Game 70: Yankees at Diamondbacks • 06.21.10
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
A.J. Burnett RHP
RHP A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.33)
Kelly Johnson 2B
Stephen Drew SS
Justin Upton RF
Miguel Montero C
Chris Young CF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Gerardo Parra LF
Rodrigo Lopez RHP
RHP Rodrigo Lopez (2-6, 4.70)
Lopez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:09 p.m. / YES Network and ESPN
UMPIRES: HP John Hirshbeck, 1B Wally Bell, 2B James Hoye, 3B Laz Diaz
WEATHER: It’s really, really hot outside. But the roof is closed so it feels nice at the park.
NOT A GOOD MEMORY: Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams and Mark Grace threw out the first pitch. All three played on the 2001 Diamondbacks team that beat the Yankees in the World Series.
FAMILIAR NUMBER: Colin Curtis is the latest Yankee given jersey No. 27.
DIAMONDBACKS MOVE: Before the game, the D-Backs called up outfielder Cole Gillespie from Triple-A and optioned infielder Ryan Roberts. Gillespie was hitting .289 with four triples and four home runs in Triple-A.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: After two quick outs A.J. Burnett is laboring a little bit here in the first inning. Justin Upton went deep to center field — really deep to center field — and now he’s allowed back to back singles… And before I could finish that sentence, Adam LaRoche hit a three-run bomb. Four runs, all with two outs, and it’s a 4-0 Diamondbacks lead.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Now it’s gotten ugly. Ryan Reynolds just took Burnett deep. It’s 5-0 Diamondbacks. That’s the fourth time the D-Backs have gone back-to-back this season. Reynold and LaRoche have gone back to back three times.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Well that’s finally over. Burnett struck out the pitcher to strand a double. Thank goodness for a National League lineup.
UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: Is there any way to just let A.J. Burnett get the first two outs of every inning, then send someone else in for the third out? It’s now 6-0 Arizona on a two-out RBI double.
UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: The Yankees have gotten into the two-out scoring thing. A two-out RBI triple by Nick Swisher has scored Brett Gardner and put the Yankees on the board, 6-1.
UPDATE, 11:26 p.m.: Two outs. Bases empty. The Diamondbacks turned it into a run. This is insane. It’s 7-1 Diamondbacks and every D-Backs run has scored in an inning that was two outs, bases empty.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: Colin Curtis is making his major league debut pinch hitting for A.J. Burnett in the fifth inning. Burnett’s line: 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
UPDATE, 11:43 p.m.: Chad Guadin is now pitching (and batting ninth). And some guy just proposed on the big screen. He got a yes. So, you know, I guess that’s good news.
UPDATE, 11:55 p.m.: A foul ball into the press box just hit off the official scorer’s hands and bounced out into the crowd. He literally announced to the press box that he was declaring an error on himself. “It hit my hand,” he said.
UPDATE, 12:00 a.m.: The heart of the Yankees order just did something! Lead-off single by Teixeira and an RBI double by Rodriguez. It’s now 7-2 and this place is loud.
UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: Add a hard-hit sac fly by Posada and it’s now 7-3. Still a long way to go, but the Yankees are making a little bit of noise.
UPDATE, 12:08 p.m.: I can’t imagine Chad Guadin trying to hit Upton in that situation, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see retaliation from the D-Backs.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: Chad Huffman is now pinch hitting for Gaudin after a bunt single by 3-for-3 Brett Gardner.
UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: A rare showing of frustration from Mark Teixeira who looked like he was going to break his bat over his knee after popping out with runners at the corners. He instead just slammed the bat flat to the ground. It’s still 7-3. Chan Ho Park in to pitch.