Saturday, October 16, 2010

LIVE BLOG: ALCS Game 2 - Yankees at Rangers

4:06 p.m. - Let's do this thing.

4:13 p.m. - Sorry, some technical difficulties here. I'm starting to think Derek Jeter would swing at a kitten if a pitcher threw it at him at this point. Anyway, Yanks go 1-2-3 against Colby Lewis in the first.

4:20 p.m. - Elvis Andrus reaches on an infield single then moves to second on a wild pitch. TBS cuts to a lot of ugly Rangers fans doing the antlers thing. It is dumb.

4:23 p.m. - Okay, I think we can see where this is going. Posada had a very shaky game behind the plate on Friday, and the Rangers obviously noticed. Running all over the place right now.

4:24 p.m. - Side note: Elvis Andrus claims he hasn't cut his hair since spring training. Shouldn't it be longer than mid-neck length? Is he okay?

4:30 p.m. - Posada exposed again. He doesn't look Andrus back at third before throwing down to second to get Hamilton, allowing Andrus to steal home. It's sad to watch, but this guy just shouldn't be behind the plate right now.

4:31 p.m. - Hughes gets Cruz to strike out the side, but Posada's gaffe leaves the Yankees trailing 1-0 after the first. Luckily, Texas must get ahead by at least six runs to have any shot at victory.

4:38 p.m. - Robbie Cano just misses a solo homer to right-center. TBS' Ernie Johnson, meanwhile, makes a joke at first-base coach Mick Kelleher's expense about getting hit in the balls during the ALDS.

4:40 p.m. - Nick Swisher rips a two-out double to right. Yankees getting some good swings on Lewis.

4:42 p.m. - Anybody notice John Smoltz get caught rooting for Texas there? Said something along the lines of, "Hopefully Lewis can get out of this...", before clearly catching himself. Yes, I'm insane.

4:43 p.m. - Posada gets the benefit of the doubt on a 3-2 pitch, Yanks have runners on first and second with Fat Puma coming up.

4:46 p.m. - Berkman ropes one to right that Cruz manages to track down for the third out. No damage, but there's a silver lining here: Yanks are getting good hacks on Lewis.

4:48 p.m. - Fun fact that may only interest me: Phil Hughes loves Collective Soul. Most underrated Collective Soul song: "Run". Gloriously terrible.

4:51 p.m. - David Murphy homers off the stupid overhang in right and its 2-0. Meanwhile, the Rangers play the theme to The Natural. Probably should have played The Fringe Player.

4:55 p.m. - Bummed that Jorge Cantu isn't in the starting lineup for the Rangers today. Things are always better when a guy who looks like a Dick Tracy character is involved.

4:57 p.m. - After Elvis Andrus singles, Michael Young squibs one down the first-base line and it's 3-0. Second and third with Rangers looking to blow it open with Hamilton. Not good, Phil.

4:58 p.m. - Beer No. 2.

4:59 p.m. - HUUUGE out by Hughes, who gets Vlad to groundout to A-Rod with the bases loaded. 3-0 = eminently doable.

5:08 p.m. - Nolan Ryan's long-grass plan backfires as Jeter legs out a nubber in front of the plate. Somewhere, Robin Ventura is smiling broadly.

5:10 p.m. - Curtis Granderson hit by a pitch that bounced, bringing up Mark Teixeira with runners on first and second and one out.

5:13 p.m. - Bad job by the Yanks' big boppers there, as Tex and A-Rod are retired easily to end two-on, no out threat. Not happy about how that played out at all.

5:17 p.m. - Ron Darling wore a fat suit in Shallow Hal. I would love for Big Ern to ask him about that shit.

5:19 p.m. - Time for Easy Cheese to man up. Man on third, one out. Can he find a way out of this?

5:20 p.m. - Terrible job by Hughes today. Gets ahead of Murphy, then serves up RBI double and it's 4-0. Yanks' starting pitching has left a lot to be desired through two games.

5:22 p.m. - When Bengie Molina is raking on you, you know you're having a bad day. 5-0.

5:25 p.m. - Andrus hits a screaming liner, but it's right at Cano to end the inning. Epic fail for both CC and Hughes in ALCS. On the bright side, the Yankees proved 12 hours ago that a 5-0 deficit can be overcome. And then there's this: Colby Lewis kind of sucks.

5:28 p.m. - TBS cuts to a luxury box shot of Dirk Nowitzki wearing a Dirk Nowitzki Rangers jersey. Bush league, bro.

5:29 p.m. - Cano ropes a double off the wall in center. That guy can hit. Time to start chipping away.

5:30 p.m. - What can you say about Posada? He's just not getting it done right now.

5:33 p.m. - Berkman rips an RBI single off Moreland's glove at first, then gets into the most un-athletic rundown in baseball history. He's out, but the Yanks are on the board at 5-1. Chip, chip, chip.

5:39 p.m. - Joe Girardi hates his job. He just looks pained at all times. Makes you wonder if he pulls the, "I just need to take a year off" route.

5:43 p.m. - Not a good series for Vladdy so far. He lines out to right, and it turns into a double play when Hamilton was off with the pitch. 5-1 heading to the fifth.

5:48 p.m. - My friend Bob on Ron Washington: "He kind of looks like Richard Pryor if he was still alive." Well, he's not wrong.

5:50 p.m. - Trying to put this kindly: Texas Rangers fans are hideous looking. That wasn't kindly. Forget it.

5:56 p.m. - Mark Teixeira's goal this season is to make me cry, I'm certain. If so, mission accomplished ... JERK!

5:58 p.m. - Would love to know why Phil Hughes is still playing baseball right now.

6:00 p.m. - Kinsler ropes an RBI triple and it's 6-1. Again, I have no idea why Hughes was still in this game.

6:01 p.m. - Hughes done. Not looking forward to seeing him again, either.

6:09 p.m. - Classic Joba. Flashes you his potential with back-to-back strikeout, then gives up a two-strike single to some guy named Mitch Moreland. Brutal.

6:10 p.m. - Note to self: Live blogging only good idea in theory.

6:17 p.m. - Cano hits a bomb into the upper deck and it's 7-2. He's turning the ALCS into his coming-out party.

6:26 p.m. - Berkman draws a walk to make it first and second in the sixth. Ron Washington itches his nose then comes and gets Lewis. Big chance for Yanks to get back in game here.

6:28 p.m. - Marcus Thames gets the call to pinch-hit. This is a, "Hit a three-run shot, dude" move, all the way.

6:30 p.m. - Thames seeing the ball well right now.

6:34 p.m. - Thames works it to 3-2, then fans on a changeup. Another opportunity goes by the boards.

6:38 p.m. - Hey, a David Robertson sighting!

6:44 p.m. - Robertson strikes out two in a scoreless sixth. This dude is good.

6:47 p.m. - How would the Yankees lineup do against Mariano Rivera? Poorly. They would do poorly. Next question.

6:50 p.m. - Jeter draws a walk to lead off the seventh. A good start for sure.

6:52 p.m. - Wow, Rangers fans. Breaking out the "Yankees Suck" chant again? Didn't we learn our lesson yesterday? Anyway, Granderson pops out and there's one down.

6:53 p.m. - Hey Mark Teixeira ... DO SOMETHING.

6:57 p.m. - Andrus can't corral A-Rod's shallow fly ball and the Yankees have another chance to get back into the game with Cano coming up. Robbie is locked in right now, a good spot.

7:00 p.m. - What's a "clutch call", John Smoltz?

7:01 p.m. - Cano strikes out on a fastball waaaay out of the strike zone. There won't be any comeback today.

7:03 p.m. - For the record, Teixeira is 15-for-82 for the Yankees in the postseason. That's .183.

7:05 p.m. - Did you know that Kid Rock was born free? So was I, but you don't see me writing bad songs about it.

7:15 p.m. - If the Yankees figure out a way to win this game, Robin Ventura better find a closet to hide in.

7:16 p.m. - I love seeing Darren Oliver.

7:28 p.m. - I can't wait to kick Cliff Lee's ass on Monday. Well, not me, but you know what I mean. Shut up.

7:32 p.m. - Looking ahead, it goes without saying the Yankees need a good start out of Pettitte on Monday. Sabathia and Hughes have fallen woefully short, and the needs a starter to stand up to this Texas lineup.

7:35 p.m. - Back to Sabathia and Hughes: Hard to make sense of both their performances. Sabathia was well rested. Hughes had tremendous past success against the Rangers. It does show you that nothing in baseball can be assumed. Remember that if you've already penciled in Cliff Lee for a Game 3 win.

7:41 p.m. - Five stolen bases on Posada today. Kind of sad.

7:59 p.m. - Cano up with men on second and third trying to keep it alive.

7:01 p.m. - Ballgame. 7-2. Blerg.

7:03 p.m. - Not a good showing today, but they got the split, which is really all you're asking for in this situation. Starting pitching needs to get better or Yanks have no shot. Incredibly fortunate to not be in deep trouble right now.

Thanks for reading everybody. Check in with the blog tomorrow for more insight.

Dan Hanzus writes the Yankees blog River & Sunset and can be reached at dhanzus@gmail.com. Follow Dan on Twitter @danhanzus.

1 comment:

Emily said...

Great live blog tonight! Can't wait to see the next one!