Oh, it’s so nice to have Matsui batting behind Arod. Gotta make walking Arod hurt.
Shows what I know. For all Swisher’s post-season struggles, I thought Brett Gardner was a worthy roll of the dice, but he’s making this game more interesting than it has to be.
I’ll take a victory any way I can get it – umpire error, leaning into a bases loaded HBP, slapping the ball out of the catcher’s hand, fan interference – but if I could really script it, just plain hitting Pedro well enough to have Manuel pull him in the middle of an inning would be entertaining. Pedro might be too good tonight and Manuel may not make the oft-repeated mistake of putting him out there longer than he should be. But it would make for some entertaining video and a probably way more entertaining post-game press conference. The press is going to miss this guy when he retires.
Rollins got the runner home from third with less than two out, just like you’re supposed to. If the Yanks fail in that same situation tonight, my foot is going through the TV. And I have the old tube TV sets, so it’ll make that wicket “pop!” when that happens.
Another good AB by Damon. Time for Teixeira to show up. I wonder if he is subconsciously doing poorly just so he doesn’t have to listen to John Sterling replays of “You’re on the Mark…Teixeira!” and “It’s a Tex message!”. That could explain a lot.
HBP! I’ll take that! Loaded for Arod. I was about to say “this could be the game right here”. Which it could. But it’s still too early for that kinda talk. The best that happens is he hits a grand slam, in which case I’ll still be edgy for another six innings in hopes they don’t let the Phils back in it. I know this is only baseball and these guys don’t even know who I am, but I must admit, I’ve been as testy as someone trying to quit smoking. The past few
weeks, if you cut me off on the road, you’ll get a taste of Evil Matt.
Bases loaded K and we just got a taste of Evil Arod. Foot, meet
television. How does Pedro back himself into a corner like this and come out throwing strikes like this? Too much drama. I want a light, fluffy comedy tonight.
Thank you Matsui! Arod is off the hook (like he didn’t buy enough
indulgence this post-season). What a backbreaker for the Phils, but I doubt the mental letdown will result in them just going down in order the rest of the game. Like any post-season team, win or lose they need be able to use the cliche “there’s no quit in this team”.
Wow. How great has Damon been and how painful is it that he’s just been replaced by Hairston.
After 61 pitches – 31 strikes 30 balls. Boy is Pettitte sneaking by without his best stuff. How long can this last? He and Pedro don’t look wildly different through 4 innings, but thanks to Matsui it’s the Yanks with a 3 run lead. I want more! If they hold on, I can go back to my breathing not being labored. I’m starting to think if I was on the mound for these tense games that I wouldn’t fare very well.
This is the AB I’ve been looking for from Swisher all post-season. After down 0-2 the count went full. Of course he ended it with a strikeout, but laborious ABs against Pedro are a small victory.
OK. three more innings before Rivera. That’s a long three innings.
The Yanks bottom of 4 was limp as they went down in order. But if they get two guys on next inning… Matsui!
Meanwhile, Pettitte faces the 8 and 9 hitters in top of 5, which I’d like to think are easy outs, but that’s just not the way it’s been going.
…and the #9 hitter walked with the top of the order coming up. How long can Pettitte hang in there? Four walks through 4.1. Yanks have GOT to tack on. We all know the magic pitch count threshold for Pedro is 100, but Pettitte’s must be lower than that tonight.
For all my concerns about the overuse of Rivera, the 7th inning was awful close to the real save situation. I think Rivera should have been available to pitch to Ryan Howard if Utley had reached and brought up the tying run, but he wasn’t even warming up.
It was at this point that I found an environment where I would loudly be sharing my opinions with anyone who would listen rather than typing it into a Word doc to paste into an MLBlog. To synopsize: I was pleased with the result.