March 24, 2009

In-game update

In Derek Jeter's second at bat, he blooped a down-and-away knuckler from Tim Wakefield to short right-field, but Teixeira followed him grounding into a 5-4-3 DP.

As I watch the game tonight on YES, I am loving Paul O'Neil's insight.  He was talking about the difficulty of throwing Tim Wakefield's knuckle ball.  He said that when everybody's out throwing and messing with a knuckle ball, one might throw three or four good ones out of ten.  And if one did that in the game, one would get "hammered."

He said this as Wakefield and A.J. Burnett were putting on pitching clinics.  Wakefield has only allowed three hits through five innings, while striking out five in the process.  Burnett matched Wake's five scoreless, but was tagged in the sixth for one run on a blooper to right off David Ortiz's bat.

Burnett just walked the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth forcing Girardi to call Jonathan Albaladejo from the pen.  He was up to 81 pitches on the night, but was only expected to throw 75.  Albaladejo escaped the two-out jam by forcing Chris Carter to ground out to Jeter.

Expect a full game recap later on tonight.

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