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-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Liveblog: Yankees vs. Angels 5/26/07

Here at SPA (this will be the accepted acronym for Scott Proctor's Arm), I will try to liveblog as much of each game as possible. This will include posting the Yankees' lineup, start time, TV and radio networks, as well as some "pregame concerns," a very uneducated prediction, and any important things that occur during the game. This will most certainly include any Joe Torre screw-ups. The game updates will be posted under "Prediction."

Abreu - RF

Jeter - SS
Matsui - LF
Rodriguez - 3B
Posada - C
Giambi - DH
Cano - 2B
Mientkiewicz - 1B
Cabrera - CF

Chien-Ming Wang, 3-3, 4.28 ERA (RHP) vs. Kelvim Escobar (RHP) 5-2, 2.82 ERA

Time:1:05 PM
Radio: WCBS 880 AM

Pregame concerns: Why is Bobby Abreu leading off? He's been absolutely terrible this year, and while he drew two walks last night, I think this is a mistake. ... The Angels are 56-52 against the Yankees in the storied Joe Torre era. The Angels are 16-8 in their last 24 games against the Yankees. ... There is a rather small sample size of batters against Chien-Ming Wang. Garry Matthews Jr. has had the most at-bats against Wang (7) with 2 hits. Shea Hillenbrand is 0-6 against the Yankee right hander. Chone Figgins and Matthews are the only active Angels who have homered off Wang.

Prediction: Wang holds the Angels down and pitches 7 solid innings. The Yankees won't do much against Escobar, but will scratch across a few runs and win 4-2.

1:17 p.m.: Wang is struggling in the first inning. Michael Kay is already making stupid comments. This will be a long day. Gary Matthews Jr. just hit a 2-run triple and it is 2-0 Angels. Casey Kotchman drove home Matthews, and it is 3-0 before the Yankees come up to bat. It took a half inning for me to get my prediction very wrong.

1:48 p.m.: Robinson Cano just beat out an infield single. Wang worked out of trouble in the top of the 2nd inning. Still 3-0 Angels.

2:26 p.m.:
Cool, Yankees have 1st and 3rd with 1 out for Robinson Cano! Something good is bound to happen! Right!? Wrong. He strikes out and now Doug "Eye Chart" Mientkiewicz is up. Wow, clutch 2-out single for Dougie on a 2-1 count. Score is now 3-1 Angels in the bottom of the 4th.

3:08 p.m.: 7th inning stretch. You know what that means...YES is showing "God Bless America." Now, I love America as much as the next blogger, but enough is enough already. I have no problem that they play this at the Stadium, but YES doesn't have to show this for every home game. That being said, the Yankees are down 3-1 heading to the bottom of the 7th.

4:07 p.m.: The game ended a little over 10 minutes ago. The Yankees had a two-out rally going, with Johnny Damon getting a pinch hit single followed by a Melky Cabrera single. However, Bobby Abreu struck out looking to end the game. That would've been a great spot for him to endear himself in the hearts of Yankee fans. However, he did not deliver. Did anyone really expect him to do anything here?

Game recap to come eventually.


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