Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Genius Maker #47

The Yanks found themselves down 3-0 after Wiggington homered on a fastball that was supposed to be outside but it leaked over the plate and then on an 0-2 pitch a fastball that was supposed to be outside for a ball ended up leaking into the middle of the plate. The 3rd run came in after a walk, as SB, a GB to move the runner over and a sac fly.

The yanks were getting no hit until the 5th inning when Cano lined a hard single to left. This was important because their pitcher Nicasio had yet to pitch from the stretch. He fell behind Swisher 3-0 and Swish was given the green light, but unfortunately pulled the pitch foul. Fortunately, the next pitch was right down the middle and Swisher didn’t miss it to close the gap to 3-2. Posada then followed with a solo shot to tie the score.

Interestingly, those were the two guys I singled out yesterday as swinging well…and it continued.

The tie was short lived as Martin/Nova didn’t learn their lesson as they gave Wigginton another fastball that he cleared the fence with. I was upset here as I felt a slider was the best pitch based on the swings that Wiggington had. In fact, they went to the slider in a previous AB and he dribbled one down to ARod. I thought with 2 outs and nobody on this was a poor decision and it cost us.

The Yanks responded with Gardner beating out his 2nd bunt this series and then stole 2nd leading to a run after ARod knocked him in.

Logan did a really nice job in the 7th coming in with a runner on 1st and getting 2 outs before Martin threw one into CF moving the runner to 3rd. Logan then was able to get Helton to ground out to end the threat. On the bounced throw form Martin, Flaherty made the perfect comment when he said, “Martin is mad at himself as he had the runner with a normal throw, but he would have liked to have his SS pick that play.” Nunez has shown to not be reliable at SS and his play around the bag has not been that solid either. Earlier in the game, he let a groundball go right under his glove on an easy DP.

In the bottom of the 7th Posada worked a great walk seeing 8 pitches before getting to first. I would have pinch run right there, but Girardi decided to wait until Posada got to 2nd. Fortunately for us, Posada got there as Martin crushed a ball that ate up Tulowitsky at SS. Girardi then made his move to Dickerson, who easily scored on Nunez’ ground ball. Posada might have scored on the play, but with Posada’s glacier like speed, I am glad we didn’t get to see the outcome.

With a 5-4 lead Robertson pitched a clean 8th with 2 K’s, Teixeira added a solo HR (his league leading 23rd), and the Rivera closed out Old Timer’s Day by striking out the side to end the game.

Boston and TB won as well.

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