Speedy recap: Yankees 7, Twins 3

In tonight’s game thread, I asked the following questions:

  1. Can the Yankees build on last night’s game?
  2. Can they continue to own the Twins like they have been doing for the past decade or so?
  3. Will Phil Hughes be able to keep the ball in the park? (I realize Target Field is bigger than Yankee Stadium but you never know.)
  4. Will Robinson Cano continue his hot hitting?
  5. Did the Yankees score too many runs last night?
  6. Have they hit their allotment for the week?

And here are the answers:

  1. Yes they can and they did.
  2. Yes they can and they did.
  3. He did! Here’s his line (check out the last number): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
  4. Of course he can. He was 2-4 with three RBI and hit a bomb to put the Yankees up 7-1 in the seventh inning.
  5. No they didn’t because tonight they were able to score seven.
  6. It looks like they haven’t.

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Yankees 10, Twins 4: The losing streak is finally over

When Andy Pettitte needed 42 pitches to get through the bottom of the first inning, it felt like it was going to be one of those games. You know the kind I’m talking about, we’ve dealt with them this past week during the five-game losing streak. They’re frustrating, maddening and not fun to watch.

In fact, I didn’t really want to sit through this game after Pettitte’s first inning but I toughed it out and after the Yankees lost a lead, tied the game, and were behind again, I still continued to watch because, well, it’s the Twins and the Yankees usually have good luck against them. I realize these aren’t your typical Yankees and that 2013 has been a strange year but in the end, everything worked out.

Robinson Cano got the scoring started right away with a solo shot in the first inning to put the Yankees up 1-0. Even starter Scott Diamond mouthed, “Wow.” when he saw where the ball landed (dead centerfield just beyond the 403 sign).…

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Quick recap: Orioles 4, Yankees 2

All you need to know is that Hiroki Kuroda gave up three home runs tonight and usually when that sort of thing happens, it’s pretty much a guarantee that the Yankees will lose the game.

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They finished the month of June with a record of 11-16 and are currently in the midst of a five game losing streak. Yikes.

This is about as low as it can get for the Yankees, right? (Let’s hope so.)

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Quick recap: Orioles 4, Yankees 3

My reaction to tonight’s game:

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And this isn’t going to be a long, drawn out, verbose recap because, honestly, I’m really not in the mood to rehash the whole game.

But here’s what you need to know: CC Sabathia was cruising, he even took a no-hitter bid into the sixth and then BAM! He gives up three runs in the sixth and gave up a solo shot in the seventh to Nate McClouth and the Yankees lost the game.

This kind of game is the most frustrating one to sit through because it looks like everything is going right and then suddenly the wheels fall off. The Yankees scored first, Robinson Cano may be coming out of his funk (he finished 3-5 with an RBI) and even Vernon Wells had an RBI. The Yankee offense had 11 hits. 11! And the Orioles only had five but they made the most of those five hits.…

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Game 77 TEX 8 NYY 5: So Close And Yet So Far

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First off, let me just offer my condolences to any of you out there who, like me, were subjected to Chris Berman calling the game on the ESPN broadcast.  Regardless of the outcome, we all lose when he’s doing the play-by-play.

As for the game itself, it was another in the series of recent Andy Pettitte starts that leaves you not really happy or upset with his performance when all is said and done.  He worked around some 2 on/no out trouble in the top of the 1st without allowing any runs and then couldn’t repeat the feat in the 3rd.  Some bad defense behind him and some poorly-located pitches led to a 4-run inning for the Rangers and an early deficit for the Yanks that they’d spend the rest of the game trying to come back from.  Andy did rebound to get through the next 3 innings without allowing any more runs, and he finished with 6 Ks, but he didn’t make pitches when he really needed to in the 3rd and it cost him.…

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Rays score only three runs, but that was good enough to beat Yanks 3-1

tampa-bay-rays-v-york-20130623-204035-797The Yankees can’t score runs. The team got seven hits on the day, but Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte got three and two of those respectively, which meant that the rest of the team wasn’t in a position to knock them in. Gardner scored the sole Yankee run on the day, as Rays starter Chris Archer pitched six innings of one run ball.

Ivan Nova made his first appearance since returning from the minors. He wasn’t bad. He wasn’t good either, but he wasn’t bad. He gave the Yankees 6.2 innings, striking out seven while walking only three. He left with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at one a piece. Boone Logan came in to get out James Loney. Instead, Loney knocked a single into shallow center that scored Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist. That was your ball game.

The loss brings the Yankees overall record to 41-34. That keeps them close to a playoff position on the season, but if the season ended today the Yankees would be on the outside looking in.…

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Yankees 7, Rays 5: Nine walks in the park

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The Yankees walked nine times today.

Nine times? I don’t remember him being sick nine times.

That’s probably because he wasn’t sick. He was skipping school. Wake up and smell the coffee, Mrs. Bueller. It’s a fool’s paradise. He is just leading you down the primrose path.

I can’t believe it.

…I’m sorry, every time anyone says the phrase, “Nine times,” my mind goes directly to Ferris Bueller.

So where was I? Oh right, the Yankees walked nine times this afternoon against Rays pitching. In fact, they had more walks than hits. Robinson Cano accounted for four of those walks. Zoilo Almonte and David Adams both walked two times and Lyle Overbay walked once.  It was Cano’s first four walk game and the first by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez did it on May 15, 2009.

Cano wasn’t only walking, he was also stealing bases and has now stolen a base in consecutive games for the first time in his career.…

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