Welcome to Legends Field. It’s 70 degrees and sunny and the Yankees just had a bunch of old men dressed as pirates sing the National Anthem.
I’m totally not making that up.
It’ll be Mike Mussina against Paul Maholm.
Mussina went 1-2-3. 11 pitches/7 strikes.
Billy Crystal’s at-bat:
First pitch: Fastball away, he took it.
Second pitch: Fastball, foul down the first-base line.
Third pitch: Fastball inside, took it for a ball.
Foruth pitch: Fastball up, took it for a ball.
Fifth pitch: Swung and missed at a fastball.
Sixth pitch: Swung and missed at a slider.
The crowd gave him a standing ovation and he waved on his way back to the dugout. Hey, he made the pitcher work.
Mussina went 1-2-3 again and again threw 7 of 11 pitches for strikes. The Moose has been 86-88 with his fastball and throwing his curve for strikes.
This is a boring game so far. Mussina dispatched of the Pirates in order again. This time he needed 15 pitches. The Moose so far: 3 0 0 0 0 0 37 pitches/24 strikes.
Paul Maholm has retired the first six Yankees in order.
Jose Molina singled with one out in the bottom of the inning but that was it for the Yankees. Damon pinch hit for Billy Crystal and grounded to third.
0-0 after three.
Save it for the season, Moose. 12 up and 12 down and barely a hard-hit ball. 52 pitches/32 strikes. Seven fly balls, three grounders to first, a pop-up to second and a strikeout.
There is no stopping Mike Mussina. That’s 15 up and 15 down. 64 pitches/39 strikes. He toyed with Adam LaRoche in the fifth inning. Changeup for a strike, curveball away for a strike then a 1-2 fastball away for strikeout looking.
I would imagine that’s it for Moose. Mo will probably be next then Jeff Karstens. Still no score.
Mariano allowed a single by Jose Bautista. Chris Gomez followed with a ball into the hole at first base than Shelley Duncan should have gone harder for but didn’t. It rolled out of the reach of Robbie Cano for a single.
After a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, Duncan made up for his mistake. Nyjer Morgan grounded to first. Shelley looked Bautista back to third and tagged the bag. Bautista then broke for home. Duncan made an accurate throw to the plate. Bautista was caught going back to third to end the inning.
Still no score.