The bombers took an early lead on Mets ace RA Dickey when Mark Teixeira started the third inning by knocking Curtis Granderson in from third with a sacrifice fly; Nick Swisher followed a few batters later by blasting a hanging knuckler 423 feet into center field, scoring Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Dickey didn’t look sharp on the night, as he allowed five earned runs on five hits and three walks, with only three strikeouts. His stuff seemed to be off for most of the outing, his knuckler missing the zone a bit too much, and his non-knuckle pitches lacking the bite that had distinguished them in previous outings; he hit Curtis Granderson–who would come around to score–in the fifth inning, and threw a ball over A-Rod’s head earlier in the game.
On the other side of the hill, so to speak, Sabathia didn’t look hugely better: the big lefty gave up five runs (one earned) on nine hits and two walks, compared with three strikeouts, though he was victimized by his team’s horrendous defense various times.…
Trenton lost a close one to Portland 6-5:
The Thunder jumped out to a quick lead. Jose Pirela singled and stole second. Zoilo Almonte singled to left, plating Pirela and Melky Mesa homered for the 3-0 lead. The Sea Dogs responded with two runs in the top of the second. They tied the game with a run in the fourth and took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. The Thunder retook the lead int he seventh, as Addison Maruszak reached on an error and moved to second. Jeffrey Farnham doubled him in and scored on a grounder from Abraham Almonte. Portland scored two runs in the top of the eighth, as Ryan Dent followed Derrik Gibson’s triple with a homer. They held on for the 6-5 defeat of Trenton.
Zoilo went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Melky Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Mikey O’Brien got the start, going five innings and giving up three runs on four hits, four walks and three Ks. …
Tonight’s game features an A-list pitching match up. The visiting Yankees will put their ace, CC Sabathia on the mound. CC may not have been the best Yankee hurler during the team’s recent stretch of great play, but he’s always consistent and the Yankees will look for him to continue to be so...
D. Jeter, SS
C. Granderson, CF
A. Rodriguez, 3B
R. Cano, 2B
M. Teixeira, 1B
N. Swisher, RF
R. Ibanez, LF
C. Stewart, C
C. Sabathia, P
A. Torres, CF
R. Tejada, SS
D. Wright, 3B
S. Hairston, LF
L. Duda, RF
J. Turner, 1B
R. Cedeno, 2B
J. Thole, C
Here is the tale of the tape:
CC Sabathia has gone seven or more innings in each of his last six starts. Consequently, his ERA during this recent stretch has dropped from a mediocre 3.78 to a much more respectable 3.55. In addition, CC threw his first complete game of the year the last time he took the mound on Monday against the Braves. During his first eight starts this season, Sabathia failed to last seven innings on six different occasions. A big time outing this evening would bode very well for CC in locking down the AL starting position at the All-Star Game in 16 days. Plus, the Yankees have not had a Cy Young Award winner since Roger Clemens took home his sixth Cy Young Award in 2001.
R.A. Dickey is rapidly turning into baseball’s most heart-warming story of 2012. The 37-year-old knuckleballer is having a year for the ages. No matter your fan allegiance, you have to be happy for the guy who went through so much hardship as a child. …
The Yankees have been on national television a thousand times already. While that is good for ratings and for far-flung Yankee fans like yours truly, it also provides these national outlets plenty of opportunities to put up their statistics on how badly the Yankees are faring with runners in scoring position and with the bases loaded. While certainly these are valid statistics, they do not tell the entire story. The bottom line is how many runs your team scores and how many runs the other team scores. And that equation is going in the Yankees’ direction more often than not.
The Yankees are second in the majors in run differential behind only the Texas Rangers. In the American League, the Yankees are fourth in scoring and prevent runs third best in the league. That is a winning combination. Should we really care on how that gets done? It is often said that the Yankees failed in the post season last year because of this same problem with clutch hitting.…