"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Game 157 notes: Yankees lose 7-6

I feel disgusted. The Yankees manage to blow a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning behind the capable arms of Edwar Ramirez and Brian Bruney.

Then, the Yankees tie it up in the eighth inning! However, they don't score in the ninth or 10th inning.

Therefore, Joe Torre turns to Jeff Karstens and his 10.43 ERA to pitch the 10th inning. What does he do? Promptly serve up a walkoff home run to Dioner Navarro.

This is with Boston and Detroit both winning, by the way.

Anyway, onto some details.

Kei Igawa started in place of injured Roger Clemens. Igawa didn't give up a run in his five innings of work. However, he also walked five batters.

Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam in the third inning to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead.

However, in the sixth inning, the Yankees completely melted down. Ramirez and Bruney walked four batters and gave up two hits and six earned runs. The big blast came off the bat of Jorge Velandia, who hit a grand slam.

Some notes from the game:

  • Johnny Damon went 5-5 with five singles.
  • Robinson Cano went 3-5.
  • Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • The Yankees walked 11 Devil Rays.
The Yankees can all about cancel their plans of winning the division. They now trail Boston by three games with five to play. Boston's magic number to win the East is three.

The magic number to win the Wild Card remains at one.

Chien-Ming Wang will face J.P. Howell tomorrow night.

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Charles L. Wallace said...

I'm optimistic, really I am.
A great [supposed] quotation from 1920 comes to mind, though, after news leaked that Chicago had thrown the World Series.

[Kid, teary, to Shoeless Joe Jackson]: "Say it ain't so, Joe, say it ain't so!"

[Joe]: "It's so, kid, it's so."

We could substitute Mister Torre for Joe Jackson and the quote would still work :-(

Andrea said...

Here's my main problem. I can't even be pissed at Bruney. He's gotta knwo he sucks at this point.

When someone walks a batter, then walks in a run, you take him out. Joe didn't even move. He did that with Proctor in a game against the Angels and it ended up losing them the game.

Bruney couldn't take himself out of the game. And I have to believe he would have if he could.

Andrew Fletcher said...

Ohlendorf needs to be given more of a look. He probably should've been used in the 10th inning.

Charles L. Wallace said...

I have a good, good feeling about Ross Ohlendorf. Can't really explain it, just that I have confidence that he is going to be worthwhile.

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