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November 2 - The Game Log, Part Two

Note from TheMirl.com: Larry Fleisher of The Writers is documenting every baseball he attends
during the 2005 season. Here is the second installment.
(See Part One)

36 - July 16 - Braves 3, Mets 0 - Talk about efficient.  In his reuturn from the disabled list, Hudson
throws 62 pitches in six innings to 23 batters.  That translates to 10.3 pitches per inning and 2.6
pitches per batter.   Hudson goes 9-4 the rest of the season and gets two RBI singles from Kelly
Johnson and an run-scoring double from Ryan Langerhans.  Victor Zambrano starts for the Mets and
drives fans at Shea (at least those rooting for the Mets) nuts with four walks in seven innings.

W - Hudson
L - Zambrano
SV - Reitsma
HR - None
Attendance - 36,078
Time - 2:21
Umpires - Home - Miller, First - Hickox,  Second - Cousins, Third - Nelson

37 - July 17 - Mets 8, Braves 1 - This was Pedro Martinez's easy day at the office.  Martinez throws just
61 pitches and doesn't have to pitch more than six innings because the Mets are up by six runs.   It's
one of seven wins he picks up in which the Mets win by three or more runs and he gets help right
away as the Mets tee off on "New York City school spokesman" Mike Hampton.  Like Hudson,
Hampton's returning from the DL.  The Mets score one in the first and added four more in the second,
highlighted by Mike Cameron's two-run home run.  Following this game, Hampton goes on the DL
again and makes just a pair of August starts before being shut down   

W - Martinez
L - Hampton
HR - Cameron
Attendance - 34,983
Time - 2:44
Umpires - Hickox, Cousins, Nelson, Miller

38 - July 23 - Jamestown 6, Brooklyn 2 - My only reason for going to this game was merely historical.  
This was the night they honored the 50th anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who beat the Yankees
in seven games for the 1955 World Series. On this night, only a few of the living members show up.  
Carl Erskine, who was Duke Snider's roommate performs the National Anthem in his harmonica.  
Ed Roebuck, George Shuba, Clem Labine and Mrs. Gil Hodges are present.  Afterwards Erskine
autographs my copy of "The Duke of Flatbush".  As for the game, it's a pretty cut and dry affair,
Brooklyn scores four runs in the first inning and overcomes four errors.

W - Landing
L - Brauer
HRs - None
Time - 2:23
Attendance - 8,792

39 - July 26 - Yankees 4, Twins 0 - Have I mentioned that I saw four games this year with a no-hitter
for at least five innings?  This is the second instance and considering the Randy Johnson we saw in
the first half, this was good to see the retro Big Unit.  Johnson allowed two hits and struck out 11,
tying a season high.  It's his third and final double-digit strikeout game.  Johnson's chance at his third
no-hitter ends when Juan Castro singles up the middle with two outs in the sixth.  Brad Radke goes
for Minnesota and is surprisingly wild. He walks two, hits two more and throws a wild pitch in six
innings.  He also allows an two-run home run to Alex Rodriguez.  

W - Johnson
L - Radke
HR - Rodriguez
Time - 2:30
Attendance - 53,855
Umps - B. Welke, Hickox, T. Welke, Cederstrom

40 - Twins 7, Yankees 3

Since 2001 Johan Santana has started Minnesota's three wins at Yankee Stadium.  He won two
playoff games here and now he ends a 10-game losing streak in the Bronx that dated back to May 10,
2001.  Santana really has it working and the Twins need every ounce of it because they get can't get
anyone home off Al Leiter.  Leiter, the big Bruce Springsteen fan that he is, allows 10 baserunners in
six innings.  But the Twins help him escape the "Badlands" by going 2-for-12 with runners in scoring
position off him.  Leiter shows "No Surrender" by allowing just an RBI double in the third.  But he can
only go five innings because he throws 62 of 115 pitches for strikes and issues five walks.  But when
Tanyon Sturtze shows up in the seventh, Minnesota gets three and then adds two more off Scott
Proctor.  Ron Gardenhire opens his postgame comments by deadpanning, "Well that was a helluva
game". The teams combine to strand 24 runners and issue 13 walks.

W - Santana
L - Leiter
SV - Rincon
Time - 3:42
HRs - Jones, Morneau
Attendance - 50,334
Umps - Hickox, T. Welke, Cederstrom, B. Welke

41 - July 28 - Yankees 6, Twins 3 - When looking back at the 2005 season, this question often gets
thrown around - Where would they be without Aaron Small?  It's only the start of his remarkable
comeback from near-retirement as he wins his second start.  On this afternoon he pitches a
career-high seven innings and retired the final 12 hitters.  The hitting star on this day is Gary Sheffield,
who homers just inside the foul pole in left field in the first and break a 3-3 tie with a single in the fifth.

W - Small
L - Mays
SV - Rivera
HRs - Sheffield
Time - 2:24
Attendance - 53,524
Umps - T. Welke, Cederstrom, B. Welke, Hickox

42 - July 30 - Chicago 9, Baltimore 6

This is my debut at Camden Yards.  With a view from the third base side, I watch a long one.  By now
the Orioles are in slide mode, the type that costs managers their jobs.  On this national TV affair,
Daniel Cabrera starts for the Orioles but comes nowhere close to finishing.  He gets hit in the by a
Joe Crede line drive in the second and five relievers combine to cough up a pair of close leads.
Rafael Palmeiro homers in the direction of the tribute sign for his 3,000th hit.  But the White Sox of
200 home run fame hit three in this one and go ahead on A.J. Pierzynski's three-run home run in the
eighth.

W - Cotts
L - Ray
SV - Hermanson
HRs - Crede, Pierzynski, Dye, Palmeiro
Time - 3:15
Attendance - 40,100
Umps - Hoye, West, Dimuro, Carlson

43 - August 10 - Chicago 2, New York 1 (10)

After seeing the White Sox put it on the board in Baltimore, I see them play "small ball" in New York.  
In the finale of a tremendous three-game series, the White Sox score a run off Mariano Rivera on
Scott Podsednik's fielder's choice.  Podsednik and Juan Uribe each struck out three times Aaron
Small, a pitcher who in the words of Ozzie Guillen throws junk.  But against Rivera, Uribe hits a triple
past Bernie Williams and with the infield in, Podsednik hits a bouncer to Robinson Cano at second
and he throws home as Uribe just gets in.  Freddy Garcia and Aaron Rowand are the early stars.  
Garcia allows just an unearned run in eight innings while Rowand continues tracking down fly balls.

W - Cotts
L - Rivera
SV - Hermanson
Time - 2:58
Attendance - 54,635
HP - Froemming, Meals, Wendelstedt, Winters

44 - Yankees 9, Rangers 8 - August 11

What happens when Randy Johnson's back acts up?  On this day, it resulted in Scott Proctor making
his dreaded first career start.  But to the surprise of many, it actually goes well as he gives up two
runs - on solo homers to David Dellucci - and three hits in five-plus innings.  Proctor leaves with 6-2
lead but ignitors Felix Rodriguez and Tanyon Sturtze fan the flames by blowing an 8-4 lead.  Sturtze
allows a tying three-run homer to Michael Young.  But he "earns" the win when Derek Jeter hits a 2-0
pitch from James Baldwin into the seats.

W - Sturtze
L - Baldwin
SV - Rivera
HRs - Dellucci (2), Young, Matsui, Posada, Jeter
Time - 3:35
Attendance - 54,283
Umps - Hallion, Gibson, Hernandez, Fairchild

45 - August 12 - Yankees 6, Rangers 5

Not many remain from the glory days of the Joe Torre Yankees (1996-2001).  But four of those
remaining players each factor in the win.  The Yankees score four in the third on a Posada double,
Martinez single and Williams two-run home run.  After Michael Young ties in the top of the fourth, Jeter
hits another tiebreaking homer in the bottom half.  It's another slow night at the office for Leiter.  But
he picks up the win when the patchwork crew of Felix Rodriguez, Wayne Franklin, Shawn Chacon and
Sturtze combine to allow just two hits the rest of the way.

W - Leiter
L - Wilson
SV - Sturtze
HRs - Soriano, Williams, Jeter
Time - 3:37
Attendance - 54,442
Umps - Gibson, Hernandez, Fairchild, Hallion

46 - August 20 - Mets 9, Nationals 8 (11)

Why don't Mets fans like Braden Looper.  Well this game might provide the answer.  In a game that
saw the Mets lead 8-0, "fan favorites" Danny Graves and Dae-Song Koo combine to blow it.  But it only
gets worse when Looper gives up a two-run double to Brian Schneider.  The Mets, however,
overcome all that and win it on Chris Woodward's single up the middle.  Before all the craziness, the
Mets were on their way to giving Martinez an easy Saturday night.  They got three-run home runs by
Ramon Castro and David Wright.  Jose Reyes adds a two-run blast as the Mets knock out Livan
Hernandez early.

W - Hernandez
L - Majewski
HRs - Castro, Reyes, Wright
Time - 3:30
Attendance - 51,785
Umps - Meals, Wendelstedt, Winters, Froemming

47 - August 24 - Blue Jays 9, Yankees 5

This is the first of five straight days at Yankee Stadium, a new personal record.  To honor the start of
my "Ripken-like" streak, Mike Mussina has a complete meltdown in the fifth inning when Toronto
scores nine times.  It starts when Eric Hinske appears to get hit in the hand.  Following a walk to
Orlando Hudson, a double to Russ Adams and a single to Frank Catalanotto, Vernon Wells crushes
a three-run home run.  Mussina allows eight runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings while his teammates
managed just five hits and strike out seven times against David Bush.  The only highlight for the
Yankees is Williams' first career pinch hit home run.  

W - Bush
L - Mussina
HRs - Wells, Williams
Time - 3:21
Attendance - 54,705
Umps - Cooper, Culbreth, Hudson, Young

48 - August 25 - Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2 -

Stop if you heard this one before:  Where would the 2005 Yankees be without Shawn Chacon?  
Chacon continues to pitch well for the Yankees in this one, allowing two runs and six hits in seven
innings.  The Yankees provide him with some 1:20 lightning as Sheffield hits a three-run home run
and Rodriguez follows with a solo shot off Gustavo Chacin.

W - Chacon
L - Chacin
HRs - Sheffield, Rodriguez
Time - 2:46
Attendance - 54,329
Umps - Culbreth, Hudson, Young, Cooper.

49 - August 25, Yankees 3, Renegades 2

For the second time this season, I do the Bronx-Staten Island doubleheader.  I see the NY-Penn
League version of the Devil Rays do battle with Yankees and see a well-pitched ball game. It's also
an exciting one that comes down to the bottom of the ninth.  With one out against Matt Cobb, the
Yankees put together three straight singles and win it on Felipe Garcia's single to right field.

W - Morrison
L - Cobb    
HR - Durante, Pillitere
Time - 2:29
Attendance - 4,058
Umps - Patterson, Levy

50 - August 26 - Yankees 5, Royals 1

For the third time in four seasons the Royals would lose over 100 games.  Until this game, none of
those losses were against the Yankees.  But the Yankees are much better than the one that got
swept in Kansas City from May 31-June 2.  In this one, Bernie Williams slugs a pair of two-run home
runs and they are the final ones he hits in 2005 and possibly with the Yankees.  The blasts support
a solid outing from the inconsistent Johnson. Johnson hadn't won in four starts since striking out 11
Twins.  But he allows four hits and one runs with six strikeouts in eight innings.  Afterwards, he cited
poor mechanics and worked off a mound instead of flat ground before this start.  

W - Johnson
L - Wood
HRs - Williams (2), Rodriguez
Time - 2:24
Attendance - 53,922
Umps - Carlson, West, Dimuro, Gorman

51 - August 27 - Yankees 8, Royals 7

Managers always say "you can't give extra outs".  Well that's probably what Buddy Bell would have
said after this one.  The Royals take a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth and get a potential
game-ending double play.  But Jeremy Affeldt throws it away.  To be exact here's what happened -
Posada hits a bouncer to the mound, Affeldt turns to throw it to second, throw goes low and wide and
Angel Berroa drops it.  Then comes the onslaught in the form of five hits.  Jeter hits a two-run single,
Sheffield ties it with a double and Rodriguez wins it.

W - Embree
L - Camp
Time - 3:33
Attendance - 54,452
Umps - West, Dimuro, Gorman, Carlson

52 - Yankees 10, Royals 3

Slumping badly, Jason Giambi injects himself.  Relax it's not what you think.  It's a cortisone shot to fix
a left elbow that's diagnosed with tendinitis.  And it works as his slumps of 4-for-38 and 0-for-21go by
the wayside.  Giambi drives in seven, hitting two home runs and reaching a pair of milestones - 1,500
hits and 1,000 RBI.  The big day from Giambi supports Al Leiter, who allows two hits in six innings for
his third straight win.

W - Leiter
L - Greinke
HRs - Giambi (2), Sweeney
Time - 3:23
Attendance - 54,951
Umps - Dimuro, Gorman, Carlson, West

53 - Red Sox 9, Yankees 2

Word on the street that Yankees-Red Sox games are classic showdowns.  Well that memo must
have gotten lost on its way to me.  It's another Red Sox blowout that I witness as the Red Sox roll in
this one, meaning that in their last three wins in the Bronx that I've seen they've outscored the
Yankees 26-7.  In this one, Curt Schilling finally has his ankle in order and it shows.  He goes eight
innings and picks up his first win following a shaky stint as a closer.  Shawn Chacon had about two
hiccups for the Yankees and this is one of them. He allows a two-run homer to Manny Ramirez before
the Red Sox erupt for six in the fourth. John Olerud homers in the fourth and the inning continues
when a ball goes off Hideki Matsui's glove in left field.

W - Schilling
L - Chacon
HRs - Ramirez, Olerud, Giambi
Time - 3:01
Attendance - 55,076
Umps - Brinkman, Cousins, Nelson, Miller


54 - September 18 - Mets 4, Braves 1

Extra! Extra! Tom Glavine finally beats the Braves.  Glavine had been the poster child for ex-Atlanta
pitchers not doing well in other cities.  But in this one Glavine, who was 1-8 vs. the Braves, he pitches
his second complete game as a Met.  The six-hitter is a result of the curveball, an element  that hadn't
been in his aresenal until 2005.  Cliff Floyd hits career-high 32nd homer and Anderson Hernandez
goes 0-for-4 in his major league debut.

W - Glavine
L - Thomson
HR - Floyd
Time - 2:18
Attendance - 31,703
Umps - Drake, Bell, Hirscbeck, Barksdale


55 - September 20, Mets 3, Marlins 2 (12)

Having choked away their season earlier in the month, the Mets can only knock out other contenders
for the wild card.  But for the third time I see a potential no-hitter in progress as A.J. Burnett does it to
the Mets for six innings.  But the no-hitter ends when Victor Diaz singles into right. Diaz would then
score on Cliff Floyd's single and the game would stay tied until rookie Mike Jacobs singled to right.  
But the story here was Burnett.  Burnett issues a warning to Floyd in pregame warmups, telling his
former teammate "Y'all in trouble tonight". Burnett does strike out nine in eight innings but that pitch to
Floyd costs him dearly. Floyd also picks up his 14th outfield assist when he guns Jeff Conine trying to
score on a two-out hit by Juan Encarnacion in the eighth.  

W - Heilman
L - Moehler
HR - Lo Duca, Delgado
Time - 3:35
Attendance - 21,275
Umps - Diaz, Davidson, Demuth, Foster

56 - September 21 - Yankees 2, Orioles 1

Potential no-hitter No. 4 unfolds but it takes a back seat.  It loses focus because the win gives the
Yankees sole possession of first place in the AL East for the third time in 2005.  And it happened
because Johnson allows just three hits in eight innings.  Coming off his stupid ejection in Toronto,
Johnson retires the first 11 hits and doesn't allow a hit until Chris Gomez's fifth-inning single. At the
plate, the Yankees don't do much with Rodrigo Lopez. But slumping Matt Lawton breaks an 0-for-19
slide with a two-run home run in the second inning.

W - Johnson
L - Lopez
SV - Rivera
HR - Lawton
Time - 2:50
Attendance - 50,382
Umps - Vanover, Marsh, Wolf, Holbrook

57 - Yankees 5, Blue Jays 0

Again where would the Yankees be without Shawn Chacon. Chacon improves to 6-3 with New York
and 3-0 vs. Toronto with this gem.  He allows three hits in eight innings in this one.  On the other side
of the pitching spectrum, Ted Lilly lasts just one-plus innings, allowing four runs and five hits in his
shortest start of his career.  The Yankees open with some 7:00 lightning as Jeter and Cano hit
back-to-back homers and that's pretty much all they needed.

W - Chacon
L - Lilly
HR - Jeter, Cano
Time - 3:01
Attendance 53,175
Umps - Foster, Diaz, Davidson, Demuth
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