Jeter puts two in the people, Francisco Cervelli hits a grand slam, Yankees pound Texas

It’s Mother’s Day so I’ll keep this recap brief. For those of you who are interested in the extra-condensed version, here it is: What a bizarre Yankee victory.

This one had lots of everything. Twelve runs. Fifteen hits. Four errors. One Texas Catcher tossed in the eighth inning. A bunch of lousy officiating calls. A bad outing from CC Sabathia. Two homers from Derek Jeter, who had four hits on the game. A homer from Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira each. But nothing was more shocking than the Francisco Cervelli grand slam! Cervelli has only two homers in his career, and now has as many career grand slams as Jeter.

Sabathia struggled in this one, and put up a stat line reflective of the odd game. CC pitched into the seventh inning, allowing five hits, five runs, three of them earned, with four walks and two strikeout on 109 pitches. It wasn’t CC’s best work, but how can you lose a game when the offense gives you twelve runs? 

The Yankees actually trailed four nothing at one point in the game, but mounted an impressive comeback, and then ran up the score. Jeter started everything in the third with an RBI single. It snow balled from there. David Bush started the game for the Rangers, replacing an injured Alexi Ogando (blisters). Perhaps the game would have been different had Ogando been healthy, but he wasn’t and the Yankees rolled. 

The Yankees have an off day Monday, after having played sixteen consecutive games. They start another sixteen game stretch against the Royals on Tuesday. Kyle Davies pitches against Freddy Garcia. The game starts at seven.

6 thoughts on “Jeter puts two in the people, Francisco Cervelli hits a grand slam, Yankees pound Texas

  1. bornwithpinstripes

    please don’t wake me up…this dream has two homers by jeter and a slam by cervelli..and posada getting a hit..a real field of dreams

  2. Duh, Innings!

    You know what? How ’bout this as a theory why Jeter has been un-Jeter-like since last year save yesterday and other games like yesterday:

    2324 career games played, mostly starts. Less than 150 starts four times: his 1995 cup of coffee, 2003 when he missed the first five or six weeks of the season from his Opening Day injury, and two other years. He’s started at least 148 games a year since 1996. Plus the postseason where he’s amassed an entire season of plate appearances for most everyday players. That’s alot of mileage, wear and tear.

    It may very well take him last year and this year for him to recuperate from all those innings in the field, at-bats, times he ran the bases, stressful situations, flights, and even parties, and get back to at least .300 BA, .370 OBP form.

    I’m not saying he’s back to his through April 2010 self, but I could see him finishing with say .290 BA and .360 OBP. I never said he was done and I’ve always rooted for him and always will root for him to hit better. If he was batting .306 and not .276, I’d root for him to hit .326 cuz he’s capable of it (although I’ll take .306 haha.)

    Jeter has snapped me out of this funk that I think he could be done. Yesterday was a loud and clear message to all the haters, statheads, and “80-whatever percent of his contact is groundballs” nerds that he is not done yet.

    • Joe G

      Just because someone thinks he’s “done” or nearing the end doesn’t make them a hater. I personally think he’s on his last tank of gas, but I still root for him to succeed, just like everyone that puts on a Yankee uniform. While yesterday’s game was great to see, let’s not say he’s back. People that thought he was done didn’t come to that conclusion after just 1 game. The ball was flying out of Texas pretty well yesterday as well, so that may of played a role in it.

      So no need to go bashing on anyone who disagees with your opinion on Jeter.

  3. nyyankeefanforever

    I’ll take my medicine like a man. I was among the very first this season to say I thought Derek should be dropped in the order — and I said it because he wasn’t squaring up and being more aggressive at the front of the pitch count like he used to be. I was not among those saying he was finished, however. And it’s a great feeling to be right. Nobody’s more happy than me to see him squaring up on the ball these past couple of games and taking his damn bat off his shoulder with the intent of doing damage earlier in the count at last.

    As some of you guys already know and point out (often with relish), I’m not much on metrics. But I do watch nearly every pitch of every game, and what I see happening is that the book on the Yankees has been to throw strikes early because they won’t swing. And every snakebit Yankee hitter who broke out tonight was swinging early in the count at the pitch they liked to hit, rather than the one the pitch count dictated it was ok to swing at. ….Just an unscientific observation from a fan who’s spent way too much time watching too many at-bats lasting waaaaay too long.

    Keep swinging free, Bombers! The book on you is out and it looks like you’re realizing it at last!! Taking the first two strikes isn’t a good thing any longer!!! Down with strike three called looking!!!!! It’s a new dawn in Yankee Universe!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • nyyankeefanforever

      Oh sorry, Mike. I meant to thank you for the nice recap — although I must disagree with your saying it was a “bad outing by CC…”

      Not his best stuff, I agree. But three earned runs in six innings … that’s yet another quality start that kept us in the game for a comeback, yes?

      • CC gave up a lot of hits and walked a lot of batters. Nine hits and walks in total in only six innings is a 1.5 WHIP, which is not good. That excludes all the base runners that reached on errors.

        The errors were not at all CC’s fault, but on the whole it wasn’t a very strong start. I will agree that he kept the Yankees in the game, but was at best shaky.

        The flip side is that he’s been brilliant so far this year, and the Yankees haven’t given him much run support. That changed yesterday.

        With regard to Jeter, I’m as all over the place in my opinion of the guy as the next analyst. When he’s hitting, he’s the captain and I love him. When he’s pounding the dirt in front of home plate he’s over paid and a bum.

        While the pop in his bat was encouraging, it came against pitchers who struggle to hit 90mph on the gun. I’m reserving judgements until I see Derek string together a few more games of this caliber.

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