Good A.J. ~ April 30

~~Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4~~

Kasey and D were at this game. They went down to NYC for their anniversary. For the trade off, I get to go to the Mets and Redsox games in May. I win!!

Even though I was home, I can’t remember what I was doing during this game. I had to get Sarah at 4:30, I think I took a nap, but I followed on GameDay, I was a little scared to watch the game after yesterdays, game but this game ended with a win.

A.J. gave up all 4 runs, but that was all, Joba, Rafael and Mo pitched scoreless innings to hold the one run lead. And for all the people worrying about too many home runs, none of the Yankees runs were scored with home runs.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

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Bad Blue Jays ~ April 29

~~Blue Jays 5, Yankees 3~~

Jose Bautista is evil, pure evil, I mean it. No not like he’s the son of Satan or anything, we are talking about baseball here. Whenever he shows up the Yankees struggle.

Granted Freddy wasn’t as sharp as he has been, and apparently Dave Robertson has been taking human lessons from Mo, but the Yankee bats were sadly quiet too. Tough game and tough loss.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

Sending the White Sox home


~~Yankees 12, White Sox 3~~

Once again the Yankee starter went deep. This time it was C.C. Sabathia pitching 7 innings, the only runs the White Sox got were unearned.

The first two runs the Yankees got were without a hit, then in the 5th Gardner started with a home run, he also got the first out. In all there were 12 batters, the inning was 32 minutes and six different hitters drove in runs. Then in the 7th inning Nick Swisher hit his first home run of the season. Actually on his first base hit of the game he had the biggest grin, like he felt things were turning around.

Lance Pendleton came in to pitch the last two innings. Not a save situation, but he pitched two scoreless innings.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

How do you spell relief? Bartolo Colon

He doesn’t have a commanding presence on the mound. He doesn’t have Andy Pettitte’s stare, or David Robertson’s high socks. He doesn’t stand tall on the mound like A.J. Burnett, in fact, in comparison with most Yankee pitchers you could describe him as short and dumpy (some unkind person called him Big Bart). He doesn’t have a cutter like Mariano Rivera. What he does have is remarkable control of his sinker and and fastball that tops out at 96 mph. He has the ability to pitch like the former Cy Young winner and 2 time All Star that he is. He is Bartolo Colon and he is simply amazing, sit down Mr. Konerko, you have been whiffed by the Great Bartolo.

On April 3 when he pitched against Detroit his ERA was 9.00, with each game it has come down till this game with the White Sox, his ERA is now 2.77 and his WHIP is 1.12 (I think that’s good).

Also I need to send my apologies to Phil Hughes for saying he needs to get his shit together, he may be suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome. If he is he might need surgery (a twelve hour procedure that includes removing part of a rib) and it could possibly be the end of his season.

~~Yankees 3, White Sox 1~~

Bartolo pitched 8 innings, 99 pitches, 1 earned run. Mo came in for the 9th and got his 8th save of the season.

Teixeira left game with right shoulder soreness. He dove to get a ball during the last game and he dove again tonight and aggravated it.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

Once again, starting to H.A.T.E. the White Sox

There is no way the Yankees can win the series, the best they can get is a split. This time the Yankees were ahead in the top of the 8th, then were a run behind at the middle of the 8th. It was a combination of Soriano giving up a two run home run and Greg Gibson’s shrinking strike zone.

~~White Sox 3, Yankees 2~~

So the Yankees were a run behind going into the bottom of the ninth, Jeter got on base, and Alex hit a ball that went to the wall, and this little brat Lillibridge caught the ball. He did the same to Cano. So we lost the first two games of the series and Yankees cannot win this series. This is the first time this season Yankees have lost two games in a row.

Still hurts. And of course Kasey is blaming Soriano, and I guess he is partially to blame, but there was no run support.

On the plus side, Ivan Nova pitched into the 7th inning. He did a good job and got an ovation when he left. He did not however, get the win but his ERA is now down to 5.82 from a choking 7.63 after his last start with Toronto.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

Yankee Universe and Dream Team 25

This is my new Yankee Universe card. This is the third year I have been a member. I really like this card. It’s much prettier then the previous one.

On another random baseball matter, on twitter I follow a person, J-Boogie who also writes a blog Baseball & The Boogie Down check them out. Anyway, he gave me this great idea, he (and some others, you can see on his blog) is donating $15 to Curtis Granderson’s charity for each home run Curtis hits.

So I decided to make my donations to Dream Team 25, Mark Teixeira’s charity for each home run he hits. The only problem is his website it set up to accept donations in $25 dollar increments and I was planning on $15 per home run. So I will have to figure something out.

Get the brooms out

One of the games of this series was rained out, the Yankees won the other two. In fact the Yankees have swept the Orioles for the season. They play the Orioles next on May 18, 19 in Baltimore. I hope the rain has stopped by then and the Yankees keep up their streak.

There was no retaliation today for Martin’s plunking yesterday. Not only is Russell Martin a class act, Gardner already got them back with the home run and the Yankees don’t want that kind of hit on their record. People are still saying Swisher’s slide was dirty! (Note to self, STOP reading the comments on MLB.com) If they want to fight, they can wait until a Boston game.

~~Yankees 6, Orioles 3~~

Garcia was perfect through 6, well not really perfect, just scoreless, his ERA is an insane 0.69. I don’t know what his other numbers are, I don’t understand them anyway. So he has now pitched 12 scoreless inning for the Yankees. Buddy Carlyle, after he pitched yesterday said, “Now next to my name in the baseball encyclopedia will be “New York Yankees” that’s kind of cool.” He pitched an inning yesterday and โ…” of an inning today. 3 outs yesterday, 2 outs today, no runs. We like him.

After Garcia was pulled for Joba, Joba gave up two runs, Mark Reynolds hit a home run. Joba was upset, he has certainly changed from the last two seasons. David came in for next inning and was not as sharp as he has been so far this year. 2 hits, a man on first and third and Mariano comes in. The last out was a long fly ball that Brett Gardner caught on the run. That’s why he’s in the line-up even though his bat is not hot right now, cause he can make that long run and catch.

However Mo is still trying to convince us he’s human. Tying run was scored in the ninth inning. Swisher to Cano to Martin tagged out the run that would have been the winning run. Then we had free baseball in Baltimore. The game remained tied until the 11th inning. Then the Yankees scored three and Boone and Buddy pitched a scoreless bottom of the 11th.

Curtis Granderson got his 7th homer of the season, Cano has hit safely in his last 13 games and Curtis his last 8.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

I love me a little Canadian catcher

Russell Martin that is just in case you were wondering. The Canadian is rakin’, 2 home runs in this game and 6 for the season so far. He said he did a little more work in the off season and is feeling healthy. I think it is the ‘batter whisperer Kevin Long’ that is doing it.

Phil Hughes is rehabbing and may start a minor league game in the next week. He said his arm is feeling better and the pitching coach likes what he sees.

~~Yankees 15, Orioles 3~~

Despite having flu-like symptoms, CC pitched a full 8 innings, he threw 103 pitches, 76 of them were strikes and picked up his first win of the season. I hope he hasn’t blown his chance for a Cy Young. Ha Ha

Yankees struck early with Derek hitting a single, Mark a double and Alex doubling to bring in Derek and Mark. Then Robbie brought in Alex with a single. This makes the 12th game in a row he has got a hit. Go Robbie! So the Yankees got 3 runs without hitting a home run, shocking!

Then the O’s pitcher seemed to settle down, until the 6th inning. With Robbie and Nick on base, Russell hit his first home run of the night. That was the last inning for that pitcher. Then Adam Jones did that in the 7th inning for the Orioles. D immediately said, ‘CC needs to come out now!’ He’s an idiot. So they scored 3 runs, we had 6, and then in the next inning, Jorge hit a two run home run (yes I tweeted Hip-Hip Jorge) and Russell hit his second home run of the night. I love back-to-back home runs, so much fun.

With 2 outs in inning Derek walked, Curtis singled and Mark walked. Alex was next up. D started saying Alex is going to hit a home run now. Em started saying, Oh he was doing that at the beginning of last year, he got bored with it. Meanwhile Showalter was replacing the pitcher and Alex was on-deck, swinging the bat around, over his right shoulder and then over his left shoulder, smooth fluid moves, without a break in rhythm, I don’t know if he was showing off, or trying to psych out the other players, maybe that is just what he does when he is waiting. Then he hit a grand slam. So D isn’t a total idiot.

For Russell’s next at bat he got hit by a pitch. Of course the big question is, was it intentional? Of course the pitcher claims it wasn’t, “There’s no way that I would do that and intentionally go at somebody’s head or go way up there,” Rupe said. “I know how to hit a guy when the situation calls for it, and that wasn’t it.” Which is the same thing Ken Singleton says, around the waist, not at the head or shoulders. But when Russell turned to look at the pitcher, he was mad. Brett got him back though, he hit a home run. His first of the season. Yay Brett! Now it is my sweet Nicky’s turn. โ™ฅ

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›

Split the series

After last nights miserable loss, this game was a delight. Watching Bartolo Colon pitch I was thinking, ‘Phil better get his shit together or he’s out of a job.’ (Yeah I went there.) 6 almost perfect innings. His numbers: 6.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs and 7 strike outs. His ERA has come down to 3.50 and he now has 20 strike outs. He left the game with Yankees ahead and today, the bullpen did not let him down, well Pendleton almost did and Soriano ‘made things interesting’. I’m sure Joe told him, ‘Nice you got us the save, but DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN!’ And Soriano picks up his first save of the game.

~~Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2~~

I didn’t get to see all the game, which is why I am now watching the encore presentation, I don’t know how I’m going to manage getting up tomorrow. Anyway, when I was watching the highlights I saw two plays that made me go “WOW”. One Robbie caught the ball, tagged the runner going to 2nd and threw the ball to Mark. Robbie was so quick, in one smooth movement he caught the ball, and just kind of came forward put his arm out and got the runner. It was WOW. The second was a long fly ball to Swisher that he threw in and Mark caught, and for some reason there were two men on third base. So he ran across the diamond and tagged both of them. That was funny, Ken Singleton said, “Only one man allowed on a base in major league baseball.” Mark hit three doubles and most of the runs in this game were not by home run.

And I have a theory about why David Robertson is so cool, calm and collected when he comes in. If he comes in with bases loaded, any runs scored by those men on base are the previous pitchers responsibility. So it doesn’t count against his E.R.A. I’m not saying he doesn’t care about winning, but since it doesn’t hurt him personally, he can be a little more settled in his head and that makes it easier for him to do that magic thing with his fastball and curve.

~~ Questo รจ tutto, dice la principessa ~~ ๐Ÿ˜›