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Postgame notes: A good night in the desert

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 23, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Andy Pettitte seemed to further secure a spot in the all-star game, Alex Rodriguez broke a 49-at-bat homerless streak and Colin Curtis made his first big league hit a good one.

It was a good night for the Yankees.

Pettitte allowed two runs through seven innings, but he’s pitched so well this season that his ERA actually went up from 2.47 to 2.48. As manager Joe Girardi said, “As long as he wasn’t facing Danny Haren he was really good.”

Rodriguez had three hits in a week since coming back from hip flexor tendonitis, but he was encouraged by a double and a drive to right-center field last night. “Sometimes you take four or five days off and it takes you a day or two to get back in sync,” Rodriguez said. “Kevin Long and I are spending long hours in the batting cage and we both feel pretty good about what’s about to happen.”

Curtis was playing in front of his mother, father, brother and several friends from Arizona State. He had played in this stadium in college, but he never had a bigger hit than that two-run double that capped a six-run eighth inning. “You always imagined, dreamed of playing in the big leagues some day,” Curtis said. “I think it’s kind of cool that the first time is right down where I played college ball.”

Yankees Diamondbacks Baseball• The one run-scoring hit Pettitte allowed was the two-out, two-run single by Haren. It was an 0-2 fastball that Pettitte tried to waste off the plate to setup a cutter in the dirt. Instead, Haren went after it and slapped a single. “Those are daggers in the heart,” Pettitte said.

• Rodriguez and Derek Jeter were taken out of the game strictly to let them rest. No injury concerns.

• No injury concerns for Jorge Posada either after catching for a second straight night. “I even asked him in the ninth inning,” Girardi said. “He said, ‘I feel good.’”

• Haren is a groundball pitcher who thrives on a sinker and a splitfinger. The Yankees did not ground out a single time against him, and only grounded out twice in the game. “He has a good sinker and he has a split, and I thought our guys just missed some balls too,” Girardi said. “We didn’t ground out a lot, that’s for sure. Lefties a lot of time are low-ball hitters.”

• Rodriguez on the home run: “I got a good 1-1 fastball and drove it to left-center. That’s a pitch that I’ve been either grounding out to third base hard to maybe flying out to right. I put a pretty good swing on it.”

• Rodriguez on his home runs in general: “I’ve never considered myself a home run hitter,” he said. “What I do concern myself with is driving in runs and getting guys in from third base, stuff like that.” The guy is about to hit his 600th. I say this with all due respect, it’s probably time he starts thinking of himself as a home run hitter. It’s OK to say it. It’s not boasting. It’s just the truth.

• Nick Swisher has a modest five-game hitting streak and has reached base in 30 of 34 road games this season. Each of the Yankees top four hitters had two hits tonight.

• Pettitte’s fifth-inning single was his first hit since June 19, 2009. “It’s always nice to get a hit,” Pettitte said. “Unfortunately I gave up two hits to their guy.”

Associated Press photos of Curtis and Pettitte.

 
 

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54 Responses to “Postgame notes: A good night in the desert”

  1. Carl June 23rd, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Keep it going.

  2. Nick in SF June 23rd, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Chad, your postgame notes failed to mention the palpable World Cup excitement in the locker room.

    Are the players going to watch as a group at 7:00 a.m. or do you think they’ll watch in their hotel rooms?

  3. BD (Boston Dave) June 23rd, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Andy is simply one hell of a pitcher.

  4. Median June 23rd, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Nick, just for you here’s a Wang update: ETA late July/early August.

    http://tinyurl.com/2d3afct

    btw, the Nats have 6 injured SP who might join them at some point this year:
    Wang, Zimmermann, Olsen, Marquis, Mock, Detwiler.

  5. Nick in SF June 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Thanks, Median. This was my favorite comment from that Nats blog:

    “August? They do realize the season only goes thru Sept don’t they?”

  6. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Well, it was Pettitte’s first regular season hit since 19 June, 2009, but, let’s not forget that big WS run producing single in 2009.

  7. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 2:51 am

    If NYYs are skipping Hughes’ next start, Pettitte has a chance to hit a home run on Sunday in LA, probably against Kershaw.

  8. William June 23rd, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Not mentioned in Chad’s post, but Joba looked fantastic tonight. The lead-off walk was a bit discouraging, but I have to assume he was trying to work on something with the slider, as he threw it twice on a 3-2 count. But his FB was the best it has been all year, and the slider that ended the inning was 2007-esque.

  9. Abe Peterham June 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am

    If Arod thinks he isn’t a HR hitter, that means he’s lost faith in doing it ?!

  10. rj June 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Nick in SF June 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 am
    Thanks, Median. This was my favorite comment from that Nats blog:

    “August? They do realize the season only goes thru Sept don’t they?”

    ===========================================

    That’s pretty funny. With Strasburg & Bryce Harper, Nat fans may need to revise their thinking about when the season ends, in a couple of years….

    As for Joba – remember, he was throwing 98 vs Detroit earlier in the season – it seemed he got pumped up after watching Zumaya throwing 100 mph darts in the same game. This is a boy who needs someone to kick him in the butt before he performs.

  11. rj June 23rd, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Abe Peterham June 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am
    If Arod thinks he isn’t a HR hitter, that means he’s lost faith in doing it ?!

    ============================================

    Since the beginning of last season Alex has been studying at the Jeter school of interviewing. He hasn’t lost faith, he’s just being bland & deflecting praise.

  12. rj June 23rd, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I’d like to add that it is a good thing – remember back not too long ago to the days when you cringed everytime Al opened his mouth to the media.

  13. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 23rd, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I took ARod’s comments to mean he looks for opportunities to drive the ball, to drive in runs, not necessarily going up to hit a homerun specifically. But, yeah, it’s kind of silly for a guy with 600 homeruns to say he doesn’t think of himself as a homerun hitter.

    I am a bit surprised that Joba was able to overcome his petty jealousies to do such a good job last night. And was he REALLY that good? I mean, he walked the leadoff hitter for crying out loud – what was he thinking? (sarcasm)

    Andy Pettitte is having a phenomenal season so far. What a pleasure to watch him pitch.

    And what a night for Colin Curtis. What a thrill to get your first major league hit AND drive in runs in your college town with your family and friends watching!! And it was a beautiful hit.

  14. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 23rd, 2010 at 7:10 am

    rj -

    So true about cringing when ARod was interviewed! He’s MUCH easier to listen to now. :)

  15. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Griffey didn’t consider himself a Hr hitter either. I think its more about them wanting to be thought of as all Around hitters and at his best that’s what Alex is….a great hitter that also hits homeruns.

  16. rj June 23rd, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Sux vs Ubaldo tonight, and they get Lincecum on Sunday. Nice to see them have to face some aces – doesn’t it seem like they always miss these type of pitchers?

  17. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Abe Peterham June 23rd, 2010 at 7:00 am
    If Arod thinks he isn’t a HR hitter, that means he’s lost faith in doing it ?!

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Rodriguez has been saying that he isn’t a home run hitter since his early Seattle days. There’s some clips and interviews with him stating that. Hank Aaron always said the same thing. Mantle’s one home run hitter that never denied it. He said that his job was hitting homers and driving in runs. At the end of his career, he did say, though that his biggest disappointment was seeing his batting average slip under .300.

  18. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 7:28 am

    That’s one pleasure that I get out of being my age. I had the chance to see some of the great high average power hitters in history, some from just before their primes until the end and some at the tailend of their primes…like Ted Williams and Stan Musial. Musial is really overlooked when great hitters are mentioned. From stance to results, just imagine the 1984 thru 1989 Don Mattingly, but, doing it for 20+ years.

  19. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 7:33 am

    That’s 4 staight wins vs quality starters (Halladay, Pelfrey, Santana, Haren).. I think the fact that they are hitting these guys tells more about the offense than not hitting the mediocre guys does…could be a concentration issue or could be that the mediocre guys are making better pitches in those select games.

    1.5 games ahead and 2 clear of the Sox in the LC…..need to be patient with Dontrelle tonight.

  20. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Stan the Man’s numbers are just ridiculous and by all accounts he was one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet…its strange he doesn’t get more love historically….331 lifetime hitter, 500 + homers…that’s pretty good.

  21. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 7:49 am

    blake June 23rd, 2010 at 7:37 am
    Stan the Man’s numbers are just ridiculous and by all accounts he was one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet…its strange he doesn’t get more love historically….331 lifetime hitter, 500 + homers…that’s pretty good.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    another comparison that matches with Mattingly. Polar opposites of players like ted williams, but, Lord, could those two guys hit.

    Musial missed winning the Triple Crown by 1 lousy home run in 1948. In fact, he lead the NL in every offensive category that year except stolen bases and homers, and he had 5 home runs washed out by rain. Take a peek at those numbers and the career doubles and triples.

    http://www.baseball-reference......st01.shtml

  22. austinmac June 23rd, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Actually, Musial ended with 475 home runs, but he was a great hitter. I remember when he hit .330 as a 42 year old. He and Williams were the two best hitters for average in the 40s and 50s.

  23. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 7:54 am

    GB,
    Very impressive. Stan was my grandpa’s favorite player so he was always telling me about him.

  24. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 7:58 am

    My bad, I could have swore Stan got to 500.

  25. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 23rd, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Great pic of Curtis and the back of Phil’s head, lol. Curtis looks so happy – what a wonderful moment for him and his family.

  26. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 8:15 am

    It seems like every swing Musial took was just like the one before it. He just never changed. Like DiMaggio and williams, he almost never struck out. I’m looking to see if I can locate some videos one him. There are plenty that are replayed of Williams shown, but, other than his 3.000th hit, almost none of Musial. I loved watching Williams, but, Musial wasn’t a dead pull hitter.

    Hard to believe that until he hurt his arm, he was minor league pitcher and getting really good, winning 18 games at the age of 19.

    Here’s the first of a 3 part clip on Musial at bat.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  27. Mike June 23rd, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Pettitte got a hit in the world series too. I know your just going regular season numbers tho.

  28. NYYROC June 23rd, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Musial was one of my father’s favorites. Another outstanding but overlooked player is Frank Robinson.

  29. SJ44 June 23rd, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Nephew update….

    Going to need surgery to repair two small fractures in his cheekbone.

    Surgery will take place sometime today.

    No timetable yet on a return until after surgery takes place.

    Will update when more info becomes available.

  30. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Frank Robby was one Hell of a player in all phases of the game. Having to watch the Yankee pitchers face him and Vada Pinson back to back in the ’61 WS was scary. Pinson is another very overlooked player. One of the top 4 center fielders of the ’60s. Even his own teams didn’t appreciate just how good he was. The players did, just not the managers and owners.

  31. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 8:30 am

    SJ, they’re going to have to put a cage around his helmet. Is he a baseball magnet or does he dive out over the plate? Hard to believe that he still stands in after the first hit. Hopefully, this won’t change his approach. He was having another outstanding season in a pitcher’s league.

  32. Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I was so happy for Colin Curtis last night-what a great moment! :)

    SJ, I hope your nephew makes a speedy recovery!!

  33. Tom in NJ June 23rd, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Here’s an article on Tony Sanchez:

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg.....613-63.stm

  34. Rick June 23rd, 2010 at 8:41 am

    This recent and unfortunate group of injuries to Tony Sanchez may slow his callup to AA Altoona but shouldn’t slow his progress as a prime prospect. He’s still on a fast track to be with AAA Indianapolis at some point in 2011 and a possible September callup to Pittsburgh for his major league debut.

  35. NYYROC June 23rd, 2010 at 8:41 am

    GB7, do you remember the player whose nickname in Montreal was Le Grande Orange?

  36. Patrick from CT June 23rd, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Good win for Andy and the gang. Good to see the A lineup out there 2 games in a row.

    The Yankees now have a vary youg bench, but they seem to be getting the job done just fine.
    The questions will be who goes back to AAA when Thames is ready and will the Yankees make a move for a Vet utility guy to backup Arod??

  37. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 8:44 am

    SJ,
    Bummer, hope the surgery goes well..many of those facial bones in the maxilla are pretty fragile. Hope he heals up really quick.

  38. NYYROC June 23rd, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I think Huffman goes down when Thames comes back. I could see Russo going back to AAA if the NYY get a vet IF.

  39. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 8:47 am

    NYYROC June 23rd, 2010 at 8:41 am
    GB7, do you remember the player whose nickname in Montreal was Le Grande Orange?

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    sure. Rusty Staub. He couldn’t run or field after the first half of his career, but, man could he hit. The turf in the astrodome and Montreal wrecked his knees and back. He could have been so much better.i

  40. NYYROC June 23rd, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Yep Staub was Le Grande Orange. He choked up about 4 inches on the bat too. He really could hit. So could Rico Carty (sp?). He played on a number of teams. I remember ATL mostly.

  41. Tom in NJ June 23rd, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Rusty Staub was traded to the Mets from the Expos for YES’s own Ken Singleton

  42. rj June 23rd, 2010 at 8:51 am

    From 1981:

    http://tinyurl.com/2bswzwp

  43. Bret the Hitman June 23rd, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I like Curtis swing a heck of a lot more than Huffman’s.

    I’ll be glad to see Huffman demoted when Thames returns.

    It would also be nice to trade for a Ty Wiggington type for DH and backup infielder. Isn’t he regressing now and therefore his stock dropping to a reasonable price?

    Hopefully.

    Good Morning :)

  44. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Thames is supposed to start a rehab assignment tonight or tomorrow at Scranton.

  45. NYYROC June 23rd, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Tom in NJ, thanks, didn’t know that. Sometimes Kay tells Kenny he should be in HOF. I remember Singleton as being good, but I don’t think he was HOF good.

  46. SJ44 June 23rd, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Thanks Blake.

    Funny thing is, last night wasn’t even an issue of diving into pitches. The St. Lucie pitcher had no idea where the ball was going. He hit three other kids last night.

    Its the problem with A Ball. Big arms, no command.

    Now, the Pirates understand why his agent and I were bugging them for a month to move him to AA.

  47. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 8:57 am

    The DH was made with hitters like Staub and Carty in mind. Carty was another that cou;dn’t stay healthy. Between missing large chunks of seasons because of knee surgery and a year because of TB, he lost a great career as a hitter. Never much of a fielder though, hurt or healthy.

  48. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:00 am

    SJ, did your nephew ever have the pleasure of facing Brackman back in the day….like when he couldn’t find home plate with a GPS?

  49. Bret the Hitman June 23rd, 2010 at 9:00 am

    From MLB trade rumors yesterday…

    “The Yankees are focused on improving their offense right now. Olney wonders if the Yanks could pursue a powerful infielder like Ty Wigginton. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports listed some easier-to-obtain infielders yesterday.”

  50. blake June 23rd, 2010 at 9:06 am

    SJ,

    When I was in college we always played the local A ball team as an exhibition before their season started…we loved it but it scared our coach to death for the same reasons you’re talking about…guys throwing low-mid 90s with often no idea where its going. Sounds like tony should get the call soon enough to a safer and better league though as well as he’s playing.

  51. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Sad to see that Dustin McGowan is scheduled for another surgery…this time for a significant rotator cuff tear. He grew up about 20 miles from here, just outside of Ft. Stewart, GA. He’s another pitcher that had his career pretty well butchered by Toronto.

  52. SJ44 June 23rd, 2010 at 9:21 am

    GB,

    Tony faced Brackman twice. Once in college and once this season.

    Its been a rough three weeks. Take a 94 MPH fastball in the head and a 91 MPH fastball in the jaw/cheekbone area.

    Nobody has ever said its easy to make the majors. Lots of stuff gets in the way.

  53. Erica in NY June 23rd, 2010 at 9:21 am

    New thread :arrow:
    Could Pettitte start the All-Star Game?
    (I HOPE SO!!!)

  54. Erin June 23rd, 2010 at 9:22 am

    New Post: Could Andy Pettitte start the all-star game?

    :arrow:


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