Thursday, June 15, 2006

Cleveland Bats Come Alive, Beat Up on Mussina

Game date- 6/15/06

Indians- 8, Yankees- 4

W- Lee (5-5)
L- Mussina (8-3)

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Yankee starter Mike Mussina leaves the mound in the sixth inning after serving up a three-run home run to Cleveland's Todd Hollandsworth.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 0-3
LF- Cabrera, 1-3 ( BB, R, RBI, solo HR [1] )
SS- Jeter, 0-3 ( HBP)
DH- Giambi, 0-4 ( RBI groundout)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-4 ( R, RBI, solo HR [14] )
C- Posada, 0-4
2B- Cano, 1-4 ( 2B)
RF- Williams, 2-3 ( 2B, BB, R, RBI, solo HR [5] )
1B- Phillips, 1-4 ( 1B)

Other Yankee Batters:

DH- Cairo, 0-0 ( SB)
CF- Crosby, 1-2 ( 2B, R)

Yankee Pitchers:

Mussina- 9H, 6R, BB, 5K, 5.2IP
Myers- .1IP
Smith- 2BB, IP
Small- 2H, 2R, BB, 1.1IP
Villone- H, BB, K, .2IP


Mike Mussina had, by far, his worst outing of the year. The Yankee starter was taken out of the game in the sixth inning after giving up a three-run homer to Todd Hollandsworth. Mussina allowed 9 hits and a walk. Reliever, Aaron Small, also continued his struggles, giving up two more runs and raising his season ERA to a whopping 8.46.

Melky Cabrera hit his first career home run today, a solo blast of Cleveland's starter Cliff Lee. Alex Rodriguez and Bernie Williams homered in the seventh to bring the Yanks within three runs. In the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees had the bases loaded and nobody out ( double by Crosby, walk by Cabrera, and Jeter's hit by pitch). Jason Giambi grounded into a force out ( one run scored), but Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada struck out swinging to end the inning and crush the rally. Said A-Rod after the strikeout: "I don't have any answers. I could have gotten a base hit that would have probably won it. So you can write the worst articles, say the worst things, and you're probably right right now. So go right ahead."

Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double in the 9th inning. Bubba Crosby returned from the DL and came into the game in the eighth inning after Johnny Damon felt a slight "twinge" in his hamstring.

Round two of interleague play begins tomorrow, as the Yankees visit the Washington Nationals.


  • Why is ARod batting fifth? And Jeter third?

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    By Blogger Sparky's Baseball, at 9:05 AM  

  • Well, A-Rod has been struggling mightily so he was moved from cleanup to fifth. And, uh...I think Torre's experimenting with Cabrera batting second so Jeter's third.

    By Blogger MVB, at 10:38 AM  

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