June 22, 2007


Rocket fizzles

Rockies beat Clemens, Yanks to complete sweep


Associated Press/David Zalubowski
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (left) fields throw as Colorado Rockies’ Willy Taveras steals second base in the third inning in Denver on Thursday. Rockies completed sweep, winning 4-3.

By The Associated Press
The high altitude of Coors Field got to Roger Clemens. Unfortunately for New York, the thin air didn’t have its expected impact on the Yankees’ bats.
Clemens was denied his 350th win and the Colorado Rockies completed a surprising three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 4-3 victory Thursday.
“I don’t want to see them again, how’s that?” manager Joe Torre said.
Clemens (1-2) probably doesn’t want to see Coors Field again, either. He was trying to become the first major leaguer to win 350 games since Warren Spahn did it for Milwaukee on Sept. 29, 1963.
Instead, he lost for the second straight time. He gave up solo homers to Garrett Atkins, his eighth, and Troy Tulowitzki, his fourth, to erase the Yankees’ 2-0 lead in the second. Tulowitzki’s shot to left-center traveled an estimated 445 feet.
Torre said Clemens got gassed because of a combination of the 93-degree weather and the high altitude.
“I was taking deep breaths on the mound. My mouth got dry a couple times,” Clemens said. “That was the more difficult part. Heat or cold is not a big deal. The one inning a storm blew in and the wind changed direction. The wind hit my chest and caused me to throw the ball out of the zone. But I made the adjustment. Then, the wind started to blow straight out.”
The humidor has taken full effect and so has Colorado’s retooled pitching staff. This time, the Rockies outscored New York 13-5, prompting their fans to wave brooms as the dejected Bombers swirled into their clubhouse after Thursday’s game.
The Yankees had won 14 of 17 coming into town and never saw this thumping coming even though the Rockies are playing well — a major league-best 20-7 since May 22 and an impressive 9-3 against the AL East.
Holliday’s RBI single with one out in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie and chased the Rocket, who failed to hold a 2-0 lead and allowed four earned runs and seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
“It all starts with the pitching,” said Rockies slugger Matt Holliday, who leads the majors with 107 hits. “The Yankees are a great offensive team and for them to give up only five runs in three games, on a warm week? Three days of warm weather. The ball was playing pretty fair but it was jumping pretty good. For them to give up five runs is great.”
Rodrigo Lopez (4-0) survived Hideki Matsui’s 428-foot, two-run home run into the rock pile in center field and lasted 5 2-3 innings against the Yankees, who fell 10 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.
The Yankees are hoping this detour in Denver doesn’t portend another bad stretch like they had the first two months of the season.
“This was just hopefully a pothole that we just didn’t like very much,” Torre said. “But I don’t think we have any doubts on what kind of team we are right now. I think we just hit a bad spot.”
Rangers 6, Cubs 5: Pinch-hitters Kenny Lofton and Frank Catalanotto singled off the gloves of diving Cubs outfielders in the bottom of the ninth inning, producing the winning run in the victory for host Texas.
Lofton started the rally off Bob Howry (3-4) with a leadoff pinch-hit single, a sinking liner to left that Alfonso Soriano hauled in after a diving attempt but couldn’t hold onto when he hit the ground.
Orioles 6, Padres 3: Alberto Castillo hit his first home run in more than two years, leading Erik Bedard and visiting Baltimore to the win.
The Orioles took two of three from the NL West-leading Padres. The two wins came after a nine-game losing streak by Baltimore, which fired manager Sam Perlozzo on Monday and replaced him with Dave Trembley on an interim basis.
Dodgers 8, Blue Jays 4: Jeff Kent hit a two-run home run and Russell Martin doubled to spark a six-run rally in the eighth inning for visiting Los Angeles.
Mariners 3, Pirates 0: Felix Hernandez (4-4) allowed six hits in eight innings in his best start since he returned from a forearm injury and host Seattle shut out Pittsburgh for the second straight game.
Ichiro Suzuki had two more hits for the Mariners to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest current one in the majors. He has at least one hit in 41 of his last 43 games.




Big inning lifts Dragon

In a wild Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League A Division contest Thursday, Red Dragon needed a six-run sixth inning to take the lead for good against a very determined Central City Bar & Grill team 21-16. Both teams are 8-5 on the season.
In B Division games, Friends routed Time Warner Cable 19-2 and Beach House doubled up The Tavern 16-8.
In C Division contests, Quali-D Automotive improved to 11-2 with a 31-15 win over K&H Motorsports, King Sub downed T.J. Landscaping 16-1 and CCRP defeated Graph Tex 8-3.

Red Dragon 21, Central City Bar & Grill 16: Central rode the hot bats of Dennis Hopkins (4-for-4) and Jeff Carr (4-for-5, double) to a 10-5 lead through the first two innings and broke a 12-12 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Red Dragon made its first rally with seven runs in the fourth to take a 12-10 lead, but lost a 14-12 cushion before the big six-run sixth inning effort. A. Avery (triple) and Dan Edwards were 3-for-3 for Red Dragon while Jeremy Milligan (HR), Josh Gillespie (triple) and Dicky Arnold each went 3-for-4.

Friends 19, Time Warner Cable 2, 5 innings: After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning, Friends (12-3) answered with 13 runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. Dave Seamans and Tim Robison led the attack by each going 4-for-4 with a double and home run. Dave Gasho was also 4-for-4 with a home run for the winners with Chris Willcox and Mike Russell going 3-for-4 with one double.
Larry Shepard and Northrup each went 2-for-2 for Time Warner.
Beach House 16, The Tavern 8: Peter CelaCuadra was 4-for-4 while teammates Mike Wood, Matt Rutkowski and Webster each added 4-for-5 efforts.

Quali-D Automotive 31, K&H Motorsports 15: Randy Arnold and Scott Knight each hit for the cycle to power Quali-D to the victory. Arnold was 5-for-5 with a double, triple and home run while Knight was 4-for-5 with a double, triple and home run. Art Buchanan, Jr. was 4-for-4 with Jamie Sutton, Derek Fiene (all doubles), and Tim Metcalf (triple) each added three hits.
Josh Sutton was 3-for-3 with a double and home run with Dave Bloodgood going 3-for-4 with a home run for K&H.
King Sub 16, T.J. Landscaping 1, 5 innings: Andy Warholic helped his own pitching cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple, grand slam home run and five RBIs. Dan Warner went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for the winners with Greg Boehler adding three RBIs while going 2-for-2.
CCRP 8, Graph Tex 3: D.J. Marks was 3-for-4 with a double and triple while Oz Heath added a 3-for-4 bat to the winning line-up. Theo Feliz and Rob Benson were each 3-for-3 for CCRP.




Alliance Bank first Yankee conqueror

Cortland Alliance Bank handed the Homer Yankees their first Cortland County Babe Ruth League Senior Division loss in five games this season, 4-1 on Thursday night.
DeRuyter beat Cortland Moose 5-3 in the only other Senior Division game reported, while in the Junior Division the Homer Rangers beat the Cortland Elks 13-6, with no further information available.

Cortland Alliance Bank 4, Homer Yankees 1: Tony Whitt tossed a four-hitter with five strikeouts for the winners and also had five assists, while Zach Randolph was the hard-luck loser, allowing just two runs in five innings and fanning six batters.
Matt Robinson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Alliance Bank, while Nick Baldassarre singled home the eventual winning run in the fourth. Eric Rosato went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Yankees.
Alex Stacy and Chris Forehand were the defensive standouts for alliance ban, while Rosato and Ricky Newman paced the Yankees in the field.
DeRuyter 5, Cortland Moose 3: Kyle Consolie allowed only four hits with 10 strikeouts while Mike Harris went 2-for-3 and Cody Tiffany was 2-for-4 for DeRuyter. Garrett Wyatt and Travis Block both went 2-for-3 for Cortland Moose.