Monday, April 6, 2009

O's-Yankees, On Pace For 162 Wins

Vice President Joe Biden literally threw out the first pitch, and he will literally be in the booth with Jim Palmer and Gary Thorne later. God bless 'em.

Starting line-ups:

Brian Roberts - 2B
Adam Jones - CF
Nick Markakis - RF
Melvin Mora - 3B
Aubrey Huff - 1B
Ty Wigginton - DH
Luke Scott - LF
Gregg Zaun - C
Cesar Izturis - SS

Jeremy Guthrie - P


Derek Jeter - SS
Johnny Damon - LF
Mark Teixeira -1B
Hideki Matsui - DH
Jorge Posada - C
Robinson Cano - 2B
Xavier Nady - RF
Cody Ransom - 3B
Brett Gardner - CF

CC Sabathia - P

I'm glad Luke Scott is in there, since he hits lefties better than either Freel or Pie. Odd seeing Mora batting clean-up; guess they wanted to split up the lefties (which wouldn't be an issue if they just flipped Nick and Adam like they should).

Top 1:
  • Derek Jeter works the count full, fouls off a couple of pitches, and then lines a single back up the middle.
  • Johnny Damon flies out to Jones in center.
  • Mark Teixeira is coming to the plate to a chorus of boo's. And they aren't letting up much as Guthrie pitches to him. He flies out to Jones in right-center.
  • Hideki Matsiu grounds to Roberts, who flips to Izturis covering at second to end the inning.
Bottom 1:
  • Roberts starts things off well with a single to center-field.
  • Sabathia throws a wild pitch (possibly due to some distracting dancing at first) allowing Brian to get to second.
  • Adam Jones walks on four pitches.
  • Nick falls behind 0-2, and CC gets him to flyout to center.
  • Another wild pitch (passed ball?) by Sabathia allows the runners to move to second and third.
  • Mora grounds to third. With Roberts going on contact the ball beats him home easily though Posada never tags him. That doesn't stop the ump from calling him out, however.
  • Huff grounds sharply to short on the first pitch, with Jeter stepping on second for the third out.
  • The O's threaten but can't score, and they may regret not being able to take advantage of the wild pitches.
Top 2:
  • Guthrie hits Jorge Posada on the foot with a 1-2 breaking-ball.
  • Cano flies out to Scott in left.
  • Guthrie strikes out Xavier Nady on three pitches, using a darting slider to get him swinging.
  • Ransom flies out to Nick in right. Jeremy has looked a lot better thus far than I would have expected given his spring.
Bottom 2:
  • Ty Wigginton flies out to right on the first pitch.
  • Scott works the count full and hits the ball hard, but it's right to Gardner in center.
  • Zaun grounds out to short.
Top 3:
  • Gardner serves one into left-field for a single.
  • He runs, and Jeter singles through the hole that Izturis left at short (covering second)to put runners on the corners with no outs. Good time for one of those K's, Jeremy.
  • Damon flies out to left-field, with Adam Jones cutting in-front of Luke to catch it. Gardner scores to give New York the 1-0 lead. Neither guy was likely to throw him out though.
  • The boo's are even louder the second time for Teixeira, who grounds back to the mound.
  • Matsui hits a long flyball to center, but Jones is able to glide it down. (I guess he was running, but it didn't look like he was putting much effort into it.)
Bottom 3:
  • Cesar Izturis hits a single down the first-base line in his first Orioles' at bat.
  • A huge jump allows Izturis to steal second-base easily.
  • Roberts works the count full, and draws a walk. CC isn't showing his usually good level of control today. May the O's have more success against him than the Reds did against Santana.
  • And they do! Adam Jones, after bunting a ball foul, takes an inside fastball to the wall in right-center to give the O's a 2-1 lead. Jones gets into third with a triple.
  • Nick lifts a flyball to left. Damon makes the catch, but Adam comes in to score and make it 3-1.
  • Mora grounds out to second on the first pitch he sees. Bad approach against a guy that's having some control issues.
  • Huff gets ahead 3-1, but ends up grounding out to first. When Tex fielded it he was showered by boo's again.
Top 4:
  • Guthrie K's Posada swinging with a good slider on the outside corner.
  • Cano grounds out to Huff at first.
  • Nady runs the count full and takes a fastball just low for ball four.
  • Great diving catch by Melvin Mora to rob Ransom of a line-drive hit.
Bottom 4:
  • Wigginton gets ahead 2-0 and lines a single to left-field. CC definitly isn't having his best game.
  • Luke draws a five-pitch walk. Go get him, guys. And remember - that may invlove not swinging.
  • Zaun tries to bunt and misses the ball. Swing away, man. The O's want to give him an out, but Sabathia is having trouble throwing a strike. A foul makes it 2-2, so maybe Zaun can actually do some damage. It's not like Izturis is a particularly good hitter. Gregg flies out to the track in left, and with Damon's noodle of an arm out there Wiggy tags up and goes to third
  • Izturis grounds into the inning-ending double play. Oh well.
Top 5:
  • Aflac Trivia Question in the Nat's-Marlins game (where Washington is getting killed 8-2, including three HR by Florida): Adam Dunn is 2nd amongst active players with 5 Opening Day HR; who's first? Answer: Ken Griffey Jr. (Correct - 1 for 1 on the young season)
  • Gardner drops down a bunt, but Zaun makes a strong throw to get him at first.
  • Jeter grounds out to short.
  • Damon hits a flyball to deep center-field. Jones tries for an over-the-shoulder basket catch (think Willy Mays) but it goes off his glove and Damon goes into third with a triple.
  • Even more boo's for Teixeira throughout his at bat. I'm impressed that the fans can keep it going for so long. 3-2 slider called high for ball four (I thought it might have been in the zone.)
  • Matsui pops out to end the inning. Guthrie's doing his usual deal - couple of K's, couple of walks, some hits, but not a lot of runs.
Bottom 5:
  • Roberts hits a flyball to deep right-center that just keeps carrying. Nobody can run it down, and it bounces over the wall for a ground-rule double.
  • Jones tries to bunt (again) and fouled it off (again). Just let the man swing away. Jones hits a grounder to the left side that goes off of a diving Ransom's glove for an infield single. Roberts alertly moves over to third. Runners on the corners with no outs.
  • Markakis runs the count full, and Jones takes off from first. Jeter moves over to cover, and Nick hits a grounder towards short. Jeter is able to get to the ball, but he has no chance to throw anyone out. Infield single makes it 4-1. Sabathia has had no command, and Jon Albaladejo is warming in the New York pen.
  • Mora grounds to third. Ransom knocks it down, but he can't make a throw in-time. Everyone is safe, and the bases are loaded with no outs.
  • Huff grounds out to second, but they can only get one and another runner scores.
  • Wigginton will be walked intentionally with first-base open and the lefty Scott on-deck.
  • Luke does a nice job to run the count full (Sabathia has thrown a ton of pitches). A chorus of LUUUUKE erupts from the crowd, and Scott takes a slider just outside for ball four. That forces in the O's sixth run of the game, and that's it for CC. Enjoy the New York media after this game - 4.3 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 5 BB, and 0 K. Yikes.
  • Zaun laces a pitch deep but foul down the right-field line against Albaladejo. Flyout to center, with Gardner throwing Melvin out at the plate to end the inning. Even though the tag was late. Stupid Yankee Magic.
Hanley Ramirez just hit a monster grand-slam to make it 12-5 Marlins (Adam Dunn hit one out earlier for Washington).

Top 6:
  • First pitch to Posada is launched way to to center. Cuts the lead to 6-2.
  • Cano draws a walk.
  • Nady doubles down the left-field line to bring in Robby. That makes it 6-3. A fan touched the ball, so it's possible that Cano shouldn't have scored. But the umps will let it go. How nice of them.
  • Guthrie gets Ransom looking with a slider on the outside corner.
  • Gardner flies out to Scott in left-field.
  • Awesome. Jeter hits a groundball up the middle. Izturis dives and knocks it down, but has no shot at first. Luckily, Nady took a big turn around third, and Cesar was able to throw to Mora to apply the tag as the runner retreated back to the bag. Inning over.
  • Guthrie's night is over, with a reliever coming in for the seventh. 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K. A very Jeremy pitching performance.
Bottom 6:
  • Izturis grounds out to second to start the sixth for the Birds.
  • Roberts pulls a hard groundball passed Cano at second for his third hit of the day.
  • Brian gets picked off, but does give us a fairly entertaining run-down.
  • Jones with a line-drive to left for his third hit of the game. The top of this line-up is really firing on all cylinders.
  • Lefty Phil Coke in to face Markakis. He gets to Nick to groundout to third to end the inning.
Top 7:
  • First pitch for Chris Ray is a 94 mph fastball at the knees for a strike. The second gets looped into short right for a single by Damon.
  • We don't even have time to hear the boo's, as Teixeira swings at the first pitch and pops out down the third-base line with Izturis ranging over to make the play.
  • Matsui, deep and gone to right-center. Lead cut to 6-5, and that is not the best way for Ray to make his comeback.
  • Posada walks on four pitches. I thought the bullpen was supposed to be a strength for this team? That's it for Ray, with Jamie Walker coming in.
  • Cano singles up the middle, and that ends Walker's day. He couldn't get the lefty, and it'll be up to Dennis Sarfate to get Nady.
  • After falling behind 2-0, Sarfate is able to get a couple of fastballs over before getting nady to ground to Mora at third. Melvin steps on the bag and then throws over to first to complete the inning-ending double play. Still 6-5.
Bottom 7:
  • Melvin draws a lead-off walk against Coke. That makes five different Oriols who have taken a free pass in the game.
  • Luke grounds to Jeter at short, who steps on second and completes the easy double play with the throw to first. Some insurance runs would be nice.
  • Wigginton strikes out check-swinging. That's the first K by the Birds.
Top 8:
  • Jim Johnson in for the eighth, facing Nick Swisher as the pinch-hitter.
  • Swish starts the Yanks' attack with a ground-rule double into left-field. He'll be removed for a pinch-runner.
  • Gardner bunts Pena (the runner) over to third with one out.
  • JJ gets Jeter to ground to a pulled-in Izturis who throws him out at first. Pena stays at third, and there are two outs now.
  • Damon draws a walk to bring up Teixeira to boo's again. I have to say, a hit here would be really heartbreaking for the O's faithful.
  • Sick sinker on the inside corner for strike one. It started out letter high and inside. Groundball to second - Roberts flips to Izturis covering second, and they're out of it.
Bottom 8:
  • Scott goes down swinging. Even with the 0-2, he's walked twice and had a good at bat every time up.
  • ZAUN! Double to right-center. It's been 13 years inbetween hits as an Oriole for him.
  • Izturis! Deep... off Damon's glove and into the stands! It's gone! Home run Izturis (we may not see another for a while). On replay it looks like a fan may have hit Damon's glove. They may review this one, but Izturis is all smiles in the dugout for now. They don't, and the homer will stand. 8-5, Orioles.
  • Brian Bruney in to face the top of the line-up. Roberts is finally retired on a groundout to second.
  • Jones is fouling off a bunch of pitches in running the count full. And he walks for the second time.
  • Markakis singles to left-field.
  • Wild pitch advances both runners, as Bruney is losing some control on the mound. Mora walks on four pitches.
  • Damaso Marte in to face Huff. Mistaaaaake. Aubrey sends an absolute rocket into the right-center gap. Two runners score to make it 10-5, O's.
  • Wigginton with a slow roller to short - Teixeira had to pick Jeter's throw out of the dirt to end the inning and keep at least one more run from scoring.
Top 9:
  • It's not a save situation, but Ol' Flat Breezy was already warmed up in the pen.
  • Felix Pie comes in to play left.
  • Matsui can't check his swing and is Sherrill's first strike-otu victim of the year.
  • Posada swings at the first pitch and flies out to Jones in right-center.
  • Cano draws a walk.
  • Nady swings at the first pitch and flies out to Jones in center.
Wooo! Put one in the WIN column! It's only one game, but when I look at the standings tomorrow morning it'll have the Orioles in first and the Yankees in last. Birds win, 10-5.

And I know it's last year's version, but...

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