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Game 64: Yankees at Nationals

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jun 16, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (38-25)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B
Andy Pettitte P

LHP Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.81)
Pettitte vs. Nationals

NATIONALS (38-24)
Danny Espinosa 2B
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse RF
Ian Desmond SS
Tyler Moore 1B
Xavier Nady LF
Jesus Flores C
Jordan Zimmermann P

RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.91)
Zimmerman vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Slight breeze blowing in. A really beautiful day for a game.

UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Jeff Kollogg, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Marty Foster

GOOD MONTH: The Yankees are 11-2 in June, combining to outscore opponents 68-32, outhit them .255 (110-for-432) to .226 (96-for-425) and out-homer them 21-to-7. Opposing starters have a combined 4.62 ERA against the Yankees in June, while Yankees starters own a 1.98.

WINNING: Joe Girardi got his 500th career win last night, becoming the 123rd manager to reach the plateau. According to Elias, Girardi became the first manager to record 500 wins with fewer than 380 losses since current Nationals skipper Davey Johnson in 1989 (he was with the Mets then). Girardi is the third to do so in the Expansion Era (also Sparky Anderson and Earl Weaver). Girardi?became the first manager to collect 500 wins prior to his 48th birthday since Ozzie Guillen.

JOHN HANCOCK: The Yankees have signed the following picks from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft: C Austin Aune (2nd rd), RHP Nick Goody (6th rd), RHP Taylor Garrison (7th rd), CF Taylor Dugas (8th rd), RHP Derek Varnadore (9th rd), 1B Matt Snyder (10th rd), LHP Caleb Frare (11th rd), C Chris Breen (12th rd), LHP James Pazos (13th rd), RHP Andrew Benak (14th rd), RHP Stefan Lopez (16th rd), LHP Timothy Flight (17th rd), LHP Dietrich Enns (19th rd), OF Danny Oh (27th rd), 1B Saxon Butler (33rd rd), LHP Eric Erickson (34th rd) and RHP Charles Basford (37th rd).

UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Jesus Flores just hit a broken-bat double to the wall in left. Two runs scored and it’s 2-0 Nationals.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Scoreless third inning for Pettitte. A third of the way through the game, that Flores double is the difference. It’s still 2-0 Nats.

UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Runs are hard to come by. Another 1-2-3 inning by the top of the Yankees order and it’s still 2-1 Nats heading into the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: The old man owns the kid. That’s Harper’s third strikeout in as many at-bats this afternoon.

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: RBI groundout ties the game at 2. Nick Swisher’s double is the big hit this inning, and he’s at third with one out as the potential go-ahead run.

UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Go-ahead RBI double by Chavez, who gets to second base and acts as if nothing’s happened.

UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Swisher is out after apparently hurting himself on that play at the plate in the top of the sixth.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: One out away from handing a one-run lead to closer Rafael Soriano, Cory Wade gives up a solo homer to let the Nationals tie the game in the eighth.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: So Wise enters the game to start the inning in left, but he didn’t enter into the pitcher’s spot in the order? So now Nix has to come off the bench so that the Yankees can double switch to bring in Logan? Weird.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Huge play by Wise. He guns down the go-ahead run at the plate and keeps the game tied heading into the ninth.

UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Hey look, it’s Tyler Clippard!

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