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Aloha Means Goodbye, and Also Hello

Let’s pick this up at 3-1 in the fifth inning. Leonys Martin had just hit his second homer of the night off Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish had a two-run lead to protect against this year’s gluten-free version of the Yankee lineup. Darvish dropped a little curve ball into Brett Gardner’s trigger zone – low and in – and boom, 3-2.

This curve ball was not the worst curve ball Darvish threw all night, but it was the wrong pitch in the wrong spot to the second best hitter on the New York Yankees (shudder). No, the honors for the worst curve ball of of the night must be split between the loopy bits of nothing Darvish threw to Travis Hafner (in the fourth) and to Jason Nix (in the seventh) which were both also hit for solo jacks.

Yu Darvish has been ridiculously good this year, loading up strikeouts against very few hits and walks. The only thing keeping him from full flight is a few more homers than you’d like to see – 14 after tonight. I can’t speak for the first 11, but for one game at least, he was handing out lollipops.

I snuggled up with Willa, the recent addition in our house and main reason why I’m not around the Banter much this season, and administered her first full-inning dose of Mariano Rivera. She stretched out on my chest and filled her diaper just about the time that Mo’s nastiest cutter reduced Lance Berkman’s bat to so many matchsticks.

Both catchers gunned down potential base stealers in the late innings to ratchet up the excitement a few notches. Chris Stewart pegged Elvis Andrus with the help of Robinson Cano’s nifty sweep tag. But A.J. Pierzynski evened the ledger by wiping Brett Gardner off the map in the bottom of the ninth. If you told me a few years ago that Brett Gardner became the Yankees second best offensive player while simultaneously losing his ability to steal bases, I’d have asked you how you got a hold of Doc Doom’s time machine and why you hadn’t also altered the 2001 and 2004 postseasons if you were planning on creating alternate Yankee universes.

The game seemed destined for extra innings, though with Rivera and Robertson nothing more then empty casings on the dugout floor heading to the top of the 10th, not many extra would likely be required. Then with two strikes and two outs, Ichiro lashed out and bit into a 97 MPH heater from Tanner Scheppers and ended things right then and there. Yankees 4, Rangers 3.

Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish battled to a stand still. Darvish was more brilliant, but inefficient and only lasted six innings. Kuroda had plenty left in the tank and only came out because Leonys Martin had his number. And if any Japanese fans (I know a few who scalped tickets tonight) felt they didn’t get their money’s worth with the double no-decision from the starters, they hit the jackpot when Ichiro said sayonara.

And here’s our newest fan, as captured by my wife just after the homer, happy with a great victory over a good team.


Photos by Jason Szenes (1 & 2) / Getty Images & Kathy Willens (3) / AP & Amelia DeRosa (4) 



Categories:  1: Featured  Game Recap  Jon DeRosa  Yankees

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1 Hank Waddles   ~  Jun 26, 2013 12:26 am

Big congrats, Jon! (And nice write-up!)

2 RIYank   ~  Jun 26, 2013 5:15 am

Hello, Willa!
Congratulations, Jon.

But are you sure those gopher balls Yu threw were curves? So hard to tell. He throws 26 different pitches, you know.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 26, 2013 5:49 am

Gluton-free version of the Yankee line-up? That's a keeper. So is this recap. Beautiful pictures. Thanks, J.

4 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 26, 2013 5:58 am

Great little one pic!
Ichiro all over the evening sports tabloids here. He even knocked the 'naughty secretary diary' segment off the front page.

5 Ben   ~  Jun 26, 2013 7:25 am

3. I noticed that line too. A beaut. As is Willa, l'il dahlink.

6 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 26, 2013 7:37 am

Thanks for the re-cap. Love the name Willa, and she IS a beaut. Watch that scratchy beard, daddy.

If a Gluten free Yankees keep us fans from bloat and upset stomachs, than we're all for it.

7 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jun 26, 2013 7:40 am

Thanks for the well wishes everybody. I forgot to mention that the reason we were starting in the 5th was because the other two hellions are taking full advantage of our divided attention to stir up trouble at bed time.

8 RIYank   ~  Jun 26, 2013 7:42 am

[7] Oh, yeah, I remember that problem.

When you have your third kid, you have to play zone D.

9 BobbyB   ~  Jun 26, 2013 8:57 am

"the second best hitter on the New York Yankees (shudder)" was a keeper, too. Thank Goodness we have some pitching. Has anyone been looking in the mirror at the Blue Jays? They're looking like the team that had everyone scared in the pre-season. We were just in Ontario and the Jays have everyone talking baseball, not hockey, which is something.

10 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jun 26, 2013 11:34 am

Aww, look at that pretty little peanut!

11 Shaun P.   ~  Jun 26, 2013 12:15 pm

Awww, she's adorable, Jon! Congratulations - and what a nice first game for Willa to see!

12 Greg G   ~  Jun 26, 2013 12:21 pm

What a beautiful baby, and no doubt a lifelong Yankee fan!

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