Game 104 Recap: Yankees 12 White Sox 3

Teix HR vs CHW

Teix should probably be charging for high fives at this point. Courtesy of the AP

Part of what has made the Yankees’ start to the second half so strong has been their ability to shake off a bad game and come back strong the next.  They didn’t play particularly well in any aspect of the game yesterday, so they righted that wrong by coming out today and mashing the White Sox into the ground to lock up another series victory.

I was a big proponent of trading for Jeff Samardzija during the final days leading up to this week’s trade deadline.  Boy am I an idiot.  Samardzija did not look good this afternoon and the Yankee bats were on him from the get go.  Jacoby Ellsbury homered to center to lead off the game and that was just the beginning.  Samardzija could not command his offspeed stuff and the Yankee hitters figured that out by their second turn through the order.  …

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Game 103 Quick Recap: CHW 8 NYY 2

Tough go for the Yankees last night in the second game of this Second City weekend series.  They didn’t pitch well and they didn’t hit much.  Baseball games are hard to win when you don’t do those things.

Bryan Mitchell got the spot start and he showed flashes of the potential that’s always kept him on the Yankees’ top prospect lists.  His fastball was lively and his curveball drew some swings and misses.  He also gave up a lot of hard contact and the White Sox got to him for 4 runs in his 4 innings of work.  Alexei Ramirez tagged him for a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd, which is always embarrassing, and he set the stage for Melky Cabrera‘s 3-run homer in the 5th that basically put the game away.

Didi Gregorius was responsible for the first Yankee run on a 3rd inning sac fly.  It could have been a 3-run home run if it wasn’t for Avisail Garcia making a leaping catch at the wall.  …

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Game 102 Recap: Yankees 13 White Sox 6

The Yankees were reeling heading into Chicago for this weekend series.  Coming off 2 straight losses for the first time since July 7th and a trade deadline that passed without them making any more moves, they were basically a dead stick and set up to miss the playoffs altogether.  They needed a miracle to get the ship righted and they got one in Carlos Rodon.  He served up a ton of tasty pitches early and the Yankee bats feasted on them to build a big early lead that they would never give up.

The Yanks got to Rodon for a run in the 1st on a pair of doubles by A-Rod and Carlos Beltran sandwiched around a Mark Teixeira walk.  Teix factored much more prominently in the scoring in the 2nd when he hit a 2-out grand slam to give his team a 6-0 lead.  The top half of the order was locked in on Rodon and they knocked him out in the 4th after Chris Young doubled to lead off the inning and scored on 2 wild pitches, and A-Rod walked again.  …

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Game 101 Recap: Rangers 7 Yankees 6

TEX Walk-Off vs NYY

Womp. Courtesy of the AP

Well that’s not the way you want to end a road series.  After taking the first 2 games in Texas handily, the Yankees fell again last night, coughing up a late-inning lead and dropping their second straight to the Rangers.  CC Sabathia did not pitch well (as usual), but it was the bullpen failing to hold the lead that really did the Yanks in.

As they typically do, the Yankee offense got going in a hurry.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a bloop shot to left that turned into a double and a fielding error to put him on third, and Brett Gardner sac flew him home to make it 1-0.  Mark Teixeira doubled it up with a 2-out solo home run and a single-walk-single rally culminated in a Chase Headley RBI base hit and a 3-0 Yankee lead after 1.

It would be a very short-lived lead.  The Rangers’ first 2 hitters got on with infield singles, and with 2 outs CC hung a slider to Josh Hamilton that Hamilton hit for a 3-run home run.  …

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Game 100 Recap: Rangers 5 Yankees 2

Tanaka-McCann vs TEX

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The Yankees were bound to lose a game in this series at some point.  Figured it would be last night as the follow-up to the mauling they put on the Rangers on Tuesday.  Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t especially sharp in his start, and the offense never got going against Colby Lewis despite some early runs.  Oh well.  Series victory still intact heading into tonight’s series finale.

It looked like it was shaping up to be a productive night against Lewis in the top of the 2nd.  Carlos Beltran smacked a solo home run to start the inning, and a pair of singles by the middle infield combo put runners on the corners with 2 outs.  Jacoby Ellsbury came up and lined a ribbie single up the middle to make it 2-0, and the Yankees were off and running.

Or not.  Lewis retired the side in order in the 3rd, got a strike ‘em out/throw ‘em out double play to end the 4th, and Brett Gardner hit into another double play to end the 5th.  …

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Game 99 Recap: Yankees 21 Rangers 5

21 unanswered runs.  Is that good?

Last night’s game was about as ridiculous as a Major League game could be.  Spot starter Chris Capuano didn’t make it out of the bottom of the 1st for the Yankees, surrendering 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks while recording only 2 outs.  It looked like the Yankees were going to be in for a long night.  And then the top of the 2nd happened.

Yanks Top 2nd vs TEX

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11 runs, 10 hits, 1 walk, 1 HBP.  The first 8 batters of the inning reached base.  Brendan freaking Ryan had 2 extra-base hits in the inning!! And somehow, strangely enough, the Rangers struck out the side.  Ya know, Suzyn, sometimes you just can’t predict baseball.

The onslaught continued from there, finally ending at 3 touchdowns and 3 extra points while Texas didn’t record another hit against Yankee pitching after the 1st.  It’s almost like a blowout loss in the sense that there really isn’t any need to recap all the details of the game.  …

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Game 98 Recap: Yankees 6 Rangers 2

Didi HR vs TEX

Best shortstop in town. Courtesy of the AP

New York, Minnesota, Texas, doesn’t matter where.  The Yankees show up at the ballpark on any given day and they’re probably going to beat you.  That’s just how things are going right now.  Everybody is chipping in, everybody has their turn to contribute, and the Bombers are rolling like a well-oiled baseball machine as they pull away in the AL East.

Ivan Nova got the start last night and once again he turned in an outing that wasn’t nearly as good as his line made it look.  The Rangers got to him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, all generated with 2 outs.  Josh Hamilton singled and scored of Elvis Andrus‘ double, then Andrus came home on a Lenonys Martin.  The Rangers looked like they were going to put a hurting on Nova, then he managed to get through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He had to escape a bases loaded/1 out situation in the 4th with a couple ground ball outs, and he put 2 men on with 2 outs again in the 5th, but no more runs crossed.  …

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Game 97 Quick Recap: NYY 7 MIN 2

The Yankees flipped the script on what was shaping up to be a crummy weekend with last night’s A-Rod-aided come-from-behind victory in Minnesota.  They kept those good vibes rolling this afternoon, sans A-Rod, to beat the Twins again and rack up another 2-1 series victory.

Nathan Eovaldi was today’s starter, and for the first time in a while it felt appropriate and accurate to describe his performance as nasty.  The Twins got to him in the 3rd for a solitary run on a pair of singles and an RBI groundout, but other than that they could do nothing.  Eovaldi recorded 4 of his first 5 outs via the strikeout, then settled into a very efficient and dominant ground ball-heavy outing.  He got multiple GB outs in every inning from the 4th through the 7th and pitched into the 9th for the first time this season.  This was the first major step forward for Eovaldi in his development in a while, and it was a glance at the type of GB/K pitcher the Yankees envision him being for years to come.…

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Game 96 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 5

A-Rod High Ten vs MIN

Somebody give the man some skin! Courtesy of the AP

There are a few games every season that a good winning team can look back on and say “yep, that was a big one.  That one really helped us get to where we wanted to be.”  Last night was one of those games for the Yankees.  Coming off a beatdown against their former teammate on Friday night and starting the game in a quick 5-0 hole thanks to the rotting corpse of CC Sabathia, the Yankees stormed back late on the bat of Alex Rodriguez and his 3 home runs and stole a huge win to even this series.

Might as well get the bad CC stuff out of the way early.  Brian Dozier singled to start the bottom of the 1st and Aaron Hicks hit a hanging changeup for a 2-run home run in the next at-bat.  2 batters, 5 pitches, 2-run deficit.  Things got worse in the 3rd when the lineup turned over and Hicks started things off with a base hit.  …

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