Monday, March 05, 2007

No Problem in the Clutch

The Yankees remain undefeated this spring with a 5-0 record, only one of two teams, thanks to timely clutch hitting.

Last Friday against the Devil Rays trailing 1-0, minor league third baseman Chris Basak hit the game winning three-run shot in the ninth inning which the Yankees held onto for the win.

On Saturday, more late inning magic against the Pirates. Down 3-1 in the eighth, the Yankees rallied for three runs highlighted by the game-winning RBI hit by minor leaguer Marcos Vechionacci.

And finally today, hosting their former playoff opponents, the Detroit Tigers. Both teams shared the lead early in the game but the Tigers held onto a 5-4 lead going in the ninth inning when yet another minor leaguer, this time Bronson Sardinha hitting the game-winning two-run shot off last year's Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander to win the game.

The above three games acounted for a total of eight runs in three innings in late inning and clutch performance, something the Yankees lacked last season.
Although it's five games into Spring Training, and these games do not count for anything, seeing as how these minor leaguers are playing, one can say that the future of the Yankees organization is alive and well. has either hired a statistician who knows nothing about baseball, one of the weirdest games in baseball history was played, or no one cares about spring training. I am very well educated in the rules of baseball, and no where do I recall games to begin in the sixth inning and 11 free runs earned. I don't think FRE will be an official stat anytime soon. Also, is it possible to have duel no hitters with this type of score?


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 5:07 PM


  • Blogger hotdogman posted at 10:42 PM  

    Remember, these games don't actually count...
  • Blogger Steve Kenul posted at 11:07 PM  
    I know, but it still puts a smile on my face.
  • Anonymous Jess posted at 12:16 AM  
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