• July 21st vs. The Devil Rays – Game 1

    Posted by on July 21st, 2007 · Comments (3)

    I took my 5-year old daughter to see “Ratatouille” this afternoon. (Nice little movie. Visually, impressive. I thought Patton Oswalt did a heckuva job on his voice-over. And, Peter O’Toole’s character was a hoot. Some of the storyline was above the head of a 5-year old. But, I would imagine that kids six- to nine-years old would love this movie.)

    When we got out of the movie, and back to our car, I tuned into the Yankees game on the radio. It was the eighth inning and Wigginton was up for the Rays. John Sterling said something like “Here’s Wigginton who homered earlier in the game” and my first reaction was “Oh, no, here we go again….”

    But, then, Sterling said that the Yankees were winning, 7-2, and I thought “Am I hearing this right? Did Igawa pitch a good game today?”

    We had to run some errands on the way home and I had to leave the car/radio for a bit – so, I never got the details…until we got home and I had a chance to turn on YES. By this point, it was the 9th inning and Rivera just hit Wigginton with a pitch to bring the tying run to the plate. And, again, my first thought was “Oh, no, here we go again….”

    But, Mo got Gomes and the game was over. During the post-game, I heard about how shaky and lucky Igawa was during this game – and I got to see Shelly Duncan almost break Kim Jones’ arm with the high-five.

    This is a good win for the Yanks – and it takes some, but not all, of the pressure off DeSalvo for the nightcap. Plus, with the Red Sox rolling today, every win helps, of course.

    Comments on July 21st vs. The Devil Rays – Game 1

    1. MJ
      July 21st, 2007 | 8:15 pm

      I was there in Box 457 today…Igawa was atrocious. Yes, he got six K’s but don’t let that fool you. He can’t consistently find the strike zone and every single hit he allowed was a solid shot. Sure, there were a couple that a better-than-average defense might’ve fielded, but the bottom line is that when hitters were making contact, they were making it with the good part of the wood. Wigginton’s HR was a MONSTER, as was BJ Upton’s.

      My honest assessement (sp?) is that Igawa is suffering from bad coaching at the major league level. Whatever he did to make him a strikeout champ in Japan can’t fly here. Posada and Guidry need to bang it into his skull that he needs to work down in the zone, not up.

      Besides that, it was nice to see Shelley’s homer (a rocket of a line drive) and more production out of Andy Phillips. Melky made two spectacular catches today and the weather was perfect for a day game.

    2. July 21st, 2007 | 10:29 pm

      What about Nardi Contreras and Gil Patterson? Didn’t they work with him, for a long time? What improvements did they make on Igawa? Nada.

      You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken spit and I don’t think anyone can make Igawa a major league pitcher, IMHO.

    3. JeremyM
      July 21st, 2007 | 10:36 pm

      I can’t figure Igawa out. He’s obviously a bad pitcher, but then he does seem to rack up some impressive strikeout totals from time to time. 6 in 5 innings isn’t bad at all. I can’t help but wonder if there is a pretty good pitcher in him, but I don’t think he has the aptitude to bring it out of himself.

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