Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yankees at Rangers, 26 May 2009: A Liveblog

8.43 PM: I've been out and about all week (and will continue to be), but for one of the rare times, I am thankful for the rain delay. I'll actually be able to catch the whole game!

Today's line up from LoHud:

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cervelli C

10.03 PM: First pitch scheduled for 10.30 PM.

10.32 PM: First pitch second pitch, first hit. I can work with this.

10.38 PM: One hit and nothing else. Johnny Damon is left at third. Now Joba takes the mound; hopefully he pitches a bit better than his 7+ ERA at Arlington.

10.42 PM: Uh oh. Melky ran full force into the wall and is obviously hurt and in a lot of pain.

10.57 PM: Joba has a rough first inning; giving up two runs and too many walks. He obviously did not pitch his simulated innings. Still, 2-0 is not quite a blow out.

11.11 PM: Gardner stranded at third as Matsui, Swisher and Cervelli can't bring him in. Yanks have to do something about Matsui becoming a black hole at DH.

11.38 PM: Yankees have had men on base every inning thus far, but haven't been able to bring home the run(s).

Meanwhile, Joba looks tentative and uncomfortable on the mound.

11.51 PM: News on Melky Cabrera is a right shoulder sprain (strain? Some are saying sprain and others strain, there IS a difference); x-rays were negative, so this is a good sign. I imagine he'll be out a couple of days but shouldn't be worse than that.

Meanwhile, Milwood is pitching like...well, not like a Rangers' pitcher.

11.57 PM: Joba does not look good, at all. Dunno if it's Texas or what, but he looks fairly awful right now.

11.58 PM: Melky to have MRI tomorrow--from Hoch.

12.05 AM: Damn, that is one sweet swing.

12.10 AM: Yankees go to Aceves in the fifth inning. Not sure if Joba was removed for pitch count or ineffectiveness, but whatever it was, it wasn't what the Yankees needed.

12.14 AM: Aceves there was everything Joba was not: efficient and effective.

12.21 AM: Matsui there seriously just missed a home run. Given his struggles of late, one must imagine Millwood is not too long for this game. Now 3-2 Rangers.

12.24 AM: After Swisher strikes out on three pitches, Cervelli singles and Matsui scores the tying run.

1.00 AM: At 1.00 AM on 27 May 2009, my love affair with Nick Swisher came to an end.