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Tigers Attack Mac

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Thanks to  a lengthy rain delay, I was able to  catch  the first inning of this 5-2 loss to  the Tigers in my truck after a rather bewildering day  at the donut shop.

You could tell  right off the bat,  even  with Pa Pinstripe doing the honors McCarthy was having a rough start to  this incredibly important series vs the team  that is standing in front the Bombers chances to make the play in game like the 1985 Chicago Bears defense, especially with one of my favorite pitchers in all of baseball Rick Porcello on the bump

I hate when our local heroes have to  face this kid, it seems every pitch he throws falls off the table right when  you think the ball might stay in the batters wheelhouse,  next  thing you know, the hitter’s roll over the top and it’s a ground ball.

Some of them  find holes, most of them  don’t, and by  the end of the night the Yanks did put up 9 hits, but 7 of them  were untimely  scattered knocks, they  were 0-3 with RISP, smacked into  2 DP’s, left 5 men on base with  2 outs, had a 14-4 groundouts to  fly-outs  ratio off Porcello, and sans Ellsbury they  just  couldn’t string enough hits together to make up  for McCarthy’s worst line as a Yankee, 6.1 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 2 BB’s, 1 HBP, 5 K’s

Porcello  went 8  strong innings, which was bad news for the Bombers, Average Joe Nathan  with a  3 run cushion pitched a perfect 9th, and the 5 game winning streak  was history. You knew trouble was gonna brew once Sterling mentioned in the 1st inning, it would behoove McCarthy to pitch  around V-Mart and face JD Martinez, “who isn’t half the hitter Victor is”

After ball  1,  4 pitches later V-Mart was punched out, after the 9 innings were over J.D. Martinez was 3 for 4, with a double,  1 RBI, and 2 runs scored, The Sterling jinx strikes again. I will  admit I do agree with Pa on the 1st inning McCann  AB. With Jeter poking a single to  right field and the Tigers shifting on the lumbering Yankee catcher, dropping down a bunt or trying to  dribble one through the wide open spaces on left side of the infield would have been what  the doctor ordered, instead McCann predictably smacked into  an inning ending 4-5-3 DP to  set the ugly tone for the offense

Somebody Changed the Lock

The Bombers knocked on the door, but couldn’t find the right key to get in.

In the 1st, the McCann DP kept Pocello’s pitch  count manageable on a hot night, they went quietly in the 2nd inning on 3 ground ball outs, had  two knocks in the 3rd but Cappy struck out, they  scattered 2 singles in the 4th, but Prado  and Drew couldn’t deliver, Ellsbury made it 2-1 in the 5th with his 12th HR of the season.

Beltran  stroked a 2 out single in the 6th  but Prado  couldn’t keep  the line moving, another 1-2-3 7th, Ellsbury hit his 2nd HR of the game, his 13th on the season in the 8th to make it 5-2, Jeter followed with  a knock, but McCann  bounced into his 2nd DP of the night, a nifty 3-6-3 twin killing, and Nathan  put the Bombers to bed with a 1-2-3 9th

Mac Attacked

McCarthy never got in a groove last night, he just  didn’t feel  comfortable, and there was no Frankie Cervelli  to  coax him to get his act in gear.

“I had the runners on because I wasn’t in a groove,” McCarthy said. “I just never felt settled in, never felt comfortable mechanically there. I wasn’t sharp right from the get-go. The middle few innings where I was able to work quickly, it felt like it was getting there, but it just wasn’t all the way back. It was just kind of a battle right from the start.”

Most of the buzz in the Detroit  media was about Porcello, but the Tigers managed timely hits and really took advantage of McCarthy’s lack of command,

In the 2nd inning Mac walked in their 1st run. An  extremely  deft DP got McCarthy out of a bases loaded 1 out jam, and made you think he could possibly right the ship. A Miggy double an JD Martinez single put Detroit up 2-0 in the 3rd, 2 singles a double and a run scoring DP made it 4-1 in the 6th. A lead off double and a Hunter single past the drawn in infield plated  the Tigers 5th  run to ice it in the 7th.

This and That 

Ellsbury (3), Jeter (2) and Beltran (2) had 7 of the 9 hits

So much  for McCann building on his walk off Tater, he did lead off the 4th  with  a single, but he also knocked into  2 DP’s and was punched out.

The streakiest player alive, the  Ellsbury Doughboy  was the only run scoring offense for the Bombers.. You wonder how Ellsbury who looks like he’s in a soft lounge chair batting leadoff, could elevate Porcello, but nobody else could with any authority

Ellsbury is 11-for-17 with a double and four home runs in his career against Porcello. “I can’t really explain it,” he said. “I mean I guess I got a couple of pitches I could hit and I didn’t miss them.”

The Bomber offense wasn’t able to pick  up McCarthy, and with  very little margin for error this 1 head to head loss has the media chomping at  the bit.

 Did McCann notice McCarthy’s mechanical mistakes in that second inning? “I didn’t,” McCann said. “It was coming out really good. He was just missing by, we’re talking inches. He fell behind. That’s the only inning that he lost command. … I thought he threw the ball well. I thought his stuff was there. I thought he threw the ball way better than his line. I didn’t think he pitched bad tonight.”

The Yanks can not afford to lose this series or any series vs teams they  are trying to  catch, so the next  2 games are as close to must  wins as you can get.  Gotta make hay vs the Tigers who aren’t exactly reeking havoc despite all  the moves they’ve made down the stretch, and rumors are Papelbon might be on his way  to  shore up  their bull pen. Detroit has already insured the Yanks can’t jump over them now with game one lost

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Written by Sal

August 27, 2014 at 9:10 am

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  1. It’s a lot to ask the Bombers to take the tigers out in NY, then a few weeks later catch them sleeping again, you know they have payback on their mind, and they’re in a wrestling match to make the playoffs too.. they have to be as desperate and the Yanks with all the moves and potential salary they’ve tacked on

    gonna be a tough next few names…


    August 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

  2. I touted the McCann pickup but the bloom is off his rose, bros,,,
    Frankie C. Is better behind the dish & at the dish,,,
    Im a believer now,,


    August 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

  3. Donny, until Frankie can stay healthy and put up numbers as an everyday catcher we can only hope he’s better, or even a viable everyday catcher

    Cervelli has never put up more then 266 AB’s in a single season, so the argument would be his sample size

    We like him better, but unfortunately that’s not enough to anoint him


    August 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

  4. Welcome Don B to the Cervelli Fan Club! Like you, I applauded the Bubba signing. But I love Cervy’s passion & stones……not to mention his bat! I guess we’ll never know if he coulda cut it here on a everyday basis. Only way for him to get more AB’s would be to put McCann at 1st when Tex can’t play (hurt, again) and have Cervy behind the dish. It also doesn’t help that he has a hard time staying on the field.


    August 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

  5. het bondsie yeah MCCann would never be out of the line-up if they made him Texy’s back-up,

    we could use one more Johnny Blanchard type, a guy that could catch and play some OF, maybe then they could carry Bubba, Frankie and the Irish Assassin Murphy

    Are there two bigger football geeks then Ma-use-less and Speed freak Sid Vicious Rosenberg?

    do these guys talk baseball at least 5 minutes? How many days in a row do we have to hear about training camp missed passes and blown coverages..?

    Yanks might have a good shot both Ma-use-less and Sid picked the yanks to lose tonight

    riveting radio with Sweeney, 3 guys talking at once, two of the 3 have their heads up the NFL’s ass so far they have no idea what they’re talking about RE: baseball, you’d think the baseball season was completely over

    These WFAN groupies act like the front row of a New kids On The Block concert when it comes to talking about the NFL…all that’s missing are shrieks… jeez…


    August 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm


    I’m glad they raised $3,300 for the right to dump ice on Francesa, only problem I didn’t see any ice in the bucket, didn’t think he’d actually go all the way


    August 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  7. is there a reason why Verducci is on for 10 minutes, and the 2 Mutts spend 5 minutes on the Mets and the rest of the time on the rest of MLB???

    At least they talked some baseball for an hour when they came on….Whats next how many fillings Eli Manning has in his mouth?


    August 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

  8. well that’s 2 innings in a row men in scoring position and they come up empty…Rothschild on the radio pre game show mentioning McCarthy was to amped up, he was flying open.

    Maybe the game is speeding up on these guys, we’re down to must win series

    boy you get Price on the ropes gotta drop him

    hopefully Greene can throw goose eggs, and hopefully they can scratch out a few


    August 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  9. come on Greenie you’ll need to pitch the game of your life with this offense

    man to think they have to carry Beltran and Teixeira for 2 more years


    August 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  10. Jorge Soler homered in his first Major League at-bat, following a homer from Luis Valbuena against the Reds

    another brilliant move by Cashman letting this Cuban kid slip through the cracks, the same year he let Cespedes go to Oakland

    Ellsbury, the streakiest player to ever live, somebody please drive him in.. man I wish they keep him in the lead off spot

    alright Cappy, way to clutch up


    August 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm

  11. Price aint Price tonight,,, lovin it,,
    5-0 in the 3rd,,,
    Keep that wheel goin round,,,men,,


    August 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

  12. hahaha 9 hits in a row.. maybe Ausmus should text Joe Maddon, find out what to do when Price quits on his stool in the 3rd inning

    game’s far from over, hopefully the boys don’t fall asleep on the other side of the ball…


    August 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  13. Ouch, Frankie did have balls…

    Kenny said the collar bone lol, surprised he didn’t go back to his Yonkers roots and say the dog bone


    August 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm

  14. Shane Greene in 2 starts vs Tigers: 15 IP, 2 R, 10 H, 13 K
    Retweeted by wallace matthews

    Come on Warren don’t fuck this up

    Bird Dog

    August 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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