Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tough Loss Against Detroit

The Good

Was anyone else impressed with Ohlendorf's 3.1 innings of 5 strikeout no run relief? Ramirez and Hawkins also contributed shutout innings of their own. All in all, a very good effort by the bullpen. Cano hit a 2-run homerun, but came up in some big spots and was unable to deliver. Duncan went 1-2 with a double and 3 walks. Jeter did what he does best by working a bases loaded hit-by-pitch. There are less painful ways to knock in a run, but none are quite as effective as the bases loaded HBP.

The Bad

The offense just couldn't deliver, squandering bases loaded situations and failing to knock in runners in scoring position. Basically, nothings changed. The Yankee offense managed just 2 runs in 6 innings off a struggling Kenny Rogers. The Tigers also took advantage of what essentially was the worst defensive lineup the Yankees could manage. With Damon in center, the Tigers sent an extra runner to score that I guarantee would have been held up if Melky was there. Also, Matsui missed a linedrive by just a couple steps in leftfield, that I can also guarantee would have been caught if Damon were there. That's 2 runs a better defense would not have allowed. This is not to say that they are bad defenders, just to say that our best defense relies on Melky in center and Damon in left.

The Ugly

Phil Hughes lasted 3.2 innings and gave up 6 earned runs off 8 hits and 3 walks. I plan to write a commentary on this later, but basically, it wasn't pretty.

Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children

The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's homerun 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 homeruns hit and the money donated throughout the season. The C&C homerun race was in full swing last night as Cano hit his 2nd homerun of the season helping him gain some ground on Cabrera:

Melky Cabrera 5hr = $5.00
Alex Rodriguez 4hr = $4.00
Hideki Matsui 3 hr = $3.00
Bobby Abreu 3hr = $3.00
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Jason Giambi 5hr = $5.00
Johnny Damon 3hr = $3.00
Morgan Ensberg 1hr = $1.00
Robinson Cano 2hr = $2.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Total = $28.00

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.


TribeGirl said...

Guys, that wasn't a tough loss, that was just a straight up LOSS. I love the Yanks, but they gotta get their stuff together. Defense looked like CRAP and can we leave anymore guys on the bases??? It would be a heck of a lot easier on the young pitchers if the rest of the team would show up. I love them, but it's Week 4 now and its starting to get frustrating!! Maybe Joe G. needs to bring the candy back or something, but this is getting ridiculous!

Fernando Alejandro said...

No, they haven't earned candy. I think its time to light all their bats on fire, and start fresh with new ones tonight. It helped Proctor.

michael kei said...

Ha that cracks me up. The cleansing fire of Scott Proctor. I've burned notes and stuff from college, but lighting your own equipment on fire? Sounds like witchcraft.

Anonymous said...

Witchcraft or not, I think they should burn all their equipments, dance around the fire and pray really hard for the end of the losing streak.

TribeGirl said...

Well, one thing is for sure. They need to eat more bananas. Seriously! With the type of injuries they are having, strained quads, torn muscles, dead arm this, sore that - they need more potasium. They have trainers on staff - why aren't they feeding them bananas? So you're right. No candy, but more bananas PRONTO!!