Tagged: Clay Buchholz

So Close Yet So Far Away…again…

A wasted Phil Hughes performance…


From the movie, Hangover


Hughes did his part.  Unfortunately, no one else did.  Pitching into the 6th inning with only one run allowed, Hughes saw a potential victory evaporate in the hands of relievers Boone Logan and David Robertson.




Thanks, in part, to a throwing error by Jorge Posada in the 8th, and a subsequent hit by Cesar Izturis, the Baltimore Orioles had the insurance run they would need to hold off a late rally by the Yankees.


A fielder’s choice groundout by Alex Rodriguez in the 9th inning ended the game after two runs had scored in the inning to bring the Yanks within one run, 5-4.  The blazing hot Robinson Cano was left standing in the on-deck circle.



Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post


This was a very disappointing performance by the Yankees, who have been very uninspired of late in losing four of the last five games.  Not even a Monday trip to Washington to meet President Barack Obama helped motivate the squad. 



Obama Yankees Baseball



After a terrific start, the Yankees are now 12-7, 2 ½ games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.  The Boston Red Sox have won two straight to pull within 3 games of the Yankees and into third place.



Clay Buchholz


Boston Globe


In typical Curt Schilling fashion, controversial remarks were abound as he indicated Yankees pitcher Javier Vazquez was not an American League guy.  Manager Joe Girardi defended Vazquez.  “Guys are asked to analyze situations, and so they make their analysis.  We still believe Javy’s going to be successful, and he’s going to pitch at a very high level for us.”  I hope Joe’s right, but I have to admit I had the same reservations when I first heard the Yankees had re-acquired Vazquez.  His greatest successes have come in Montreal and Atlanta, both National League cities.  I am still hopeful Javy will succeed in the Bronx but the concerns and fears will remain until he proves me wrong…



The Yankees are bringing pitcher Javier Vazquez back to the Bronx...




Hats off to San Francisco pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for outdueling the great Roy Halladay in the Giants’ 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night.



San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez th... Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP





Victory over the Red Sox…and Julia’s Rants…


I won?  I don’t know how to act…



Three games into a four game series and the wager is over.  With the Yankees’ three game win streak against the Boston Red Sox after an 0-8 season start, I can relax knowing that, for a few days, I can enjoy an advantage over Julia and her beloved Red Sox.  Of course, by next Monday or Tuesday, the Yankees success in the current series will be forgotten and the Red Sox will be charging ahead for the next match-up which begins in Boston on August 21st for a three game set.



Nevertheless, today was all Yankees.  I was unable to watch the game, but saw that CC Sabathia had a no-hitter going in the 5th inning.  I would not text or email anyone for fear of jinxing the no-no, but unfortunately, CC did allow a few hits.  He pitched into the 8th inning and did not allow a runner past second base.  He allowed only two hits and two walks, while striking out 9.  With the 5-0 victory, CC improved his record to 12-7.  He has clearly shown why he was signed to a huge contract in the offseason.  When the stakes are high, CC rises to the occasion and has given the Yankees the ace they’ve been lacking for so many years.


Frank Franklin II/AP 


With the win, the Yankees have improved their lead over the Red Sox to 5 ½ games (their greatest lead of the season).




Clay Buchholz did pitch effectively for the Red Sox.  He went six innings and gave up only two runs.  It was a tough luck loss for Buchholz but he showed enough to prove that he is ready to assume the role in the starting rotation that was vacated when John Smoltz was DFA’d.


Bill Kostroun/AP

Derek Jeter capped the Yankees scoring with a two-run homer in the 8th.


Frank Franklin II/AP 


It is hard to believe that the Yankees have held the Red Sox scoreless for 24 innings.  For whatever reason, this isn’t the same Red Sox squad that the Yankees faced and lost to earlier in the season.  More than likely, it is a momentary lull, much like the Yankees against the White Sox or earlier against the Angels.  I fully expect the Red Sox to rebound and they’ll be charging by the time the Yankees and Red Sox resume play at Fenway Park on August 21st.


Winslow Townson/AP


I realize that the tie-breaker for my wager with Julia is no longer a concern, but I’ll continue to post the totals through Sunday.  Hey, what can I say, the numbers look good to me and as they say, numbers don’t lie…



Red Sox                                  6

Yankees                                  20


Home Runs

Red Sox                                  2

Yankees                                  6



Red Sox                                  0

Yankees                                  3


Winner:                                 Scott!


Tomorrow’s pitching match-up has Jon Lester facing Andy Pettitte.  This will be a tough game for the Yanks…and Pettitte.  But with three wins, the Yankees no longer have a psychological disadvantage to Boston.  They now know that they can win (beat Boston), and that will go a long way as we move into the crunch months. 


Frank Franklin II/AP 

Today’s announced crowd was 48,796.  It was another sell-out, so the Yankees can thank John Henry for filling the seats and helping pay for the salaries of Sabathia, Burnett, and Mark Teixeira.


Frank Franklin II/AP


The Yankees did make a roster move today as they sent down Mark Melancon to AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre and recalled pitcher Josh Towers.  Apparently, Towers is out of options and will be DFA’d tomorrow to make room for pitcher Chad Gaudin who was acquired from the San Diego Padres.  If Towers clears waivers, he’ll head back to Scranton-Wilkes Barre.




With last night’s game winning home run, Alex Rodriguez tied Harmon Killebrew for 9th place on the All-Time Home Run List with 573.  Next stop will be 8th place – Mark McGwire, 583 home runs.



As for tonight’s home run, Derek Jeter now has 12 home runs…one more than all of last season.  This has been a great year for DJ, particularly since it started with so much talk about how he was beginning his decline…



Hey Julia, the Yankees will be in Boston on August 21st.  Are you ready for another wager?  Why do I ask, of course, she’ll be ready and so to, I suspect, will the Red Sox.  But for now, scoreboard Yankees!…scoreboard ME!