Andy Pettitte (10-6) vs. Derek Holland (7-7)


   Yesterday’s matchup against the Rangers was an ’emotional ride’ to say the least. With Joba making his first appearance in 8 days, the Yankees kicked things off with a bang. Chamberlain made it out of the 1st inning alive, while New York posted an immediate 4 runs to get the ball rolling. It seemed as though we were targeting another large-margin victory – but only a fool would bank on the win with one single inning in the books…

   The Rangers struck back with 2 runs of their own in the second. Although Joba seemed a little frusterated with the response, the lead was still in-tact and there was plenty of baseball left to play. The third came and went, and both sides were kept in check heading in to the 4th…

   That’s when it happened. Disaster on the mound, as Texas put up 5 more runs to take a 7-4 lead in the top. When the Yankees came to bat in the bottom, Cano managed to squeak one over the left field wall to keep things close; but it was hardly enough to shift the momentum as the Rangers added yet another single run to their score in the 5th. This truley was a back-and-forth ballgame…

   By the 7th inning, Gaudin had been called in for relief duties after another disappionting Chamberlain start. (It became obvious early-on that Joba wouldn’t be going very deep in this one, as his pitch-count breached 40+ by the 3rd.) Unfortunantly, not even Gaudin could keep the Rangers at bay – as they etched an additional 2 runs on the board with a 2 run shot from Michael Young. The score was now 10-5 heading in to the 9th…

   Damaso Marte did his part, and allowed Texas to do no additional damage in their last at-bat. It was now the bottom of the 9th, with the Yankees still down by a rough 5 runs…

   What would we witness? New York has proven time and time again that comebacks are within their realm of ability – so would this be another incredible win to kick off a brand new series? “Close – but no cigar.” As fun as it was to see, the Yanks worked their butts off and gave the Rangers’ Frank Francisco a run for his money. We manuevered our way into a bases-loaded situation, which resulted in a surprising 4 runs – but a quick flyout double-play from Melky put things to an end…

   As harsh as that sounded, I’m honestly not angry. Disappointed – yes… but we played a heck of a game. Nobody can give Melky a hard time for the loss, because plain and simple: he’s been responsible for too many wins! I’m looking on the bright side of this one – because this was a giant statement for the league to witness. The Yankees mean business this year – and it doesn’t matter if you’re winning by 5 with a single inning remaining… We can snatch the win from right out underneath you.

   – *ON PAPER*

Jeter, SS 3 0 2 0 2 0 1 .334
Damon, LF 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 .286
Teixeira, 1B 3 2 0 0 2 0 2 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 2 2 0 1 1 0 .267
Matsui, H, DH 4 2 2 3 0 0 1 .268
Posada, C 4 1 2 3 1 1 1 .277
  1-Hairston, J, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 3 0 0 2 .315
Swisher, RF 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .245
Cabrera, Me, CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 .267
Totals 37 9 12 9 7 4 14

Chamberlain (L, 8-4) 4.0 9 7 7 3 5 0 4.34
Gaudin 3.2 7 3 3 3 1 2 5.01
Marte, D 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 0 11.05





  1. southernbelle

    J.Quist: “Close But No Cigar” is my title for my post about last night too! Only it is different. Great minds think alike 😉 Poor Melky, he almost tied it up. But I have a feeling we will win tonight. I think the Yankees are mad and they will score a bunch of runs. And mayber Andy (unlike Joba) can hold a lead!
    Surgery THERE? I feel bad. You poor thing 😦 That really sucks. What a trooper! “Until WE get tickets….” I don’t know who started it, but I like the idea.
    Well, relax, take it easy, cuddle up with your dogs, and feel better. Soon you’ll be back at work (what do you do, btw?) and I’ll be back at …culp…school. Eew.

  2. Jane Heller

    I was disappointed in that game because we ALMOST came back. It would have been so much fun to see AJ come running out with the pie. But the starting pitching (plus Gaudin) was too much to overcome. The good news is that Marte looked back in form. Something positive, plus Matsui and Jeter just continue to roll.


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