Yankees 5, Astros 1 (F/14): Goodbye, 2013

It’s finally over.

It took 14 innings for it happen but the Yankees ended the 2013 season on a high note with a 5-1, extra inning win over of the Houston Astros.

The game was tied going into the 14th inning when the Yankees scored four runs to bust the game open. Mark Reynolds got things started with a solo shot to left field to put the Yankees ahead 2-1 and the Yankees offense piled on after that.

Starter David Huff allowed one run through five innings but had to settle for the no decision because it took so long for the offense to get going. The Yankees ended up using six relievers in this game and they all pitched scoreless innings with five out of the six recording at least one strikeout. The Yankee pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts today: Huff finished with seven, Brett Marshall went two innings and had three, Dellin Betances went 2.1 innings and had four strikeouts, Preston Claiborne pitched 2/3 of an inning and had one, David Phelps pitched one inning and had two strikeouts and Matt Daley went two innings and also had two strikeouts.…

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About last night: Andy Pettitte completes his career

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David Phillip/AP

If you were a Hollywood scriptwriter, the outcome of last night’s Yankees/Astros game is pretty close to how you choose to have your gritty veteran pitcher character’s career come to an end. Though, if it were a true Hollywood ending, the complete game victory would have come in the seventh game of a World Series, and in front of Yankee fans in Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately, the Yankees’ 2013 season will be ending in the regular season so that scenario wasn’t an option this time. In any case, last night was close to perfect and it was the ending Yankee fans wanted to see for Andy Pettitte.

The scene was set earlier this week when the Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason contention so instead of gearing up from one last playoff run, Pettitte’s last start would be in front of his hometown crowd in Houston, taking place in the only other Stadium he called home in his career.…

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Swift recap: Rays 8, Yankees 3

If you missed the game, here’s what you need to know:

  • Phil Hughes couldn’t make it out of the third inning.
  • Eduardo Nunez was one of the hitting “heroes” along with Robinson Cano.
  • Evan Longoria is annoying and hit two more home runs tonight.
  • The Yankees have been eliminated from the playoffs thanks to a win by the Cleveland Indians.

We’ll have more to talk about tomorrow. This game was awful, depressing and was the cherry on the top of the sh** sundae better known as the 2013 season.

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Rays 7, Yankees 0: Elimination number is now one

This is going to be a quick recap:

The game sucked.

It sucked for us watching the fiasco at home and it sucked even more for the people who were there because of a major screw up with the Mariano Rivera bobbleheads. It seems they hadn’t arrived on time so the Yankees handed out vouchers so people could pick them during the game. Well, people are still waiting for them.

If you’re on Twitter do a search for “bobblehead” and you’ll see the aftermath. It’s not pretty. Just like the game wasn’t pretty. The Yankees couldn’t pitch, they couldn’t hit or when they did, they couldn’t score.

It was basically the 2013 season summed up in one game, minus a devastating injury. And now, their elimination number is down to one because while they weren’t hitting, Jason Giambi hit a walk-off home run for the Cleveland Indians to get the win over the White Sox and this was after their closer, Chris Perez, coughed up the game and allowed Chicago to pull ahead 4-3 in the ninth.…

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Yankees 5, Giants 1: Slam, Based On The Home Run Record by Gehrig

FADE IN:
YANKEE STADIUM ON A LATE SUMMER NIGHT

MIKE AND SARAH ARE SITTING IN SECTION 418, WATCHING AS THE NEW YORK YANKEES TAKE ON THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS. THE GAME IS TIED 1-1 IN THE SEVENTH INNING AND THE MUCH-MALIGNED ALEX RODRIGUEZ STEPS IN TO FACE GEORGE KONTOS WITH TWO OUTS AND THE BASES LOADED.

MIKE
This is a huge spot. Knowing A-Rod he’ll probably blow it.
SARAH
Have some faith, Mike. I’m feeling grand slam.
MIKE
(laughs at his girlfriend)
You wanna bet?
SARAH
Sure. If A-Rod goes deep, you have to do the dishes for a week.
MIKE
And if he doesn’t, you do my laundry this week.
SARAH
Deal.
MIKE
Let’s seal it with a —

ON THE FOURTH PITCH OF THE AT BAT ALEX RODRIGUEZ HITS A GRAND SLAM INTO SECTION 104 OF YANKEE STADIUM, JUST IN FRONT OF THE BLEACHERS. BOTH MIKE AND SARAH CHEER ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE CROWD BUT SARAH’S SMILE IS JUST A LITTLE BIT BIGGER.…

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Swift recap: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 2

I watched 15 seconds of tonight’s game (because it’s my dad’s birthday and we went out for a family dinner) and the 15 seconds we saw just happened to be when Joba Chamberlain gave up a three-run home run to put the game out of reach. Though with the way the Yankees were hitting, or not hitting as the case may be, a 3-1 deficit was just as bad as a 6-1 deficit.

Oh well.

It will be nice to have a quiet October.

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Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: It’s getting harder and harder to breathe

Let’s just focus on the eighth inning, shall we?

I don’t really want to talk about Phil Hughes and David Huff both giving up home runs in the fourth to give the Jays a 3-0 lead. Nor do I want to discuss the fact that the Yankees’ offense couldn’t do anything against J.A. Happ.

Oh wait, I just did.

Anyway, let’s flash forward to the eighth when John Gibbons did us all a favor by removing Happ from the game after he surrendered a ground-rule double to Brendan Ryan. Dude, Brendan Ryan? Really? I would have given you the hook as well.

Gibbons replaced Happ with Aaron Loup who gave up a single to Curtis Granderson. Oops.

Next, Gibbons called upon Steve Delabar to keep the Yankees off the board. He started off well enough by striking out Alex Rodriguez but then he gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano which cut the score to 3-1. Granderson advanced to second.…

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Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0: And now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain…

Here are two things that would help the Yankees in their quest to get to the playoffs:

  • They need to win games.
  • They need to win games against the teams that aren’t in playoff contention.

The Yankees didn’t do that tonight. And what’s worse is that they looked lifeless against Toronto and it was embarrassing to watch.

They didn’t play like a team that’s playing for their playoff lives. They played like a team who is counting the days until the offseason begins. And maybe they are? There are a lot of banged up players on the Yankees. Maybe the prospect of playing into October isn’t appealing to them.

With the way they looked against R.A. Dickey, you’d also have thought the Yankees had dinner plans after the game.

Andy Pettitte gave the Yankees another quality start (6.2 IP, 1ER on 6 hits) but it wasn’t enough because the offense couldn’t get anything going. Well, they could get people on base but they just couldn’t get them home.…

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