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Friday July, 21 2006.
E-Rod Strikes Again
By mvyb, 10:31

Yankees- 4, Blue Jays- 5 (11 innings)
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W- Tallet (3-0)
L- Rivera (4-5)
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Notable Yankee Players:
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C- Posada, 3-5 ( 1B, 1B, 2B, RBI)
2B- Cairo, 1-3 ( 1B, R, RBI, SB, sac fly)
LF- Cabrera, 1-3 ( 1B, BB, R, 2 SB)
P- Mussina: 7IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 6K
P- Proctor: H, 2K, 2IP
 
 
These are the toughest games to watch and then write about.... Mike Mussina pitched beautifully and deserved his 12th win of the year. Scott Proctor was brilliant and gave the Yankees the chance to win the ballgame in extras. Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada led a comeback against one of the game's best closers, B. J. Ryan. All for nothing.
 
Yes, Mariano Rivera gave up the walkoff home run to Wells, but the real cause for this loss was Yankee thirdbaseman, Alex Rodriguez.
 
Here's the scenario: It's the sixth inning, Yankees up 3 to 0. Blue Jays have a runner on third with one out. Hill chops to third base, and Alex Rodriguez fields the ball easily. Because of the artificial turf, the ball came right at A-Rod, giving him plenty of time to throw the runner out at home, and maybe even start a 5-2-3 double play.
 
Instead, Alex makes a terrible throw home (a truly terrible throw) allowing the runner at third to score and the batter, Hill, to advance to second base. Rodriguez was given an error on the play, but Mussina was still charged with an earned run. Things crumbled for Mussina in that inning as he allowed four consecutive hits. All four runs were earned and charged to Mussina. ( Now if I was the official scorer, at least two of the runs would have been unearned. ) A-Rod's miscue clearly messed up Mussina's rhythm, because when Mussina came back out in the seventh, he pitched an easy 1-2-3 inning. If Alex makes the throw home, the Yanks win the ballgame. ( And even if Alex threw the Hill out at first, allowing the one runner to score- the Yanks would have still won the game.)
 
During the YES network postgame, Mike Mussina was asked about Rodriguez, "We need him back, the way he's supposed to be."
 
Roy Halladay wasn't as sharp as I expected him to be, so the Yanks did get 8 hits and 3 runs off of him. Jorge Posada had the big night with three hits and an RBI. It was nice to see the Yanks play small-ball last night- the sac bunt, sac fly, and 3 stolen bases were very helpful in pushing a couple runs across against Doc Halladay.
 
Yankee Player of the Game: Scott Proctor

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Wednesday July, 19 2006.
Thunder and Lightening in the Bronx!
By mvyb, 10:01

Mariners- 4, Yankees- 5   ( 10 innings)
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W- Proctor ( 3-2)
L- Mateo (5-4)
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Notable Yankee Players:
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1B- Phillips, 2-5 ( 2B, 2R, RBI, solo HR [7] )
2B- Green, 3-3 ( 1B, 2B, 2B )
PH- Guiel, 1-1 ( RBI 1B)
LF- Cabrera, 1-5 ( walkoff, solo HR [4] )
P- Yankee Bullpen:  2H, BB, 4K, 0R, 4.1IP
 
 
Sidney Ponson's solid debut was overlooked in this awesome game,. He did pitch 6.1 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits ( striking out five). His only big mistake was a three-run homer to Richie Sexon in the first inning- other then that, Ponson was impressive. He gave the Yanks a chance to win the ballgame, which is all a number 5 starter is supposed to do. What he perfect? No. Was he good enough? After watching his first start for the Yanks-  yeah, I think so.
 
But the real pitching story here was New York's wonderful (tonight at least) bullpen. Villone came in to the game with runners on the corners, two outs, and Ichiro Suzuki batting. He struck Ichiro out looking to end the frame. Villone got into a bit of trouble in the eighth, and with runners on the corners, two outs, and Adrian Beltre batting. Kris Wilson entered the game and induced a fly out to right. Wilson then pitched a scoreless ninth inning. After the comeback and the rain delay in the bottom half of the ninth, Farnsworth and Proctor both pitched scoreless innings to end the game.
 
Besides Giambi's first inning RBI and Andy Phillip's second inning solo home run, the Yankee bats were silent against Joel Pineiro. The Yankees did not score again until they went into the ninth with their backs to the wall.  Andy Phillips started the inning with a double, but Cabrera struck out after an 8 pitch at-bat. Aaron Guiel pinch-hit for Nick Green, Guiel singled to right field, driving in Phillips. Posada, the potential winning run, grounded to the secondbaseman who bobbled the ball , recovered, and threw to first. Posada was clearly out, but the firstbase umpire called him safe ( finally a bad call going the Yankees way!). Nick Green went to third base, and Johnny Damon then brought him home on a sac fly. Alex Rodriguez was up, and had worked the count to 3-1....... then the rain came. The game was delayed almost two hours! ( I'd love to know what the players did in that space of time.) Anywho, when the rain let up, A-Rod struck out to end the frame, and send the ballgame into extras.
 
In the bottom of the eleventh, with no one on, and no one out- Melky Cabrera struck.
 
Yankee Player(s) of the Game: The Bullpen ( consisting of Villone, Proctor, Wilson, and even Farnsworth)

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Tuesday July, 18 2006.
Chien-Ming Wang Pitches Around Terrible Defense, Wins #10
By mvyb, 10:42

Mariners- 2, Yankees- 4
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W- Wang (10-4)
L- Washburn (4-10)
S- Rivera (22)
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Notable Yankee Players:
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CF- Damon, 3-4 ( 3 singles, RBI)
DH- Giambi, 1-4 ( BB, solo HR [28] )
2B- Cairo, 1-4 ( 1B, 2 RBI, R)
P- Wang: 7H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, K, 7IP
 
 
Wow, with all the errors in the game ( 4 by NYY), I did not think the Yanks would come out on top. But Chien Ming Wang pitched around the terrible evening of his thirdbaseman, and picked up his tenth win of the season. He induced several double plays in huge situations which allowed him to go 7 whole innings. Wang wasn't as sharp as usual, but that was only due to the fact that he hadn't pitched in 9 days.  The Yankee bullpen was surprisingly good, Myers and Proctor pitching a 1-2-3 eighth while Rivera picked up his 22nd save of the season.
 
The few Yankee runs came on a solo homer by Jason Giambi and a big two-out, two-run single by Miguel Cairo in the second inning.
 
Poor, poor A-Rod.... not only did he commit three errors on the night...But he went 0-4 with 5 runners left on base ( he struck out with the bases loaded). He left the game after fouling a pitch off his left big toe. X-Rays will be revealed sometime today, but no matter the out come, Rodriguez is expected to miss tonight's ballgame.
 
But the Yankees win again! They've now had 4 consecutive solid outings by their starting pitchers, can they make it 5? The dreaded Sidney Ponson makes his Yankee debut tonight....make some popcorn....
 
Yankee Player of the Game: Chien-Ming Wang

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Monday July, 17 2006.
Number 400 for Rivera
By mvyb, 10:16

White Sox- 4, Yankees- 6
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W- Wright (6-5)
L- Garcia (10-6)
S- Rivera (21)
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Notable Yankee Players:
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SS- Jeter, 1-4 ( R, RBI, solo HR [6] )
3B- Rodriguez, 2-4 ( 1B, 2 RBi, R, 2-run HR [20] )
P- Rivera: H, BB, K, 2IP
 
 
The Yankees sweep the defending World Series champions at the Bronx for only the fourth time in franchise history! The Yanks out-pitched, out-hit, and out-defended the ChiSox. New York is now off to an incredible start here in the second half. With another Red Sox loss, the Yankees are only 0.5 games back in the AL East.
 
Derek Jeter finally homered again, the first time in 190 at-bats. Alex Rodriguez followed him by blasting his 20th over the left field fence, erasing a 1-1 tie. Miguel Cairo chipped in with an RBI single, as did Jason Giambi with a sac fly. Bubba Crosby even got into the act with an RBI double of his own.
 
Now, besides a botched double play by Derek Jeter and a passed ball by Jorge Posada, the Yankee defense was very good. Melky Cabrera threw Chicago's third baseman, Joe Crede out at home plate, and Aaron Guiel caught Jim Thome in front of the second base bag.
 
Jaret Wright pitched decently, but couldn't get out of the sixth inning. Fortunately, the New York bullpen was spectacular, getting out of multiple jams. Mariano Rivera picked up his 11th career, two-inning save ( his 400th save all-time). He is now only 79 saves behind Dennis Eckersley on the all-time list. Rivera will most likely pass Eckersley, but will he be able to over take Trevor Hoffman who is still an active closer for the San Diego Padres ( currently second on the all-time list)? I think so, but it will take a couple more seasons to find out. How healthy will Rivera be? How many save opportunities will he have with the Bombers? How long will he stay with the Yankees? It'll be fun to see, but by the time it's all over, I think Rivera will be on top of the list as the greatest closer of all time ( and a sure Hall of Famer).
 
Yankee Player of the Game: Mariano Rivera

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Saturday July, 15 2006.
Mussina Keeps the Ball Rolling
By mvyb, 18:06

White Sox- 3, Yankees- 14
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W- Mussina (11-3)
L- Buerhle (9-7)
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Notable Yankees:
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SS- Jeter, 2-4 ( 2B, 2B, R, 3 RBI)
DH- Giambi, 2-4 (1B, 1B, 2R, 2RBI)
RF- Williams, 2-4 ( 2B, 2B, R, 3 RBI)
1B- Phillips, 2-4 ( 2B, BB, R, 4 RBI, 2-run HR [6] )
CF- Crosby, 1-2 ( solo HR [1] )
P- Mussina: 6IP, 3ER, 3R, 8H, 5K
 
 
It's absolutely fun to watch Mussina pitch- he's like an artist, moving his pitches around like a paintbrush. Although this wasn't his best game, Mussina was pretty darn good. He got through 6 innings ( 95 pitches), giving up only 3 runs. He really only made one mistake, a fastball right down the middle to Jim Thome. The pitch ended landed in the upper deck in right field. Proctor, Myers, and Villone were also excellent, shutting out the ChiSox through the final three innings.
 
Looking at the final score, you can see that there was a lot of offense from the Yankee lineup ( and bench players).  Jeter and Williams both had two doubles and three RBIs. Jeter now has 55 RBIs on the year, and is headed for his first 100+ RBI season. Giambi singled home a pair of runs in the 4th. Rodriguez also brought in a runner. Bubba Crosby, who came in for Johnny Damon in the 7th, hit his first homer of the year. Andy Phillips also homered, and drove in four runs. Sheesh...
 
The Yanks needed Mussina to be consistent, and he has been, all year.
 
Boston, here we come.
 
Yankee Player of the Game: Andy Phillips

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Yankees Break Contreras' Win Streak
By mvyb, 10:11

White Sox- 5, Yankees- 6
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W-  Farnsworth (3-4)
L- Contreras (9-1)
S- Rivera (20)
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Notable Yankees:
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C- Posada, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
RF- Guiel, 2-2 ( 1B, BB, solo HR [4])
P- Johnson- 4H, 3R, 3ER, 6K, 7IP
 
 
Every since he left New York, Jose Contreras has become a superstar. He hasn't lost since August, was elected to the All Star game, and was going for a record 18 straight winning decisions. Then the Yanks had their revenge. The game wasn't a blowout, like I would have wished, but nevertheless, Contreras ended up with an "L" on his season record.
 
Randy Johnson pitched very well, going 7 innings and allowing only 3 runs ( on 4 hits)! Going into the second half, the Yanks need Johnson to step up and pitch like the ace he was supposed to be. Kyle  Farnsworth pitched a scoreless inning, picking up his third victory. Again, if the Yankees want to make the playoffs, they need their set-up man to pitch effectively. The game got hairy in the ninth, as Rivera let two Chicago runners cross home plate, but he eventually nailed the game down.
All the Yankee batters contributed in the win- Jeter doubled and scored; Damon hit an RBI double; Rodriguez singled twice, Posada singled twice, driving in and scoring a run; Bernie hit a sac fly, Cabrera had a clutch RBI single, and Aaron Guiel hit his first Yankee homer. The Bombers pounded out ten hits off Chicago's pitching staff.
 
And for the cherry on top of it all, Boston lost last night (5-3) and today (15-3). The Yankees are now only 1.5 games back in the American League East.
 
Yankee Player of the Game: Aaron Guiel

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