Game 101: Yankees at Indians • 07.29.10
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Colin Curtis RF
RHP Dustin Moseley (0-0, 4.22)
Moseley vs. Indians
Trevor Crowe CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Carlos Santana C
Austin Kearns LF
Matt LaPorta 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Shelley Duncan DH
Luis Valbuena 2B
RHP Mitch Talbot (8-9, 4.08)
Talbot vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Meals, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Dan Iossogna, 3B Dale Scott
WEATHER: Perfectly blue sky. Couldn’t be more different from yesterday.
OFF THE BOARD: The Yankees have six shutouts this season, five of them on the road. That’s the most road shutouts in the American League this season. Colorado has eight in the National League. Last night was the first time the Yankees shutout Cleveland since 2008.
WHO NEEDS HOME RUNS? Alex Rodriguez has at least one RBI in 19 of his past 31 games. That dates back to June 21, and he leads the majors in RBIs during that time period. Of his 82 RBI this season, 37 have either tied the game or put the Yankees in the lead.
THAT GUY AND THE OTHER GUY: There are two players in the Indians lineup who have faced Dustin Moseley in the past. Asdrubal Cabrera is 1-for-4 and Luis Valbuena is 1-for-2. The rest are newcomers to the Moseley experience. Travis Hafner has 10 at-bats, but he’s on the bench.
STILL A FAN FAVORITE: About five minutes ago, Shelley Duncan walked out of the Cleveland dugout to find a guy holding a huge sign with bright orange letters: SHELLEY DUNCAN POWER. Shelley signed the sign and gave the guy a fist bump.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: My A-Rod home run prediction of the night. Fourth inning.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Shaky first inning for Moseley, but he got through it with just the one run scoring on a sac fly. The inning cost him 31 pitches. It’s a 1-0 Cleveland lead.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Ouch. Bases loaded bouncer up the middle starts a 1-6-3 double play. Yankees can’t take advantage of three walks in the second inning and the Indians are still in front.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Hard-hit line drive sac fly for Rodriguez ties the game. The crowd here seemed to think they had just seen No. 600.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Perez can’t bare-hand the bunt and Gardner has an infield single. Two on with no outs for Cervelli and Curtis in the fourth inning.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Talbot left with a mid-back strain.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: The missed opportunities continue for the Yankees. Two on with no outs in the fifth, the 4, 5 and 6 hitters made outs to strand the runners. We’re still tied at 1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Might want to pencil Moseley in for the next turn through the rotation. Through five innings, he’s allowed one run on two hits and two walks. If the Yankees offense had taken advantage of some opportunities, he’d be in line for a win right now.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: I talked to Brett Gardner pregame about deciding when to steal, when not to steal, and why he hasn’t taken as many bags lately. “I need to start running more,” he said. You’re welcome!
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Gardner steals third. Jeter singles him home. Yankees take a 2-1 lead. Simple as that.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Well there’s something new. Grounder to second, the runner kicks it perfectly to Derek Jeter, who steps on second and throws to first for a custom made double play. I mean, the runner couldn’t have thrown the ball to Jeter any better than he kicked it. Of course, it’s a dead ball as soon as it hits the runner, so the Yankees only get the one out and Choo is safe at first, but still, I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ll never see it again.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Twenty home runs for Robinson Cano, who just went deep with a two-out solo shot for a 3-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Seems like it’s been a while since Francisco Cervelli had one of those patented big hits, but he has an RBI single in the seventh to make it 4-1. Colin Curtis was then hit by a pitch and the bases are loaded for Jeter.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Bases-loaded walk by Jeter. Two-run single by Granderson. The Yankees suddenly have a commanding 7-1 lead, and they’re still batting in the seventh. Bases loaded for Rodriguez.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Robertson in for the Yankees. Moseley did his job and then some, meanwhile, the Yankees just sent nine batters to the plate without making an out. It’s a 9-1 game.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Two hit game for Colin Curtis. Meanwhile, Girardi said before the game that he was happy about getting Granderson out of a game in the late innings last night, and happy about giving Swisher a DH game tonight. Now he’s given Gardner a break by pinch hitting Marcus Thames in the eighth. That’s a little bit of rest for all three outfielders.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: Is this the low point for Chan Ho Park? Three two-out walks in a blowout? Clearly Thames is playing way out of position just to give Rodriguez a breather, so it’s hard to get on him for the throwing error. This debacle of an inning is on Park. Just awful. It’s now 11-4.