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Mrs. DF is walking the dog, I just got home so I figured I'd watch the game along with you, loyal readers, and share my thoughts in real time.

  • Jorge and Phillips are out of the lineup. Jorge surprised me, Phillips not so much. I think his days as the every-day first baseman are coming to an end. His bat has cooled off, and Joe has a soft spot for Betemit already. We'll see how  he can handle first defensively.
  • Carmona is a stud. 1, 2, 3 in the top of the first.
  • No Haffner in the lineup for Cleveland, advantage Yankees. Hughes is taking the mound now...
  • Michael Kay is doing what we in the biz call, "Managing expectations," about Phil Hughes. I quote, "Phil Hughes is a fifth starter, all you want him to do is keep you in games." F that. I want excellence out of the kid, and I don't think he's going to be the fifth starter for long.
  • Hughes missed his spot badly (18 inches) on the double to Victor Martinez. You can't miss in to power hitters.
  • NASTY, back-door slider to get Peralta looking. No runs, that's all that matters.
  • A-Rod just took a dump on a Carmona sinker. Straight-away center bomb. 1-0 Yanks.
  • HR for the first run, bunt followed by a ground out for the second. Atta boy Donnie! (Mattingly is managing tonight, Joe is serving his 1-game suspension.) 2-0 Yanks.
  • Nice change to Trot Nixon, lazy fly ball to left. I still think Hughes isn't using the change enough. He might be trying to get through the lineup once without using it, and then mix it in later in the game.
  • Excellent inning for Hughes. Three up, three down.
  • Rough inning for Fausto, and really not his fault. Damon hit a weak pop up over second that Peralta botched, Jeter hit a grounder to Peralta that he booted and Abreu hit a grounder to Peralta that shouldv'e been a double play, he only got 1. Godzilla ends the inning on a double play. 3-0 Yanks.
  • Here's a shocker, Michael Kay thinks the new Yankee stadium is going to be, "The best stadium in the world."
  • Hughes is cruising, K, 1-3, K (backwards). He's retired 7 in a row.
  • 11 out of the first 12 outs have been ground outs for Carmona. Live by the sinker, die by the sinker, I guess. Especially when your infield defense is shoddy. Three up, three down for the Bombers.
  • 73 MPH curve that broke about 2 feet from Hughes to get Victor Martinez. Sick pitch.
  • His fastball has picked up some steam, he's been living at 93-94, his slider is in the low eighties, and his curve in the low seventies. This is impressive.
  • 2-out double for Peralta, stranded when Hughes sits Blake down on another sick curve.
  • 15-game hitting streak for the Melk Man.
  • Jeter plates Melky with a single up the middle. Abreu caught stealing to end the inning. 4-0 Yanks.
  • Solo bomb for Josh Barfield, fastball right down the middle. 4-1 Yanks.
  • After the HR Hughes immediately went to the change, twice in a row. 80 mph and 82. He got Sizemore to fly out on a fastball to end the inning.
  • Ethan Hawke on CenterStage this week. Awesome.
  • A-Rod got hit, and the benches didn't clear. That's refreshing.
  • GIDP for Godzilla, again.
  • Lofton led off with a single, and I was a little worried about velocity. Then Hughes reached back and hit 93 on his 86th pitch of the night. Good sign.
  • 3-2 yakker to Peralta for a K to end the inning. 95 pitches through six, I'll be surprised if Hughes comes out for the seventh.
  • It's a good thing the Yanks got to Fausto early, because he looks un-hittable now.
  • Hughes for 6, now Joba in the 7th. I love it.
  • Joba touched 98 mph, just threw a straight change at 82.
  • 1, 2, 3 for Joba. 8 pitches. I say leave him in for the eighth. He can be a two-inning bridge to Mo tonight.
  • Single for Jeter, triple for Abreu. 5-1 Yanks. IBB for A-Rod, cowards.
  • RBI ground out for Matsui, 6-1 Yanks.
  • Joba is dominating. He struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth. 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 4 Ks!
  • This game was a thing of beauty. I wasn't too far off on my predictions for the night.
  • Let's hope Joe sees Joba in this role the rest of the way (although he could just use him for one inning once in a while).
  • Letter to the Skipper and Player of the Game coming shortly.

by Brian on Aug 10 2007
Tags: Indians | Phil Hughes |