Game 131: Yankees 8, Orioles 3

The Yankees’ offense finally got moving in the top of the third.  Eric Chavez singled to center and Brett Gardner worked a walk as Curtis Granderson drove a homer over the wall in right for the first Yankee lead of the day.  J.J. Hardy doubled to left in the bottom of the inning and scored on a sac fly from Adam Jones, tying the game at 3-3.

The game stayed tied until the sixth, when the Bombers showed off their power.  Mark Teixeira singled and Robinson Cano followed with a homer to left, putting the Yankees out in front again.  Nick Swisher then drove a homer to left, as the back-to-back bombs chased Brian Matusz from the game.  That did little to quiet New York, however, as Andruw Jones greeted Chris Jakubauskas with the Yankees’ third straight home run for a 7-3 lead.  Granderson added another solo shot in the top of the seventh and New York took an 8-3 win.

Bronx Cheers:
Eduardo Nunez: Nunez went 0-4 with a strikeout and two runners left on base.

Brett Gardner: Gardy went 0-4 with a run scored, a walk and a strikeout.  Just as I was ready to sing praises to Gardner, he’s gone a bit cold.  He’s hitting .247 in August and just .103 over his last ten games.

Curtain Calls:
Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 3-5 with two runs scored, four RBIs and two homers.

Ivan Nova: Nova started a little slow, but never let the game get out of hand and managed to put together a solid outing.  He went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks.  He struck out seven.

David Robertson: When he came into the game with two on and two out in the eighth, Robertson immediately gave up a single to load the bases.  He then struck out the side, escaping the inning with the Yankees’ lead intact.

In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will wrap up their series against the Orioles on Monday, as Freddy Garcia picks up the ball for the Yankees.  It will be his first start since going to the DL with a cut on his finger.  Before going down, Garcia had pitched well, going 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts.  Alfredo Simon will go to the mound for Baltimore.  He had his best start of the season, going eight innings and giving up just one run to Minnesota.  He’s only thrown eight innings against the Yankees in his career, going 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05pm in Baltimore.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.

12 thoughts on “Game 131: Yankees 8, Orioles 3

  1. jay_robertson

    Thanks, Tamar. Did I ever mention that I hate MLB.TV? ;) After watching Yankee batters sleep thru the first game, wasting Colon's effort, I settle down to watch the 2nd game, only to discover it was blacked out nationally.

    GRRR.

    Hate to say anything good about Nova, for fear he'll come back and do a Hughes the next game – BUT – looks like he will be starting in the playoff series. At least from here, right now.

    • I hear you. MLBtv is great 95% of the time, but then they do something like that and you want to pull your hair out!

  2. Bill

    In regards to MLB.TV, that blacked-out game really bothers me. The general rule has been that ESPN games on Sunday nights are blacked-out. But, that's just because it just so happens that ESPN carries the sunday night game.

    In this case, the second game of this double header was probably originally scheduled for either 1:05 or 4:05 and would have been aired on MLB.TV. But since it was pushed back thanks to the doubleheader… why should it be blacked out?

    • BrienJackson

      ESPN owns exclusive broadcast rights to that time slot…but they've waived it twice now this season for makeup games. I didn't know the game was supposed to be blacked out outside of local markets though.

      • The message I got was about Saturday games and FOX – was this originally the Saturday game so they will still blacking it out even though it had moved to Sunday?

      • jay_robertson

        I called and checked – you aren't the only guy I bother. I knew that the ESPN game was blacked out; I was informed that the entire time slot, both Sunday nite and Saturday afternoon, is blacked out – NOT just the broadcast game.

        Talk to the guys down the hall, next time you get a chance. ;D

        thanks

        • I guess since the Sunday games are usually day games I never notice that they black out the night games…

    • Dave

      Agreed! i was looking forward to watching and had to settle for John and Suzyn….ugh

  3. David

    Here's a question I've been wondering: Granderson leads all of MLB in HR, R (by a ton) and RBI. He obviously may not finish that way, but how many players in MLB history have ever done that? Doesn't seem like an obvious feat to be tops in RBI *and* R, does it?

    • No idea how often it has happened, but interestingly, Alex Rodriguez was the last to do it when he had 143 runs and 156 RBIs in 2007. I probably don't need to point out that he was MVP that year…

  4. Dave

    This was written a week ago so Granderson's numbers have improved some more even. Via Cliff Corcoran from SI:
    Major league seasons with 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, 20 SBs, 100 R, 10 triples: six, most recently Andre Dawson in 1983; Granderson is two RBIs from adding a seventh.

    Major league seasons with 40 HRs, 100 RBIs, 20 SBs, 100 R, 10 triples: Willie Mays, 1955; Granderson is two RBIs and five homers away from adding a second.

    Major league seasons with 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, 30 SBs, 100 R, 10 triples: Ken Williams, 1939; Granderson is two RBIs and six steals away from adding a second.

    Major league seasons with 40 HRs, 100 RBIs, 30 SBs, 100 R, 10 triples: none, but Granderson's could be the first.

    • Dave

      All of the numbers scream MVP to me.

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