Game 1 Of 10 Game Road Trip – Joba vs. Padilla 8:05

          The Yanks will kick off a four game set against my second favorite team the Texas Rangers tonight in Arlington. The Yanks will be facing the Rangers, the Angels and the Twins in the “Let’s see what you got” 10 game road trip that starts tonight. Joba Chamberlain will take the mound for the Yanks and face Vincent Padilla for the Rangers.

Game Time: 8:05
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Updates To Come:

6:19: The Stache has met it’s demise. It had no more luck left in it so Big G finally said his goodbyes. I wonder if he’ll stay clean shaven or see if he can squeeze some luck out of a new ‘stache.

6:21: Nady named Co-Player Of The Week for going 10-19, with 10 RBIs and 3 long balls. Keep making Cashman look like a trade God.

6:50: Just realized [courtesy of Sean of Yankees Daily] that the last regular season game at Yankee Stadium will be on ESPN. How crappy is that? It’d take me forever to list the reasons why I hate ESPN so I’ll cut to the chase: I want to thank whoever is responsible for this for slapping the Cathedral in the face. Nice job.

6:53: According to Pete Abraham, Joe G. has said that Dan Giese will start on Friday while Raz moves into the bullpen.

7:38: Melk is sitting out tonight and Girardi said he just wanted to give him a day or two off. Everyone knows Melky needs it. With the speedster Christian starting in center, it’ll be fun to see what havoc he causes on the bases.

7:45: It is currently 102 degrees in Arlington with 28% humidity making it feel like 104. It’s going to be tough just to breathe, let alone play baseball.

7:52: Good news: Mo says he’s ready and able to pitch.

8:13: Single by Bobby and A-Rod walks with two out. Big G up and looking weird.

8:21: And G comes through with a single to put the Yanks on the board.

8:24: The Yanks only put up 1, but have Padilla heaving for air.

8:30: Joba holds the Rangers down in the 1st, throwing 13 pitches.

8:36: Yanks go quickly and quietly in the 2nd.

8:43: Efficiency from Joba so far. Let’s hope that lasts.

8:55: Yanks fail to put up some more runs but push Padilla’s pitch count to 55 after 3 innings.

9:05: Joba ends a tough inning with a K of Michael Young. A run was prevented from scoring by a great stop by Jeet and Salty’s overslide.

9:15: Big G cranks a homer to put another run on the board for the Yanks. Should’ve shaved that ‘stache a while ago.

9:16: Robbie cranks one to tack another on. 3 – 0 Yanks. Padilla at 79 pitches with two outs in the 4th.

9:41: Balk gives the Yanks another run.

9:50: Red Alert: Pudge smiled.

9:55: Crazy inning unfolding for the Yanks. Someone get these umps glasses, pleease.

9:57: Joba now serves up another HR to make it 6 – 5 Texas.

10:04: Joba is taken out of the game with an apparent injury. Pray it isn’t serious.

10:20: Yanks get something stirring but not able to push across a run. Still waiting on word on Joba.

10:25: Edwar works a nice and easy 1-2-3 inning.

10:36: Yanks go down 1-2-3. With Joba taken out it seems the bats have got the air taken out them. The Yanks can easily tie this game and with the loss by Tampa, they have a chance to gain ground tonight.

10:40: As of yet, the word is “stiff right shoulder” on Joba.

10:44: Bruney pitches a solid 7th. Time for some more runs. A-Rod, Giambi and Nady coming up.

10:50: The X-Man strikes again! Homer! Tie Game.

10:57: The other guy in the Nady deal, Marte, coming into the game.

11:07: Marte allows a triple by Murphy but gets out of the jam by striking out my boy Crush Davis and getting Saltalamachhia to fly out.

11:19: Jeet had a chance to give the Yanks the lead but gets robbed of an RBI single by Hamilton in center.

11:36: It’s all over. Marte walks the bases loaded and Byrd hits a walk-off grand slam. One of the worst losses this season. Not a good way to start of the road trip.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by tonight.


  1. levelboss

    “Joe G. has said that Dan Giese will start on Friday while Raz moves into the bullpen”


  2. flairforthedramatic

    isn’t it great? seems that giese’s performance yesterday to hold down the angels convince girardi that he was a better option for friday when the yanks face the angels again.

  3. kozmo

    I’m glad Giese is getting a shot. To me, Rasner and Ponson have been working start-to-start the last couple weeks. I figured Giese or Kennedy would get a shot and, if Ponson doesn’t do well in his next couple starts, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kennedy up for Ponson.

    The Yanks need to work over Texas’s sorry staff. Nothing less than the Yankees taking three of four will satisfy me in Arlington.

  4. levelboss

    “..the Yankees taking three of four..”

    heck, i’m looking for a four game sweep! they have got to pick up games now.. only 2.5 games from the Wild Card

  5. flairforthedramatic

    the yanks should definitely do something against the ranger pitching, but the ranger offense has no quit and really puts numbers on the board.

  6. kozmo

    You’ve called sweeps before, level. This would be a good one to get. In part, I say three of four because of what Vanessa is saying. The Yanks might find themselves in a shootout at least once this series, and as we saw yesterday anything can happen when the runs start flowing like water.

  7. flairforthedramatic

    the ranger lineup is threatening just to look at.
    they have kinsler, who is almost guaranteed to get on base once each night.
    hamilton – we all know what he can do
    young – mr. sac fly rbi
    and my boy crush davis – as his name states, digs the long ball

  8. flairforthedramatic

    hey EJ. thx for stopping by.
    2 up and 2 down quick.
    i want to see what a-rod does against his former team tonight.

  9. kozmo

    Yes, it’s A-Rod’s fault Texas stunk and he wanted to play for a winner despite the gobs of cash they offered him. the guy averaged 52 homers a year for an atrocious team, and they boo him. They should be thankful the Yankees took their salary for that sorry team.

  10. flairforthedramatic

    nice work of the walk by a-rod.
    and hey, J. that sorry team has some love from me. like the yanks, they have a lot personality.

  11. kozmo

    That’s a heck of a walk from A-Rod after being down 0-2. Giambi, put the ‘stache-less face to good work and deliver runs.

  12. kozmo

    They do, V. But they were sorry when A-Rod played, that’s all I’m saying. I’m not ranking on your guys.

    Way to extend this inning for Padilla. Make it pay.

  13. kozmo

    And Giambi singles in Abreu, 1-0 Yanks. Good sign, for Giambi’s been cold. Padilla is about to throw his 28th pitch. Keep it going, X-Man.

  14. kozmo

    Not good work, X. Should have taken at least a pitch and made the guy pour sweat. Still, 1-0 is a nice start. Work fast and efficiently, Joba.

  15. thekfny28

    Crud. These Rangers hitters are fearsome.

    One out on the fly. Good pitch to hit, but Kinsler gets under it.

    Is that new music from the YES Network?

  16. thekfny28

    Michael Young is a great hitter. And now here’s Hamilton.. *gulp* Hold your horses, guys, this could be ugly.

  17. flairforthedramatic

    wow, that was kind of hilarious. the big home run hittter hambone comes in and hits a little nubber.

  18. kozmo

    Nice job on the tapper by Pudge, and Giambi to avoid the runner, three down and Joba finished the first with 13 pitches. Good work.

  19. kozmo

    I read ESPN now and then Sean. Their minute-to-minute coverage of Favre has been ridiculous, a stinking manufactured soap opera.

  20. thekfny28

    ESPN has turned into Brett Favre Central. Seriously. Is it me, or is almost every new Brett Favre story not all that new? He’s going on a plane, we get it.

  21. flairforthedramatic

    manny is becoming the brett favre of baseball.. his name plastered everywhere. the trade to the national league seemed just to enhance the number of stories on his daily production.

  22. seanserritella

    Everytime I log into espn, the first thing they have is something about Brett Favre, I mean everyday. They don’t quit.

  23. kozmo

    Padilla only had to throw 9 pitches that inning, too quick and easy on the guy. I hope Joba matches his efficiency.

  24. kozmo

    Joba was just plain nasty there–throwing two different sliders on 3-1 and 3-2, giving him the scary slider to K Davis. Joba is at 27 pitches through 2. Good work.

  25. seanserritella

    Hey, give me some credit, I used the word, “some” instead of nice. You have to admit, that was nice of me.

  26. flairforthedramatic

    you said it Jason. jeet hasn’t put up the season that he or yankee fans would of hoped. i think the offense would produce much more if he got hot.

  27. thekfny28

    I tell you, Padilla’s stuff. His fastball is crisp, his breaking stuff is sharp… the thing is, Joba’s better.

    0-2 to A-Rod.

  28. flairforthedramatic

    i still laugh at the back of saltalamacchia’s jersey. he should’ve just had them put “salty” on the back.

  29. thekfny28

    Sharp leadoff hit for Salty. Salty’s supposed to have a lot of power. I dunno if his potential lies on the field or at the plate.. he’s having a down year either way.

  30. thekfny28

    Unbelievable. Did you hear? Eric Chavez is having shoulder surgery. Unbelievable. You almost gotta feel sorry for the poor guy, he can’t–

    OUT! Nice caught stealing, he overslid. Hah.

  31. kozmo

    They could probably form Saltalamacchia’s name in a circle around his numbers. True about his numbers, EJ.

  32. kozmo

    Saltalamacchia nearly slid into left field, and Jeter proved why you keep the tag on the runner. Good work from the Captain.

  33. flairforthedramatic

    jeet always keeps his glove down, even after the guy is called safe and is about to stand up. i suppose that’s why.

  34. kozmo

    That caught stealing is big now, for it cost Texas a run on Kinsler’s double. Kinsler is a heck of a hitter. That pitch was no cupcake.

  35. kozmo

    Heck of a play from Jeter, saving the run. Excellent inning from the Captain to hold Texas off the board thus far.

  36. kozmo

    That’s a heck of a job pitching out of a jam by Joba, fanning Young on the nasty slider. Joba is at 43 pitches, 16 in the third.

  37. seanserritella

    Hey guys, it was nice chatting with you but I have a lot of minor league summaries to do. Yesterday the Yankees played before the minor league games and 3 minor teams didn’t play.

  38. kozmo

    So long, ‘stache! Giambi cranked one out to deep right, 2-0. Outstanding turnaround after holding Texas off the board.

  39. levelboss

    Gimabi’s slump started i think when he colored his stache..
    it’s gone now, and he has 2 rbi’s, go figure

  40. seanserritella

    Great, you did a great job of hosting Vanessa. I’ll post on all of your game posts when you are finished. See ya tomorrow because it will take me into the early morning.

  41. kozmo

    What a great at-bat from Cano! Ripping it into the upper deck after a 9-pitch at-bat, 3-0 Yanks and, at 78 pitches through 3 1/3, Padilla must have his tongue hanging out.

  42. thekfny28

    Did you see that one Marlins game, where the ptcher, Olsen, was sweating all over? He was sweating from his head and it was dripping all over his head.

  43. kozmo

    Two balks in one inning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. Padilla needs to work faster for his own health.

  44. flairforthedramatic

    i remember seeing two balks in a yankee game. i don’t remember when but i think it scored the winning run in the 9th.

  45. kozmo

    Excellent catch and play from Nady, making the catch in way deep left and holding them to first and second. I’ll take it.

  46. flairforthedramatic

    i’m going to go out on a limb and say that there’ll be a lot more offense in the rest of the game… by whom, idk.

  47. flairforthedramatic

    the yanks can simply not afford for anooother starter to go down.
    if the injury shuts joba down, even for one start, i would assume that joe g. would be forced to give kennedy another shot.

  48. thekfny28

    God forbid he’s out for a month, Washburn would have to be a serious consideration. Back to back bloopers.

  49. flairforthedramatic

    the shaving of the stache has really helped big g. i wonder if it’s all mental or is there really some luck involved.
    nady follows with another blooper.

  50. flairforthedramatic

    i wonder why kennedy hasn’t been given a shot already. giese is starting friday, despite having gone 3 innings tops out of the pen and kennedy has been doing well in the minors.

  51. flairforthedramatic

    anyone else has an erie feeling like the yanks and rangers are evenly matched in this game? they both have 8 hits and both smashed 2 home runs.

  52. kozmo

    I haven’t heard anything about Joba yet, probably a sign he’s getting thoroughly checked out. I really hope he’s not seriously injured. that would be a killer. The Yanks blew a chance in the 6th, and cannot afford that.

  53. flairforthedramatic

    i agree J. if joba is seriously injured, that is a huge blow. the rotation is already not solid.

  54. flairforthedramatic

    with bruney in the game i wonder if girardi’s is thinking of a 7th-bruney , 8th- marte and 9th – mariano as the setup of out of the bullepn [not just for today].

  55. kozmo

    The bullpens are holding thus far. The Yanks need to break through when they’re up again. Texas has a horrible bullpen.

  56. flairforthedramatic

    Bruney with some goood stuff. Nice to have him back.
    Nady has been on a tear. Switching unirforms has seemed to stop him none.

  57. flairforthedramatic

    i’m pretty let down that christian hasn’t gotten to show off his speed today because he hasn’t gotten on base. the bottom of the lineup hasn’t done anything tonight. it’d be big if the yanks put up a run here.

  58. flairforthedramatic

    jeez, i get bewildered just looking at sexson… his height makes him look like such a monster.
    his bat didn’t though… K.

  59. flairforthedramatic

    damon gets himself a double.
    i know jeet has been slumping, but he has to do something right here.

  60. kozmo

    Hamilton again takes away a hit, onto the bottom of the 9th. Sorry people seem to have split on you, V. I feel like I’ve been holding my breath ever since Joba was removed.

  61. flairforthedramatic

    Same here J. The take out of Joba was a big “oh-no” and the offense seemed languid right after he was taken out. I don’t blame people for splitting.
    I can’t take any more walk offs against the Yanks… c’mon extrasss!

  62. kozmo

    Marte in doesn’t surprise me considering Mariano’s stiff back and tie-game troubles. But lead-off walk? Terrible.

  63. kozmo

    Three walks this inning, though Hamilton could have been out if that 2-1 had been called a strike, which it was. Bases loaded, two outs, bottom of the 9th.

  64. kozmo

    Grand slam, walk-off loss, horrible loss, horrible loss of Joba. Thanks for hosting, V. I wish you had a better game to accompany the in-game.

  65. seanserritella

    Tough loss. I was listening to the game while doing the minor leagues. Wow. I don’t know what to say.

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