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Postgame notes: A long, late night in Baltimore

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on May 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

First, let’s take a moment to realize what happened tonight.

• A guy who came to spring training as an assumed-to-be-washed-up minor league free agent pitched eight shutout innings (and needed just 87 pitches to do it).
• The greatest closer of all time blew a save (then watched a series of largely unknown relievers dance out of every sort of danger).
• A kid made his major-league debut in the 12th inning of a 1-1 game and managed to pitch four scoreless (after striking out his first two batters, then promptly loading the bases, and knowing every batter was the potential game-winner).
• In quick succession a player was hit in the head by a fastball, tried to stay in the game, was replaced by a starting-pitcher-turned-pinch-runner, all while another starting pitcher came out of the other team’s bullpen to pitch in relief (oh, and a half inning later a base runner was hit by a ground ball for what was actually a key out).
• And the last out of the game was made by a backup infielder who was playing right field on a day when he started at shortstop ahead of a sure Hall of Famer (yet everything about that situation made perfect sense given the context and the events of the day).

“Honestly, yeah, (I’m glad it’s over),” Robinson Cano said. “I’m not going to lie. Especially going from Tampa, a long day in New York, Sunday night baseball. We get to Tampa 3 in the morning, get here at 2. But when you’re winning, you always have fun, even if you’re tired. We need to start winning series and put this together.”

Here’s Joe Girardi talking about a little of everything tonight.

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That pitch hitting Chris Dickerson was one of the scariest thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field.

It wasn’t so much the pitch itself, it was the reaction. Girardi said Dickerson never lost consciousness, but the way he was blinking his eyes, it looked like he was just waking up while he was lying there in the dirt. Then Girardi tossed away the broken helmet, which wasn’t a good sign, and Dickerson stood up to reveal a big knot near his eye, which was a far worse sign.

“He said he was all right,” Girardi said. “But I was listening to Geno. Geno said he had to come out. Geno made the right call and took him to the hospital. Hopefully everything is okay.”

Dickerson went for a CT Scan and the Yankees should know more tomorrow. Girardi said Dickerson was lucid on the field, knew where he was and who he was, all that good stuff. I’m telling you, this place was silent.

“You have to assume that he’s probably got a concussion,” Girardi said. “We’ll see.”

My guess is that there’s a great desire to absolutely crush Girardi for bringing in Mariano Rivera when Bartolo Colon was pitching so well. I wrote in the game post — before Girardi made his move — that I would have stuck with Colon.

It’s an easy move to second-guess.

But let’s not pretend that’s an obvious or easy choice. The choices were a starting pitcher who was positively dealing, or Mariano Rivera himself. Either decision would have been perfectly justifiable, and either decision would have looked bad had the pitcher given up a run.

“Of course there’s a thought to leave him in there,” Girardi said. “But I have Mariano Rivera. That’s why I made the move.”

Luis Ayala and Boone Logan did their jobs after Rivera gave up the tying run, but my gosh, how good was Hector Noesi? In this game? Coming into that inning? When ever base runner was the winning run? That’s an incredible way to make a Major League debut, and an amazing way to make a first impression.

“I can’t imagine that, but I thank God,” Rivera said. “Thank God the job that he did. Well deserved. He did tremendous. He made good pitches at the end and he won the game… The whole game was a tremendous game. Only my participation wasn’t good.”

• After Dickerson was hit, Girardi said the only decision was which pitcher to use as a pinch runner. It was never going to be Jorge Posada because it’s a base-running situation and there was no sense burning the last position player in that spot. Girardi chose Burnett because he figured he had the most base-running experience, then he gave Burnett one instruction: Don’t get picked off.

• Mike Gonzalez was ejected for hitting Dickerson, but he stayed on the field and watched with some obvious fear on his face. Did Girardi think it was intentional? “I don’t get into that,” he said. “It’s just a scary part of the game when a guy gets hit there.” For whatever it’s worth, I find it hard to believe Gonzalez meant to do that.

• Noesi was good for 90 pitches. “He was going to have to get it done for us,” Girardi said.

• Can’t overlook the Mark Teixeira play that saved the game in the 11th. Alex Rodriguez made a nice stop, but his throw was way off line and it was all Teixeira could do to keep it from going into the outfield. Boone Logan took it from there. Two huge outs. To be honest, my “Yankees lose” game story was 100 percent ready to go at that point (and in the bottom of every inning after it, except the 15th).

• Rodriguez on why he threw the ball in the first place: “Make a play. At that point you’ve got to go crazy, you’ve got to make plays. That’s the way we play baseball, we attack.”

• Teixeira on the play: “Really, when I dove I said, ‘Just go in my glove. Just knock it down somehow.’ Luckily, I came up with it clean and we got out of the jam.”

• Colon was one inning away from his first complete game shutout since 2006. “That’s my best game so far (this year),” he said. “I thank God for the way I’m pitching right now. I wish I continue pitching that way.”

• What was wrong with Rivera? “A lot of things happened,” he said. “I didn’t make my pitches. Balls were finding holes. Bad day at the office.”

• Dave Robertson wasn’t supposed to be available tonight, but when those two runners were on base in the bottom of the 15th, Robertson was loose in the bullpen. He said he was ready to go and he assumed he was coming into the game had that ball not hit the base runner and given Noesi a gift second out. Girardi said Robertson might not be available tomorrow because of the pitches he threw in the bullpen tonight.

• Completely forgot to mention pregame that Thursday will be two weeks since the Eric Chavez injury. He’s due to be reexamined. “I think they talked about doing some functional stuff (as part of early rehab work),” Girardi said.

• The Orioles have lost to the Yankees five times this season, three of them in extra innings.

• I’m beyond tired. Get some sleep everyone. If you stayed up for all of this one, you really did see a pretty incredible baseball game.

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139 Responses to “Postgame notes: A long, late night in Baltimore”

  1. Captain Clutch May 19th, 2011 at 2:17 am

    “You have to assume that he’s probably got a concussion,” Girardi said. “We’ll see.”
    ————-

    I really hope not. The main reason being his health and the other being with him on the team he could get Swisher to sit against some righties.

  2. Nick in SF May 19th, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Just rub some Old Bay on it.

    http://www.marylanddelivered.c.....ldbay2.jpg

  3. UnKnown May 19th, 2011 at 2:57 am

    432 total pitches thrown by the two teams. Wow.

  4. VT Yankee Fan May 19th, 2011 at 5:07 am

    For those of us working the night shift these long games are awesome.

  5. joeman May 19th, 2011 at 6:03 am

    here’s hoping Montero will be as good as a rookie as Eric Hosmer if and when he gets here

  6. joeman May 19th, 2011 at 6:04 am

    that should be rookie hitter

  7. Mike Ri May 19th, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Crazy Game last night ! i’ll take it.

  8. Joe from Long Island May 19th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I watched the whole thing.

    Not up for the day job.

    But it was worth it. An incredible game. The only negative, really, is what happened to Dickerson.

    Hard to argue with using Mariano.

  9. 108 stitches May 19th, 2011 at 7:09 am

    It can’t help but be wondered what would have happened if Colon had pitched the 9th inning for a complete game win. He should have gone out for the 9th inning with Mariano available only if there was signs of trouble. The consequences resulted in using up a lot of players for a lot of innings and in particular, a worn down bullpen.
    Girardi needs to learn how to manage with gut feelings and trust in players – - not with some sabermetric book.
    Tonight makes C.C. almost necessary to pitch a complete game.
    So much for giving players like Martin and Gardner a day off.

  10. upstate kate May 19th, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I went to bed after the end of the 11th, thinking I would watch the rest of the game this am before work. I only had recorded thru the 13th, so I had to get the highlights from espn and mlb.
    An incredible game b/c they won, and knocked today’s starter out. AJ seemed to enjoy his role as pinch runner. And how nice that Nunez caught the final out. A real team win.

  11. upstate kate May 19th, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I think had the Yankees taken advantage of earlier scoring opportunities, Colon would have been left in. What a great pitching performance. He seemed to get stronger as the game went on.

  12. Niblick May 19th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Joe Girardi’s thinking is clearly constipated by his slavish devotion to his “rules”. The fact that there is a save situation doesn’t mean he needs to bring in Mo. Mo is on pace to pitch in more than 81 games. At this rate he will be cooked by August. It’s not so much that Girardi’s gut or trust is lacking; it’s his brain that is lacking.

  13. MG May 19th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Robbie Cano gets roasted on LoHud, called a ‘moron’ and ‘insubordinate’ simply for being aggressive at the plate and becomes the batting hero of the game by ripping the 1st pitch from Gonzalez into the gap to knock in two runs.

    Payback is such a beautiful thing-take that, self loathing, no confidence in your team, LoHud ‘Yankees fans’

  14. Joe from Long Island May 19th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    108- I had a similar thought, but let’s face it. How to one rationally argue with using the greatest weapon in baseball? The guy who’s ERA + is 225 or something ridiculous like that.

    If Colon had given up a dinger, Joe would have been crucified also.

    If Mariano does his job, then we’re all in bed (some of us) by 10.

    JMO. Later.

  15. blake May 19th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    The problem with Girardi’s logic is that although he has Mariano Rivera…..Mariano Rivera is 41 years old and has thrown a ton of innings this year already. So while he’s still the best closer in baseball…..that doesn’t mean you out think the room and take out a guy that is dominating with 87 pitches just because its now the 9th inning.

    Colon pitched fantastic though….I really can’t add anything to what’s already been said. I just still cant believe what he’s doing.

    Martin played a great game on his day off….what a pick up.

    Alex is starting to come around we hope.

    What a debut for Noesi ….very impressive, not because he pitched great because he wasn’t all that sharp….impressive because he battled like crazy and gave up 0 runs despite that…..protecting the game in extra innings. The question now is what do you do with him? He’s too talented to be pitching mop up duty…..maybe h could fill the role Colon was supposed to (the Aceves role). If not then he probably needs to be starting at SWB……my point, either pitch him or send him.down to start.

    Im expecting CC to make a statement today to the Orioles that our hitters aren’t target practice for their sucky pithers.

  16. MG May 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I’ve been one of Colon’s biggest supporters on this blog since early in spring training and he was just incredible last night.

    I always want starters to go as deep as they can (even with Mo in the ‘pen) and would have preferred Colon to start the 9th and go batter to batter. Mo had pitched the night before, the ‘pen was short, and Colon was still dealing out there.

    It’s tough to believe a guy like Girardi, who caught for so many years, could have so little instinct about whether a pitcher can go another inning or not.

    He is really a slave to the innings number, that’s why he stuck too long with AJ in Tampa (and in Texas in the ALCS last year) and why he pulled Colon last night. Unfortunately for Yankees fan we are stuck with him, the front office appears to love him.

  17. The Mick536 May 19th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I have seen worse Lake Monster games, but not many. No one should pay premium prices to watch this team; moreover, people should be given tips on how to evaluate the spin.

  18. upstate kate May 19th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I am sure some stat head could check, but it does seem that Oriole pitchers are more responsible for our guys getting hit than any other team.

  19. blake May 19th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    MG,

    I am shocked at how well Colon is throwing the ball….he touched 97 last night in the 8th inning. Cashman’s offseason moves have looked pretty darn good so far.

  20. Wang IS Taiwan May 19th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Someone mentioned how many innings the best in the bullpen have racked up already. Of course, some of those games they “had” to pitch in were because Girardi brought in his “designed-inning pitchers” because we’d reached their pre-appointed inning — meanwhile the SP was still coasting along.

    He has only himself to blame when these guys are beat up before the season’s end.

    I hate how he repeatedly gets DRob up to warm up and never brings him in — that’s hard on that pitcher. (So much for those of you praising Girardi’s bullpen management.)

    Throw the stupid “rules” away — and if you can’t coach using instinct or gut, then ask your bench coach who can.

    DUMB.

  21. blake May 19th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    They almost have to DL Dickerson…..they have the 7 day option now. He got hit hard…..too hard to mess around with.

  22. 108 stitches May 19th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    This game can be “what if’d” to death but it was a mild surprise that Colon didn’t go out for the 9th inning with such a low pitch count and no signs of wearing down in the 8th inning.
    The bullpen will be gassed for the Mets and Jays series coming up unless it’s cleverly used. Not many availables for tonight’s game out of the bullpen. It would have been nice to have Mariano. Justin Maxwell may have to be summoned to take Chris Dickerson’s place on the roster if a concussion is established.
    It remains to be seen if Girardi learned any lessons from last night.

  23. Wang IS Taiwan May 19th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Im expecting CC to make a statement today to the Orioles that our hitters aren’t target practice for their sucky pithers.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Count me in on this wish.

    MG — Not so sure the owners are so in love with Girardi, but Cash certainly is.

  24. blake May 19th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    They need Sabathia to go deep today….maybe even finish the thing himself.

  25. MG May 19th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    blake May 19th, 2011 at 7:49 am
    MG,

    I am shocked at how well Colon is throwing the ball….he touched 97 last night in the 8th inning. Cashman’s offseason moves have looked pretty darn good so far.
    ————————————–
    blake, I was shocked to see the 97 last night also but was reminded about something CC said during spring training (they were teammates in Cleveland, something I had forgotten)-he said Colon looked like the same guy he knew back then. He’s obviously been hurt for a long time and is finally throwing without pain or any weakness.

    I don’t talk politics or non-baseball stuff on this blog but have been interested in stem cell research for the past 6 or 7 years and it’s not surprising that a surgical procedure enhanced with stem cells could be this effective. Sometime in the future (assuming the government doesn’t continue to get in the way of science) stem cells will change the way we look at things like paralysis, terminal diseases and many other things-it may take 40-50 years but it is inevitable. And using stem cells is clearly not the same as PEDs, it’s just advanced science.

  26. Wang IS Taiwan May 19th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I hate how he repeatedly gets DRob up to warm up and never brings him in — that’s hard on that pitcher. (So much for those of you praising Girardi’s bullpen management.)

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Follow-up to statement above. Hey, maybe THAT’S WHY Girardi assigns innings to pitchers — that way, he doesn’t repeatedly “over-warm” someone when he can’t decide whether to bring someone in or not.

    It could simply be that Girardi has a hard time making decisions. PERIOD. Thus, by assigning innings, he only has to make that decision once. Binders are also a reliable way to escape making any sort of personal gut judgment call. Hey, just go by the numbers. The numbers know ALL.

  27. MG May 19th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Here is the Orioles equivalent of some of the Yankees fans on this blog:

    http://www.camdenchat.com/2011.....-f-ing-now

  28. MG May 19th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    By the way, Gonzales denies trying to hit Dickerson, said he was going down and away and the pitch got away from him. He has been awful this year and has a history of bad control so it’s not out of the realm that he’s telling the truth here. I just hope Dickerson is OK, he went down like he was run over by a truck last night.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201....._orioles_1

  29. randy l. May 19th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    mg

    if colon keeps pitching like this, interest in the kind of stem cell therapy that colon got is going to get a spotlight on it.

    i know little to nothing about stem cell research, but i’ve started reading about it.

    if there’s no downside to the long term health of patients in getting this kind of stem cell therapy i don’t see how it could ever be classified as a PED.

    if it’s a healthy thing to do, the general population will be doing it just like a precedure like laser eye surgery .

  30. Tom in N.J. May 19th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Yeah, I don’t think Gonzales was trying to hit Dickerson. He’d be a huge idiot if that were the case. Unless he didn’t think the ump would toss him.

    That being said, the O’s pitchers seem to be a little too cavalier with their fastballs up and in to Yankee hitters this year.

  31. Betsy May 19th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I didn’t see the end of the game, but Noesi was the hero. That said, I’m not going gaga over one outing…nor am I going to say he’s the answer. For one night, he was.

    Obviously I missed what happened to Dickerson, but now you see why Joe should have gotten his “revenge” after what happened in NY. He’s probably already forgotten it and in the meantime Buck’s pitchers use the Yankees as target practice. I said this when the O’s were at YS – Buck is pulling a Joe Maddon with his team (remember Elliot Johnson) and teaching them that it’s more important to be macho than to play the right way. I thought Joe Girardi was going to be different than Torre, but he’s just the same – this team never retaliates.

  32. Betsy May 19th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I also don’t get why Chad posted that picture in the previous thread – not sure what’s special about it, lol

  33. randy l. May 19th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    more than colon pitching so well and hitting 96 in his last inning, i was amazed at his cat like reflexes on the line drive double play.

    that was an amazing play for any pitcher of any age let alone a 38 year old 270 pound pitcher.

  34. Erin May 19th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    That was one crazy game.

    KenDavidoff Joe Girardi just gave Hector Noesi the lineup card from tonight’s #Yankees-#Orioles game.

    :)

  35. MG May 19th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Randy, here is a link to Dr. Purita’s website if you want to read more about the procedure he used on Colon: http://stemcellorthopedic.com/.....erapy.html

    Basically, the procedure extracts bone marrow (including stem cells) from the patients’ body, separates out stem cells from the other material, and injects those stem cells into the injured part of the body. There is no way this could be considered the use of a PED, it’s simply using someone’s own cells to help heal another area. Dr. Purita is a board certified physician with 30 years of experience who has extensively lectured on this topic worldwide, he can’t be compared to some of the shady characters that are involved with prescribing PEDs for athletes.

  36. Mell May 19th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    They need Sabathia to go deep today….maybe even finish the thing himself

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

    Rivera only thru 9 pitches last night and Robertson and Chamberlain are presumedly available after a night off. If Sabathia goes 7, they should be fine.

  37. Erin May 19th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Joe from Long Island May 19th, 2011 at 7:34 am
    108- I had a similar thought, but let?s face it. How to one rationally argue with using the greatest weapon in baseball? The guy who?s ERA + is 225 or something ridiculous like that.

    If Colon had given up a dinger, Joe would have been crucified also.

    ******************************
    agreed. In a way, that was kind of a no win situation. Mo gave up a run, so it’s “why didn’t you stick with Colon, he was only at 87 pitches”. If Colon had come back out and given up a run it would have been “why didn’t you go to Mo?” LOL

  38. MG May 19th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    the best thing for the Yankees to do tonight to help the ‘pen is score a bunch of runs and make it a laugher-CC is usually great against the O’s so they aren’t going to score many runs.

  39. Erin May 19th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    BTW, AJ has become my favorite pinch runner ever. ;)

    That was hilarious.

  40. MG May 19th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Erin, having AJ as a pinch runner wasn’t as funny as the thought of having CC out there , all 6’7″ and 290+ pounds of him (although CC is a really good hitter and probably can run the bases pretty well).

  41. austinmac May 19th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    As a central time zone guy, I talked myself into watching the Yankees hit in the 15th before going to bed. Glad I did, but it sure felt as if they would never score.

    The ball that hit the baserunner in the bottom of the 15th would have been a hit. Robertson would likely been brought in then. Whew!

  42. blake May 19th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Mell,

    They could manage of course…..but it would be nice if CC could give them a lot of length tonight. Give Mo the night off, give Robertson and Joba another day……maybe the bats will show up and we’ll get a nice blow out tonight.

  43. Mell May 19th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    This game can be “what if’d” to death but it was a mild surprise that Colon didn’t go out for the 9th inning with such a low pitch count and no signs of wearing down in the 8th inning

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

    There was no wrong answer in this case, IMO. Personally, I’d have let Colon stay in the game until he put a runner on base. That said, there’s no rational argument against using the greatest closer ever in the 9th inning of a 1 run game.

  44. Erin May 19th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    MG-very true-I didn’t even think of that!! :lol:

  45. matt1766 May 19th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    The only thing I will say about the Colon/MO thing is this. He only pitched 87 pitches and was getting stronger. If it was CC on the mound and in the same situation, CC comes out for the 9th. Plus he was 2 guys short in the bullpen why wouldnt you try and go a complete game?

  46. baseballgal May 19th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I was at the game, and I remarked to my husband at the end of the eighth that I really hoped they would leave Colon in to finish the game. Even if Mo had done the perfect job he usually does, I still think they should have let Bartolo finish. He was INCREDIBLE to watch – - and he totally kept the Orioles at bay. He looked as good in the 8th as he did in the 1st . . .throwing fastball after fastball in the zone . . .I just think they should have left him in at least until he put a runner on base.

    But we totally knew that Girardi wouldn’t do it.

  47. Mell May 19th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    If it was CC on the mound and in the same situation, CC comes out for the 9th.

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

    I was just thinking the same thing. Probably true of Sabathia, and only Sabathia though.

    Plus he was 2 guys short in the bullpen why wouldnt you try and go a complete game?

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

    He’s 2 guys whether Colon or Rivera pitches that inning. When you send Rivera out to close, 90% of the time who’s available in the bullpen is academic.

  48. Mell May 19th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    * He’s two guys SHORT……

  49. baseballgal May 19th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    @Erin – I know what you mean about Colon/Mo being a no win situation for Girardi, BUT I’d vote that you stay with the hot hand. And Girardi is so not about that . . .I get that statistically, it probably makes sense to go to Mo, but in reality, if someone is showing the command and performance that Colon was showing, I think you stay with it until you have reason to do otherwise.

  50. randy l. May 19th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    mg-

    thanks for that link to colon’s doctor’s web site.

    i picked up this little bit of info at the bottom of one page.

    “Certain supplements seem to positively affect the release of stem cells and actually increase their number. These include vitamin D3, blueberry extract, carnosine, and green tea extract. At present when undergoing a treatment, patients are advised to take a compound called Naturacell which has these aforementioned supplements.”

    all the way back to the early seventies( when i owned a natural food store with three of my friends) , i’ve always taken a lot of healthy supplements and feel that they extended extended my athleticism by at least a decade. it’s very interesting to me that some supplements can increase the release of stem cells .

    maybe the yankees should order this supplement in bulk and hand it out to posada, jeter, alex, etc.

  51. Yankee Trader May 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I believe the Yankees only have 3 extra inning games this year-all against the Orioles.

    Gonzalez was shaken up after hitting Dickerson and said that pitch got away from him. I really don’t think Girardi will risk getting his pitcher thrown out of a game after last nights into day marathon.

    As Blake said, Noesi wasn’t sharp, but was effective, and the runner being hit by what was going to be a base hit, didn’t hurt.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Whelan and/or Andrew Sisco are called up today for bullpen help. If Dickerson goes on 7 day DL, I imagine Maxwell will also be called up, although Jordan Parraz, who isn’t on the 40 man roster is playing better.

  52. MG May 19th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Randy, that sounds really interesting, maybe I should research supplements (legal ones) that can cure the Yips, it would lower my handicap by at least 3 shots and give me a chance to win some money every once in awhile :)

  53. Erin May 19th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    New Post- The cost of a win: Dinner for a second baseman

    :arrow:

  54. Mell May 19th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I believe the Yankees only have 3 extra inning games this year-all against the Orioles

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

    They’re only 3 extra inning WINS have come at the hands of the Orioles.

    They’ve also lost 3. One each to KC, Toronto and Minnesota.

  55. ac1 May 19th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    No way CC retaliates tonight.
    We cannot afford to have him ejected.

    And if he does, it wont be at the head and it won’t be until late in the game when he is ready to come out anyway.

  56. Doc Iac May 19th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    MG

    Robbie Cano gets roasted on LoHud, called a ‘moron’ and ‘insubordinate’ simply for being aggressive at the plate and becomes the batting hero of the game by ripping the 1st pitch from Gonzalez into the gap to knock in two runs.

    Payback is such a beautiful thing-take that, self loathing, no confidence in your team, LoHud ‘Yankees fans’

    —————

    couldnt agree more…fans on this blog have make me laugh….im surprised that no one is callin for Noesi to be the ace of this staff after 4 innings in th big league

  57. pat May 19th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Something ironic about Guthrie replacing Gonzalez who got ejected for hitting a batter.

    Granted Buck likely had no other options but what pitcher lately has hit more Yankee batters than Guthrie.

  58. longtimefan May 19th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    A great win. Another game almost lost by Girardi’s managing. Colon struck out the side in the 8th and was dealing, only 87 pitches–leave him start 9th, if he get in trouble, then bring in Mo, if not likely game over and saves on everyone. I understand there is a lot of pressure on Girardi managing in NY, but as a former catcher he should be a better evaluator of what a pitcher has left. Girardi needs to manage not worry about front office.

  59. jflorio90 May 19th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I never understood why a pitcher would come out when he is doing so good. The Yankees are famous for that. They might have gotten out of there in 9 innings.

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