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I'm Loving It? (Ramirez vs. Towers)

MAY 31, 2009 (Moosic, PA) - Gotta give credit where it's due.  The player of the game was undoubtedly one Darnell McDonald.

Crabman in the on-deck circle. I think tattoo on his neck says "Braveheart." Either that, or "Brendanukkah." One or the other.

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Drew Stubbs is too cool for school in his shades:

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Danny Dorn warms up in left field:

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On the mound for the SWB Yankees was Josh "Control" Towers:

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Towers was once despised in Yankeeland.  Now he is a Yankee. Go figure.

Ramon Ramirez started for the Bats:

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The Baby Bombers drew first blood, in the bottom of the first.  Todd Linden walked, stole 2B, then came home on a Shelley Duncan single.  Safe!

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Drew Stubbs was batting second again.  He went 2 for 5.

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Bats fans didn't have to wait long for the three-run homer.  Michael Griffin provided one in the top  of the 2nd.

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The scoreboard had a section of dead pixels in it.  Batting practice home run, maybe?

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Ramon Ramirez:

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He was not exactly lights-out.  Luckily, Towers was worse.

Eric Duncan, once the Yankees' hottest prospect, was robbed by Darnell McDonald.

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Crabman made a diving, tumbling catch, turning what looked like a sure double into an out.

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McDonald followed it up with a two-run homer in the 3rd:

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Left fielder John Rodriguez watches it go:

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Josh Towers started the 4th by giving up a double to Luis Bolivar:

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Austin Jackson and Shelley Duncan try to field it off the wall:

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Bolivar scored on a Danny Richar single. 

Darnell hit a double:

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That plated Richar.

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Yankees fans were wondering why a stud like Darnell wasn't at least a fourth outfielder somewhere in the bigs.

But Ramirez  let the Yankees back in, by giving up five singles and a walk in the fourth.

Dorn fields a ball in front of the Yankees bullpen:

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Rick Sweet takes the ball from Ramirez:

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Ramirez heads to the showers.

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He pitched 3.2 innings, with 7 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 4 walks and 3 Ks.

Robert Manual took over.

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Josh Towers was also pulled at 3.2 innings, and Paul Bush came in.

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The Yankees are very excited about Bush.  They signed him out of the independent leagues.  He went 3.1 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, and 5 Ks.

Shelley Duncan led off the 5th.

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He fouled it to left, where it dropped in between Dorn and Griffin:

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Dorn got the error.

I was worried that the Bats would pay for that mistake, but Shelley Duncan ended up grounding out.  He went only 1 for 4 in this game, and his only hit was just a single.

Brian Peterson was 0 for 4, with four Ks.

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I guess that's why he's mostly the first base coach.  Probably got the start in this game because it was a day game after a night game and/or the Sunday lineup.

Michael Griffin is not afraid to get his uniform dirty:

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Drew Stubbs, sticking out his tongue again.

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Pedro Viola pitched 1.2 innings.

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Drew Stubbs sets up underneath a fly ball.

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Josh Roenicke got the last two outs.

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Bats win, 7-5.

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