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

Joba vs TEX

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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Yankees 6, Rays 2: The Zoilo Almonte Show

When I posted the lineups earlier today, I excitedly typed “ZOILO!!!!” near the bottom of the page because it was to be Zoilo Almonte‘s first start as a Yankee.

And why was I excited? Maybe it’s because the name Zoilo sounds like it could be the name of a comic book hero who likes to save damsels in distress, or maybe I just wanted to see someone else out there instead of Vernon Wells who has been flailing away at bad pitches and looking terrible at the plate.

Well, my excitement would be rewarded by Almonte who took advantage of his opportunity in the bright lights of the Bronx and finished the night 3-4 with two singles and a home run that landed in the Yankees’ bullpen.

The Yankees played a little small ball tonight and actually got their first four runs on a sac fly, a bunt ground out, a double play and an infield single. Their fifth run was courtesy of Almonte’s home run in the sixth inning which earned him a Yankee Stadium curtain call.…

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Quick recap: Rays 8, Yankees 3

One of my favorite shows of the past 10 years was 30 Rock. In case you didn’t watch it or hear of it, though I’m not sure that’s even possible, it starred Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin and itt took place behind the scenes of a late night comedy sketch show. Hey, just like the one Fey was head writer for in the late 1990 – early 2000s. Amazing.

Anyway, on 30 Rock, when things weren’t going quite the way she wanted them to go, Fey’s character Liz Lemon would say, “Blergh.”

Well, that was my reaction to tonight’s game.

The Rays were able to score their runs by actually getting hits – some of the extra bases variety. Not the Yankees, they scored theirs it was via a wild pitch, sac fly and a single.

Andy Pettitte wasn’t sharp and gave up five runs in 6.2 innings of work.

Evan Longoria did the most damage against the Yanks.…

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Limp Yankees lose the nightcap to the Dodgers

Chris Capuano returned from the disabled list to face the New York Yankees. Apparently the rest was good for him. Capuano entered the game with a 1.515 WHIP and a 5.50 ERA. He was giving up 10.1 hits per nine innings and 3.5 walks per nine. All the Yankees could manage against him were three singles and no walks in six scoreless innings and then managed only one more base runner via a hit by pitch against two relievers. Phil Hughes continued his home Mr. Hyde act and gave up ten hits and a hit by pitch in six innings of work and gave up five runs on the way to a final score of 6-0. The tone of this one was set in the first inning and once that frame was over, the game was effectively over.

Hughes reached a 1-2 count on lead-off batter, Skip Schumaker, and then promptly left a fastball in the middle of the plate for a sharp single.…

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Yankees 6, Angels 5, and panic attacks 500

Um…

You’ll have to excuse me if this recap is all over the place but that ninth inning made me have a legitimate panic attack. And I know I shouldn’t let baseball affect me this much but I cannot help it. In fact, my heart is still beating out of my chest.

So let’s talk about the good stuff in this game first, shall we?

How about the offense scoring six runs? That was nice to see and a little shocking to witness after the past four games when they could only muster two runs in each game and then stop scoring.

And that five run third inning was pretty cool. Travis Hafner got it started with a three-run shot to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, something the Yankees hadn’t seen since about 1987. Just kidding. Like I said it has only been about four days or so. Then Lyle Overbay joined in on the fun with an RBI double and Jayson Nix hit an RBI single to put the Yankees up 5-0.…

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