The Farm Report: 9/7/12 – A walk-off homer and a pair of playoff victories!

Meanwhile, the Yankees bats continued to be cold, as they failed to get a hit in the third through the seventh. Pawtucket added some insurance in the top of the eighth. Jason Repko started the inning with a single to right, moving to second on an error by Cole Garner. A wild pitch moved Repko to third and J.C. Linares tripled him in. Ryota Igarashi was able to strike out Danny Valencia and get LaRoche to ground out, ending the inning with the Yankees trailing 3-0.

Gustavo Molina finally got the Yankees on the board with a solo homer to left in the bottom of the eighth. Kevin Russo started the ninth with a double down the right field line, almost getting thrown out at second. Corban Joseph grounded out, moving Russo to third. A single by Ronnier Mustelier plated Russo and brought the Yankees within one. Luke Murton promptly popped out to first, leaving the Red Sox just one out away from moving on to the Championship round.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees stay in first place with victory over Orioles

The good:

  • The offense took a little while to get going, managing just one baserunner (a single by A-Rod to lead off the second inning) and forcing Orioles’ starter Wei-Yin Chen to throw just 35 pitches through the first three innings, but they broke out in a big way in the fourth inning. Nick Swisher got things started by taking a bouncing ball off of his leg, and then Robinson Cano worked a four pitch walk that included a bit of chin music on the first offering from Chen. With two on and no one out A-Rod struck out swinging to put the opportunity in jeopardy, but Russell Martin launched a pitch into the leftfield seats to put the Yankees up 3-0. After Curtis Granderson struck out for the second time in the game for the second out, Andruw Jones hit a first pitch single, and Steve Pearce added his first home run as a Yankee to give the Bombers a 5-0 lead, and radically altering the feel of the game.
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Another Home Run Derby In Camden Yards Is Won by The Yanks

This had the makings of another annoyingly frustrating game for the Yankees even though it seemed like it could possibly be a cakewalk at first – something the Yankees haven’t had in a while.

After three full innings of scoreless baseball by both starters Wei-Yin Chin and Phil Hughes, the Yankees struck first in the top of the fourth. Russell Martin provided the first blow – a three-run home run – and Steve Pearce provided the second – his own two-run home run. The Yankees were up 5-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Hughes answered with a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth. Yes, folks, the New York Yankees scored a bunch of runs and their starting pitcher didn’t surrender any of his own in the following half inning. Amazing. (Of course the bliss wouldn’t last but we’ll get to that later.)

In the top of the fifth, that guy Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run to put the Yankees up 7-0.… Click here to read the rest

Game 138: One Game Playoff or Bust

Pessimism … or a reverse jinx? You decide.

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
Derek Jeter, SS Nick Markakis, RF
Nick Swisher, RF J.J. Hardy, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B Nate McLouth, LF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Adam Jones, CF
Russell Martin, C Matt Wieters, C
Curtis Granderson, CF Mark Reynolds, 1B
Andruw Jones, LF Chris Davis, DH
Steve Pearce, 1B Manny Machado, 3B
Casey McGehee, 3B Robert Andino, 2B
Phil Hughes, SP Wei-Yin Chen, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on YES. Let’s go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

Some Friendly Suggestions For The Final 3 Weeks

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

These past 3 weeks have not been enjoyable as a Yankee fan or a writer.  There isn’t much to be found in the way of positive talking points, and I feel like the Yankees’ pathetic play has been taking its toll on me.  It’s mentally and emotionally draining to watch the team play the same tired, sloppy, lifeless brand of baseball and then have to either stay up way later than I wanted to or drag my ass out of bed way earlier than I wanted to the next day to write about it.  So you know what?  Rather than sit here and agonize over the crummy bullpen or RISP Fail for the umpteenth time, I’m just going to offer up a few friendly ideas for what I think needs to be done in these last 3 weeks of the regular season.  Some of them could help the Yankees win more game, some might not, but at this point I’m fed up with watching the same things continue to happen and continue to generate the same results. … Click here to read the rest