Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Yankees Miss Yet Another Opportunity

The Good

The offense scored 5 runs while hitting 3 solo homeruns. Jason Giambi had a breakout game after shaving his mustache going 3-4 with a homerun, two singles, and two RBI's. Brian Bruney and Edwar Ramirez combined for 2.2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts.

The Bad

Joba gave up 5 runs in 4.2 innings and left the game with a sore shoulder. He is likely to miss his next start.

The Ugly

The Yankees needed to win this game. Both the Red Sox and the Rays lost last night and provided the Yankees a prime opportunity to gain a game on both teams. Instead they lose in dramatic fashion by serving up a walk-off grand slam in the 9th. Damaso Marte was not sharp but in fairness to him, he's a one inning guy. Peter Abraham reported that the last time he threw that many pitches in a game was back in 2006. Last night, he walked 3 players while only getting 4 outs, and got progressively worse as his pitch count rose. But the Yankee offense missed some prime opportunities to score in the 9th (Hamliton robbed Jeter of an RBI single), and with the lack of healthy relievers, Girardi needed to save Robertson in case it went to extra innings. The Yankees need to pull it together tonight.

Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the home runs hit and the money donated throughout the season. Although last night's game was a disaster for the team, it was a good night for children's health. 3 Yankee players hit solo homeruns to help raise money. Newest friend to the homerun club, Xavier Nady, has been especially helpful. Thank you Nady.

Melky Cabrera 8hr = $8.00
Alex Rodriguez 24hr = $24.00
Hideki Matsui 7 hr = $7.00
Bobby Abreu 15hr = $15.00
Jorge Posada 3hr = $3.00
Jason Giambi 21hr = $21.00
Johnny Damon 7hr = $7.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 10hr = $10.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Wilson Betemit 5hr = $5.00
Derek Jeter 6hr = $6.00
Shelley Duncan 1hr = $1.00
Xavier Nady 4hr = $4.00
Jose Molina 1 hr = $1.00
Ivan Rodriguez 1hr = $1.00
Total = $115.00

If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.

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