Clemens today: 1.67 IP, 15 batters faced, 39 pitches, 9 hits, 8 runs allowed – albeit just 3 earned – and he’s done for the game. Ouch. The last time that Clemens had a game like this (in terms of the innings, pitches thrown, runs allowed, etc.) was on June 18, 1990. That’s a long time ago. (If you allow for more pitches thrown, then July 23, 1995 would have been the last game this bad.)
Update, 2:26 pm ET, 8/2/07: Not a bad little comeback by the Yankees in the bottom of the second – plating 8 runs to put themselves back into the game, making the score 8-8, with 7 innings left to play. Also, not a bad first “Yankees At Bat” there for Wilson Betemit there – with the 3-run jimmy-jack.
Update, 2:30 pm ET, 8/2/07: Great job by Karstens in the third, retiring the side in order, on just 9 pitches, after the Yankees had that big second inning. Imagine how the White Sox felt in that spot – having to go right back into the field on a hot day like this one…
Update, 4:10 pm ET, 8/2/07: That was a strange play which ended the top of the 7th. You don’t see a 4-2 pop-out DP everyday.
Update, 4:22 pm ET, 8/2/07: Torre has Jeter pinch-hit in the 7th with a runner on and no outs. It’s the 4th time in his career that he’s pinch-hit…and he whiffs. So, now, Jeter has PH four times in his career and he’s walked once, struck-out twice, and flied to center…for those keeping track on such things.
Update, 4:26 pm ET, 8/2/07: That Damon line-out DP to end the 7th, with Cano doubled off second, did not help the Yankees chances to win this game.
Update, 4:32 pm ET, 8/2/07: “Watching” the game on MLB Gameday, and seeing Posada come out of the game in the 8th, and not knowing why, leaves me full of fear. If he’s hurt badly, there goes the Yankees chances this season.
Update, 4:35 pm ET, 8/2/07: Konerko goes yard in the eighth. That Kyle Farnsworth is the Jeff Weaver of relief pitchers, if you ask me.
Update, 4:43 pm ET, 8/2/07: Dye goes yard in the eighth. That Kyle Farnsworth is the Kei Igawa of relief pitchers, if you ask me.
Update, 5:08 pm ET, 8/2/07: Four of the Yankees final six outs in this game were whiffs: Abreu, A-Rod, Matsui and Cano. Game over. Yankees lose. And, the Indians won their game. Shame, you think when you score nine runs, you should be able to win a game. Pin this one on Clemens, Karstens and Farnsworth. Maybe, if at least one of them did better today, this would have been a closer game – and perhaps a win.