Game 92: Orioles @ Yankees, 7/20/09

Below, as per Pete Abraham, are tonight’s starting lineups.  Hopefully the Yankees will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by launching a few into orbit.  JD is back in the starting lineup, with Cano bumped up to sixth to accommodate the insertion of both Hinske and Molina toward the bottom.  As per Mike’s text to me this morning, Lefty must not just be good but indicate that he can be a solid member of the rotation in the second half; certainly agreed on my end.  As per a spirited chinwag with Tim the Wizard this afternoon, the Yanks must roll teams such as Baltimore, nemesis though they are, to get a good head of steam into the first road series against Tampa, who is not going away and against whom the Yanks will throw the trio of Burnett, CC, and Joba; certainly agreed as well at The Heartland.  I have no doubt that Baltimore will not roll over; they usually don’t, and Tremblay is a good manager despite the mess in the (and of an) organization.  But as I mentioned to Wiz today, the Yanks are good enough this year to consider winning each and every series they play.  They should not just win this one, but sweep it–certainly win 6 of the next 7 against Baltimore and Oakland is feasible.  No messing around now.

Also as per the aforementioned chinwag with Wiz, we both agreed that we want Wang back.  Yet, as per Abraham via Girardi today, Wang experienced a setback when throwing, having felt pain.  Not a good sign, and I can’t help but feel for Wang and what a disaster 2009 has been for the guy thus far.  Hopefully it isn’t too serious.  Marte is throwing in SWB Tuesday.  If he can provide some solid relief, it might mean that Robertson gets optioned.  Personally, I’d like to see Robertson get more cracks, but the game circumstances after the break understandably have not allowed it.  No word yet on Mariano’s availability after saving three straight against Detroit. Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (54-37)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Hinske RF
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (8-5, 4.85).

ORIOLES (41-50)
Roberts 2B
Markakis RF
Jones CF
Huff 1B
Mora 3B
Scott DH
Reimold LF
Wieters C
Izturis SS

Pitching: RHP David Hernandez (2-2, 3.94).

Markakis crushed a low 0-1 fastball to right center in the first for his tenth homer to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead.  Cano’s F7 stranded the bases loaded in the bottom half, but Home-Run Hinske blasted a 2-0 chest-high change-up, outer half into the second deck in right to tie the game, his 5th of the year.  It seems as though Hinske homers every time he plays–4 in 13 at-bats with the Yanks thus far.  Cano and Pettite made a great play in the top of the second to spare Teixeira what would have been a tough error.  On Scott’s grounder to Teixeira’s mid-section that ate him up, the ball caromed to Cano, who flipped to Pettite covering to nab Scott.  The lesson?  For baseball beginners on up, when the ball moves, YOU move.  Both Cano and Pettite adhered to that maxim for the out; splendid baseball.

Pettite had to throw 26 pitches in the third, doubling his pitch count to 51, but fanned Izturis and Roberts in long at-bats.  Hernandez is already at 70 pitches through 3; great patience thus far by the Yanks.  Excellent play by Jeter to his left to end the top of the fourth, with a nice Teixeira scoop to boot.  Lefty is at 62 pitches thus far and looking good, throwing lots of strikes (44/62), fanning three, and allowing just the HR to Markakis as the only hit.  But a nine-pitch fourth for Hernandez puts Lefty right back out there, while also giving the rookie Hernandez a blow after the first two laborious innings.  Hey, Cano, I know you like the first pitch.  But with the opposing hurler laboring, couldn’t you just veer from your personal preferences to work the count?  Yeesh.

After walking Reimold and allowing a single to Wieters with one out, putting runners at the corners, Lefty avoided trouble in the fifth as Joba did yesterday, Fanning Izturis and getting Roberts on an easy F8.  Hernandez is up to 96 after 5, but the Yanks have done little to challenge him tonight. Another pitchers’ duel thus far.

In the sixth, after Lefty fanned the tough Markakis on a nasty cutter, Jones bunted down the third-base line for a single.  Then Teixeira flawlessly turned the 3-6-3, giving Lefty a six-pitch 6th.  Pettite looks great, having thrown 88 pitches/61 strikes.

Published in: on July 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Deja vu all over again. Yanks 2-1…again. Godzilla!


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