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The jackassery of Major League Baseball continues to baffle me. Joba Chamberlain was suspended for two games for almost hitting Youkilis yesterday. This is the second time a Yankee pitcher has been suspended for almost hitting a batter this year. Unbelievable.

Anyway, tonight's live blog is going to focus on Phil Hughes. I'm going to keep track of Hughes' night, pitch-by-pitch, and try to flush out disturbing, or encouraging patterns. We'll see how it goes. 10 minutes 'til first pitch. If you're watching, leave your thoughts in the comments.
  • Iwamura: Fastball, strike (no radar gun). Fastball, ball (no gun). Fastball, strike (93 mph). Curve, fouled off (73). Curve, double to left-center (72). The pitch hung, man on second zero out. [5 pitches]
  • Crawford: Fastball, single up the middle (93), Iwamura scores, 1-0 D-Rays. [1 pitch]
  • Pena: Fastball, ball (92). Crawford stole second on the pitch. Change, ball (80). Fastball, ball (92). Fastball, ball (92). Walk. First and second, no outs. This could be painful. Quote from my brother, "Is Mussina ready for a spot start?" [4 pitches]
  • Upton: Fastball, ball (91). Fastball, fouled off (91). Curve, strike (71). Curve, fouled off (73). Fastball, ball (94). Curve, ball (71). Fastball, pop out (92). Jammed Upton on a 3-2 count. [7 pitches]
  • Young: Fastball, fly out (93). Not shocking to see Young swing at the first pitch. Two out. [1 pitch]
  • Harris: Curve, strike (71). Fastball, strike (93). Fastball, ball (92). Fastball, K (93). That strike out was the first swing and miss of the inning. [4 pitches]
  • First inning totals: 22 pitches - 13 strikes, 9 balls - 15 fastballs, 6 curves, 1 change.
  • Norton: Fastball, strike (no gun). Fastball, ball (no gun). Change, ball (81). Fastball, fouled off (91). Fastball, fouled off (91). Curve, fouled off (82). Fastball, fouled off (93). Curve, swing and a miss for the K. (71). [8 pitches]
  • Navarro: Fastball, line-out to left (92). [1 pitch]
  • Wilson: Curve, strike (no gun). Fastball, ball (93). Fastball, fouled off (91). Fastball, swing and a miss for the K (92). Strong inning. [4 pitches]
  • Second inning totals: 13 pitches - 9 strikes, 4 balls - 9 fastballs, 3 curves, 1 change. 35 pitches total.
  • DirecTV lost the HD feed of this game. I hate DirecTV.
  • The Yankee bats are silent thus far. They need to get some runs to give Hughes a cushion.
  • Iwamura: Started him with a fastball his first at bat. Curve, ball (no gun). Fastball, ball (no gun). Fastball, ball (no gun). Fastball, ball (91). Walked the leadoff guy, on four pitches. [4 pitches]
  • Crawford: Started him with a fastball last at bat. Fastball, ball (90). Fastball, strike (91). Fastball, strike (91). Curve, ground out to third (72). [4 pitches]
  • Pena: Started him with a fastball in his first at bat. Curve, ball (71). Fastball, ball (91). Change, ball (80). Fastball, swung through on 3-0. (91). Fastball, walk. (91). [5 pitches]
  • Upton: Started him with a fastball last at bat. Fastball, ball (92). Fastball, strike (91). Fastball, infield hit (91). Bases loaded, 1 out. [3 pitches]
  • Young: Started him with a fastball last at bat. Fastball, fouled off (91). Curve, fly out to shallow right. (72). A run scores on the play, Posada missed the tag on the Iwamura at the plate, then the Yankees did their best Bad News Bears impersonation. The D-Rays had two runners at second, Posada made the right play, running at second and forcing the other guy back to first. Cano, however, missed Posada's throw at first and the ball wound up in the stands. Unreal. Their third run scores on the play. Man on third, two outs because of the error. 3-0, D-Rays. [2 pitches]
  • Harris: Started him off with a fastball first at bat. Curve, strike (71). Fastball, fouled off (92). Curve, fouled off (72). Fastball, fly out to right. (92). Leadoff walks kill you, absolutely kill you. [4 pitches]
  • Third inning totals: 22 pitches - 12 strikes, 10 balls - 14 fastballs, 7 curves, 1 change. 57 pitches total.
  • Yankee bats silent, again.
  • Norton: Started him with a fastball his first at bat. Fastball, strike (no gun). Fastball, ball (no gun). Change, line out (80). [3 pitches]
  • Navarro: Started him off with a fastball first at bat. Fastball, ball (91). Curve, strike (71). Fastball, strike (89). Fastball, fouled off (90). Fastball, ball (92). Curve, ball (74). Fastball, fouled off (92). Fastball, single to right (92). [8 pitches]
  • Wilson: Started him off with a curve in first at bat. Fastball, fouled off (90). Fastball, fouled off (91). Fastball, ball (91). Curve, single to left (no gun). [4 pitches]
  • Iwamura: [fastball 1st AB, curve 2nd] Fastball, ball (91). Curve, strike (70). Curve, ball. Crossed up Posada badly. (72) Fastball, strike (91). Fastball, fouled off (91). Curve, fouled off (71). Fastball, swing and a miss for the K (91). [7 pitches]
  • Crawford: [Fastball, fastball] Curve, strike (70). Curve, ground out to first (69). Into and out of trouble. [2 pitches]
  • Fourth inning totals: 24 pitches - 17 strikes, 7 balls - 15 fastballs, 8 curves, 1 change. 81 pitches total.
  • MVP with an RBI single up the middle to score Jeter. Upton air-mailed a throw to the plate when he had no chance to get Jeter. A-Rod to second on the throw. 3-1, D-Rays.
  • Pena [Fastball, curve] Fastball, fouled off (no gun). Change, ball (78). Change, strike (80). Fastball, ball (91). Fastball, home run. (91). 4-1, D-Rays. [5 pitches]
  • Upton [Fastball, fastball] Fastball, ball (90). Fastball, ball (90). Fastball, fouled off (91). Fastball, fouled off (90). Curve, ball (74). Fastball, ball (90). Another walk. I think this start is going in the "bad" column.
  • Young [Fastball, curve] Fastball, single to left (90). Dribbler through the left side. First and second, no one out.
  • Harris [Fastball, curve] Gator's fourth trip to the mound. Fastball, sac bunt (88).
  • That's all for Hughes. Chris Britton in relief. Runners on second and third, one out. Both runners belong to Hughes.
  • The results are in, and this format is just too much work. I'm glad I did it, because a couple of things jump out at me and I wanted some statistics to prove my theories out. More analysis of this later on. For now, just a normal blog for the rest of the game.
  • RBI single to left for Norton, 5-1, D-Rays.
  • One of Hughes inherited runners scored. Ugh.
  • Another bomb for Pena. This is getting hard to watch, my brother is threatening to leave so he doesn't have to watch anymore. 6-1, D-Rays.
  • The Sox are getting their doors blown off by the Orioles and the Mariners are losing to the Blue Jays. If those scores hold up, the Yanks won't lose anything with this clunker (if they lose it), but they could've picked up a game in each race. Disappointing.
  • Melky just made a pointless dive after a ball in the gap. I ripped Coco Crisp for doing this the other day, have to rip Melky for it today. Iwamura scored on the play, 7-1, D-Rays. This game is beyond painful at this point.
  • 8-1, D-Rays. RBI ground out by Delmon Young. I'm hoping the Yanks mount at least a mini-rally for the six fans still watching this mess.
  • My first laugh of the game. A guy named Balfour is warming up in the pen for the D-Rays, my brother's quote: "What would you do if you're a pitcher, and your name is Ball Four?"
  • 9-1, D-Rays. Greg Norton bomb? The good news: Only Britton and Bruney have been used out of the pen for this mess.
  • That's your ball game. I'm going to chalk this one up to a hangover from the Boston series. Let's turn the page, and come out tomorrow and support Ian Kennedy in his first start. The Sox and Mariners are still losing, so if those scores hold the deficit in the East is 5 and the Yanks still hold a 1 game lead in the Wild Card.
Player of the Game: Giambi? He made a couple more nice plays at first, so why not?
by Brian on Aug 31 2007
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