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A scathing report on the Florida Marlins new stadium came out today on Yahoo Sports, essentially calling out the Marlins franchise for lying to public officials about the need for civil monetary support of the Marlins new stadium. The report also goes into detail about how this is becoming the norm in American sports – taxpayers footing the bill for gigantic stadiums and keep all or most of the revenues for them.
Check out the article here. It’s a great read.
Things were looking up for the Yankees with their ace on the mound. Plus CC Sabathia loves pitching in the heat. But things spiralled downward for the Yankees as they lost their second straight series, 6-5 to the Florida Marlins.
Sabathia was taken out of the game in the second inning for what was later diagnosed as a bicep tendinitis. This will be evaluated tomorrow in Atlanta and Sabathia says he is day to day. Al Aceves came in on short notice and did pretty good, allowing only one hit and striking out 2 in 2.2 innings of work. Brett Tomko came in the fifth inning and blew open the game (more on that later), allowing the Marlins to score three runs on two homers, a two-run by Hanley Ramirez and a solo homer by Ross.
Phil Coke came in the seventh and allowed one hit and one run, bringing in David Robertson to pitch 1.2 innings. Robertson also allowed a hit and a run to make it 6-3 Marlins. Robertson did strike out four of the five outs he needed.
On the offensive side, the Yankees got their offense in two frames — the third and the ninth. In the third, the top of the Yankees lineup went on fire with two outs. Mark Teixeira doubled home Derek Jeter, advancing Swisher to third base. Then next, home-town hero Alex Rodrigued lined a two RBI single over the third base to bring home Swisher and Tex. That was all the Yankees could handle until Brett Gardner lined a two-RBI triple with two outs in the ninth. The Yankees were unable to score again.
A bizarre situation happened in the eighth inning that may reverse the course of the game, depending on the MLB offices. Here’s what happened:
The Marlins, Yankee manager Joe Girardi contend, made an illegal substitution in the eighth inning.
Relief pitcher Leo Nunez was placed in the first slot in the batting order. But Chris Coghlan, who was batting first, ran out to left field and was there for one pitch. That’s when Girardi went out to see the umpires.
The umpires made Florida take Coghlan out of the game. Girardi wanted Nunez taken out of the game.
The protest, in theory, could be upheld and cause the game to be replayed from that point. Whether this actually happens and gives the Yankees a second breath of air is up for discussion. I’m pretty sure the Yankees will address this with the Commissioner’s Office. Remember, Girardi is a smart manager, he knows the rules.
There were other issues up for discussion — for instance, why was Brett Tomko out there? Why not use Phil Hughes? Sometimes I just don’t get it.
For the baseball purist, tonight’s pitching duel between AJ Burnett and Josh Johnson was a classic. The former Marlin ace vs. the current Marlin ace.
Both pitchers went a combined 13.1 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks and 13 strikeouts. The clearly superior one tonight was Burnett, striking out 8 in 6.1 innings of work. If not for a very costly error by Johnny Damon in the sixth inning, Burnett would have left the game behind 1-0 instead of 2-0. With the error and some clutch hitting by the Marlins, they defeated the Yankees 2-1 tonight at Land Shark Stadium.
Throughout the first six innings, the game was relatively quiet. Only a Dan Uggla solo homer in the third made it a scoring game. Then the Damon error scored home Hanley Ramirez to give the Fish a 2-0 lead. In the seventh inning, Nick Swisher hit a 2-out RBI single to bring home Jorge Posada. The Yankees did threaten the next frame with Hideki Matsui slamming a line drive over Uggla’s outstretched hand. Alex Rodriguez pitch hit for pitcher Phil Coke and drew a PH walk. Derek Jeter hit into a double play, and Johnny Damon, his chance at making up for the error didn’t come to fruition as he struck out with a checked swing.
The Yankees got a lead off single from Mark Teixeira in the top of the ninth, but Jorge Posada popped out and Robinson Cano grounded into a double play to end the game.
While it was indeed a pitcher’s duel, it was definitely an entertaining game, but nonethleless a loss for the Yankees. The Red Sox won tonight, so the Yankees are back at 3 games behind in the standings.
Sunday Big Daddy CC Sabathia will pitch on Father’s Day at 5:05 p.m. The Yankees see to grab the rubber game of this three-game series against the Marlins before having a day off on Monday before a trip to Atlanta to face the Braves.
Andy Pettitte was the last signing of the Yankees’ rotation, and he has performed as the ace of the team at times. Tonight was a perfect example as Pettitte pitched seven strong innings of three-hit baseball, walking none and striking out seven. Pettitte also contributed, going 1-3 with a RBI double and a run scored in this interleague 5-1 victory over Joe Girardi’s old team, the Florida Marlins.
After Pettitte exited in the seventh inning, Brian Bruney and Brett Tomko finished the last two frames, not allowing a single hit and striking out one.
The Yankees’s top four hitters went 8 for 18, with each having two hits apiece. Derek Jeter was 2 for 4 to raise his average to .308, while Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira both went 2 for 5 and Jorge Posada, in the cleanup spot for a fatigued Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4.
Every single hitter on the Yankees had a hit. Melky Cabrera went yard with his seventh home run of the season in the third inning. Four Yankee hitters, including Jeter and Pettitte, had doubles.
One sore spot was the RISP — the Yankees went 5 for 14, but luckly they had enough runs to win the game. With their win and Boston’s loss, they are now two games behind the Red Sox in the standings.
Tomorrow the Yankees send AJ Burnett to the mound in a 7:10 nightcap.