Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
August 30, 2006: N.Y. Yankees 2, Detroit 0
A rainout Tuesday night forced a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. They won the first game - Wang's 16th win of the season. The young sinkerballer from Taiwan has become the Yanks' ace.
The Yanks had 10 hits, but only two runs to show for it. One of them was a homerun by Craig Wilson. I was very happy for him. He's been in a bit of a slump, and Yankees fans are not very forgiving.
As A-Rod knows all too well. He had another awful game at the plate. At least he's playing okay on defense.
The game was sold out - over 50,000 tickets - but fewer than 20,000 actually showed up. It was the emptiest sold out game I've ever seen.
August 30, 2006: Detroit 5, N.Y. Yankees 3
The second game of the doubleheader was a heartbreaker. Joe didn't want to use Mo in both games, and Farnsworth was having back problems. So Scott Proctor was asked to hold a one-run lead in the 9th.
He couldn't do it. He walked two batters, and then, with one out left, gave up a homerun to Craig Monroe. With one swing of the bat, it went from 3-2 Yanks to 5-3 Tigers. The Yanks went down in order in the bottom of the 9th, and that was that. Tigers win.
Bernie started in RF in this game. Yeek. He went 0 for 3, and was replaced in the 8th inning by Abreu.
Aaron Guiel came in to pinch-hit for Wilson, and stayed to play 1B. He was sent flying by Sean Casey, in what looked more like an NFL play than a MLB one. But he held onto the ball and got the out. Pretty impressive.
August 31, 2006: N.Y. Yankees 6, Detroit 4
A day game after a day-night doubleheader - the schedule has been cruel to the Yanks this month. I really wish the new stadium had a retractable roof. I think a team that never had any rainouts (at least at home) would have a definite advantage.
Randy gave up three homers, but got enough run support for the win. He went deep, too; he was pulled after giving up a walk and a homer in the ninth. Mo came in and got the last three outs. It was surprisingly close. For awhile there, I was afraid it would end like last night's game, but Mo came through.
A-Rod had a great day, thank heaven. No "K-Rod" today. He went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, two runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base. Here's hoping he's turned the corner.
Bernie played CF and went 2 for 4. His defense didn't hurt the team...mainly because the Tigers scored all their runs off homers.
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