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Two TDs later, Yankees top Sox

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 17, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Every Yankee in the starting lineup had at least one run scored and one hit tonight. Outside of Hideki Matsui, everybody had at least one RBI.

The team batting average went from .261 to .272 in one night.

It was like watching two softball teams until LaTroy Hawkins (oh, the irony) settled things down by throwing two scoreless innings.

Hawkins, Billy Traber and the new and improved Brian Bruney combined for four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three with one walk.

The Hawk’s last five appearances: 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He’s thrown 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes. He’s throw five shutout innings against Boston already this season, allowing two hits.

Clay Buchholz allowed his first home runs as a starter tonight, snapping a streak of 31 innings. But if you watched him carefully, you have to admire how he pitches. There aren’t too many pitchers his age with the guts to throw changeups and curveballs while behind in the count. He’s going to have many more good days than bad.

CMW threw a clunker. But I’m not sure Cy Young himself would have survived as a starter on this night. There are nights when these two teams just mash and this was one of those nights.

The Moose vs. Gentleman Josh Beckett tomorrow. Then back on the road as the Pope comes to town.





19 Responses to “Two TDs later, Yankees top Sox”

  1. vic April 17th, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Gentleman Josh Beckett…that’s a good one!
    Let’s all hope for 5+ good innings from Moose tomorrow.

  2. El Guapo April 17th, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Well it was definitely an off night for Wang, but thankfully the bats rose to the challenge. I’m sure Wang will be solid in his next outing. And I’m glad that Farnsworth wasn’t used in this game.

  3. bill_brasky April 17th, 2008 at 1:43 am

    lets hope for 3+ good innings from Mussina. I don’t care how good your command is, a “fast”ball that tops out at in the mid 80s is going to get you killed the second time through a red sox type line up. he doesn’t have an out pitch anymore. i’m a great admirer of what Moose has done for us in the past, but he doesn’t need to be starting anymore.

  4. rvajames April 17th, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Wang just didn’t have his slider tonight. It’s ok, even ace pitchers have an off day and our bullpen and offense pulled together to come back a couple times to win.

    Hawkins was just dynamite. I’m really liking him as this season progresses, he is a true gamer. I also hope Francona puts in Timlin in EVERY GAME this year. Giambi isn’t hitting anything unless it’s from Timlin’s hand.

    Overall great perseverance by our boys tonight. What was that, 4 lead changes and our own club coming back from two deficits? Correct me if I’m wrong.

    The pitching (besides the bullpen, okay maybe outside Olendorf but he needs more opportunities I feel to judge him) wasn’t so hot but we made up for it in true Yankee class with our offense. We showed the class of our own league what Yankee baseball is all about!

    And any Sox fan that says they aren’t afraid of the Yankees are in denial. We were the only team to beat their one-two-three starting pitchers and have a winning record against them last season, who says we can’t do it this year?

    Just a great baseball game to watch tonight, capped off by some joshing of mine to my fellow Red Sox friends.


  5. Travis G. April 17th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Pete, Buchholz was throwing his offspeed pitches so much bc the Yanks were crushing his FB. he HAD to. and btw, he has better command of his offspeed offering than his FB, weird.

  6. Irene Liu April 17th, 2008 at 3:49 am

    It’s so glad to see offensive being catching fire; both bullpen and offense pulled together to win the game when Chien-Ming wasn’t on.

    I’m not worried about Chien-Ming; I know he’ll bounce back!!

    Go Yankees! Go Chien-Ming!

    Hope Moose will win tonight! Go Moose!

  7. MJR April 17th, 2008 at 5:24 am

    The game was fun too watch!

    Anyhoo, if Cano plays today’s game, any chance he WON’T leadoff? I’d arther take my chances with Melky getting on at least until Cano gets his mojo back.

  8. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 17th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I would love to see Donkey Butt Beckett get lit up so bad that he curses like the Jr. High student that he is, as he storms off the field in such a rant that he pulls a muscle in his face and has to go on the DL until the twitch he develops as a result calms down enough for him to be able to ever throw a strike again….hey, but that’s just me…

  9. Raphy April 17th, 2008 at 7:32 am

    “The New and Improved Brian Bruney”

    Bruney ’08
    10 IP
    2 R
    6 H
    4 BB
    11 SO

    Bruney’s first 10.1 IP in ’07
    10.1 IP
    1 R
    6 H
    3 BB
    11 SO

  10. coops2001 April 17th, 2008 at 8:16 am

    I was at that hideous game (though my friend Nik pointed out that there was only one error). Best line when Latroy was coming in: “Yes, he has a 9.00 ERA, but we’ll be ahead of the game as tonight we can score at least two an inning.”

  11. StandingO'Neil April 17th, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Raphy, the numbers may be the same, but he is pitching like a different pitcher. He’s pounding the strikezone and not nibbling around as much. That could all change but so far he does seem much improved.

  12. V April 17th, 2008 at 9:23 am

    “lets hope for 3+ good innings from Mussina. I don’t care how good your command is, a “fast”ball that tops out at in the mid 80s is going to get you killed the second time through a red sox type line up. he doesn’t have an out pitch anymore. i’m a great admirer of what Moose has done for us in the past, but he doesn’t need to be starting anymore.”

    What’s Maddux’s ‘out pitch’?

    Jamie Moyer’s?

  13. george April 17th, 2008 at 9:27 am

    good results by Hawkins. i hope i’m wrong, but i’m rather skeptical he’ll keep it up- to my untrained eye, it seemed like the Red Sox should have been slamming some of those pitches that were up and not moving much. i guess i wonder if it was good pitching, or the Red Sox hitting badly?

  14. Steve April 17th, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Hawkins ERA so far has been really skewed by his appearance in Kennedy’s first start. He throws strikes like whoa.

  15. Taiwan April 17th, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Sorry first ..What is “Two TDs ” Please someone help to explain

    I was so sad of Wang’s outing yesterday…It’s not Wang’s day..
    But Wang must be very upset..

    Wang Go go go …You don’t be sad, you can rebound soon…

    We Taiwanese in Taiwan still support you whatever any chance to get Cy Award ..

    You have to win for Yankees and make a long start of a game …it’s the purpose of job ..

    you always mentioned to reporter of Taiwan..
    I just want to finish your job and help to Yankees win

    We Taiwanese are looking forward to seeing your next qualified start …

    Chia Yo ..Chien Ming Wang

    Fans from Taiwan

  16. Taylor April 17th, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Your not sure if Cy Young himself would have survived on this night? The reason the offenses did so well is because the two starting pitchers tonight didn’t have it. I love Wang, but I’ve never seen someone defend anyone as much as you with Wang, and it’s painfully obvious it is 100% because of your book.

  17. jon April 17th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I get it now. When Wang pitches well, he’s an ace. When he doesn’t (against the same team, 5 days later), it’s because Cy Young himself couldn’t stop a team that mashes like that.

    Kind of like how Chad Moeller is the best hitter in history – when he gets hits, he’s always on base, scoring runs, driving them in. Except when he doesn’t. In those cases, you can’t blame him because the pitcher did well.

  18. jon April 17th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Hi Taiwan,

    Please keep posting! It’s great to have fans from around the world.

    “Two TDs” is a reference to (American) football. A touchdown (TD) is worth 7 points. The Yankees scored 15 runs so that’s more than two TD worth of runs.

  19. Jeremy April 17th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I was going to write about Pete’s excuse of Wang’s performance last night (it wasn’t Wang’s fault, it was just simmering offenses exploding!), thought better of it, and then saw this post. Now I can’t resist.

    Apparently, Wang’s performance had nothing to do with his pitch selection or execution. It had to do with a predetermined outcome for this game that no mortal man could escape. There was something in the air that caused both teams’ hitters to hit very well. Or perhaps there was something in the water.

    The Sox have some great hitters. But isn’t the ability to keep a good team from scoring lots of runs a qualification for being an ace?

    The notion that no pitcher could have kept the Sox from scoring 8 runs in 4 innings in that game is absurd and reeks of partiality toward Wang. Wang had a bad game. He has them sometimes. He can still be a very good pitcher and have the occasional lousy performance; coming up with excuses for his bad outings based on destiny or predetermined outcomes does him no favors.

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