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Any Which Way But Lose
Posted By Alex Belth On September 23, 2005 @ 5:20 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
Well, I guess we Yankee fans just need to reside ourselves to the fact that each and every game  from here on out is going to be dramatic in one way  or another . The Bombers  seem incapable of playing anything but a one-run contest these days–last night was their sixth in the last seven games as they beat the Orioles 7-6  on a cool  and breezy night in the Bronx. But right now the bottom line, more than ever, is the the bottom line: winning. And no matter how uncomfortable or ugly it might be to watch, the Yanks have been winning, not losing and that makes all the difference in the world doesn’t it?
In spite of some poor fielding (Jeter, Lawton, Tino) Mike Mussina  was terrific in his return allowing no earned runs over six (the one defensive gem came from Alex Rodriguez when he robbed Bernie Castro of a hit). Bruce Chen befuddled the Yankee hitters in the begining of the game–inexplicably throwing what appears to be an average fastball past them time and again. But they eventually caught up to him, led by two long home runs off the bat of Jorge Posada  (the second of which, a three-run job, reached the left field upper deck).
Al Leiter  relieved Mussina  and worked a perfect seventh, but then could not throw a strike in the eighth and allowed the Orioles to get back in the game. Leiter didn’t record an out (two walks, a single and a double) and before Taynon Sturtze got threw the inning, a six-run lead was now down to two. Mariano Rivera  had pitched in the previous three games and was not available so Flash Gordon came on to pitch the ninth. With one out, the speedy Castro chopped a slow ground ball to first. Martinez fielded the ball but there was no way he was going to get to the bag in time. But Gordon got a great jump off the mound, covered first and barely beating Castro for the second out. The play–which could have only probably been made by Rivera or Mussina–turned out to be pivotal as Melvin Mora followed with a solo home run to right making it a one-run game. Ah, that’s more like it. Migeul Tejada  grounded Gordon’s next pitch to Jeter at short and that was the game.
The Yankees move a full game ahead of the Red Sox  who were off last night  after playing thirty games in thirty days. The Indians won again  so the Yanks are still a half-a-game out of the wildcard race. The Tribe continue to creep closer to the White Sox  though, who lost in extra innings. Chicago’s  lead is now down to a game-and-a-half. Is it getting hot in here?
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URLs in this post:
 every game: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/23/sports/baseball/23yanks.html
 one way: http://www.waswatching.com/archives/2005/09/september_22nd.html
 another: http://www.nosenseworrying.com/2005/09/this-bullpen-is-conspiring-to-make-me.html
 The Bombers: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/349090p-297825c.html
 7-6: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=250922110:
 cool: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/photos?photoId=869965&gameId=250922110
 Mike Mussina: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks234438248sep23,0,1198187.story?coll=ny-yankees-bigpix
 Jorge Posada: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spjorge234438244sep23,0,7962179.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 Al Leiter: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/349107p-297853c.html
 Mussina: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/349126p-297887c.html
 Mariano Rivera: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/23/sports/baseball/23rivera.html
 Migeul Tejada: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/349105p-297850c.html
 Red Sox: http://www.blairwasdin.com/deweyshouse/wordpress/archives/category/general/
 off last night: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2005/09/23/the_boys_of_stunner/
 The Indians won again: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=250922107
 the White Sox: http://www.bat-girl.com/archives/001173.php
 Chicago’s: http://www.suntimes.com/output/sox/cst-spt-sox23.html
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