Game 119: Yankees at Royals • 08.15.11
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
RHP A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.60)
Burnett vs. Royals
Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS
RHP Felipe Paulino (1-4, 3.45)
Paulino vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: The rain has gone away, but there’s a solid chance it will come back before the end of the game. Right now, though, the only falling water is coming from the outfield fountains.
UMPIRES: HP Kerwin Danley, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Chad Fairchild, 3B Dan DeMuth
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN: With Sunday’s rainout, the Yankees have now had 16 games affected by weather this season, including six postponed contests and 10 games that have experienced delays. That total includes their July 18 win at Tampa Bay when a bank of lights went out due to lightning in the Tropicana Field vicinity. Such a bad year for weather, they were delayed in a dome. Brutal.
EVEN THE KIDS ARE GETTING RAINED OUT: Yankee Stadium was supposed to host the Borough President’s Cup today — that’s a Little League championship — but it’s been rained out and rescheduled for Wednesday, August 31, at noon.
THE CAPTAIN: Since returning from the 15-day disabled list, Derek Jeter is batting .313 (42-for-134) with eight doubles, one triple, two homers and 21 RBI in 33 games.
ON THIS DATE: On August 15, 1948, Mickey Mantle homered from both sides of the plate for the second time in his career. He did it in the second game of a doubleheader sweep in Baltimore.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Gardner reached and was left stranded in the first inning. Now he’s made sure the Yankees didn’t do the same in the second, coming through with a two-out RBI single for a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Some updates were lost and I couldn’t login for a while. I’m just hoping it’s a momentary problem. Anyway, here’s the short version of what’s happened in the past half hour or so…
Jeter had an RBI single to make it 2-0 in the second.
Gardner was out at home trying to score on a ball past the catcher.
Burnett flirted with trouble in the bottom of the second but got out of it.
The Yankees just stranded a double in the third. Still 2-0 heading into the third.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Two Royals hits in the fourth, but Burnett got out of it with a double play ball to third. Nice, quick turn by Cano. Still 2-0.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Back-to-back one-out singles from the 8 and 9 hitters in the fifth. Kansas City already has seven hits, but Burnett is still sitting at just 59 pitches… Make that three straight one-out singles for the Royals. Bases loaded in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Bases-loaded walk to Melky Cabrera, two-run single by Billy Butler. It’s now 3-2 Royals and there’s activity in the Yankees bullpen. Burnett’s at 70 pitches, but he might not last much longer.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Hosmer grounds into a double play to let Burnett off the hook, but he’s lost the lead.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: RBI single by Gardner has tied the game with one out in the sixth. Of course, us writers are spending much more time talking about the ball bouncing off the base and hitting Gardner in the feet as he tried to jump over it. Just a random moment. It really has no relevance in the game, but it was something new to see. Here’s Jeter with a chance to put the Yankees back in front.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Two-run triple by the captain, and the Yankees are back ahead 5-3. All five Yankees runs have been driven in by the top two hitters in the lineup.
UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: Boone Logan out of the bullpen, gets a pickoff to end the sixth inning and keep the 5-3 Yankees lead intact. Burnett is in line for the win despite allowing 10 hits — all singles — through 5.2 innings.