Game 6 Recap: Yankees 14 Red Sox 4

Drew vs BOS

“DREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!” Courtesy of the AP

Well that was fun, huh?  You never truly “need” to win a game in the first few weeks of April, but in the interest of not having the panic meter turned up on them, it would have behooved the Yankees to get a win and salvage something from this series and the first week of the season.  They wasted little time in making sure that happened, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st and never looking back.

That early lead came against 1 of the 4 Red Sock aces, Clay Buchholz.  He’s had a spotty history against the Yankees and last night was not his finest start.  He began the 1st by walking Jacoby Ellsbury on 5 pitches.  A well-executed hit-and-run later and it was runners on the corners with nobody out.

Carlos Beltran brought home Ellsbury with an infield single (for real), Mark Teixeira walked, and Brian McCann reached on an error to load the bases, and wouldn’t you know it, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate.  …

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Game 5 Recap: BOS 8 NYY 4

Murphy-Tracy vs BOS

“It’s OK, man. I probably shouldn’t be out here either.” Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees needed a lot of things after last night’s 19-inning marathon.  They needed to start playing better defense, they needed to start hitting more and hitting better situationally on offense, and they needed to do a MUUUUCH better job running the bases.  Basically every key fundamental part of the game they needed to do better.

But first and foremost, they needed to get a good starting pitching performance from Adam Warren to help ease the burden on the burned out bullpen.  That’s pretty much what they got from Warren in his 5.1 innings too.  He was by no means great.  He walked 2 and struck out only 1.  But he got 12 swings and misses, he made big pitches when he had to, and he worked out of most of the trouble he created.  Of the 2 runs he gave up, 1 came in part because of an A-Rod error at first in the top of the 2nd.  …

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Game 4 Quick Recap: BOS 6 NYY 5 (19 Innings)

Eovaldi vs BOS

We feel ya, Nate. We feel ya. Courtesy of the AP

Is anybody awake out there?  Is anybody alive out there?  If you, I hope you’re reading this.  If not, I get it.  Losing blows, losing in extra innings blows, losing in extra innings when you hit 2 game-tying home runs really blows, and losing when you played 2 games in 1 over the course of almost 7 hours really, REALLY blows.  I don’t even know where to start with this one, since I dozed off sometime around the top of the 8th, so I’ll just hit some bullet points.

Nathan Eovaldi was about as Nathan Eovaldi as he’s been up to this point in his career in 5.1 innings of work.  Lotta fastball heat, not a lot of good secondary pitches, lotta hits and hard contact, and a lone strikeout.  The Sox hitters were comfortable against him and they knocked him around.  That’s a shame.

– The Yanks didn’t get much going against Wade Miley until the 6th, and of course it was Al from Miami who got them on the board with a ribbie single.  …

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Game 3 Recap: TOR 6 NYY 3

Sabathia vs TOR 2015

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The Opening week storybook turned the page again tonight, to the CC Sabathia chapter.  Hindered by physical ailments, diminishing velocity, and performance regression over the past few seasons, CC was hoping to come back healthy and better in 2015.  He didn’t pitch all that well in his Spring Training outings, and that was something that both the media and he noticed.  They were quick to spin his problems into doomsday scenarios and he was quick to curse and get upset when he talked to him after starts.  But all that took a backseat to his return to regular season game action tonight.

CC came out dealing in the top of the 1st, striking out Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista in a 1-2-3 inning.  He wasn’t so lucky in the 2nd, putting a few runners on, missing with some key pitches, and getting burned by bad ground ball luck and bad defensive shifting strategy.  It all combined to provide Toronto 4 runs for a comfortable early lead, and the good vibes from CC’s first inning back were quickly extinguished.…

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Game 2 Recap: NYY 4 TOR 3

Pineda vs TOR 2015

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The 0-1 and all but doomed 2015 Yankees took back to the diamond last night to attempt to get their first win.  They had big right-hander Michael Pineda on the mound and he was looking to get off to the right start after a very strong Spring Training.  I wrote a little about some of those good signs he showed in ST and a few more good signs he could show last night, and while he didn’t show all those signs he was still plenty good enough to win on a cold early April night.

Pineda retired the first 6 he faced in order, then got in trouble in the top of the 3rd on a leadoff infield single and a line drive double by Justin Smoak.  Another GB single/bad throw by Didi Gregorius in the next at-bat gave Toronto their first run and the early lead.  They scored their second and last against Pineda in the 5th on a pair of GB singles and a sac fly by former Yankee Russell Martin.  …

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Blame E.J.: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1

You may be wondering about the title of the recap so here’s the lowdown: You can blame this loss on our very own E.J. Fagan who triumphantly emailed the group after two innings saying that Tanaka was going to win the Cy Young this year and as soon as he did that, the game turned into a total sh*tshow.

So thanks a lot, E.J.! Is anyone else on the team you’d like to jinx?

In all seriousness, this was not a fun game at all. It was also very boring and the offense seems to have picked up right where it left off in 2014 which is not a good thing.

Let’s get to the good, the bad and the ugly of today’s loss:

THE GOOD

  • Alex Rodriguez‘s return to Yankee Stadium was actually pretty positive. He had a walk in his first at bat, had a single in his second at bat and made some solid contact in his third at bat – it was a fly ball to right.
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Open thread: Yanks win in D.C., Next up… The Bronx!

Yankee Stadium

The Yankees won their last Spring game at Nationals Park in D.C. 4-3 over the Nats.

Chris Young provided the big hit with a two run shot that put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning.

Well, okay, Stephen Drew also had a big hit – a two-run shot of his own off starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning.

Nathan Eovaldi started for the Yankees and while he wasn’t great, he wasn’t terrible either. Sure he gave up three runs in five innings but he did strike out six batters. He also walked three. I think he’ll be fine. He’s still working on some stuff.

Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and was booed. Can you believe it? He was booed on the road! What’s next? Being booed at home? Oh wait…

Dellin Betances made things interesting in the ninth but got the save.

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RECAP: Nats 8 Yankees 2

Well, that wasn’t very pleasant.

The big story was CC Sabathia who had a rough first inning. Here’s the rundown:

The good thing is that CC “settled” down after the first and finished his outing with five hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings pitched. Amazingly, those three walks were his first three of the spring.…

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RECAP(S): Yankees win! Yankees lose!

Home game recap:

The Yankees beat the Pirates 6-2! Hooray!

Michael Pineda continued his strong spring with a 5 1/3 inning, one run, six hit performance. He also added to his strikeout total with 6 and he didn’t surrender a walk.

Alex Rodriguez played first and did a nice job with a couple of scoops because Stephen Drew can’t throw from the shortstop position, a caught pop foul and a toss to Pineda for an out.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-3 and the kids helped the Yankees in the later innings by scoring three in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Drew, Austin Romine, Rob Refsnyder, Chris Young and Garrett Jones all had two hits apiece.

Away game recap:

The Yankees lost to the Tigers 3-2. Boo.

J.R. Murphy and Slade Heathcott both had two hits and other than, not much happened for the Yankees.

One of Heathcott’s hits was an RBI single and Kyle Roller hit a sacrifice fly to score the Yankees’ first run.…

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