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Game 117: Yankees at Angels

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 09, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (63-53)
Damon DH
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
A. Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Nady LF
Cano 2B
I. Rodriguez C
Cabrera CF
Giese RHP

Dan Giese (1-3, 2.51) vs. the Los Angeles hitters.

John Lackey (9-2, 3.10) vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: The Yankees have lost 8 of 13 and 3 of the last 5. … The Angels are 28-17 against the Yankees since the start of the 2004 season. … Melky is 3 of his last 28. … Wilson Betemit is 7 of his last 21 with five runs scored and four RBI.

DOUBLE YOUR DISPLEASURE: The Yankees have nine GIDPs in the last four games.

WE MEET AGAIN: The Yankees faced Lackey last Sunday at the Stadium. He allowed four runs in six innings in a 14-9 Yankees win. He is 4-7, 4.89 in 14 career starts against the Yankees.

SOARING ERA: The Yankees had a team ERA of 3.91 on July 26 (after the second game in Boston). It has gone up to 4.21.

Back later with updates.

UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: Joe Girardi gave Ian Kennedy a pass on his comments last night, or at least that’s what he said. “Players react in different ways,” he said. “I know he was upset.” Girardi did say he planned to meet with Kennedy to talk about his start.

None of the other players wanted to comment on what Kennedy said. Asked if he had seen the quotes, Mike Mussina nodded. “Yes,” he said. “I have no comment on the comments. That wouldn’t be right.”

Girardi was asked whether Kennedty was starting on Wednesday. “He’s in our rotation,” he said. Girardi was then asked whether Kennedy would pitch on Wednesday. “We’ve done this dance before,” he said. “He’s in our rotation.”

Your guess is as good as mine on what that means.

UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: Dan Giese, six up, six down, 24 pitches, 18 strikes. Now that’s pitching.

UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: It’s Dan Giese’s world and we’re all just living in it right now. He has a two-hit shutout going against the team he cheered for as a kid with 50 of his family and friends in the stands. Great story so far.

UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: Giese is through five innings at 65 pitches. The Yankees figure they can get 80-85 pitches out of him. This next inning will be interesting because this is about when you figure he will start to tire and the Angels have 2-3-4 up.

UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: And the Yankees turn on the power, back-to-back jacks by A-Rod and The Big G have made it 2-0.

UPDATE, 5:26 p.m.: Big, big strikeout there of Guerrero after the home run.

That’s 82 pitches for Giese. Job well done. They’re crazy if they send him out for the 7th.

UPDATE, 5;30 p.m.: Giese against the Angels this season:

9 innings
4 hits
1 run
1 earned runs
3 walks
8 strikeouts

That’s going to be a heck of a party down in San Clemente tonight.

UPDATE, 5:33 p.m.: They’ve just stopped the game to present Melky the ball for getting two straight hits.

UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: I don’t get it. Two guys hit homers in the sixth inning. The first three hitters in the seventh get singles. So what does Derek Jeter do? He bunts and gives the Angels an out.

It’s stupid baseball.

UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: And there you go, all it did was lead to an out.

Derek Jeter should be swinging the bat, period. Unless it’s the 8th or 9th inning of a tie game, he needs to swing the bat and not give himself up. You pay the man $20 million and it’s not to bunt, it’s to get hits.

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Wasted inning. They needed to get more than one run there. 1-5 RISP today, 10-46 on the trip.

UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Fine job here by Jose Veras. How to hold things down for Dan Giese.

Meanwhile, the foolish bunt has come back to haunt them. Instead of possibly scoring two or three runs, they scored once and now the game is tied.

UPDATE, 5:57 p.m.: The Yankees will score now and Veras will be the “winning” pitcher.

UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: The Yankees did trade for Damaso Marte, right?

UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: This is some terrible relief pitching. But Ramirez is what he is. Good hitters will sit on his stuff and hammer it. He’s a 6th inning guy, not a tie-game-in-the-eighth-inning guy.

It’s probably time to give Melancon a shot.

At any rate, this game is over. Tough luck for Dan Giese. He did his job and then some. But a wasteful offense and terrible relief doomed him.

UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: I wonder if Veras and Ramirez will feel OK about how they pitched? Why not? Girardi wasn’t upset with Ian Kennedy.

“Some guys understand how to handle the media a little better than others,” the manager said. “It’s important that we know his heart, not necessarily that everyone (else) does.”

Well that’s nice.

UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Hey, they got an out.




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