Good to see the bats staying alive after the 8th inning last game. ARod was taking a lot of very aggressive swings and missing a lot but he connected on a big shot. Pearce even got into the action. Cano did a good job with the glove. In fact, he made a nice running catch over the shoulder style that the announcer said he was the only one who had a chance on it even though it was hit into short CF toward the SS side. The reason was a great way of gauging guys range. I slowed up the point of contact with the bat and watch Jeter and Cano move toward the ball, they each “cross-overed” their feet and Cano put down his 3rd step before Jeter got his 2nd step down. This is why Cano was there. People don’t see when a guy has bad range very often because he just doesn’t get there…queue OF’rs compared to Gardner. Today, McClouth robbed Swisher of a HR on a similar play that we could have made on Wieters in the 1st inning but Ibanez was out there instead of someone better. While on Ibanez (nice segue eh?) why did Girardi make a defensive substitution by putting Ibanez in LF and moving Swisher to 1st base? Is Swisher really a better defensive 1st baseman than Pearce or Chavez? And I know without question Dickerson is a better OF than Ibanez, so why not make the move when the score is 7-0? Ibanez didn’t have any plays luckily but Swisher booted a grounder. Speaking of booting a grounder (yes, this is a run on paragraph), Jeter hit a grounder that was hit hard, but it was terribly played by Baltimore and they GAVE Jeter a hit. First, it should have been an error, but 2nd with a guy on 2nd and one out you must knock the ball down and make sure the run doesn’t score…really weak play.
The ump was not calling some strikes that I thought were definitely strikes. One was right before a HR so it did impact the play and one of the others gave them a 3-0 count with 1st and 2nd. Fortunately, on the -30 green light they popped it up (much like Jones did on his 3-0 swing).
Hughes just throws too many fat pitches. Yanks up 7-0, he just allowed a double with a guy on and I was wondering what type of pitch he would make…he grooved a long HR pitch.
So Robertson comes in and gets his two guys. Of course, he must have read this blog as he faced Adam Jones and threw him 3 straight curve balls and struck him out…Man, why did it take them losing a game to figure out the obvious?
Games are exciting and important…glad we got this one