Son of Yhency

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

April begins as March ends

Just as Opening Day came and went two days ago -- we're gonna have to start getting better at providing prompt updates -- so has Yhency's first appearance in the 2006 season! Unfortunately, while his line may not show it (1 1/3 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts), his performance was less than stellar.

Hong-Chih Kuo, who was a monster in Spring Training, came on in the top of the 6th with the Dodgers down 8-5 and promptly retired the first two men he faced. But then he walked two. And Grady, who seems to be tempted by Yhency as much as Jimmy Tracy was, called for the big guy. So Yhency came... and quickly gave up a two-run double to Edgar Renteria, thus allowing both of his inherited runners to score.

After following that up with a walk to Larry Jones, Yhency settled in. Struck out Andruuuuw Jones to end the inning, and upon reentering the game in the top of the seventh, he went right back at it by striking out Adam LaRoche and inducing two more outs from Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann. In doing so, he took the honors of completing the first perfect inning from a Dodger pitcher this year. Unfortunately it was all for naught, as the Dodgers lost, 11-10.

Yes, no runs allowed for Yhency, but he entered the game with the Dodgers down by three and left with them down by five. Clearly the acts of Spring Training are hard to shake for Yhency.