My plans for a delightful game 7 live blog have been foiled by my local cable and internet providor, who decided that today would be a great day to shut down service for a couple hours in the middle of the day to "update their network" - with no consideration of YC's live blogging plans!!! Bastards!
Henceforth, I shall join the game in progress here. This live blog will obviously not be as detailed as my previous (and future!) ones have been, but I suppose tis better late than never!!!Bottom Fifth
Grrrr.... already missed half the game!!
Damon just blooped one up the second for a 2-out double. He is one of the losers
that I was mentioning earlier - one of the four starters hitting under .200 - so at least he's reading YC and making a bigger effort today.
I am very confused. Why is Ensberg in there batting second and not Jeet? What did I miss while I was staring at a black screen?
(That's right, I am so lazy that I didn't even get up to do anything else while I waited for the cable/internet to return to life.)
He's out and they strand another. Do these guys have something against hitting with RISP? GET IT TOGETHER.Top Sixth
Wendy's commercial: "If hamburgers were meant to be frozen, wouldn't cows come from Antarctica?"
Whoever wrote that should be slapped in the face. Hard. Repeatedly.
Looks like Moose is having an "on" day. 56 pitches, two hits, and one run. I'm glad he's doing well of course, but I cannot stand how inconsistent he is. I'd rather have a guy that we know will give up 4 runs every outing than one that will give up 1 one day and 7 the next start.
Iwamura grounds out and Crawford is up with nobody on and one out.
He grounds one right up to Ensberg for the second out. I'm glad Moose isn't needing too many pitches to get through these guys - we've used our relievers a LOT over the past few days.
Rocco Baldelli has a mitocondrial (spelling?) disease, AKA he's tired ALL the time. What a bust for that kid - so much talent.
Jeter mystery solved -- strained quad
. I hope he is OK... we can't have people going down already.
Oh COME ON CANO. You had a Web Gem yesterday and now you're botching easy plays!? Pena sends one down to Cano and he makes the grab easily, but makes a shitty throw to Ensberg and Pena is safe at first.
Luckily Cano's error didn't cost the team anything - Upton grounds an easy one to MVP-Rod and we're off to the bottom of the sixth!Bottom Sixth
Bobby "Start Submitting Ideas for a Nickname for Me, Cuz YC Can't Think of One But Can't Stand Not Having One for Everyone" Abreu sends one SAILING into right field and as it caroms off the wall back into the field he gets himself a stand up double!!
If this team strands another baserunner I will punch someone. Possibly you.
A-RAH!!! Base hit up the middle and Abreu scores. 3-1 Yanks and MVP-Rod continues to impress... as he will all season.
Don't deny it or doubt it.
Hit and run!!!! Matso Ball sends one down the right field line and into the corner. A-Rah was running as soon as Hammel was winding up and easily makes it home while Matso cruises into second.
Dohmann up in the 'pen for the Rays.
Cano hits a broken bat grounder to short and is out at first, but Matso heads into third and it's an RBI chance for Better Mint.
MINTY! What the hell. Strike out.
Hmmm... they're walking Melky Way to get to Fatlina. Runners on the corners, two outs.
Good move by the Rays - Jose sends one to short and they get the force on second.
They scored two runs, not surprisingly off good hitting by the folks that have been hot all season thus far: A-Rod, Bobby, and Matsui.Top Seventh
Bruney is in to take over for Moose, who had a very good game. Would have been nice to get another inning out of him and give the 'pen a break, but let's not get greedy.
Hinske flies out to right to start the inning for Brunster.
Wooops... Bruney hits Aybar and there's one aboard.
Jonny Gomes flies out to Melky - two away.
Alright! Mike Defilice grounds one to Better Mint who gets Aybar at first, and Bruney is out of the inning unscathed.
How 'bout some insurance runs, boys?Bottom Seventh
The Rays have brought in Dohmann to face the top of the order.
Another update on Jeet: It's not
a quad injury, it's a groin injury and he's headed for an MRI.
Damon flies out. One away for M.E.
Alright, Mo-Ens! Single up the middle. Earn your keep, bench boy.
Bobster is one dub away from the cycle. That'd be exciting...
No cycle, but he draws a walk to give an RBI chance to A-Rod!
Our dear MVP-Rod fouls off a few but ends up going down looking on an outside "strike". On the replay it absolutely
didn't look like a strike to me...
Two on, two out for Matso. STILL rockin' that hot bat! Another RBI for Matso as he singles one to the right side and Mo-Ens comes sliding in from second.
Now would be a nice time for Cano to break out of his slump. Not much pressure, RBI situation... let's do it Robster.
HE READS YC TOO!!!
Base hit up the middle, Abreu in to score and Matso off to third. 6-1 Yanks and the bats are showing some weak signs of life...
The Mint goes down looking swingin and the inning is over, but the Yanks score another two and now have a nice cushy five run lead.
(Let's hope I didn't jinx it. Go knock on wood or whatever you're supposed to do).Top Eighth
God help us... Farnsworthless is up to pitch.
Easy out: Bartlett flies out to Melky quickly and Farny's got one out under his belt.
WOW! FARNY GETS IWAMURA ON STRIKES OMG OMG HE'S A CHAMPION WOOOOT!
(He still sucks)
1-2-3 inning for Farny? What the hell is going on here?! Crawford grounds out and we're off to the bottom of the inning.
A few more insurance runs perhaps?Bottom Eighth
It'll be Melk, Fatlina, and Demon to start off the inning for new righty pitcher Glover.
Melk sends one straight to Pena at first for out numero uno.
Strriiiiiiiike three. Molina gone and Damon up.
1-2-3 for Glover as he gets Damon to ground out.
The Yanks are three outs away from a win and a series split. Who shall be up to pitch?Top Ninth
It's gonna be LaTroy Hawkins to close out the game. He's not that bad guys...
Or... he is.
Pena drops one into right field for a leadoff base hit and the boo's have transfered from Farn to LTH.
The ball gets away from Molina and Pena cruises into second - there's now an RBI opportunity for Upton with no outs.
Upton sends one bouncing to LTH, who makes sure to hold Pena at second before tossing Upton out at first.
Two outs away from a win!
Ball four to Hinske. Two on now and just one out - gotta go for a DP here boyzos.
Aybar grounds out to first - no DP and the runners advance, but at least it's a two out situation now. No fly-ball scorin'.
Start spreadin' the news.... Gomes strikes out and game over.
Oops, I meant: "BALL GAME OVER, YANKEES WIN, THEEEEE-EEEEEE YANKEES WIN!"
If anyone knows anyone that works for Cox Cable in San Diego county... please slap them for me.
Cox-permitting, there shall be a full
live blog tomorrow. Nine innings. I promise.