Two pointed topic.
First, I will blabber about my plans to begin a workout regimen, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I learned in one of the classes I took in college that goals often times do not come to fruition if you do not write them down - well, here it is. I just typed it down, and that seems to be as close to writing as you're gonna get on a computer. (I wrote down the exercises on a post-it note also.) I just did a little workout at the apartment, but am going to turn it on when I get into work today.
First stop is the weight room to work out. Next stop is Dunkin' Donuts for a large iced with milk and sugar.
Second, can the Yankees close out an inning one time? (Namely A.J. Burnett) Bad AJ showed up last night in the desert, as the D'Backs pounded the Yankees starter to the tune of 7 runs in 4 innings, including three homers in the first. Amazing how a guy with such good stuff can be so inconsistent. Is it a lack of trust?
I digress. The reason for this post was to discuss how closing out an inning will severely slim an ERA and keep your team in the game. The D'Backs scored all 10 of their runs with 2-outs. That is just a lack of focus and a lack of control of the game. Frustrating, especially as a pitching guy.
Here's the shake down:
Bottom 1: F7, 6-3. Two quick outs, no one on base, leads to a 5-run inning. (HR, single, single, HR, HR)
Bottom 2: 3u, 4-3. Two quick outs, no one on base, leads to a 1-run inning. (single, double)
Bottom 4: F7, 4-3. Two quick outs, no one on base, leads to a 1-run inning. (2-out BB, SB, single)
Burnett done. He was done in the first.
Enter Chan Ho Puke.
Bottom 8: single, K, single, K. Two out, two on, leads to a 3-run inning. (HR)
Oddly enough, in the 1st, 2nd, and 8th, Justin Upton was the guy to come up with 2-outs. He did more than enough, going 3-3 with 2 HR, 4 runs, a stolen base, a hit by pitch, and a walk. He had a hand in 8 of their 10 runs. Well done young fella. Maybe the Yankees can figure out this house of horrors and come back to win a series. (they just lost their first game to the Mets and won that series.)
Time to focus up and get ready for work(out). I'm gonna be jacked!