Yankees wake up, score eight runs in last four innings in 9-6 win over Jays

But then they woke up from their, as Michael Kay put it, “lumber slumber” (was this really the pun? Or did I mishear it? Or have a stroke when he said it that made me stop remembering things, like the guy in Memento?).

The sixth inning wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t one of those innings that you normally look back on and say “Hey, wasn’t this great? That was when things really got better.” But looking back on the game, it seemed like a turning point to me. Robinson Cano (finally playing like Robinson Cano) lead off with a double to center. Ho-hum. The Yankees have been doing that over and over again; no way they score here. Then, Nick Swisher dropped a single to right. Cano gets to third. Good little play there.

Then, Henderson Alvarez tossed a ball to the backstop, plating Cano. Good heads-up base running by both runners on the play, and the Yankees were back on the board.… Click here to read the rest

Impotent Yankees lose to Jays 3-2; AL East lead in jeopardy

The Yankees were absolutely atrocious when they needed to be adequate; they choked when all they had to do was trip over themselves to score. They have no one to blame for this loss but themselves (and yes, I’m going to go into a whole tangent about the umpiring in a second). Everything boils down to this: the Yankees had the bases loaded twice with no outs. They scored two runs in both of those circumstances combined, on two sacrifice flies in the first inning. That kind of production will not get the job done.

They loaded the bases in the first inning, and came away with a two-run lead. They would not score again. Their 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position looks even worse when you consider that both hits were by Nick Swisher–and he didn’t get an RBI. So even when the Yankees got the RISP hits, they couldn’t score.

It looks even worse when you realize that Ricky Romero was terrible.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees come back four runs to win epic 14-inning marathon on walkoff E-3

The A’s got out to a pretty good start in the first, when three consecutive doubles (Stephen Drew, Seth Smith, and Yoenis Cespedes) let them jump out to a 2-0 lead off Ivan Nova.

But the A’s were playing sloppy, bad baseball for much of the first few innings, their fielders choking on easy plays, their pitcher unable to find the strike zone, and, by the second, the bombers had managed to sneak out to an almost-accidental 4-2 lead after a wild pitch let A-Rod score. A’s starter Travis Blackley lasted all of two innings–but he threw 59 pitches.

But pitching wasn’t the story tonight. If we witnessed a couple of gems last night, then today we witnessed whatever the polar opposite of that would be. Neither pitching staff could do much to stem the bleeding–though Derek Lowe and Jim Miller did the best they could in the early going–and the A’s made things worse by misplaying balls with alarming frequency.… Click here to read the rest