Game 67 Quick Recap: NYY 7 DET 2

A-Rod 3000th Hit

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If you tuned in even a little bit late to this game, you missed the biggest fireworks.  Alex Rodriguez made like his buddy and teammate Derek Jeter and got his 3,000th career hit in style, smacking an oppo field home run on the first pitch of his first at-bat of the game against Justin Verlander.  Verlander tried to throw him an outer half fastball for a gimme strike and A-Rod was looking fastball and ready to swing.  Another smart home run from an incredibly smart hitter.  The crowd went wild, his teammates mobbed and hugged him, and for the 194th time this season the Yankees had an early lead.

From that point on it was the Adam Warren & Brett Gardner show.  Warren had a tough top of the 2nd, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a hit batsman, but he quickly recovered, found his command again, and ended up working a career-high 8 innings without any more runs crossing the plate.  …

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Game 66 Recap: Yankees 9 Marlins 4

A-Rod vs MIA

The at-bat before THE at-bat. Courtesy of Getty Images

DH makes all the difference.  After slogging through 2 losses in Miami earlier this week, the Yankees returned home and snagged 2 straight wins with their most important bat back in the lineup.  The Alex Rodriguez march to 3,000 was at the forefront of the game again last night, and highlighted a collection of good performances from pitchers and hitters alike that helped create a 5-run win.

The Yankees are the best 1st inning team in baseball.  That can’t be debated.  They scored in the 1st again last night, on 3 straight singles to open the game, and have now scored 62 1st-inning runs this season.  The next closest team (Orioles) have 47.  A-Rod was the third and run-scoring hit in the bottom of the 1st, giving him 2,998 and setting the stage for a potential record-setting night later.

CC Sabathia made the 1 run stand up the first turn through the Miami lineup.  …

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Game 65 Recap: Yankees 2 Marlins 1

Betances K vs Stanton

Byyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeee… Courtesy of

The last time he took the mound, Michael Pineda was coming off a week plus of rest and it showed.  His command was bad, his slider had little movement, and he got hit around by the same Baltimore Orioles he owned the last time he faced them.  Last night, starting on regular rest, Pineda looked much more like the dominant starter we saw for most of April and May.  The Yankees needed that too, as they scratched together just enough runs to support Big Mike and get a win.

As they always seem to do at home, the lineup gave Pineda a very early lead.  Chase Headley was hit by a pitch with 1 out in the bottom of the 1st and moved to second on a Brian McCann groundout to bring up Al from Miami.  A-Rod singled back up the middle to bring home Headley and bring himself within 4 hits of 3,000.  More to come from him.…

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Game 64 Recap: Marlins 12 Yankees 2

Eovaldi vs MIA

Nasty Nate. Courtesy of Getty Images

Not much needed to explain this one really.  Nathan Eovaldi was terrible, had an all-time terrible stat line that put his team in a deep hole from the get go, and the rest of the team laid down and died behind him.

Eovaldi got the leadoff hitter out easy enough in the bottom of the 1st, then it all fell apart pretty quickly.  The next 6 batters all singled to make it 4-0 Marlins, then Adeiny Hechavarria broke up the monotony with a 2-run triple to make it 6-0.  Eovaldi did retire opposing starter and former Yankee David Phelps for the second out (hooray!!!), then gave up a single to Dee Gordon as the lineup turned over and a 2-run double to Derek Dietrich to end his night.  2/3 of an inning, 36 pitches, 9 hits, 8 earned runs.  His defense didn’t do him any favors in the inning, but this was all on Eovaldi.  …

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Game 63 Recap: Marlins 2 Yankees 1

Tanaka vs MIA

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Road interleague games are not made for this version of the Yankees.  The loss of their regular #3 hitter at the expense of a pitcher hitting for himself is a huge blow to the currently shaky offense, and the lack of run support typically associated with a weakened lineup was the reason for last night’s loss.  Masahiro Tanaka pitched another good game and still lost to a guy I’ve never heard of.  TO quote Joe Girardi, that’s not what you want.

There was another early lead in the cards for the Bombers last night, courtesy of Mark Teixeira‘s 18th home run of the season.  He got a 3-1 fastball from Miami starter Tom Koehler to lead off the top of the 2nd and he didn’t waste it, launching it well over the right center field wall.  It really is amazing what Teix is doing this year.  Too bad he’s not a Kansas City Royal.  Then he’d make the All-Star Game for sure.…

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Game 62 Recap: Yankees 5 Orioles 3


Moment of the game. Courtesy of the AP

It’s been an ugly few days for the Yankees.  They gagged one away at home against the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon, then went to Baltimore and played piss poor baseball on their way to getting mollywhopped in the first 2 games of this series.  They needed a win today to stem the tide and salvage a little something from this series if nothing else, and they did enough to get that win.  I don’t want to go too far in stretching 1 game into a “this is what good teams do” narrative, but all things considered it did feel a little bit like that kind of win.

Adam Warren got the stopper start today and he wasn’t nearly as good as he had been in the starts leading up to this one.  The O’s got him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st after he loaded the bases with 1 out and gave up a 2-run single to Nolan Reimold, and he gave up another in the 4th on a walk, single, double exchange.  …

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Game 59 Recap: Nationals 5 Yankees 4 (11 Innings)

Lindgren vs WAS

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Objectively this game sucked.  It should have been a win, it wasn’t, and to lose in extras when you come back late and then give one away always hurts.  GIven that the Yankee had won 7 straight prior to this 1 loss, and given the more important long-term developments with Andrew Miller, this has to be chalked up as a bump in the road and something from which you just move on.

It was a slow go early for the Bombers.  They managed a paltry 2 hits off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez through 6 innings.  Lotta GB outs and no real scoring opportunities.  It was a shame too, because despite a few rough patches it was actually a pretty good outing for Nathan Eovaldi.  He gave up a run in the 3rd on back-to-back doubles and another in the 5th on a hanging curve to Danny Espinosa that ended up as a solo home run.  …

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