Friday, April 4, 2008

Liveblog: Yankees vs. Rays

The Yankees took two of three from the Blue Jays, hopefully they can handle the Rays now, in what is sure to be a cage fight. It'll be IPK vs. Andy Sonnanstine.

Here's the Yankees lineups courtesy of Pete Abraham:
Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui LF
Betemit DH

Just Kidding, New Lineup:
Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Posada DH
Matsui LF
Molina C
Jorge's shoulder is still sore, but he can hit, so he'll DH today.

I'll be back with updates and win expectancies later.

1st inning: IPK seems to be struggling with with his control, walking two batters, and allowing Carl Crawford to score on a Cliff Floyd single. He threw 29 pitches, never a good sign. Hopefully he'll improve as the game goes on. WE: 48.9%
Bobby Abreu doubled with two outs, but A-Rod couldn't do anything with him. WE: 42%
2 inning: IPK rebounded nicely, striking out two batters and throwing 15 pitches. WE: 46%
Sonnanstine made quick work of the Yanks again. It looks like this game may turn out like last night's, assuming IPK can keep it close. WE: 40.3%
3rd inning: Fuck Fuck Fuck. Walks got IPK in trouble again, loading the bases, which were then cleared by a double off the bat of the mighty Shawn Riggans. IPK out Jon Albaladejo in. WE: 15.1% Ugh. Albaladejo allowed a double to Eric Hinske, scoring IPK's sixth run. He then got the next two guys out. Hopefully he can throw a few more good innings. WE: 8.1% Shit.
Lower-Deki! Sorry, I had a John Sterling moment there. Matsui hit a very shallow homer, which Jose Molina followed with a double. We're clawing back. One batter later The Captain scores Molina on a triple. That triple was an increase of about 8% in win expectancy, bringing it from 22 to 30.8. Bobby Abreu scored Jeter on a groundout to second, here comes A-Rod. A-Rod singled up the middle on a double to left (!) by Giambi. Cano fouled out to end the inning. WE: 27.8%
4th inning: Alby pitched well in the fourth ending with a strike-em-out throw-em-out double play of Carlos Pena and Aki Iwamura. WE: 31.8%. Yanks went down 1-2-3.
5th inning: That's probably it for Jon Albaladejo, who pitched very well: 2.2IP 1 H 0 BB 0 R 4 K. WE: 29.3%. Yankees go 1-2-3. WE: 23.2%
6th inning: Big O in to pitch the 6th. The Big O goes 1-2-3. Yanks go 1-2-3 as well. WE: 18.5%
7th inning: Billy Traber in to pitch to lefties Iwamura, Crawford and Pena. Iwamura singled and Crawford grounded into a 4-6-3 DP. Traber then got Pena looking to end the inning. Dan Wheeler in for the Rays as Jorge grounds to 2nd for the first out. Matsui flies to Upton in left center for the second. Molina fouls out to Pena to end the inning. WE: 13%
8th inning: LaTroy in for the eighth. LaTroy gets Upton to ground to Jeter and then gives up a homer to Cliff Floyd. Shawn Riggans grounds out and Eric Hinske hits a Matsui Double. Nathan Haynes then hit a grounder in the hole, and Jeter did his cool jumpy thingy, but couldn't get Haynes at first. Haynes stole second, and then Bartlett dinked a hit over Jeter's head. 9-4. Not lookin so good. It could get worse- Farns is up in the pen. Bartlett to third on an Iwamura single, then scored on a blooper by Crawford. LaTroy exits, Farnsworth enters. Here we go. The Farns started right where left off. Pena just hit a three run homer deep to right into the upper deck. On the next pitch BJ Upton singled. This is all but over. WE: less than 1%. Damon to lead off against Trever Miller in the bottom of the eighth. This game seems out of reach, but maybe its just me. Damon walked, then the Yanks made three straight outs. They seem to have given up, putting Shelley Duncan in for Abreu and Betemit for A-Rod. WE: .1%

That's it. Yankees lose 13-4 in game that got really ugly at the end. IPK did not pitch well at all, and neither did LaTroy of Farnsworth. Albaladejo and Ohlendorf did pitch well though, so I guess that's a positive.

I probably won't liveblog tomorrow, and I definitely won't on Sunday, as I will be attending the game.