This game story really only needs to talk about two innings. In the first, the Yankees got an RBI double from Robinson Cano to take a 1-0 lead. There the score stayed until the 9th inning.
With that 1-0 lead, David Robertson took the mound in the 9th and things did not go well. After his first six pitches of the inning, he had given up singles to Sean Rodriguez (one pitch) and pinch hitter Brandon Allen (one pitch) and walked Ben Zobrist (four pitches). It’s worth noting that on the Allen single, Nick Swisher tried to throw all the way to third to try and nail Rodriguez. Having missed the cutoff, Swisher’s throw allowed Allen to move to second basE. Robertson then retired Carlos Pena with a strikeout on a perfectly placed fastball. B.J. Upton came up and drove a liner to right which Nick Swisher caught for the second out. Of course, Rodriguez was able to score, giving Upton an RBI and a sac fly.… Click here to read the rest
On the whole, David Phelps was solid again in his second career start but, also again, it wound up being a short night for the rookie. Phelps walked four and allowed three hits through 4+ innings and, though he had kept the Rays off of the scoreboad, Joe Girardi opted to play the match ups to get the final out of the fifth inning, bringing Boone Logan in to face Matt Joyce after Phelps allowed a double and two walks after recording the first two outs. Logan stuck Joyce out with a steady diet of sliders, and after that the bullpen did a great job until the final inning.
The Yankees’ offense, on the other hand, was a different matter entirely. They had their chances, collecting a total of nine hits to go with one walk in the game, but managed to turn that into just one run, thanks in no small part to another poor performance (0-8) with runners in scoring position.… Click here to read the rest
Trenton lost to Reading 5-1:
The Thunder allowed Reading’s first batter of the game to reach, as Corban Joseph committed a fielding error. Darin Ruf then drove a two-run homer to left and the Phillies had a 2-0 lead. Trenton threatened in the third, as Addison Maruszak singled and Abraham Almonte grounded into a force out at second. Almonte stole second and third, but the Thunder couldn’t bring him home. Reading doubled their score with two more runs in the third and added another run for good measure in the fifth. Trenton finally got a run on Melky Mesa’s solo homer in the top of the ninth, but that was all they got, as they took the 5-1 loss. Mesa was the only Trenton player with multiple hits, going 4-2 with a homer. Shaeffer Hall went seven innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk.
After a nail-biting 5-3 victory last night that saw David Robertson work out of a 9th-inning jam, the Yankees go back to work tonight against the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays. David Phelps will take the hill for the Yankees, making his second career start. It may also be his last start for a little while, as Andy Pettitte will be making his season debut on Sunday, and seems likely to take Phelps’ rotation spot.
Phelps will square off against towering righty Jeff Niemann, who is 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA on the season, and a 3.39 FIP. Niemann is only averaging about 90 mph on his fastball this season, but he supplements the pitch with a big-breaking curveball, a slider, and the occasional splitter.
Dewayne Wise will be starting in left field tonight, which no doubt will do wonders for the blood pressure of Yankee fans who have been watching Eduardo Nunez and Raul Ibanez man that position of late.
In other news, Mariano Rivera revealed that his mystery complication was a blood clot in his leg, which has been treated. … Click here to read the rest
Yankees fans have been spoiled. Since 1997, ninth inning leads have typically been a stress free prelude to victory. No sweaty palms. No heart palpitations. No watching the last out between your fingers. With Mariano Rivera in the game, Yankees’ fans were treated to a closer with one of the most unique combinations of excellence and efficiency. Now that he is injured, however, those last few outs may not come as often or as easily.
In David Robertson’s first save attempt since Rivera’s injury, the right hander added two more strikeouts to his astounding total (15.9 per nine innings) and extended his scoreless innings streak to 26 1/3 innings. In the process, however, he also loaded the bases on a hit and two walks and needed 25 pitches to escape the jam.… Click here to read the rest
Injured Yankees’ pitcher Michael Pineda talked to WFAN’s Sweeny Muri today, and divulged a few interesting nuggets. First, Pineda’s surgeon apparently told him that he would be “100%” come Spring Training, though he told him that before operating on Pineda’s labrum, so I reckon that doesn’t exactly qualify as a technical medical prognosis. Pineda apparently hadn’t yet found out what his rehab schedule would be, but did say that he felt “really good.” He also claimed that he didn’t begin feeling shoulder pain until his final start of Spring Training, when he “tried to throw hard.” He did go on to say that he wasn’t previously concerned with the media speculation over his velocity, however, that he felt fine during the 2011 season, and that he used the same workout routine this past offseason that he did prior to his rookie campaign. Read the whole thing here.… Click here to read the rest