In a scene that seemed unfathomable even as it was happening, Mariano Rivera blew a 9th inning lead again yesterday, giving up 2 solo home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to tie the game the Yankees won soon after. The blown save was Mo’s third in a row, the first time he’s ever done that in his career and the first time it’s happened in Yankee history since Kyle Farnsworth did it in 2006. A pitcher of Farnsworth’s caliber blowing 3 saves in a row is hardly news, but to watch Mo do it, even in short highlight form, was unnerving and unfamiliar. He’s allowed his 1 or 2 bad weeks a year and it just so happens that this past week was one of those weeks. For as long as he’s been around, intelligent Yankee fans know that it’s no cause for concern Still, it’s always weird watching Mo when he doesn’t have it and yesterday was one of those days. …
David Adams‘ yo-yo season continued as he was recently sent down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Dellin Betances. Betances has made a comeback of sorts as a prospect since being converted from a starter to the bullpen. Some of Betances encouraging numbers for the year in Triple-A include 5.8 hits per nine, 10.9 strikeouts per nine and a 2.97 ERA in 72+ innings of work.
So I was at the game today and took a couple of pictures. I was too engrossed in the game to take more than two or three and my brother is the one who usually takes the pictures of the scoreboard after a win or a milestone. Plus, I like to keep my phone off because Yankee stadium is the worst for battery drainage – at least for my phone.
Anyway, I took the same picture and used three different settings on an app called Paper Artist – it suddenly appeared on my Samsung Galaxy S-III a few months ago and I enjoy the funky effects. And since it’s Sunday, I’m bored and had nothing better to do, I figured I’d share them with you.
The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, today in one of the most emotionally confusing games of the season. The two old war horses, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera could not get the job done but the Yankees scored enough runs off of Justin Verlander to allow Brett Gardner to hit a shot into the second deck in right off of Jose Veras (welcome to our world, Detroit) to win the game in walk off fashion.
To add to the emotional confusion, before Gardner’s heroics, Alex Rodriguez was the offensive star of the game, A-Rod started the Yankees scoring with his first home run of the season with a shot to left off of Justin Verlander in the second inning and an inning later, hit a single to drive in another run. Alfonso Soriano hit his third homer as a Yankee off of Verlander in the fourth to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
The four runs were much more than was expected off of Verlander.…
Mood music: Revolver (Paul Van Dyk Remix) – By Madonna
Here’s the story, I’m going to the game later this afternoon and no one is going to be able to get the game thread up so I’m pre-writing it and scheduling it 10 hours in advance. (I’m actually writing this at 1:58 a.m.)
To be honest, I’m dreading going to the Stadium. I’m really not in the mood to see Justin Verlander shut down the Yankee offense – like that’s hard to do anyway? – and I’m definitely not in the mood to see Andy Pettitte get hit all over the ballpark.
I was actually joking with people about how I may break my no drinking policy and throw caution to the wind because being buzzed may be the only I can get through it. Or maybe I’m being too pessimistic and the Yankees – and more specifically Pettitte – will shock the hell out of us all and win tomorrow and take two out of three from Detroit.…
I like you and I really want you to succeed. In order to that today, you’ll have to keep the Detroit Tigers from hitting a boat load of home runs in Yankee Stadium. Now, in a lot of cases, when people expect the worst, things actually work out okay. So can you have that happen today? Can you shut them down and shock the hell out of us all? Because that would be really great.
You actually have done pretty well against the Tigers in the past and have held them to a .250 BA at Yankee Stadium. You have given up three home runs in 52 at bats. You’ve also held them to a .278 OBP and .423 slugging percentage.
You are capable of keeping them at bay. So please try. Let’s build on last night’s win. It feels like the Yankees haven’t won back-to-back games in about three years. Actually, it hasn’t happened in about a month – since July 11 and July 12 against the Royals and Twins.…
Happy What’s Wrong With Mo Week everyone!
The Yankees looked like they had a 3-1 victory wrapped up in the ninth inning until a two run home run by Miguel Cabrera with two outs tied the game at three.
Mariano Rivera blew his second save in two games and Yankee fans were distraught. Or maybe that was just me.
Thankfully, the Yankees won the game in the 10th on a Brett Gardner single with the bases loaded and two outs. Yes, the Yankees nearly wasted a bases loaded situation. And if they had, it just would have been a typical 2013 season disaster.
The big story aside from the game itself was the reception Alex Rodriguez would get from the home fans. It was mixed when he stepped into the box for his at bat – about 50/50 boos and cheers. After an 0-4, three strikeout performance, the boos were a lot more vociferous.
The other big story was Ivan Nova who was brilliant again lasting seven innings for the sixth start in a row.…