Tanya: At least there is still Jim Thome.
Steve: He always struck out a lot -- he's second to Reggie! on the all-time list, I think, but this is just sad. I don't want a social dugout app. I do not want a social anything app. I want an anti-social app. That was probably a double all the way from Jeter, but I thought Davis played that a little tentatively. He came up as a third baseman, not an outfielder.
Tanya: More bunting.
Steve: I guess they're playing for the tie, and Ichiro tends to hit things the other way, so there's a possibility a grounder wouldn't have advanced Jeter. Not that I'm defending it.
Tanya: I'd like to see a plot of this strike zone. Seems...inconsistent.
Steve: Not a lot of complaining by the hitters so far. And Saunders is bending.
Tanya: If TBS is to be believed, he didn't throw a single pitch in the strike zone.
Steve: Those strike zones are purely hypothetical (though I wish YES used one).
Tanya: Thought that might have been two at first.
Steve: Me too. Cano hits into a lot of them. Teixeira's jump made it too difficult a play. Tommy Hunter: one of the Orioles' vast collection of failed starters. I guess Joe is saving Ibanez for later.
Tanya: I am ok with that decision.
Steve: So am I. You almost can't use him in this game. The pressure would be so great...
Tanya: Greater than last night? Pinch hitting for an all-time great down a run with an out in the ninth?
Steve: I think so, because now you have to do it again. When Rodgers and Hammerstein had a huge success with "Oklahoma!" Samuel Goldwyn said to them, "You know what I'd do next? Kill myself!" Because they just weren't going to top that. (They sort of did, but the point remains.)
Tanya: I don't know if I love Hughes being back out there. I'll happily be wrong, though.
Steve: You can first-guess it, because another home run could be coming. I think this is another Joe Girardi give-him-a-chance-to-get-in-trouble thing. Which makes little sense, but it's what he does.
Tanya: I just worry about that one-batter-too-long thing.
Steve: He won. He won't see McLouth again, will he? And the answer is...No.
Tanya: Guess he showed me.
Steve: And he didn't even get in trouble!