Monday, April 28, 2008

Yankees Take Second Against Cleveland

The Good

Today's game just goes to show how timely hitting is much better than hitting many times. The Yankees managed just 5 hits today, 1 for extra bases, no homeruns, and yet, they score 5 runs. The Cleveland pitching staff only gave up 2 walks too, so it wasn't like they were walking runs in. Mussina put together another decent outing with 5 innings and 2 earned runs, but perhaps more impressively, Albaladejo and Farnsworth got the ball to Chamberlain and Mariano. Farnsworth had a very good inning striking out 1 and going perfect. Once again, the Chamberlain-Rivera express delivered, and Mo picked up his 8th save of the season. He's yet to give up a run.

The Bad

You hope to see more from Giambi who left 5 men on base, and Cano went 0-3 further extending his slumping ways. Not good. You also hope to get more innings out of Moose, but following up his 7 inning effort against Chicago, I'll settle for it.

The Ugly

That double that Matsui hit scored Damon from 1st without even a throw. Cleveland's right fielder could not pick that ball up for some reason. By the time he did, Damon was rounding 3rd.

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. No homeruns tonight. Just means there'll be 4 tomorrow:

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 1hr = $1.00
Chad Moeller 1hr = $1.00
Total = $27.00

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.


michael kei said...

I think "The Ugly" was that 3 of the 4 runs in that inning were scored on balls that didn't leave the infield.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Alright, you caught me, I only watched the last 3 innings of the game. Its easier to write about games I don't watch. Its one of the reasons I'm such a winner.

Anonymous said...

Moose showing gangster over past two outings. Not epic gangster mind you- but over-the-hill-hanging-on gangster. Go Moose. We need you this year.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

definitely some over-the-hill-hanging -on gangster. We'll get more than a few wins from him this way and that's all we can ask. If he can consistently keep us in the game like this then we at least have a chance to win 3 out of every 5 days until the youngsters pick things up. Cano needs to hit already, I know it's cold but this is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

The Ugly?
The great Yankees, shut down by another minor league pitcher for 5 innings, got the 1st run by HBP.

michael kei said...

Yeah, it cracks me up that we have two pitchers that are touted more than minor league prospects... But the Yank offense gets shut down by true minor league pitchers that other teams call up because of illness or injuries. Very ugly.

TribeGirl said...

Don't count out those "minor league" pitchers! Our two young pitchers did very well even though we lost those games. I'm pretty excited about them. Eric Wedge getting booted in the eight inning (game two I think) was pretty ganster. Normally, I think it's a waste, but it was a horrible call at second - so he was right! Overall, good series, some exciting pitching duels, and a possible postseason preview if both teams get some of their stuff together!!!