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Game 17 LIVE BLOG!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Why hello and bienvenidos! It's game 17 of the season and the Yanks are looking to make their record a very solid 10-7 with another win over the Red Sox tonight. Last night's game was quite the crushing - can the Yanks do it again?

Moose is going to be manning the mound, which usually makes your YC a tad nervous. He's been pitching decently enough (1-2 record, 4.15 ERA), though, so I'm feeling relatively confident. The Red Sox are giving Beckett (1-1, 6.35 ERA) the ball, and with any luck his slow start will continue tonight.

Here's who we'll be watching bat tonight:

Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Jorge Posada DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Chad Moeller C

Red Sox:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Manny Ramirez LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Sean Casey 1B
Julio Lugo SS

West coasters, finish up your work so you can spend the last hour of your day focusing on the game; East coasters, go order the pizza and grab a Natty Light -- see you in 30!

Top First:
He plunked Ellsbury to start off the inning, but Moose simmered down after that and got the next three out.

Bottom First:
Not going to do an every batter play by play this time around -- that's a real strength-sapper and I'm multitasking here -- but I'll throw my updates/thoughts up at least once every half inning.

Bend it Like Beckett worked himself a quick 1-2-3 inning. Where'd our hot bats go? COME BACK!

Top Second:
Manny's hair gets uglier every day.

Goddamn. Senor Dreads just smacked a homer right over Melky's outstretched glove. He really is a Yankee killer :(

Moose gets the next two out, but then Varitek loops one into right field for a two-out base hit.

Inning over, but some damage was done. ANSWER BACK YANKS!

Bottom Second:

How bout a homer, Awesome-Rod? Make things even.

...Or pop out. Either way.

Al Leiter is talking about how cocky Becks was when they were on the Marlins. That sounds about right.

Another 1-2-3 for Beckett.

Top Third:

With the exception of the ball that hit Ellsbury and the one he gave Manny, Moose is looking strong.

...Or... oops. He just hit Ellsbury again. Retaliation forthcoming? I hope not.

Oh COME ON! Ellsbury steals second, but Moeller pitches a poor throw to try to get him and he ended up at third instead.

Line drive up the middle for Pedroia and Ellsbury scores easily. Now there's one on with one out for Big Papi.

Giambi is the chattiest first baseman I've ever watched. He talks to EVERYONE ON BASE.

WTF CRAZY PERSON ALERT! Michael Kay just said that when Moose was in Japan he refused to come out of his hotel room the entire time. He brought peanut butter and white bread with him and literally did not leave his lair.

Finally a second out as the Pap-ster grounds into a fielder's choice. Pedroia out at second and Papi safe at first.

Oh you've got to be fucking KIDDING me! Another Manny homer, this one a 2-runner. The score is now 4-0 Sox...

Moose is losing it. Just gave up a base hit to Yooooouk. Can we please end this inning ASAP?

There's another base hit, this one to JD Drew. Two on now for V-Tek and there's no action in the bullpen...

I love it when a player assumes ball four and starts walking to first base and has to come back when the ump calls a strike.

Oh COME ON MOOSE! RBI single for V-Tek, Sox lead 5-0. The crowd has switched from "MOOOOOSE" calls to booing.

Albaladejo is up in the bullpen now.

Casey out and the inning is done at last.

Bottom Third:

Now would be a good time for Cano to wake up.

And by "wake up" I apparently meant "ground out to first"

Melky base hit! Alright, let's use this to start a rally, please.

No dice. Inning done. Is Moose coming out for the fourth?

Top Fourth:

No mas Moose. Jonathan Albondigas is in.

Whew! No more runs scored. Still 5-zippo.

Bottom Fourth:

Two hits but no runs in this one, folks. BLAST!

Live blog SNAFU! Internet and cable went down. I see we're on the board and Farnsworthless is up?! What the hell is going on here.

Top Seventh:

Go away, Manny. 3 for 3 is 3 too many.

Whew! Away.

Hey, a 1-2-3 inning for the Yanks! Way to go, Farny!

Bottom Seventh:

9 more outs to go. Let's get something rollin, Bombers.

FAIL. 1-2-3

Top Eighth:

Farny out, Traber in as the fourth pitcher of the night.

He gives up a hit, but no harm down. Score remains at 7-3 and the Yanks really need to get to work here!

Bottom Eighth:
So much for Beckett's slow start - he's looking strong and back again for the 8th.

Yup, no problem for him. He gets another 1-2-3 inning and suddenly they are down to their last 3 outs to score at least 4 runs.

Now hold them to 7, whichever one of you pitchers is coming out!

Top Ninth:

It's Billy Traber back into the game. He better keep these Soxers under control so that we can pretend there shall be hope in the bottom.

Papi back in slumpsville, btw - 0-5 today.

Well that was a nice quick inning! Too bad they couldn't have done that a few innings ago.

Bottom Ninth:

Last chance for the Yanks! Even if you're not gonna win, guys, at least put a couple up there so it's not a blowout.

Paplebon is pitching now, even though it's not a save situation.

Cano's got another chance here -- Posada is on third (after doubling and then moving over on a WP).

MELKINATOR! Two-out home run and keeping things interesting. Defecit down to two runs.

Matsui goes down swinging, ball game over. Sox win 7-5.

What a bust, and I'll blame Moose for this one.

Hasta manana...

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, April 17, 2008  
  • At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Marcus said…

    I'm tired of watching Mike Mussina. He's too stubborn, and a real piece of shit. This guy is officially done, and it's about time the Yankees look elsewhere.

    Start Ohlendorf, or grab someone off the street because it's annoying to watch him.

  • At 5:06 PM, Blogger Christopher said…

    Moose needs to be taken out the back and shot (metaphorically). He is making $11 million to serve up moon balls at 85 mph. I know Kennedy and Hughes have had their troubles but at least they're young, only earning £400k, and will improve with time.

    If the Yankees don't mind opposing batters hitting home runs, i'd rather go with Kei Igawa, at least he makes batters miss more than 3.3% of the time.

  • At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Marcus said…

    Leave it to Kyle to retire Manny for the first time today, in a meaningless spot.

    It's too bad Kyle didn't hit Manny in the head.

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