Friday night’s game was a wild one. It had big hits, big homers, poor pitching, awful fielding, awful umpiring, but most importantly, a Yankees win. Walkoff style, 7-6.
Let’s get to the most
important part of the game first: The walkoff win. It was tied at six in
the ninth and with one out Derek Jeter, who was trying to extend his
15-game hit streak, worked a walk to set up the meat of the order. After
a wild pitch, Jeter advanced from first to third (he was going on the
3-2 pitch) with one out and ARod at the plate. Moments later a passed
ball by Alex Avila allowed Derek Jeter to score the winning run. Happy
day. Oh, and there was no pie after the walkoff, so boo-hoo to that, I
The pitching matchup of Ivan Nova versus Justin Verlander looked great on paper, but baseball’s not played on paper,
it’s played on a field and anything can happen. Instead, both starters
struggled in this one. Nova went 5.1, allowing six runs on 11 hits while
striking out five and walking three. Verlander went 6 while allowing
four runs while striking out four and not walking anyone.
Nova was able to wiggle out some jams, though he gave up six runs. In
the first inning he overcame a lead off hit by Austin Jackson who then
stole second with nobody out, though he was out, but the umpire called
him safe anyway. In the second inning he overcame an awful gaffe by Raul Ibanez in left field when he inexplicably dove for a ball he had no
business catching. Because of this, Don Kelly scored from first.
Fortunately, Nova was able to retire the next three to limit the damage.
But seriously, why is Joe Girardi still running Ibanez out there in the
field? He’s an awful defender. Everyone and their mother knows about
it, so why the hell is he still out there?
ARod went 3-for-4 with a solo homer off Verlander
in the fourth. The only out he made came on a deep fly ball to center in
which looked like a homer off the bat. He was also at the plate when
Jeter scored the winning run. Russell Martin also tagged Verlander for a
home run, a two run wall-scraper in the fifth, for his only hit of the
night. In total, the Yankees collected nine hits.
in this game was pretty awful, though it shouldn’t surprise anyone
because Joe West was behind the plate. Joe Girardi got ejected for
arguing balls and strikes, considering the strike zone were brutally
inconsistent, and he got his money’s worth out of it. Good for Girardi.
But can someone tell me why Joe West still has a job? We’ve gone on with
his charade for too long now. It’s time for Major League Baseball to
“retire” him from his job. He seems to want to be the centerpiece of the
game, though that’s the worst thing he can possibly do. Bud Selig, it’s
time to cut him loose and move on. That's the end of my rant.
Final was 7-6, Yankees. Freddy Garcia opposes Drew Smyly in today’s game, so I hope you
pack a lunch for that, it may end up being a four hour affair.
--Jesse Schindler, BYB Lead Staff Writer
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