Game 94: NYY vs. BAL — Stupid rain

I think the only thing I hate more than rain delays is games being called on account of rain delays. I blame nature, of course, for actually sending what can only be described as an Act of God over the city of Baltimore this evening. And I blame ESPN for making this AL East division rivalry game their Sunday night broadcasted game, forcing them to play in what quickly became a monsoon, while the entire day leading up to game time was a beautiful summer day. Okay, I realize I’m being a little facetious and unreasonable, but after 2 hours and 20 minutes of basically roaming around the internet waiting for closure on tonight’s game, I feel a little cheated.

And that’s the reason I hate midway called games the most is the lack of accomplishment with which they leave you feeling. It’s not really over, but circumstances have forced a stunted closure to a game in progress. There is no real closure, just a lot of hanging “what ifs”.

But there was a partial game tonight. Brett Gardner led off the game with a solo home run. And then starter Chase Whitley delivered 3 innings with no runs scored. But it was the 4th inning that got him into trouble (and again, I blame the evil weather tonight, but just for tonight). Whitley allowed a lead-off walk to put a runner on base so that the next batter (one of the Orioles best hitters) to smack a 2-run home run. A double next ended up at 3rd 2 outs later and scored on a single before the Yankees called on David Huff to get out of the inning.

But the damage was done. It was 3-1 Orioles going into the 5th inning. After a quick 3 outs for the Yankees at the top of the 5th, the heavens altered their course of attack from sprinkles to rain to deluge, and in the middle of an at-bat, the umpires called for the tarps. Players retreated to their dugouts, fans scurried to covered areas. And once lightning became a valid threat, players ducked into their respective clubhouses and fans dove for better shelter to wait out the storm.

It looked like there might be some leeway about just under 2 hours after the rain delay began, but the storm system behind the current one dousing the filed hurried itself up and chased the first system out of the area so it could have its turn to open up over Charm City. Of course, the rain paused there for a minute while I was writing this, but it’s back on again. It doesn’t matter any more, as the players are now making their way home and a few players are hopping a plane to Minneapolis. So the game ends there in the 5th inning, 3-1 Baltimore wins.

And the Yankees head into the All-Star break an even .500, 47 wins-47 losses, and 5 games behind Baltimore. I guess it’s better than having a losing record.

All-Star festivities are in full-swing in the Twin Cities. Fan fest began on Friday and will run through Tuesday. Last night, they held a concert featuring some powerhouse singers and performers. This morning, there was a 5K Color Run for charity, followed by the Futures Game (featuring two Yankee prospects) and the Celebrity Softball Game. A block party is running from tonight until Tuesday. Tomorrow will be the Players’ Workout Day, which proudly features the Home Run Derby. Tuesday will begin with the Red Carpet Show and end with the 85th All-Star Game at Target Field. You can find out all the details, see pictures, and shop ASG gear on this site.

Pre-game roster moves: Zoilo Almonte and Matt Daley optioned to AAA Scranton, Jim Miller outrighted to AAA Scranton, and pitcher Bryan Mitchell recalled from AA Trenton. But then again, it’s just the beginning of the All-Star break, so it’s still anyone’s guess who’ll be on the roster come Friday when the Yankees host the Reds back in the Bronx.

Happy All-Star Week!

Go Yankees!

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