9:58 – And another Rivera strikeout gives Mike Mussina his 19th victory of 2008. Mike Mussina has now won 19 games in a season for the third time. He will go for his 20th win of the season, which he has never done before, on Sunday in Boston at 1pm.
9:57 – Zaun strikes out and Yankee nation mourns the official lose of the postseason.
9:55 – The Red Sox win and clinch the wild card. Michael Kay sounds like someone just killed his dog.
9:54 – Rolen grounds out for 1 out.
9:53 – Bottom 9. Derek Jeter is playing freakin shortstop! This is a playoff game.
9:51 – Yanks go down without a peep in the 9th. 3 outs to number 19. Enter Sandman, luckly Tony Womack and Dave Roberts are not in the building. Remember when Womack was a Yankee? Yeah me either.
9:49 – Top 9. We have a Mo sighting!
9:47 – Line of the night from reader Jenny about Joba’s last K, “I prefer my strikeouts with a little less drama.” We wholeheartdly agree.
9:44 – Joba breaks off a backdoor slider for strike three. Heart attack avoided. 1 more inning to win number 19 for Mike Mussina.
9:43 – Bases loaded, two strikes, conference on the mound.
9:40 – Giradi decides to walk the bases loaded. I absolutely hate this move. It puts way to much pressure on the pitcher to throw strikes, in which case he grooves one which gets hit into the gap.
9:39 – Bottom 8. Two on, two outs in the 8th…can the Yankees work out of the jam?
9:32 – Anyone got any news on Mussina? We refuse to listen to Michael Kay speak, so we’ve heard nothing?
9:25 – Patrick here. There are so many emotions going through this apartment right now I can’t explain…can Chamberlain hold the lead? When will Girardi turn to Rivera? Can the Yankees tack on some runs? I can barely watch this game. Anyone else have similar feelings? What do you think is going through Mussina’s head right now?
9:23 – Joba stikeouts the third out and we’re out of that mess! Go hug somebody. Six outs left.
9:18 – Joba enters and allows a run. Then strikesout Zaun. One more out to get out of this.
9:14 – Marte bloody walks his second hitter. Why is he pitching?? Joba’s coming in with the tying running coming to plate. Pat has left the building looking for Damaso Marte’s family.
9:10 – Marte gives up a single to center on his first hitter. Pat is cursing Marte’s ancestors.
9:06 – Bottom 7. Marte is in. DON’T THINK ABOUT MINNESOTA, DON’T THINK ABOUT MINNESOTA.
9:00 – The home plate umpire totally blows the call (we watched it repeatedly in ultra slow mo) as Cano scores on another Litsch wild pitch. But we’ll take it. Yanks up 3 to zip.
8:57 – Litsch is at 100 pitches and struggling.
8:54 – Top 7. Cano channels himself from last year and get on with a double. Then goes to third on a wild pitch!!
8:53 – Phil Coke and Brain Burney get past the sixth, much like Moose could have. Marte is warming up, Pat remembers that Minnesota game, he’s nervous.
8:45 – Bottom 6. So inexplicably, Mussina gets pulled at 76 pitches thorugh 5 innings for Phil Coke. I am pissed. The first batter in the 6th gets on. It must have been the elbow…goddamn it
8:39 – Top 6. The Yankees look like their pressing. No hits, no runs, nothing doing in the 6th.
8:31 – Moose K’s Gregg Zaun to end the 5th, NO runs allowed, 6 strikeouts so far. We have faith.
8:29 – The ghost of Scott Rolen flies out. What happened to this dude? I thought he was suppose to be the next Schmidt?
8:28 – Bottom 5. Pat says Moose’s eyes look like a lion’s hunting a gazelle. I think he just has a rabid man crush.
8:27: Johnny Damon swings at two straight balls out of the strike zone and we’re headed to bottom of the 5th.
8:23: And Brett Gardner is shopping at the gap and the gap is open! Stand up triple. (Gardner giveth and Garner taketh away)
8:20: Top 5th. Michael Kay is talking about the Mets for some reason. We’re Yankee fans, shut up please. And on goes the mute.
8:18 Moose fields his position to get Lind out at the end of the 4th…still 2-0 Yankees
8:13 – Bottom 4th. Moose nearly gets a DP but Cano pulls off the bag a split second early.
8:06— Top 4th. GIAMBI!!!! After taking what looked like a 3rd strike, Giambi launches one into the right center bleachers for a 2-0 lead!!!!
7:58 – Double play to end the inning. Trevor txts us: “Looks like it hit more of his hip, then his elbow.” We both hope so.
7:56 – Moose looks okay and will stay in the game. Still holding our breath here.
7:55 – Moose gets drilled on the elbow with a line drive back up the middle. That did not look good at all. Pat is passed out. Stay tuned; we might be wrapping this thing up early (and be headed to the bar).
7:53 – Bottom 3rd. And the Moose K’s another. That’s 5 total, 4 in row.
7:52 – Top 3rd. Yanks going down weakly. We’re going to need more then 1 run to win this game probably.
7:43 – Moose finds the fountain of youth and K’s the side, He’s got 4 through 2 innings! You think he knows what is on the line?
7:42 – Mussina fans Overbay for his 3rd K of the game…
7:38 – Bottom 2nd. Mussina catches Wells looking to start the second before a Lind single.
7:30 – Cano grounds out to score Giambi and put the Yankees up 1-0…
7:29 – Nady doubles to right and we’re in business….2nd and 3rd with one out….
7:26 – Giambi swings at ball four and lines a single into right…
7:24 – Top 2nd. A-Rod grounds out….four hitters. four balls not leaving the infield…
7:22 – Rios goes down looking. We’re through one.
7:20 – Pat and I are currently writing Thank You notes to Marco Scutaro for that idiot move (he tried to turn a routine double into a triple, didn’t hustle it out and got gunned down). Important to note that Damon doesn’t make that throw if he’s in center. Signs look good early.
7:16 – Bottom 1st. I just realized something: No Derek Jeter. Oh crap. Major crap.
7:10 – Pat just yelled at me, because apparently Damon is playing. It was Matsui that’s out with season ending surgery. I stand corrected; now I know how the infielders behind Moose must feel.
7:09 – Top 1st. Looks like Gardner is playing instead of Damon. I’d say this is a bad sign, but he replaced Johnny D in Mussina’s last start and that turned out okay.
7:06 – There’s like no one at the Rogers Centre. I love it.
7:00: As Ryan and I sit in my apartment, two things occur to me: One, Ryan is really overselling this reverse jinx thing. And two, Ryan is mad because I can’t find the encryption key to my wifi and making me type this out. The first inning will be on delay because of a superstision of mine, but we’ll be here until Mussina wins or faces a no-decision…more to come. So stick around.