(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
Say what you will about the Yankees’ organizational ability to successfully manage their young pitching prospects and build them into something useful, or...
As a general rule, I try as hard as I can to keep my general political/religious/philosophical views about weighty matters out of things around here because, really, who wants that stuff mixed in with their baseball? I’m going to make a slight exception here, however, because this is attitude that we can’t ever truly know the truth, so we might as well just embrace ignorance and nihilism as opposed to, you know, accepting basic logical conclusions from the facts and evidence we do have is a not-so-nice nice bleeding of a similar problem that infects “real journalism” as well as sports writers, packaged up with a bow by Vaccaro’s “who could ever know” shrug with respect to the verdict.
As a whole, the Clemens trial has been about as far removed from a shining moment for the American sports media as you can get. From the collective freak out over Andy Pettitte “changing his story” when, in fact, he said the exact same thing he said to Congress to the exaggerated shrug everyone gave to the trial once it became apparent that the case was falling apart and Clemens was going to walk, anyone who fancies themselves a real journalist ought to be mighty ashamed of the way the industry of journalism conducted themselves over the past few months.…
Things didn’t start out so smoothly for the Yankees, as Sabathia allowed a triple to Michael Bourn in the game’s very first at bat, and with Bourn scoring on a groundball out the Yankees trailed on the scoreboard before they even got a chance to bat. The Braves added another run in the fifth via three consecutive singles, and with two on and one out the damage could have been even worse if Sabathia hadn’t managed to get a couple of ground outs to end things.
On the other side of things, Braves’ starter Mike Minor most certainly did get off to a good start, holding the Yankees hitless through the game’s first four innings and allowing just one walk in the process. The Yankees finally broke through for a hit on an Alex Rodriguez single to open the bottom of the fifth, and then made the most of the opportunity from there. Robinson Cano drew a walk and, after a strikeout by Andruw Jones, Russell Martin‘s double brought A-Rod home to it a 2-1 game and left the Yankees with runners on second and third with one out.…
Not much offense from the Yankees tonight. Custodio went 1-4, as did Matt Snyder. Eicardo Cayones, who the Yankees got in the A.J. Burnett trade, went 2-3 with a double and a stolen base. Taylor Morton had a strong start, going six innings and scattering four runs and a walk, picking up a pair of Ks.
GCL Yankees beat the GCL Braves 7-3:
The Braves struck first, as Jose Peraza walked and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a sac fly. The Yankees responded in the top of the second, as Austin Jones doubled to right and scored on a single from Mikeson Oliberto. Jerison Lopez doubled in Oliberto to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. The Braves tied the game with a run in the third, but the Yankees struck again in the fourth. Jones, Miguel Andujar and Oliberto hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Lopez hit into a double play, but Jones scored. The Braves tied the game once again, but the Yankees took the lead for good in the sixth. …
|Atlanta #Barves||New York Yankees|
|Michael Bourn, CF||Derek Jeter, SS|
|Martin Prado, 1B||Curtis Granderson, CF|
|Brian McCann, DH||Alex Rodriguez, 3B|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|Matt Diaz, LF||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||Andruw Jones, RF|
|Jason Heyward, RF||Russell Martin, DH|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||Jayson Nix, LF|
|David Ross, C||Chris Stewart, C|
|Mike Minor, SP||CC Sabathia, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05...