Note: This game ended after 2am so this is the ‘my eyes are crossing because I’m tired’ recap. I cannot be held responsible for what I write…
If you stayed up to watch the game, are you still in disbelief about just how weird it turned out to be? And if you didn’t stay up and are reading this later today, you won’t believe what you missed.
It was sheer insanity.
As we were sitting waiting for the game to start – in my house, I wasn’t at the Stadium – my brother kept asking the same thing over and over again, “How the hell are they going to play in his [expletive deleted]?” I kept shrugging my shoulders because well, how the hell was I supposed to know?
So we sat and we waited and we waited some more. And still some more. I thought about the people at the Stadium and wondered how many people would stay.
When the beat writers tweeted that the Yankees planned to start the game at 11:00, I just laughed. The game hadn’t even started and it was already ridiculous. Little did I know just how ridiculous it would be.
After a four hour and three minute rain delay, Phil Hughes finally threw his first pitch – in the pouring rain, of course – and the game was underway. The next nine innings were an adventure.
It wasn’t high scoring like yesterday’s, excuse me, Monday’s game but it was wet, frustrating, hilarious, and fantastic all at the same time. Hmm that sounds like I’m describing something else, doesn’t it?
Excuse me, back to baseball.
The Yankees never trailed in the game but the Orioles did tie the score a couple of times just to make the night even longer than it had to be. I mean, really? You people have nothing to play for. NOTHING.
Anyway, Hughes lasted six innings and gave up two runs on five hits – the big blow being a two run homer off the bat of Matt Wieters that tied the game in the top of the sixth. No offense to Wieters but I could have hit that pitch out of Yankee Stadium. It was a [expletive deleted] meatball. Hughes also struck out five. Aside from that bad pitch to Wieters, Hughes had his curveball working tonight.
The hitting stars of the game were Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner. They all had solo home runs. I predicted Posada’s on Twitter and freaked everyone – including myself – out.
Yes, I rule. No, I'm not psychic.
And no, I can’t give you the lottery numbers.
Cervelli’s home run was a big one at the time. It broke a three all tie and was reviewed by the umps because it hit off a fan in left field. When the umps upheld the ruling on the field (wait, that’s a football thing right?) Buck Showalter came out to argue to no avail. Gardner came up next and hit a shot into the right field foul pole to put the Yankees up 5-3.
Yes, you are reading that correctly (people who missed the game), Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner hit back to back home runs. If I didn’t see I wouldn’t have believed it either. Like I said, the game was ridiculous.
Boone Logan came in to relieve Hector Noesi who came in to relieve Hughes. Noesi was fine. Logan gave up an RBI double to Nick Markakis – the only batter he faced – in the seventh which tied the score at 3. Logan was quickly replaced by Cory Wade who ended up getting the win thanks to Cervelli and Gardner’s heroics in the bottom of the inning.
Mariano Rivera entered the game in the ninth – duh – and after a rare Mark Teixeira error, had an easier time dispatching the O’s than he did three days ago in the 11-10 game. That was three days ago, right? It sure as hell feels like it was three days ago. What was I saying? Mo, right, he picked up his 39th save of the season and 598th save of the career.
We’re getting down to the nitty gritty with Mr. Rivera. What a ride it’s been.
Gardner’s dinger was the Yankees’ 200th of the year
The Yankees have a 6 game winning streak
Today’s matchup (because it is today now) is AJ Burnett (9-11, 5.25 ERA) against Zach Britton (9-9, 4.25 ERA). God help us all…