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Game 97: Yankees vs. A’s

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 22, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup
1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Curtis Granderson CF
4. Mark Teixeira DH
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada 1B
8. Eduardo Nunez 3B
9. Francisco Cervelli C
Phil Hughes RHP
A’s lineup
1. Jemile Weeks 2B
2. Coco Crisp CF
3. Josh Willingham DH
4. Hideki Matsui LF
5. Scott Sizemore 3B
6. David DeJesus RF
7. Conor Jackson 1B
8. Kurt Suzuki C
9. Cliff Pennington SS
Trevor Cahill RHP

TV/Time: MY9/7:08
Umpires: Marty Foster HP, Bill Welke 1B, Jeff Nelson 2B, Vic Carapazza 3B
Weather: Fair, 100 degrees, heat index of 106

Three-hole: Granderson is batting third for the first time this season.
Thievery: Brett Gardner has stolen 16 straight bases, the best single-season stretch of his career and the best by a Yankee since Johnny Damon swiped 16 in a row in 2007.
Staying in the park: Yankees pitchers have served up just one homer over the last nine games.

Update, 7:09: This is the first time the first-pitch temp here has been 100 since July 5, 1999. The Yankees’ last 100-degree first-pitch game was Aug. 4, 2008, at Texas. That time it was 101.

Update, 7:17: Bad beginning for Hughes. Two walks and a two-out RBI double by Scott Sizemore on a 92-mph fastball.

Update, 7:27: Teixeira, who came up at .240, struck out to strand Granderson at second. Granderson is taking a beating lately. He was drilled in the side of the right thigh, the third time he has been hit in the last four games. This time, he promptly stole second.

Update, 7:33: Hughes’ search for consistency is ongoing. Double, sacrifice and an RBI single by Cliff Pennington on a 91 mph fastball. It’s 2-0 in the second.

Update, 7:42: Hughes gets out of the bases-loaded, two-out jam after another single and a walk. Matsui grounds to second.

Update, 7:52: Nunez delivers here in the second, ground single to right for an RBI. So it’s 2-1.

Update, 7:54: Cervelli singles to right, bases loaded, one out.

Update, 7:56: Infield hit for Gardner with a headfirst dive, 2-2.

Update, 7:58: Two-run single for Jeter, 4-2. That’s hit No. 3,011. It breaks a tie with Wade Boggs for sole possession of 25th on the all-time list.

Update, 8:00: Sac fly for Granderson, 5-2. Now heading for the third.

Update, 8:04: Finally, a 1-2-3 inning for Hughes, although his velocity was down a bit, mostly 90-91.

Update, 8:12: Three-run homer for Swisher, still no outs in the third. It’s 8-2.

Update, 8:14: A mercy pulling. Bob Melvin is taking out Cahill — eight runs, eight hits, no outs, two on in the third. Michael Wuertz is coming on.

Update, 8:26: Wuertz walks Jeter to force in a run.

Update, 8:28: Wuertz walks Granderson to force in a run, 10-2, still one out.

Update, 8:29: Teixeira finally hits a homer, grand slam, No. 26. It’s 14-2.

Update, 8:33: Swisher singles with two outs. Batter No. 13 is up in the inning. My scorecard is deteriorating.

Update, 8:35: Posada fans. It’s over. The Yankees’ nine runs marked their biggest inning of the season. Now let’s see, if they have 14 runs after three innings, what are they going to wind up with? Sometimes the tap runs cold at this point. We’ll see.

Update, 8:42: Hughes is doing nothing to assure the Yankees that they don’t need to pick up another starter by the trade deadline. With a 14-2 lead, he has hit the first guy and given up a two-run homer to Pennington.

Update, 8:45: Hughes has nothing. Double, E-7 on the play, then RBI single. It’s 14-5. There’s action in the bullpen finally. It’s Luis Ayala.

Update, 8:52: Hughes gets out of the inning. Now Fautino De Los Santos will come on for Oakland in the fourth.

Update, 9:12: The first two A’s get singles in the fifth. Hector Noesi is warming.

Update, 9:16: Amazing. Hughes is handed a 12-run lead and he can’t be effective enough to get a win. Girardi is pulling him with the bases loaded and one out. Noesi will come in.

Update, 9:20: Two-run single for Weeks, 14-7.

Update, 9:44: There are two in scoring position with one out in the sixth for the A’s.

Update, 9:47: Noesi gets out of it. Brian Fuentes will come on for Oakland.

Update, 9:54: End of six, 14-7. The Yankees have 14 hits, but just two of them outside of the second and third innings.

Update, 10:06: Jerry Devine will come to pitch the seventh for Oakland. It’s down to 89 degrees here, 93 with the humidity. Brandon Laird will pinch hit for Jeter, his major-league debut.

Update, 10:11: Laird walks after Devine throws the first pitch behind his back. Devine looks rather wild.

Update, 10:16: Devine walked all three men he faced. So Brad Ziegler will come into a bases-filled, no-out spot.

Update, 10:22: Two-run single for Swisher. His five RBI ties his career high.

Update, 10:39: First big-league hit for Laird, RBI single to center. It’s 17-7 in the eighth.

Update, 10:49: Yankees win, 17-7.




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