Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rally Monkey Catches Flu

The Good

Burnett struck out 11, and though it would have been nice to see him go deeper into the game, it was a good start nonetheless. Marte-Albaladejo-Coke-Kennedy-Rivera combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, though Albaladejo didn't get any outs, he just took up time.

It was nice to see Ian Kennedy playing again. Though he gave up a pair of walks, he pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout. The whole Generation Trey thing didn't really work out, largely because none of those guys had enough experience at the time. I think its still likely we'll see all three guys on the team in the near future, just maybe not all as starters.

All in all, this was a big game to win. After dropping the first game of the series, the Yankees had an uphill battle to take this series, and they did. This series showed us a lot about this team, and its post season potential.

The Bad

Albaladejo came into the game in the 7th to face Torii Hunter. Albaladejo gave up a double.

The Ugly

When I first saw the lineup, I thought Girardi really wanted to lose the game. We had Hairston, Shelley Duncan, Jose Molina, Melky Cabrera AND Brett Gardner all in the starting lineup. With notable absences from A-Rod, Damon, and Posada. But, you can't argue with results.

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. No homeruns yesterday. None!

Jorge Posada 22hr = $22.00
Hideki Matsui 28hr = $28.00
Derek Jeter 17hr = $17.00
Mark Teixeira 37hr = $37.00
Nick Swisher 27hr = $27.00
Robinson Cano 23hr = $23.00
Johnny Damon 24hr = $24.00
Melky Cabrera 12hr = $12.00
Jose Molina 1hr = $1.00
Alex Rodriguez 27hr = $27.00
Brett Gardner 3hr = $3.00
Francisco Cervelli 1hr = $1.00
Eric Hinske 7hr = $7.00
Jerry Hairston Jr. 2hr = $2.00
Total = $231.00

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.


Steve said...

This game meant nothing, a win or lose wouldn't help in the outcome of the season. He gave some of the big guns two days off before the series that does mean something. As far as the ugly for this game it should have been John Serlings disrespect of Ian Kennedy. After every pitch Serling was foaming at the mouth that he should not have been pitching. I don't think he would have been as upset if they had taken someone out of the stands to pitch the 8th.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Luckily I didn't have to listen to Sterling yesterday, but I can imagine that was a treat all in itself. I think it was an important game just to get the Angels chip off our shoulder. The Angels won't have that mental edge going into the ALCS (if they beat the Red Sox), and the Yankees have the confidence knowing they can beat them even in their home stadium.

Raven King said...

Actually, Rally Monkey was poisoned by special agent Coke, who also poisoned himself by accident.