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Taste The Pie!

2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #38 – 5/17/10 – Red Sox @ Yankees

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You have your good ol’ American Apple Pie…
And then you have your good ol’ Yankees walk-off pie…
Which one tastes sweeter? Yankees fans across the globe will agree that it’s the latter.
On a night where things didn’t look to be going the Yankees’ way, two swings of our bats turned this game from the worst loss of the season, to the best win of the season so far. Why? Because it was our first walk-off win of the year!
Oh, and it didn’t hurt that it happened against the Red Sox, and specifically off of Jonathan Papelbon.
After many walk-off wins last year, we’ve been feeling a little deprived in 2010. The Yankees have been off to a hot start, despite the injuries, so we have very little to complain about as fans. We have been feeling that something’s been missing, though. That something is: The Pie.
We’ve had many games on the road so far this season, so the opportunity for a walk-off hasn’t presented itself much. In this game, however, it did, and our bats took full advantage of it.
Phil Hughes had a bad start. I wouldn’t read too much into this performance if I were you, we all knew his ERA wouldn’t stay at 1.38 all season. Hughes has enough confidence in his abilities to bounce back from this. Hopefully our clutch hitting gave him a moral boost as well, and he will dominate in his next start.
Our bullpen was absolutely horrendous. I was horrified by what I saw today. Whether it was Boone Logan (I’m heartbroken about this) or Chan Ho Park, our pitching today blew it. Boone Logan at least managed to recover from the solo home run he gave up, and pitched a double-play ball, and fielded the grounder to end the inning. That doesn’t excuse the home run, but it somewhat makes it easier to swallow. Park, on the other hand, got himself into quite a mess (dare I say, he crapped his pants?) and needed Damaso Marte to save him. 
Park pitched well in the seventh inning, and kept his sheet clean. He came in to pitch in the eighth, and gave up three runs (two home runs) on four hits, without getting any outs. That wasn’t very pretty, because he also gave up the lead. Damaso Marte came in to keep the deficit at two runs, and recorded the three outs. Marte came back to pitch in the ninth inning, and got two outs, before Javier Vazquez was brought in for the final out.
Vazquez threw five pitches, recorded the final Boston out of the game, and actually received cheers from the crowd at Yankee Stadium. Ironically, that five-pitch strikeout was enough work from Javy to get him his first home win of the season.
After the messiness from every pitcher in this game not named “Javier Vazquez”, the Yankees needed heroics in the bottom of the ninth inning. We needed the Bombers to live up to their names, and give us the lifeline we need to secure a home win.
The Red Sox brought in their self-overrating closer, Jonathan Papelbon, to get the save. We brought in the heart of our lineup to the matchup.
Alex Rodriguez asks his haters: “How does my clutchness taste, b*tches?”
In true Bronx Bombing fashion, Alex Rodriguez came through in the clutch, once again. Anyone who has been doubting A-Rod’s power, can kiss his pinstriped Dominican butt. 
With Brett Gardner on base (who has a perfect record against Jonathan Papelbon), Rodriquez dropped an A-Bomb on the Red Sox. He blasted a two-run home run to tie the game. At the very least, we were going into extra innings, so we were happy that we hadn’t lost the game. 
How many times has A-Rod come through in the clutch for us? I lost count. All I know is that I am thankful he’s a Yankee. I would hate to be the team that has to face him.
This clutch home run from Rodriguez can be added to the game-winning home run against the Twins. I think we can safely say that A-Rod’s slugging is back from its early hiatus. 
Alex Rodriguez was one of our two heroes on the night. We’re used to having him as our hero, so very few of us were surprised by his home run. We were ecstatic, and we were cheering like crazy, but it came as no surprise.
I don’t know about you, but our second hero was a huge surprise to me.
Marcus Thames asks: “Melky, who?”
Okay, I think we’ve pretty much disproved the insane claim by some fans, that we need Melky Cabrera to get walk-off wins. While Melky seemed to shine in the walk-off role last season, Marcus Thames is here to tell us that he can do that, too.
Marcus Thames hit a walk-off home run. Who would have guessed?
I most certainly did not predict this. In the seventh inning, I did predict that we would get a walk-off win off of Jonathan Papelbon (and my Twitter Faithful will confirm this). I never imagined that it would co
me off of the bat of Marcus Thames.
After Papelbon hit Cervelli with a pitch, and put him on base, Marcus Thames came up to the plate thinking “Oh no you di’iiiiiin’t!” and quickly made him pay. He connected with the very first pitch he saw from the Boston closer, and blasted it for a two-run home run.
Thames gave us our first walk-off home run of the year, and he got the first walk-off home run of his career.
If we win our 28th World Series Championship this year, you know that this Marcus Thames home run will be in the 2010 highlights reel.

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2010 Pretty In Pinstripes Challenge Tracker: Entry #35 – 5/14/10 – Twins @ Yankees

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It feels great to be home.
Yes, I’m aware that I’m writing this from Dubai, but it still feels good to see our Bombers back in the Bronx. I almost forgot that we even wore pinstripes, because it feels like it’s been so long since our team has been home.
It feels even better to see a Yankees win. Today was my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, and they were at the game to celebrate. I’m so happy that the Yankees won for them on their day.
AJ Burnett wasn’t great, but he got the job done. He didn’t get the win, but he kept us within an arm’s reach of winning. His final line wasn’t so bad, but if you watched the game you would have seen that his pitching was off. Anyway, he pitched well enough to get the win, but he didn’t get it, thanks to the antics of one Damaso Marte.
Marte was awful, as he has been for a while now. He was great in the postseason last year, but was injured for most of the regular season. Even before the injury, he was awful during the season. 
On the one hand, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, a pitcher who performed so well in the playoffs, and played a vital role in the team winning the World Series, has to be good, right? Well, I’m not so sure. His numbers in the past have been good, but Marte is old. He may have lost his skills. It’s too early in the season to completely rule him out, but I’m definitely not impressed with what I’ve seen from him thus far. 
Boone Logan as our go-to lefty, anyone? He lacks command sometimes, but he’s been one of our better bullpen arms lately. Let’s wait and see. He seems to be working hard on himself, so from now until the All Star break, we’ll have a clearer view of what this guy can do.
Our bats seemed to be awake and ready for action. They had the lead, before Marte gave it up, but there were several missed opportunities throughout the game. Our 2-5 hitters carried us this game. Derek Jeter got a hit, but he still seems to be struggling out there. I’m not reading much into it, he’ll snap out of it soon.
The hero of the night was Alex Rodriguez, with his GRAND SLAM. 
In the seventh inning, the Twins made a mistake that was even worse than Girardi putting Damaso Marte on the mound. Matt Guerrier was pitching, and struggling. With two of our boys already on base, and first base open, the Twins decided to intentionally walk Mark Teixeira to take their chances on Alex Rodriguez. I suppose I can try to understand Ron Gardenhire’s logic behind this decision. Alex Rodriguez hasn’t been hitting many home runs so far, while Mark Teixeira has been hotter than hot since the beginning of May.
So, logically, you’d rather face Rodriguez than Teixeira, right?
Rookie mistake.
We’re talking about Alex Rodriguez, here. On a slow night he’ll drive in a couple of runs. In a slumping season he’ll hit 30 home runs. This is a man who can break out of his (relative) slump at any moment, and when he does, it’s going to hurt. Let’s not forget to mention that A-Rod pretty much owns Guerrier. Before this home run, Rodriguez was batting .718 against the Twins pitcher, with a handful of home runs in the past. I’m not a manager, but even I knew that this choice was a stupid one. When they intentionally walked Teixeira, I said “A-Rod’s going to make them pay for this”. I believe I even said it on Twitter.
Well, I was right. Gardenhire was wrong. Alex made them pay.
I could be wrong, but Alex Rodriguez strikes me as the type that doesn’t appreciate insults. I’m pretty sure that the intentional walk to Teixeira was insulting to A-Rod. Hell, I’d be insulted if I were him! Alex Rodriguez isn’t Randy Winn, you don’t choose to face him. Well, apparently Rodriguez doesn’t respond to insults well. 
Alex Rodriguez says: “Intentionally walk Teixeira to take your chances on me? Not on MY watch, b*tches.”
Sure enough, Alex Rodriguez hit a monster Grand Slam, that won the game for the Yankees. Not only did this teach Ron Gardenhire a lesson, but it also sent a message to the rest of baseball: Slump, or no slump, Alex Rodriguez should never be the batter you choose to face.
The following inning, Joba Chamberlain came in to pitch perfectly. He came into the eighth inning, and struck out the three hitters he faced. While, technically, the win was Damaso Marte’s (since A-Rod’s home run came in the bottom of the seventh), the Official Scorer decided to give Joba the win.
Many people were asking (but not really complaining) about why Chamberlain got the win. Well, it’s all written in the MLB Rulebook. The specific rule that applies to this situation is rule 10.17(c):
10.17(c) : The official scorer shall not credit a
s the winning pitcher a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when at least one succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain its lead. In such a case, the official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher the succeeding relief pitcher who was most effective, in the judgment of the official scorer.
Rule 10.17(c) Comment: The official scorer generally should, but is not required to, consider the appearance of a relief pitcher to be ineffective and brief if such relief pitcher pitches less than one inning and allows two or more earned runs to score (even if such runs are charged to a previous pitcher).”
So, Joba Chamberlain got the win.
Mariano Rivera closed the game, even though it wasn’t a save situation. Who’s complaining about this? No one is. It’s been a while since we’ve seen God pitch, so it was wonderful to see him back on the mound. I don’t even need to say how it went. When God enters the game, you know he gets the job done. Praise be to the best closer of all time. Amen.
All in all, another great game from our boys. It was great to see them back home and wearing the beautiful pinstripes. The Bombers are back to BOMBING in the Bronx. It was nice to see them play the small-ball well, but now they’re back to slugging. This is what makes the Yankees lineup so great, when healthy. There are no weak spots. Once Curtis Granderson is back, the 2010 starting lineup might just be the second-coming of Murderers Row.

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