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Game 94: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jul 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (56-37)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP Bartolo Colon (6-5, 3.47)
Colon vs. Rays

RAYS (50-43)
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Robinson Chirinos C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Sam Fuld LF
Reid Brignac SS

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21)
Hellickson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: It’s hot outside, and it’s honestly a little bit warm inside the dome. Girardi was talking about that pregame. Not hot exactly, just a little warm in here.

UMPIRES: HP Ed Rapuano, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Ed Hickox

FIVE THE HARD WAY: Last night the Yankees scored five runs on eight singles and nine walks. According to Elias, it was the first time the Ynakees scored at least five runs in nine innings or more without an extra-base hit since May 20, 2006 against the Mets. That was also a 5-4 Yankees win.

POWER OUTAGE: The Yankees have gone four games without a home run, their longest stretch of the season. They still lead the Majors in home runs, multi-homer games and home run differential.

BROTHERLY LOVE: Brandon Laird’s brother Gerald is a Cardinals catcher currently in New York to play the Mets. According to Elias, the Lairds are one of six sets of brothers currently playing in the big leagues (either active or on the DL): J.D. and Stephen Drew, Scott and Jerry Hairston, Jose and Yadier Molina, B.J. and Justin Upton and Rickie and Jemile Weeks.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: After a 1-2-3 first inning, Rafael Soriano gave up a home run and a single that later scored in the second inning. All told he pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out one.

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Hellickson really does have pretty nasty stuff. He got Nunez swinging to strand runners at first and second in the second inning. Hellickson has five strikeouts through two innings.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Two-out double by Teixeira, followed by a two-run homer by Cano. It’s 2-0 Yankees in the third.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Nice sliding catch by Eduardo Nunez, who tried to play it cool for a little while, but finally cracked a smile.

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Colon looks terrific. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Ivan Nova left today’s Triple-A game with some sort of leg injury.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Sam Fuld and Reid Brignac of all people just scratched out a run against Colon. It’s now 2-1 Yankees in the bottom of the fifth. Martin came up big with a caught stealing to eliminate Brignac from the bases.

UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: As my buddy Sweeny Murti just said, that’s as good a throw as Jeter’s made in a while. I thought he had enough on it to get the out, but the Rays get the call on a close play and Colon’s pitching with a runner at first and one out in the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: After back-to-back singles in the seventh, Colon is finished and Logan is in to face Sam Fuld or a pinch hitter to be named later. Cory Wade is also loose, so I guess he could come in if the Rays switch to a right-hander.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: That fly ball was about has high as possible without hitting something in this dome. Granderson lost it, and the Rays now have the bases loaded with one out and Logan still on the mound to face Elliot Johnson.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: What a weird series of events. First Granderson lost the ball, then Logan had a potential double play ball bounce off his glove, letting the tying run score. It’s even at 2 in the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: I would say Granderson should have played that ball on a hop and tried for the out at home, but on this turf, a hop is bound to fly right over his head. Brutal luck that inning as Logan essentially got four straight hitters to produce potential outs, but instead of four outs, he had two outs and two runs. It’s now 3-2 Rays.




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