Game 42 Quick Recap: TEX 10 NYY 9

This home weekend series against the sub-.500 Texas Rangers should have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the scuffling Yankees.  Instead it turned into another multi-faceted display of their current baseball ineptitude and a waste of some surprising offensive breakouts.

Michael Pineda got the start and once again he looked far from his best.  He wasn’t locating his fastball and his slider had very little bite to it.  The 3rd inning was a complete disaster for Pineda, as he started it off allowing a single and a walk, escalated it with a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt and a follow-up fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and let things get out of hand by giving up a 3-run home run to Prince Fielder and a solo shot to Mitch Moreland.  When all was said and done, the Rangers put a touchdown and an extra point on the scoreboard to take a commanding 7-0 lead.  On the bright side, Pineda didn’t allow any more runs and made it through 6 innings, but the damage was plenty done.…

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Masahiro Tanaka Rehab Game 1 Recap: 5/22/15

Tanaka SWB

Courtesy of MiLB.com

The next milestone in Masahiro Tanaka‘s comeback schedule was reached last night, as Tanaka took the mound for Triple-A Scranton/Wilke-Barre in his first MiL rehab start.  He pitched 3 shutout innings for the RailRiders, giving up 2 hits, striking out 2, and walking none.  With a pitch count of 45, Tanaka only threw 41 to get through his 3 innings and did so without any physical issues or discomfort in his right arm.

After the game, Tanaka summed up his night with this statement:

“I was able to use all my pitches. I felt pretty good. Not necessarily different than how I usually go into a game. I was looking to obviously pitch all my pitches with force, and I was able to do that tonight.”

Along with no arm problems, that’s about the best you can hope for in a first start back.  He threw all his pitches without issue and threw them with force and command.  …

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Game 41 Quick Recap: Nationals 3 Yankees 2

Alex Rodriguez, Wilson Ramos

I feel ya, Al. We all do. Courtesy of the AP

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Yankees scored a couple of early runs to take the lead, then shut down completely on offense while their pitching and defense slowly coughed the lead back up.  The road trip is over, mercifully, at 2-7 after another 1-run loss to the Nationals last night.

The first run came in the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, as Brett Gardner led off with a single and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.  A pair of productive outs brought Beltran around to make it 2-0 and the shutdown commenced.  The Yankees only had a runner reach second base once in the next 8 innings.  Life’s tough for an offense when you’re struh-gull-ing and you got no DH.

All in all it was another solid start for Adam Warren.  He gave up a solo homer to Ian Desmond in the bottom of the 1st, then settled in to pitch into the 7th inning for a second straight start.  …

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Game 40 Recap: Nationals 8 Yankees 6 (10 Innings)

Nathan Eovaldi

Be creepier, bro. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees reached the quarter pole of the regular season last night, and they did in the same fashion as they did heading into Monday’s off-day by losing on the road.

It was as bad a 1st inning as you could have if you were Nathan Eovaldi.  He gave up solo home runs to Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper to immediately put the Yankees in a hole.  It felt like it was going to be a long night, but Eovaldi managed to get past it and work through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He needed a big double play to help him out in the 4th, but he didn’t unravel and gave the offense a chance to get into the game.

And they did that in a big way in the top of the 4th.  Jacoby Ellsbury (more on him later) started the inning off with a walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a Chris Young single to get the Yankees on the board.  …

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Game 39 Recap: Royals 6 Yankees 0

Capuano vs KC

Welcome back, or something. Courtesy of the AP

Today was getaway day, the first one the Yankees have had in quite some time.  They played like it, which is not a good thing when you consider how crappy they’ve been for the better part of this week.  Chris Capuano returned to the rotation today, and his return was not a good one.  It didn’t help that the offense no-showed for at least the 3rd or 4th time since Big Mike’s 16-K game and once again the Yanks went down quietly heading into a much-needed rest day.

Capuano threw 76 pitches in his last rehab outing and he said he felt good enough to throw 100 coming into today, but talk is cheap when you’re talking about facing a contact-heavy team like the Royals and it didn’t take them long to figure him out.  He needed 18 pitches to get through the 1st inning, surrendered a solo home run to Salvador Perez in the 2nd, and then seemed to settle down in a 1-2-3 3rd.  …

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Game 37 Quick Recap: KC 12 NYY 1

If he had the goods to strike out 16 Orioles his last time out, Michael Pineda should have been good for at least 9 or 10 Royals last night in the series opener.  At least he should have been good for that if he had the same filthy slider he was sporting last Sunday, but that slider was strangely absent from his arsenal and Pineda ended up following his best start of the season with his worst.  Because the Yankees have decided to take this week off from hitting, it added up to a very 1-sided loss.

Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain got the scoring started for KC in the bottom of the 1st with a pair of back-to-back doubles.  They teamed up again for the second Royals run in the 3rd when Moustakas tripled and Cain hit a sac fly to bring him home.  Pineda was able to keep KC at 2 through 5 innings, but he really had to battle to do it.  …

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Game 36 Quick Recap: TB 6 NYY 1

The less said about this game the better.  Chase Whitley didn’t look good and didn’t last long, leaving in the 2nd inning with what now sounds like a serious elbow injury.  Esmil Rogers replaced him and promptly gave up a 3-run homer to make it 4-0 Tampa and all but turn out the lights.

The lineup did next to nothing against a guy named Erasmo Ramirez.  When I say I’ve never heard of this dude, I’m not kidding.  He pitched 5 shutout innings and then handed it over to another dude I’ve never heard of for another 4.  They combined for 5 hits allowed and 8 strikeouts, the lone bad mark a super garbage time solo shot by A-Rod in the top of the 9th.  You can’t put enough lipstick on that pig.

It was a bad game and a really bad end to the series.  No doubt about that.  The offense went away, the decision making could have been better, and the relief pitching could have too.  …

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Game 35 Recap: Rays 3 Yankees 2

Teix Out vs TB

Out. Courtesy of the AP

When you get 7 innings and 3 ER from your 5th starter, you should win the game.  When you get that starting pitching performance and have your offense going up against the guy who came into last night leading the AL in Hard Contact %, you should definitely win the game.  The Yankees didn’t win the game last night, falling for the second straight time for the first time in a long time.

The start of the game was eerily similar to the other night.  Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner get on to set the table, heart of the order singles them in.  Just like that, 2-0 Yanks.  And just like the other night, they never scored again.  They had plenty of opportunities.  They left a runner at third with 1 out in the 2nd, ended up stranding 2 in the 5th on a bad decision to send Mark Teixeira home on a single, and had at least 1 man on base in 7 of the 9 innings.  …

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