Author Archives: Tamar Chalker

Game 16: Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2

The pitchers controlled the next couple innings, but the Pinstripes’ bats struck again in the top of the fifth.  Swisher led off the inning with a single on a hard grounder to third.  Teixeira followed with another double and Rodriguez’s sac fly to center scored Swisher.  A sac fly by Cano brought Teixeira home and the Yankees had some breathing room with the score sitting at 5-1.

Colon worked his way into the seventh inning.  After getting Adam Lind to fly out, Colon gave up a double to Edwin Encarnacion.  Arencibia walked.  Snider singled to right and a bad base running play by Arencibia led to two Toronto players on third and Teixeira tagging him out.  Still, the night was over for Colon, and David Robertson came in to relieve him.  Nix singled to center, allowing Encarncion to cross the plate, but Robertson came back and struck out McDonald to get out of the jam. Granderson added a solo homer in the top of the ninth to give the Yankees a 6-2 edge, but the Blue Jays would not go away that easily.…

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Game 15: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 6

The score stayed tied until the Yankees broke through again in the sixth. Curtis Granderson started the inning with a single. Mark Teixeira followed with a two run homer to center. Robinson Cano singled to right, and Chavez drew a one out walk.  Posada grounded out, moving the runners to second and third.  Martin walked, leaving the bases loaded for Brett Gardner who flew out to left to end the inning.  The Yankees had a 4-2 lead, but had missed a chance to blow the game open.

Hill started the bottom of the inning with a single and stole second, injuring himself on the play, leading Toronto to bring in John McDonald in to pinch run.  Corey Patterson walked and Edwin Encarnacion double to left, scoring McDonald.  Jayson Nix walked and the Yankees called on David Robertson to get them out of trouble.  With runners on second and third and just one out, Robertson managed to strike out Yunel Escobar and Travis Snider to preserve the 4-3 New York lead. …

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Game 14: Rangers 5, Yankees 6

Things looked problematic in the top of the fifth. Yorvit Torrealba singled on a soft grounder to Derek Jeter, which was followed by a soft grounder to Sabathia from Julio Borbon.  What should have been a routine play turned into a bad throw by the Yankees’ hurler and the Rangers had runners on first and second with one out.  Sabathia battled back and got Ian Kinsler to fly out and Andrus to ground out to end the inning.  The Yankees finally started to put together some hits in the bottom of the fifth. Eric Chavez singled to right and Martin drove a two-run homer to left to knot the score at 3-3.

The Bombers did not hold onto the tie for long, however, as the Rangers came back quickly in the sixth.  Young singled and Beltre punished Sabathia again, this time with a double to center.  Young scored and the Rangers were back out ahead 4-3.

Jeter singled to start the bottom half of the sixth.…

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The Farm Report 4/16/11

Jorge Vazquez (1B) has also continued to make his presence known.  He is hitting .333/.342/.750/1.092 with five homers and fourteen RBIs.  The downside is that he has struck out ten times while only drawing one walk.  Jordan Parraz (OF) has been terrifying opposing pitching as well.  He is hitting .412/.444/.676/1.121 with a double, a triple and two homers over eight games.

The news has not all been good for Yankee prospects in Scranton, however.  Brandon Laird (IF) and Kevin Russo (IF) have both struggled at the plate.  Laird is hitting .133/.156/.167/.333 with six strikeouts and one walk.  Russo is hitting .094/.121/.094/.215 with ten strikeouts and no walks.

Scranton will have to keep hitting the ball as they have recently lost two of their pitchers to the majors.  Hector Noesi was called up earlier this week when Luis Ayala went on the DL, and Lance Pendleton made his major league debut last night, after being called up for Phil Hughes.

Trenton Thunder (AA): Trenton is coming off another strong season, having lost to the Altoona Curve in the Eastern League Championship last year. …

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Game 12: Rangers 5, Yankees 3

The Yankees got a run back in the bottom of the third. Curtis Granderson reached on an error by Cruz and moved to third on Jeter’s fly out.  A single by Swisher plated Granderson and the score was 2-1 Rangers.

Unfortunately, after a 1-2-3 fourth inning, Nova was unable to get out of the fifth.  He issued a walk to Mitch Moreland to start and hit Julio Borbon with a pitch.  A wild pitch moved both runners over and a soft grounder by Kinsler scored Moreland.  Nova then walked Andrus and gave up a single to Young, and that was it for the rookie, as the Yankees called on David Robertson out of the bullpen. Russell Martin seemed to have trouble with some of Robertson’s pitches as well, as the runners advanced on a wild pitch that got away from the Yankees’ backstop.  Beltre flew out, but another wild pitch plated Andrus and the Rangers took a 5-1 lead into the second half of the game.…

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Game 11: Orioles 5, Yankees 6

Hughes came out for the fifth and gave up a lead off single to Izturis. Russell Martin tried to pick off Izturis at first, but the throw went over the head of Mark Teixeira, allowing Izturis to move to second. Brian Roberts flied out to right, putting a runner on third with one out.  A double by Markakis plated another Baltimore run and ended Hughes’ night. Colon relieved Hughes and gave up a two out single to Vladimir Guerrero, giving the Orioles a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.

The Yankee bats finally woke up in the fifth, as Alex Rodriguez doubled to left. Robinson Cano followed with a double of his own and the Bombers had their first run of the game.  Colon pitched a solid top of the sixth and New York got back to work at the bottom of the inning.  Martin lead off with a single, but was thrown out at second on a grounder by Brett Gardner.…

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Game 10: Orioles 4, Yankees 7

New York kept things going in the bottom of the second. Russell Martin drove a double to the outfield with one out and moved to third on a groundout by Gardner.  Jeter followed a tapped ball that died on the infield, allowing Martin to score and putting the Captain on first.  Teixeira followed with another single and Rodriguez walked, loading the bases for Robinson Cano with two outs.  Cano split the center and left fielders with a two-run double as the Yankees continued to rally, and Chris Tillman’s night was over. Nick Swisher worked a walk, and the bases were loaded again, as Jorge Posada came up to bat.  Posada looked like he was going to get a bloop single to score a couple more runs, but Adam Jones made a fantastic diving catch and managed to hold onto the ball ending the inning.  Still, the Yankees had done their damage, leading the Orioles 6-0.

Burnett continued to cruise, giving the Orioles few chances to get on base or score. …

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Game 9: Yankees 0, Red Sox 4

When Youkilis went to second he made a dirty slide towards Jeter, not even really making much of an attempt to tag second, so the umpires correctly called interference on him.  Because of the interference call, Pedroia and Gonzalez were sent back to second and third.  Youkilis, of course, cried to the umpires, but who is going to listen to you when you lead the league in whining.  Mike Cameron tapped a soft ground ball to third, and Eric Chavez was unable to make a play as Pedroia scored and the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead.  Sabathia struck out J.D. Drew to end the inning and the Yankees managed to avoid more trouble.

Sabathia looked better in the fourth and fifth, though he clearly did not have his best stuff.  In the sixth he gave up a one out single to Marco Scutaro.  Pedroia singled with two outs, and Gonzalez worked a full count before being walked for Sabathia’s final batter of the game. …

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