingly fast.  Lots and lots of fun on a very warm and sunny day.

Great comeback win for the Yanks on Thursday, all of which I missed since I was teaching.  Great cue shot past third by Teixeira to tie it at five and bail out Wang, who struggled badly as the game wore on. Poor base running by Teixeira earlier in the game, in bizarre fasion getting thrown out at second tagging up from first on a play from right–horrible.  A-Rod at long last cashed in and pushed across Teixeira with a single, and Melky the Clutch hit the game-winning homer, a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the eighth.  I can’t say enough about Melky.  He’s been terrific.  The bullpen was also good Thursday. Although Aceves struggled a bit after Wang, allowing a solo homer and two walks, he held it together to get through the sixth.  Coke was excellent, throwing 1 1/3 perfect and fanning two, Robertson had the best kind of win one could “earn:” one pitch and one out, and Mariano allowed two hits but earned his 12th save of the year in 13 chances and 494th of his amazing career.

Swish is killing the ball, going 2-3 on Thursday and 9 for his last 19, hitting .251 now.  Teixeira is also mashing with extreme prejudice, going 204 with 3 RBIs (47 on the year), hitting a vastly improved .284.  Melky’s homer was his 6th, driving in 22 this year, and batting .311.  JD started things off in the bottom of the first with a solo homer, his 11th, with 33 RBIs, batting .297.  A-Rod got his 22nd RBI with a single, and Cano, Pena, and Cervelli also singled.  Although the team only hit 2-10 with RISP, they hit well enough in other situations to score 8.  Great job by Mike to bring back two of three and a big series win against Texas his first time at The Stadium.  That makes 4 of 6 against Texas this year.

Great pitching match-up tonight after last night’s rainout, with Sabahia (5-3, 3.46 ERA) facing young lefty phenom David Price (1-0, 3.00 ERA) at 1:05 ET.  I believe Mike Sommer is attending tomorrow’s game, so have a great time at the new place and bring back a W, Mike.  Big series this weekend, with the Yanks a half-game up on Boston, Tampa having won three straight to even their record at .500, and a division rival entering for three (had been slated for four before last night’s rainout).  The Yanks must win at least two, but face Price, Garza (4-4, 3.67 ERA), and the aggravating Sonnanstine (4-5, 7.07 ERA), who seemingly only baffles the Yanks, to do so.

By the way, the Yanks have the best record in the AL (8-4) in one-run games, and the second-best in the majors to LA (13-5).  As we have seen, they also simply refuse to lose when down in games, and have come from behind, what, 20 times now already?  I love that quality, and it’s both palpable and palpably different from last year.  They don’t quit.

Great piece by Tim Marchman of SI.com on why Joba should start.  On the alleged counter-arguments, I mean enough already.

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  1. Haha. I just wrote about the Joba piece too after I saw Rob Neyer and Paul Lebowitz write about the Marchman piece.

    http://www.statisticianmagician.com/

  2. i hope you had the good fortune to miss today’s fiasco.

  3. I’ll have to check that out, Joe, as well as Neyer’s and Lebowitz’s views.

    I did, Mike, wandering about Galena and finding out the score via my cell phone–without learning about Mariano’s struggles until the next day.


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