Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ya Gotta Love Old Timer's Day

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Say what you want about him as a broadcaster, but old Pauly still looks like he could handle the stick up there.  I guarantee the water coolers in the dugouts were a little nervous with him back out there today.  Little surprised the Yankees didn't talk to him in the offseason before making the Wells trade.

P.S.- Totally kidding but not really.

Game 74 Wrap-Up: NYY 7 TB 5

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CC Sabathia was the big stopper for the Yankees the last time he took the mound.  He came back yesterday with a chance to help them start building another winning streak after a satisfying and Zoilo-tastic win on Friday night.  He was back in an almost identical starting lineup - hitting 6th and playing left field for Vernon Wells again - against Tampa starter Alex Colome.  The AL East race is really starting to heat up with Boston and Baltimore still strong up top and Toronto rattling off 9 in a row to get back to .500.  If the Yanks are serious about contending for a playoff spot, they need to start putting together more than 1 or 2 wins at a time.

Game Notes:

- The offense squandered a scoring opportunity against Colome in the 2nd and seemed poised to do it again in the 3rd until Zoilo came up.  He smacked a 2-run single up the middle with 2 outs to give New York a 2-1 lead.

- Evan Longoria got to him for a solo HR to lead off the 2nd (he's killing Yankee pitching this year) and a double in the 4th, otherwise CC was very good through 5.  He was mixing all his pitches well, throwing his fastball for strikes, and getting a ton of GB outs.

- Bad Tampa defense contributed to the first Yankee runs and it did again in the bottom of the 5th on a James Loney throwing error.  The Yanks wore down Colome with walks to force in another run and drive him from the game.

- It fell apart quickly for CC in the top of the 6th.  He walked Sam Fuld to lead off, Desmond Jennings doubled him to third, and after getting 2 outs the call was made to intentionally walk Longoria to load the bases.  As it has to CC before, this backfired when he gave up a grand slam to Wil Myers to make it 5-3 Tampa.

- In an incredible, and ballsy, turn of events, the lineup picked him up in the bottom of the 7th.  They loaded the bases again with 1 out, Adams walked in another run with 2 outs, and Joe went to Vernon Wells to pinch hit.  Wells rewarded the undeserved faith with a bases-clearing double to put the Yanks back up.

- D-Rob and Mo made the lead stand up again and the Yanks had another comeback win.  Maybe the offense is finally starting to come around.