Game 129 Quick Recap: NYY 20 ATL 6

The Yankees were struh-guh-ling coming into this weekend interleague set, and looked to be in trouble with an undermanned, underperforming offense.  Naturally that meant they were going to sweep the Braves by outscoring them 38-8 in the 3 games.  They hung a 20-spot on Atlanta this afternoon to wrap things up in style.

Julio Teheran is arguably the ace of the Atlanta staff, but he didn’t have it at all today.  The Yankees jumped on him early with 3 runs in the second on a Jacoby Ellsbury home run and 4 in the 3rd on a pair of 2-run shots by Chase Headley and Stephen Drew.

Teheran’s day ended with 2 outs in the 5th, and the Yankees proceeded to pummel the Braves’ bullpen again from there.  Brigham got it the worst, taking it on the chin to the tune of 8 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks over just 1.1 innings.  The Yanks hung 12 on the Braves in the 7th and 8th innings after Atlanta rallied to pull within 8-5 after 6.  …

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Game 128 Recap: Yankees 3, Braves 1

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Before I start the game recap, I’d just like to say that my thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field last night. I cannot imagine what they’re going through. I’d also like to extend my thoughts to the people who witnessed it because that kind of incident can mess a person up for a while. How scary.

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This game seemed like one of those contests that the Yankees would lose in annoying fashion for two reasons: 1) The first inning and how they only managed to score one run on a wild pitch after starting off with a bloop double and 2) Luis Severino was pitching and the Yankees like to not score when he’s on the mound.

I’m glad that my initial feeling was wrong and that the Yankees woke up late, scored some runs and closed this one down.

First up, the aforementioned Severino.…

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Game 127 Quick Recap: NYY 15 ATL 4

Well there you go.  Who knew that all the Yankees needed to wake up the offense was remove the DH from the lineup and replace him with a pitcher?  The Yankee beat up Atlanta starter Williams Perez early for 9 runs in the first 2 innings and stretched the game into a laugher late with 6 runs in the final 2 innings to take the first game of this interleague weekend set.

Didi Gregorius led the offense with a 4-hit night and 6 RBI.  His 3-run home run in the top of the 1st stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0, and his 2-run single in the 2nd capped off a 4-run inning to make it 9-2.

Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in the bottom of the 1st, giving back 2 of the runs that the Yankees had scored.  But he came back with a 1-2-3 2nd inning on all strikeouts and ended up throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball.  It probably wasn’t good enough for Andrew Marchand, but it was plenty good enough for me.…

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Game 126 Quick Recap: HOU 6 NYY 2

Going with the quick recap format for this one.  I didn’t really follow this game past the 1st inning due to work stuff and I don’t think anybody who did needs to be put through the additional pain of the details.

Today was Michel Pineda’s return from the DL and it was far from glorious.  He gave up a fluke home run to Evan Gattis in the top of the 1st on a pitch that only weirdos like Evan Gattis swing at and hit for power, but got into trouble in the 5th when he hit the wall physically.  3 straight singles, a walk, and a sac fly made it 3-0 Astros, and Chasen Shreve allowing his 2 inherited runners to score brought Pineda’s run total to 5 in just 4.1 innings of work.  The Yankees had him lined up to throw 80-85 pitches and he was done after 71.  I don’t know if I like that.

Offensively the Yankees continued to be stagnant at best, not that that comes as a surprise when their already limp lineup was without Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira.  …

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Game 125 Recap: Astros 15 Yankees 1

Gomez HR vs NYY

Is hitting home runs playing the game the right way? Courtesy of Getty Images

Well that one wasn’t good for the old run differential.  The Yankees got absolutely mollwhopped by the Astros last night, dropping their fourth of 6 games to once again drop out of first place in the AL East.

This one was over early.  Ivan Nova issued a 2-out walk to Carlos Correa in the top of the 1st, and Colby Rasmus lined a ball to center field that Jacoby Ellsbury misplaced in the next at-bat.  The ball got by him for what was scored a triple and the first Houston run, and the floodgates opened wide from there.  The next 5 batters after Rasmus all reached base – walk, double, double, single, walk – and Houston had a 5-spot on the scoreboard when Nova finally managed to get the third out of the inning.  The Ellsbury play didn’t help at all.  That’s a catch that has to be made and if you can’t make it, you have to keep the ball in front of you.  …

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Game 124 Recap: Yankees 1 Astros 0

Eovaldi vs HOU

Nasty Nate’s finally here. Courtesy of Getty Images

I’ve watched Nathan Eovaldi‘s last 2 starts and I have to say, I think something’s happening here.  I think he’s starting to put it together and when he puts it all together I think he’s going to be really good.  I mean it.  If you’ve watched his last 2 starts and you don’t realize this and believe it, you’re not watching closely enough.  Eovaldi has suddenly become the ace and the stopper of this pitching staff and last night he was the reason the Yankees managed to scratch out a 1-0 win.

A free-swinging team that isn’t afraid to strike out should have been a perfect matchup for Eovaldi if he was on, and they proved to be that perfect immediately.  Eovaldi struck out the side in the top of the 1st, fanned 2 more in the 2nd, and rattled off 8 straight outs to get through the 4th scoreless.  He did have to work around 2 singles in the 2nd and 2 walks in the 5th, but his stuff was top notch again and he made a lot of big pitches to get outs when he needed them.  …

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Game 123 Quick Recap: CLE 4 NYY 3

CC Injury vs CLE

Not the type of meeting on the mound you want to see. Courtesy of Getty Images

A win this afternoon and a series split would have been OK after losing the first 2 games.  It also would have been a cool way to end the weekend with back-to-back W’s on Jorge Day and Andy Pettitte Day.  Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards, as another mostly non-existent offensive performance and more shoddy late-game relief work combined to give the Indians just enough to take the game and the series.

The big story of the day was CC Sabathia and his early exit.  CC didn’t look good from the start, giving up 2 runs in the top of the 1st on a monster Carlos Santana home run and putting 8 men on base (4 hits, 4 walks) in 2.2 innings.  On the pitch that recorded the eighth out, Sabathia appeared to hurt himself and immediately left the game.  We came to find out that it’s another problem with his right knee and the bullpen was left with a crapton of work to do.…

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Game 122 Quick Recap: NYY 6 CLE 2

McCann-A-Rod vs CLE

This picture made me laugh. Courtesy of the AP

It was Jorge Posada Day at The Stadium today.  Nice job by the Yankees to not ruin it and snap that horrid 2-game losing streak.  Some of you guys in the comments were getting a little panicky again, so I’m hopeful this righting of the ship did a little to calm you down.

It was a damn home run fest in the 1st inning.  Francisco Lindor hit a solo shot off of Luis Severino to put the Indians on the board in the top half, and Brett Gardner and Brian McCann each took Danny Salazar yard in the bottom.  Gardner’s homer came with Jacoby Ellsbury on base, and the Yankees were staked to a 3-1 lead.

They added to that lead with a pair of manufactured runs in the bottom of the second.  2 singles from the bottom of the order set the table, a throwing error by Salazar on an Ellsbury grounder brought in the first run, and a Carlos Beltran sac fly brought in the second.…

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Game 121 Quick Recap: CLE 7 NYY 3

There are 3 fundamental parts to playing baseball: hitting, pitching, and fielding.  You don’t necessarily have to do all 3 of them well to win a game, but it helps if you do at least one of them well.  Last night the Yankees didn’t do any of them well and lost their second straight game to the last place Indians.  Let’s recap it in terms of how bad they were in all 3 parts, eh?

Bad Hitting– Just as they did the last time they faced him, the Yankee lineup got dominated by Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco.  He struck out 11 over 6.2 innings and only gave up 1 run, which came in the 4th on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird single.  The Yanks did scratch 2 across in the bottom of the 8th, but one of those runs was unearned on an error.  They didn’t make much hard contact against Cleveland pitching and Beltran’s double was the only XBH.…

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