Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Paging Bruce Wayne: Wake Up the Bats!

"One song! You've only got one song! You've only got one song! You've only got one song!"
-- opposing fans to fans of West Ham United, East London soccer team, who seem to sing only "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"

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Four hits! We only got four hits! We only got four hits! We only got four hits!

A double by Mark Teixeira. Singles by Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, and, in his first game of the season after being hurt, backup catcher Francisco Cervelli. That's all the Yankees got against Max Scherzer of the Tigers tonight, at Comerica Park in Detroit. Tigers 4, Yankees 0.

Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3, leaving 3 men on base. However, just in case Subway Squawker Lisa is reading this, Jeter also left 2 men on. As a team, the Yankees left 14 men on base.

Fourteen men left on base. Fourteen. You can't do that.

Paging Bruce Wayne. Paging Bela Lugosi. Paging The Count from Sesame Street: Somebody's gotta wake up the bats!

Scherzer is now 5-0. Freddy Garcia (1-2) allowed a run in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd, in the form of a home run by Magglio Ordonez. After that, he settled down and was pretty good, but the bats didn't back him up.

Tim Tschida was the 1st base umpire. If there's one thing Yankee Fans and Red Sox fans agree on, besides Dunkin Donuts, it's this: Tschida is a lousy umpire. But, as far as I know, he wasn't responsible for the Yanks' defeat in any way. Credit Scherzer for getting the job done, and blame the Yankee hitters for not beating him.

Tomorrow afternoon, the series finale is played, A.J. Burnett against Morristown's Rick Porcello.

Jeter 2953 47
Rivera 570 31
A-Rod 618 145
Magic Number 132 (to eliminate Rays, 131 for Scum and O's, 129 for Jays)

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