No Pie

The Yankees almost staged another miraculous comeback against the Phillies, complete with a walkoff and the requisite pie in someone’s smiling face.

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But it didn’t happen. Instead, the Yanks lost 4-3 in 11 innings and I collapsed onto my bed, exhausted.
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I mean, we were totally supposed to win that game. It was all set up. We got eight good innings out of CC. We sent Hamels packing after six and made him shake his head in disgust after Tex hit one out with a broken bat.
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We survived awful at-bats by A-Rod and Matsui, who looked like they were trying to hit the ball with one of these.
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And we survived a ninth inning appearance by Veras, who walked a batter but didn’t give up a run.
“He possesses good stuff, but the problem is his location,” said Al Leiter, stating the obvious and forcing me to stand up and yell at the TV. “I DON’T CARE IF HE HAS ‘GOOD STUFF!’ HOW GOOD COULD IT BE IF HE CAN’T THROW IT WHERE HE WANTS IT?”
(Sorry. I lost it there for a sec.)
We not only got to Lidge for the second straight day and tied the score in the bottom of the ninth (thanks to Cano and Melky yet again), but we escaped trouble in the top of the tenth after Mo gave up a single to Ibanez, who was a Yankee killer for the entire series and made me want to strangle him.
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But then came the bottom of the tenth. With some reliever named Condrey on the mound for Philadelphia, Jeter and Damon singled and we were THISCLOSE to a walkoff win. Except for two problems.
Tex: grounded into a double play.
Pena: flied out.
Inning over and Girardi turned to Bombko for the top of the 11th. (Supposedly, Aceves wasn’t available. Why not? He didn’t pitch yesterday.) 
Here was the result.
Utley: walked.
Ruiz: doubled in the go-ahead run.
Just a word or two about Ruiz, who killed us like Ibanez did only on both offense and defense. The guy blocks the plate better than most catchers in the majors. Impressive.
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We went down meekly, 1-2-3, in the bottom of the frame. Game over. No celebrating. At first, I was bummed, but who can complain about a team that goes 8-2 during a home stand?
In fact, I think I’ll celebrate anyway. The Yankees put the pies on hold, but that doesn’t mean I have to.

13 Comments

I think I now understand why the Mets fan dislike the Phillies… they’re good, unfortunately for us..
Although I have to praise Carlos “Calicho” Ruiz’s game today, or actually this series. Next time he plays the Nats I’ll make sure to tell him to not mess with the Yanks again. LOL… I just have to bring myself to going to a Nats vs Phillies game in DC… LOL

They are good, Latinyankeerebel. And Ruiz is good. But we’re not bad either, so I predict a good series in Texas. A Nats-Phillies game in DC? That would probably be a blowout.

all in all the Yankees picked up ground this weekend.. they are still only ONE game behind Boston but now are only half-a-game behind Toronto.. usually this time of year the Yankees are figuring out how to climb back to .500, and fans are pulling out their hair (metaphorically)

the Yankees next series on the road are with Texas and Cleveland while Boston is on the road against plucky Minnesota and the M&M guys and then Toronto again – maybe Toronto is pissed at getting swept at Fenway :)

Oh no Jane, I do think we have a good team.. we can’t win ‘em all, but we sure can win most of them… LOL

Jane, your division is so close, just a matter of a couple of games. Hang in there, the Yankees will be number one.
http://catlovestheddgers.mlblogs.com

This Texas series kind of concerns me as they’ve got some pretty good hitters. A lot of balance from top to bottom with home runs and average. What can I say, but I’m a worrier! There’s a lot of potential for three slug fests. Now in saying that, there probably be three 2-1 games!

Definitely a tough loss, Jane. Good luck in Texas (I mean that from the bottom of my heart.) They just swept the Astros so maybe they’re a little complacent. Go get ‘em! ;-)
Lori
http://luckylori.mlblogs.com

Levelboss, you make a good point. We’re usually in the cellar (or close) at this time of year. So being only one game back is a big change for us. Let’s hope it’s a sign!

No, we can’t win them all, Latinyankeerebel, but I’ll always wish we could. 162-0. That would work for me.

I hope you’re psychic, Cat. I really like your prediction.

I’m a worrier too, Len, and this Texas team seems to have sprouted pitchers, which makes them more dangerous. And the Yankees probably didn’t get to their hotel until the wee hours so I’m hoping they don’t come out flat today.

We’ll try and beat them for you, Lori. I’m sure Angels fans would be happy with that! Any scouting reports I should know about?

It will be interesting to see the reception that the team gets in Texas and how A-Rod does. I suspect that the Rangers’ fans might have a thing or two to say to A-Rod.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

It was a tough loss. Nothing else need be said.
-Dillon
http://demboysfromthebronx.mlblogs.com

The reception will be negative, Julia. No surprises. They always boo A-Rod and now they’ll boo Tex too.

But we’ll rebound, Dillon. You’ll see!

I was hoping that the Yankees would sweep the Phillies. Not that such a sweep would have had any effect on the Nationals in the NL East standings, of course…I just wanted to see the Phils get swept! Oh, and I wonder if the pie thrower in the video is any relation to A.J. Burnett? :-D
Shelley
http://diamonddiva.mlblogs.com/

Sorry the Yankees didn’t oblige, Shelley. I wouldn’t have minded one bit if they’d swept the Phillies, but it wasn’t meant to be. As for AJ and the pie stuff, I wonder who got him started on the prank or if he came up with it himself.

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