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The Yankees Will Not Be Bugged

April 25th 2008 21:44
It's pivotal Game 2 of the 2007 American League Division Series: New York against Cleveland. After a performance that saw a valiant Andy Pettitte work in and out of trouble, Joba Chamberlain takes the mound with a precarious one run lead in the bottom of the 8th. Then, of course, history happened. Swarms of tiny flying insects called Lake Eerie Midges inundate Jacob's Field. The Yankee fielders swat, use bug spray, and attempt to clear the minute pests from their eye sights. Close up camera shots of the back of Joba's neck reveal layers of the flying critters sticking to his sweat.




Two wild pitches later, Cleveland scores two runs, takes the lead and midge-gate makes history.

Now the Yankees go back to Cleveland for a 4 game series. No chance of the midges returning tonight because the weather is not hot enough.

Neither team is playing great baseball in April. The Yankees post a 12-11 record and had won three games in a row before dropping a double rain delayed late game against The White Sox on Thursday night. The Indians are looking for their fourth straight win.

Tonight's matchup pits veteran Paul Byrd (0-2, 4.43) against Andy Pettitte (3-1, 2.45). Byrd began the season with two rough outings but has allowed only one earned run over his last two starts. The Yanks placed Pettitte between the struggling rookies Hughes and Kennedy over their off day on Monday to provide some relief for the overworked bullpen. Pettitte has taken the job of losing streak stopper to heart. In his last outing, he ended a team four game losing streak by blanking the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched 7 innings allowed no earned runs and threw only 89 pitches.
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Comment by Harry

April 28th 2008 01:45
That looks crazy with all the midges -- I can't imagine how it would be possible to play in conditions like that...

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