Tagged: John Smoltz

Lose… I Don’t Think The Yankees No How To Lose Right Now

If we can finally beat the Red Sox, then I say the Yankees can’t lose right now.  0-8 against the Sox on the season was enough for the Bombers who burst out last night for a 13-6 win in Yankee Stadium.  Melky’s bomb in the fourth off the struggling John Smoltz was just the beginning of an explosive offensive outbreak that put the game out of reach for the Red Sox.  An eight run fourth inning was enough for the Yankees but they added on another four to make sure.

The game was definitely homer friendly as six bombs left the yard.  Teixeira hit his 28th on the year to put up the Yankees 13-4.  Now, that’s all that would be for the Yankees but as I predicted, the Red Sox didn’t go out quietly.

Anthony Claggett #39 of the New York Yankees talks with catcher Jorge Posada #20 against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

In the ninth, Anthony Claggett came in to the game to try and hold down the Sox for another inning and secure the Yankees their first victory of the season over the Sox.  Well, Claggett gave up two runs and the pressure started to build for the Yankees.  But fortunately, the Yanks got out of it and came out with the win.  A huge win for us.  I was ecstatic.

1-8

So, now we’re 1-8 eight against the Red Sox on the season.  Now, I am totally fine with having a losing record against them for the season.  As long as we win some of them and we come out on top at the end of the season.  This is a sign to me that the Yankees are still on a roll and they are not going to be stopped.  I honestly think the Yankees don’t know how to lose right now.  They are just tearing it up.

So how did Victor Martinez do in his first Red Sox-Yankees game.  Well, he went 0-3 with three walks.  He did score a run but other than that, he was invaluable in the Red Sox offensive attack.  Casey Kotchman, another new arrival for the Sox had a pretty good game as he went 1-4 with a two run homer.  He also walked once and scored two runs.  Not bad for his first dose of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

Mo didn’t appear at the end of the game because we were up by so much.  No need to bring him in right.  We’re winning by so much that we definitely won’t need him.  Well, when Clagget started getting into trouble, I thought we might need him after all if they couldn’t get out of this trouble.  Well, fortunately enough Mo didn’t have to waste a day of rest and was able to stay out in the bullpen.

Jed Lowrie, a recently called back up after rehabbing from his stint on the DL.  He has played pretty well of late but yesterday he re-injured himself.  Well, he may have.  He came out of the game early because of numbness in his hand and forearm soreness.  Hopefully he’s alright so he doesn’t have to back on the DL.  That would really stink. He’s a good kid with a lot of potential.

The Yankees added some depth to their starting rotation.  Since Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves have had such great success in the bullpen, the Yankees have opted to keep them there.  But who is still there to start?  That’s why they got Chad Gaudin.  He’s been with the Padres most recently and had played with the Phillies recently as well.  Gaudin should be a good fit to this Yankees team.  He definitely adds the depth we needed in the pitching staff and I think this move makes us a lot lot lot lot lot better.

Well, I am extremely happy with the Yankees’ performance yesterday and I’m sure every other Yankee fan is too.  They played great.  Joba was great.  The offense was obviously on fire.  The pitching didn’t totally blow it.  The defense was good.  And everything was just flowing right.  Just watch all you Red Sox fans.  The Yankees aren’t done with you yet.  The Yanks were just STELLAR.

Tonight we’ve got Burnett going against Beckett.  The marquee matchup in this series that everyone always looks forward to.  It’s going to be great.  Burnett has not faired well agains the Sox recently so he’s looking for some revenge and he may get it if the Yankee offense can put up another great performance like last night.

Go Yanks!

-Dillon

Nine Run Comeback Marks Largest In Franchise History For O’s

Well, the Red Sox looked really bad yesterday after building up a 10-1 lead behind starter John Smoltz.  Now, I’m sure every Red Sox fan was hoping that Smoltz wouldn’t totally suck like he did in his previous start, which was his season debut.  Well, he was pretty good yesterday.  He pitched four solid innings giving up three hits, a walk, and one run.  He also struck out two in his outing.  This performance was clearly better than his last one.  So with Smoltz lined up for the victory, how do you think the bullpen did?  Well, they were dreadful.  They did terrible.  I’m not even going to explain it so just read the box score.

Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Smoltz 4.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 6.00
Masterson 2.0 5 5 5 0 4 1 4.28
Delcarmen 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.03
Okajima 0.1 5 4 4 0 0 0 3.44
Saito (L, 2-1) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3.25
Papelbon (BS, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.85
 
Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hill, R 3.1 9 9 7 3 3 2 7.08
Albers 1.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 3.41
Hendrickson (W, 3-4) 3.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 5.08
Sherrill (S, 17) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.99

Masterson pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.
Okajima pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

Now, the Orioles came back from a 10-1 deficit to make their longest comeback in franchise history.  Their previous longest was eight runs.  Now, they posted a story about this on MLB.com which is where I got the idea for this post.  In the article, it mentions that this was their longest comeback and that their previous longest was eight.  The article went into telling us how much they have comeback from in the past and it says that the O’s have had to comeback a lot.  That says something to me.  My take on this is that they haven’t been a very good or successful franchise.  Now, I’m not saying they haven’t had their good games and their bad games, their good seasons and their bad seasons.  But they have had more bad seasons than good by far.  But the fact that they have had to comeback in a lot of games from this kind of deficit tells me that they have dug themselves in some pretty fricken big holes in the past.

The starter for the O’s yesterday was Rich Hill.  He got rocked.  No doubt about that.  He got pulled before the fourth inning ended.  Then the O’s bullpen took over and they didn’t do all that bad.  They only gave up one more run which made it the tenth run the Sox would get.  It was really the Sox bullpen that ruined everything.  The Red Sox ‘pen has been commented on as one of the best in the game.  They have some pretty dominating guys in their.  Manny Delcarmen, Justin Masterson, Hideki Okajima, and all leading up to Jonathon Papelbon.  They are all good pitchers that have had good seasons so far.  But everyone has their ups and downs.  Last night must have been a down game for everyone.

Now, I’m not complaining that the Red Sox lost, because the Yankees won and we gained a game on them in the East.  Every game we can get right now is good because we need to get back on top.  If the O’s have to come from behind every game to beat the Sox in this series, then do it.  Whatever it takes to take down the Sox.

Congrats to the O’s.  Until next time… Au revoir.

-Dillon