• October 9th Vs. The Twins

    Posted by on October 9th, 2009 · Comments (25)

    A.J. Burnett and Nick Blackburn, with a little help from some friends, pretty much made the first seven innings of this game moot. Yup, indeed, the story of this game centers around the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th innings. Check this out:

    Top of the 8th inning: Phil Hughes, who has been so wonderful for the Yankees out of the pen this season, gets a quick two outs. But, he then allows a two-out walk to no-stick, hack-happy, Carlos Gomez – and before you know it, New York is losing 3-1 (and they’re six outs away from a loss).

    Bottom of the 9th inning: Easily, hands-down, the single greatest moment for Alex Rodrguez in his six year career with the Yankees. Actually, after Teixeira singled and Joe Nathan fell behind Rodriguez, 2-0, I had a feeling it was coming. And, three pitches later, there it went. You know, Nathan is a really nice guy. But, against the Yankees, he pitches like he’s Armando Benitez throwing in an important game. See this game. And, this one. And, this one. And, this one. And, now, of course, we have the contest from this evening too. Anyone else seeing a pattern?

    Top of the 10th inning: Alfredo Aceves tries to copy Phil Hughes and allows a 2-out walk that leads into a first-and-third situation with the score tied. But, he works out of it, getting the pesky Orlando Cabrera to fly out.

    Bottom of the 10th inning: Brett Gardner has a “Dave Roberts” moment in the making and then gets doubled off third in an inning ending line-out-dee-pee. Game remains tied at three.

    Top of the 11th inning: Joe Mauer, leading off, gets robbed of a double by a terribly blown call by the left field line umpire. But, the Twins manage to load the bases with no outs – and they don’t score! Yanks get lucky here when Delmon Young launches a liner right at Teixeira for the first out of the inning and then Carlos Gomez takes a weak swing at the first pitch for a force-out at the plate.

    Bottom of the 11th inning: Teixeira gets his first walk-off pie of the season after he hits a laser for a 319 foot homer to win the game.

    Now, the Twins season sits, somewhat, in the hands of Carl Pavano. Boy, I wish they were playing tomorrow – instead of having to wait until Sunday for that one.

    Even if Minnesota manages to beat the Yankees and Andy Pettitte on Sunday, the Yankees will have CC Sabathia on the hill next Monday. And, you really have to like the Yankees chance to win that game – even if the Twins are throwing Scott Baker.

    I have tickets for Game 5 of this ALDS. At this point, they’re going to make some fancy book marks – because this ALDS is going to be over before that game. Give the Twins credit…they kept taking punches in this one and hanging in – but, they did not get the job done with runners on base. This was only the third time in big league history that a team had 21+ runners reach base in a game and they scored 3 runs or less. Ouch.

    Comments on October 9th Vs. The Twins

    1. JeremyM
      October 9th, 2009 | 11:23 pm

      A-Rod absolutely owns Nathan. Wow. That’s really all I’ve got. Wow. Too bad about the blown call (the umps just suck, period, how about that idiot behind home plate?). But wow.

      And it’s trivial, but no more Marte. I hate that guy. I knew Felix Heredia, and Marte, you are no Felix Heredia.

    2. Corey
      October 10th, 2009 | 12:10 am

      Hey Lisaswan, you should have taken that bet, even if it was that he hit .400 :P

    3. huuz
      October 10th, 2009 | 12:10 am

      steve,
      i anxiously await your next post wherein you eat as much crow as humanly possible.

      after all of your Arod bashing you have the gall to state that you “had a feeling it was coming”. have some consistency, here.

    4. Corey
      October 10th, 2009 | 12:32 am

      Why the hell is Marte in this game? Why is he on the roster ? I was SCREAMING at the tv. Robertson is the best pitcher you have left. Mauer is there best hitter. Use your best pitcher against your best hitter. Marte is horrible. I really thought Girardi was going to cost us the game.

      Enter Robertson.

      No love for Robertson Steve? Why not? He’s had a stellar year, and come up big in the post season. There was a post you had made about trustworthy releivers a while back (I couldn’t find it after a brief search), and you had omitted Robertson. I recall pointing out that Robertson had the highest K/9 rate in the American League and you said you’d wait till he did it for a full season before you gave him props. It’s time.

    5. October 10th, 2009 | 12:50 am

      @ Corey: Steve suggested we do the wager the next round (not enough time in the first one!) I was hoping for a Giambiesque “I was wrong about A-Rod” sign. I did call A-Rod’s homer on Facebook last night, in the seventh inning (I thought it would be a walkoff, though!)

    6. Evan3457
      October 10th, 2009 | 12:57 am

      Simple: Mauer 2-9 lifetime vs. Marte. Kubel 0-2, plus Kubel hit .323/.397/.619/1.016 (Prince Fielder) vs. RHP this season as opposed to .243/.299/.345/.643 (Willie Bloomquist) vs. LHP this season. That platoon split is actually bigger than the difference between Marte and Robertson this year. Almost twice as large.

      That’s why. If you’re not willing to use Marte in this spot, after Aceves, Coke, Joba, Hughes and Mariano are already out of the game, then there’s no spot at all to use him in, and he shouldn’t be on the roster.

    7. Corey
      October 10th, 2009 | 1:08 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      If you’re not willing to use Marte in this spot, after Aceves, Coke, Joba, Hughes and Mariano are already out of the game, then there’s no spot at all to use him in, and he shouldn’t be on the roster.

      Now, we’re thinking alike :)

    8. Tresh Fan
      October 10th, 2009 | 1:53 am

      Girardi used 8 pitchers and three catchers. Talk about running your batteries low!

    9. October 10th, 2009 | 9:27 am

      Corey wrote:

      No love for Robertson Steve? Why not?

      Gee, let’s review…

      He comes into the game in the 11th with runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. And, what does he do? The first batter he sees singles to load the bases. The next batter he sees hits a screaming line-drive that almost takes the hand off his first baseman…

      If you ask me, Robertson was just lucky in this game, that’s all. He did nothing to bring cause for an “attaboy” or anything like that…

    10. October 10th, 2009 | 9:29 am

      huuz wrote:

      after all of your Arod bashing you have the gall to state that you “had a feeling it was coming”. have some consistency, here.

      Ever think that my feeling had more to do with Joe Nathan being a choker than A-Rod being a clutch player? ;-) Yeah, I know, that would requiring “thinking”…. ;-)

    11. October 10th, 2009 | 9:31 am

      @ Tresh Fan:
      Actually, I’ve been amazed at all the quick hooks from General Joe on his RP these first two games. He’s really sending a message – we’re playing all these games like it’s an elimination game. No “F’ing” around. Pretty interesting – as long as it keeps working. ;-)

    12. Raf
      October 10th, 2009 | 9:35 am

      Tresh Fan wrote:

      Girardi used 8 pitchers and three catchers. Talk about running your batteries low!

      I thought Joba would be going 2, and was a bit stunned when he was pulled after 2 outs. Thought Girardi was going to outsmart himself.

    13. Raf
      October 10th, 2009 | 9:36 am

      Corey wrote:

      No love for Robertson Steve? Why not?

      Too many walks, IMO

    14. Evan3457
      October 10th, 2009 | 9:50 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Corey wrote:

      No love for Robertson Steve? Why not?

      Gee, let’s review…

      He comes into the game in the 11th with runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. And, what does he do? The first batter he sees singles to load the bases. The next batter he sees hits a screaming line-drive that almost takes the hand off his first baseman…

      If you ask me, Robertson was just lucky in this game, that’s all. He did nothing to bring cause for an “attaboy” or anything like that…

      I would agree with this with regard to Young’s line out. He did well to get Gomez and Harris though. I would disagree with regards to the “attaboy”. In past situations like this, he’s been known to walk in runs. He didn’t, and kept his head, and command of himself and his pitches, got the next two big outs, and got a win for himself. All in his 1st post-season game.

      I think that’s not bad for a young pitcher.

    15. Evan3457
      October 10th, 2009 | 9:52 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ Tresh Fan:
      Actually, I’ve been amazed at all the quick hooks from General Joe on his RP these first two games. He’s really sending a message – we’re playing all these games like it’s an elimination game. No “F’ing” around. Pretty interesting – as long as it keeps working.

      That, and also using the schedule to his advantage. With all the days off, everybody can go each of the 1st 2 games. He’ll be more circumspect in game 3, with a potential game 4 the next day. In game 4 though, he can use everyone in sight again, and then again for game 5, if there is one.

    16. JeremyM
      October 10th, 2009 | 10:35 am

      I should’ve figured, it was all Nathan choking and A-Rod had nothing to do with it, he was just the lucky recipient.

    17. Corey
      October 10th, 2009 | 11:21 am

      Raf wrote:

      Too many walks, IMO

      Huh? He didn’t walk a single batter? Did we forget the fact that Robertson should have been in the game in the first place and not Marte?

    18. butchie22
      October 10th, 2009 | 12:09 pm

      Steve ,great commentary on what happened in the game. Yes, the Twins were robbed in the 11th, that was a terrible call. It seems like the ball that hit Inge in the one off playoff came back karmically to bite the Twins in the butt. I’m afraid something might this might happen to the Yankee in the next round in angel Stadium or Fenway.

      Was AJ that great? Not really, he pitched much worse that his line indicated. This was a Dicey-K type of performance ,not a lock down ace-like performance. BUT the old boy did get it done. He pitched six innings( a bit ugly I might add) but only gave up one run. He also managed to stave a run off the run because of Carlos Gomez’s Metness(lack of good fundamental play and baseball smarts) but getting tagged out past second.

      @ the Marte haters,out there…you are all right on that count. Joe the Gym Teacher looks like a genius ,now BUT if they lost people would have ripped him a new butthole on the basis of bringing in Marte in any capacity.

      Like I had said, the Twins were robbed but they left a small army of men on base . In the 11th, they had an amazing chance to blow the game open but Mark “PorkChop” Teixeira was there to get two outs. Robertson deserves a little bit of credit though, even though he wasn’t brilliant. Shades of what AJ Burnit did as a starter………

      And Arod/Afraud/Aroid? the Twins seem to be his tonic for solving his unclutchness. Is it the fact that MT AKA Porkchop is there …probably. BUT Arod seems to be in a good place. So far so good. I hope he doesn’t have a power outage after this ALDS.

    19. butchie22
      October 10th, 2009 | 12:13 pm

      @ Corey, Marte should have never been brought in to begin with I agree. Roberston surprised me a bit,but I felt Teix did a great job in the field to help him out. It wasn’t like Robertson was Mariano-like BUT Robertson looked like Rivera compared to Marte! Robertson is far preferable to Marte any day of the week……..

    20. October 10th, 2009 | 12:39 pm

      @Steve Lombardi: Ever think that my feeling had more to do with Joe Nathan being a choker than A-Rod being a clutch player? ;-) Yeah, I know, that would requiring “thinking”…. ;-)

      Shocker! Is there ANY big A-Rod hit that you won’t somehow explain away, Steve? ;) (I’m just kicking myself for not getting a bet in with you about this!)

      Look, Joe Nathan is a great closer. But he’s terrible against the Yankees, and A-Rod’s ability to kill him has a little something to do with it.

      But if what A-Rod did gets some sort of asterisk because Nathan folded, then so should everything the Yanks hit off Byung-Yung Kim in the 2001 World Series, for starters. Just saying.

    21. Raf
      October 10th, 2009 | 12:46 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Huh? He didn’t walk a single batter?

      True, but Roberston’s known for bouts of wildness. It didn’t happen this time. He can be a valuable weapon in the pen if/when he harnesses his stuff.

    22. 77yankees
      October 10th, 2009 | 1:46 pm

      You can add Joe Nathan to the Mount Rushmore of closers that the Yankees own(ed) – alongside Trevor Hoffman, Arthur Rhodes & Byung Hung Kim.

    23. G.I. Joey
      October 10th, 2009 | 4:07 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Why the hell is Marte in this game? Why is he on the roster ? I was SCREAMING at the tv. Robertson is the best pitcher you have left. Mauer is there best hitter. Use your best pitcher against your best hitter. Marte is horrible. I really thought Girardi was going to cost us the game.

      Agree with you 110%. I was going ape sh*t from my seat along with a lot of other fans. Dumbasso Marte is GARBAGE. This guy goes out before the season starts and gets himself injured in the WBC and then proceeds to implode on us almost every time we put him in a pressure situation. Robo should have had the ball instead of him.

      Enter Robertson.
      No love for Robertson Steve? Why not? He’s had a stellar year, and come up big in the post season. There was a post you had made about trustworthy releivers a while back (I couldn’t find it after a brief search), and you had omitted Robertson. I recall pointing out that Robertson had the highest K/9 rate in the American League and you said you’d wait till he did it for a full season before you gave him props. It’s time.

    24. G.I. Joey
      October 10th, 2009 | 4:11 pm

      Props to Robertson for sure. He battled AND he got lucky. If Mauer’s ground rule double would not have been missed, then Robertson costs us a run here for sure, and it was a lucky break for the team. Isn’t luck going to factor into any playoff successful run? Isn’t this something we’ve discussed on here before?

    25. October 11th, 2009 | 9:27 am

      Looks like the ump that messed up is going to get fried in the media…

      http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2009/10/10/twins-villain-cuzzi-once-fired-as-minor-league-ump/

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