Game 58 Recap: Yankees 6 Nationals 1

Tanaka vs WAS

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The big draw in last night’s 2-game series opener against the Nationals was the starting pitching matchup.  Max Scherzer vs. Masahiro Tanaka is one of the best possible pitching matchups in baseball today and those 2 didn’t disappoint.  The defense and relief work of Washington did in the late innings, however, and the Yankees capitalized to run their winning streak to 7.

So that Scherzer-Tanaka matchup.  It definitely lived up to its billing through the first 6 innings.  Tanaka retired the Nats in order over the first 3 innings, recording 7 of the 9 outs by way of strikeout or groundout.  He was running his fastball into the mid-90s, his sinker had good movement down in the zone, and the slider and splitter were on point as swing-and-miss pitches.  Scherzer wasn’t quite as dominant.  His only clean inning was the bottom of the 1st.  But he did get 7 swinging strikeouts over 6 and made some big pitches to get key groundouts with men on to kill potential 2-out rallies.… Click here to read the rest

Game 57 Recap: Yankees 6 Angels 2

Sabathia Ejection vs LAA

Something something, CC should move that quickly to cover first base… Courtesy of Getty Images

I don’t know what’s gotten into the Yankees this week.  I don’t know what it means and I don’t know how long it’s going to last.  What I know is that I’m absolutely loving it and it’s been fun to write about.

The Yankees put the Angels down 6-2 this afternoon to close out their 6th straight win and 2nd straight series sweep after the beatdown in Seattle.  It didn’t look like it was going to be that kind of ending after the top of the 1st, when CC Sabathia gave up back-to-back home runs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.  CC has been getting abused by right-handed hitting and these were just the 2 latest examples.  There was little reason to expect that CC was going to have a good game based on how that 1st inning went.

And then a funny thing happened.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 56 Quick Recap: NYY 8 LAA 2

Don’t look now, but the hot and cold Yankees are smoking hot again.  They jumped all over Angels starter Garrett RIchards in the 1st inning last night and then coasted to the finish line behind another solid Adam Warren start, picking up their 5th straight win in the process.

The game was won and lost in the bottom of the 1st.  The Yankees sent 11 men to the plate and put 6 runs on the board, batting around and knocking Richards out before he could finish the inning.  They started the assault off with a walk-single-walk-sac fly-wild pitch combo that made it 2-0, extended it to 4-0 on a Brian McCann 2-run homer, and after a few more singles finished off the 6-run frame with a 2-run base knock by Brett Gardner.  That was all for Richards and it was all Warren would need.

Once again Warren was solid if unspectacular in his work, which is just fine for a 5th starter if he’s going to put up the lines Warren has in the last month.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 55 Recap: Yankees 8 Angels 7

Rogers vs ANA

And Esmil Rogers was never seen or heard from again… Courtesy of the AP

Well that was close.  The Yankees jumped out to another early lead last night, extended that lead to a comfortable level heading into the 9th inning, and almost gave it all away before getting the final 3 outs and pulling out a series-opening win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California.

Jered Weaver was the Angels’ starter and he has an ugly history pitching in Yankee Stadium.  He doesn’t throw very hard anymore and he really wasn’t fooling anybody last night.  With 1 on and 2 out in the bottom of the 2nd, he threw a slow 2-strike curveball to Stephen Drew.  It’s the type of pitch Drew has been missing all season but he didn’t miss this one, driving the ball just over the wall for a Short Porch Special home run and a 2-0 Yankee lead.  The exact same situation was repeated the next inning, with Mark Teixeira hitting the home run this time, and the Yanks quickly went up 4-0.… Click here to read the rest

Game 54 Recap: Yankees 3 Mariners 1

Tanaka vs SEA

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Today was a big day.  It was Masahiro Tanaka‘s day to return from the disabled list, and before this afternoon’s game I wrote a little something that touched on some of the concerns about his comeback. As it were, there was little cause for concern because Tanaka was spectacular today.  He was as good as we’ve seen him this or last year and he carried the Yankees to a sweep-clinching victory and a sweet ride back home for the weekend.

The only real trouble Tanaka had was in the bottom of the 3rd.  Brad Miller tripled off him to start the inning and Dustin Ackley brought him home with a double in the next at-bat.  Tanaka escaped without further damage, and the only other hit he allowed came with 2 outs in that inning.  He retired the first 6 batters he faced before the 3rd in order and he retired the next 12 he faced after the 3rd in order.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 53 Recap: Yankees 5 Mariners 3 (11 Innings)

Drew vs SEA

For once, Joe was right when he said Drew’s swing looked good. Courtesy of the AP

How ’bout that Stephen Drew, huh?  Ain’t he clutch?  His 9th-inning, 2-out double to tie the game was the exact type of hit the Yankees brought him here to get.  A clutch hit, a gritty hit, the type of hit that only the veteraniest of veterans could get.  It gave the Yankees new life heading into extra innings last night, new life that they would use to steal a victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Yankees did actually hold a brief lead in this game.  They got a run on a Mark Teixeira 2-out RBI double after a pair of walks to Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez in the top of the 3rd.  Funny thing about those walks, they both came on check swings and neither of them looked like walks to Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon, who had a 5-star tirade arguing his case with the umpiring crew.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 52 Recap: Yankees 7, Mariners 2


These two had a night to forget. Photo: Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

After losing three of four to one of the worst teams in all of baseball, you’ll take a night like Monday. Especially when it comes against a premier pitcher.

The New York Yankees, fresh off being shut out by Jesse Chavez in Oakland, turned in a seven-run performance against Felix Hernandez on the road, led by Mark Teixeira’s grand slam in the fifth – his 15th of the season (4th in MLB). He’s just the fifth player to ever hit a slam against King Felix, and the first since Alberto Callaspo in May of 2012.

Michael Pineda gyrated his way around the hill he once owned in Seattle when he made the All-Star team in his debut season and dethroned its powerful ruler. He allowed two runs & seven hits over six-plus innings with nine strikeouts. He fired up his Vespo fueled by the disappointment of Jesus Montero’s career and drove it through the rainy streets of Seattle, right over the hopes of Seattle’s hitters.… Click here to read the rest

Game 51 Quick Recap: OAK 3 NYY 0

Warren vs OAK

Life’s tough when you get no support from your teammates. Courtesy of the AP

When I saw the lineup for yesterday’s series finale in Oakland, I casually said to my dad that I bet the Yankees wouldn’t score a single run.  I feel pretty good about that prediction this morning, as it solidifies my status as a baseball genius, but I also feel bad because the lack of run scoring guaranteed them a series loss against the A’s.

Jesse Chavez was the starter for Oakland, and the Yanks actually put together a few good chances against him early.  They had 2 on and 1 out in the top of the 1st on a pair of singles and stranded them on a Teix strikeout and Beltran groundout, and they had the same situation in the 2nd before Jose Pirela lined into an inning-ending double play.  They scattered a few more hits here and there over the next 6 innings, but nothing that qualified as a real threat.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 49 Quick Recap: OAK 6 NYY 2

From sweeping the best team in the AL to being on the brink of getting swept by the worst.  The Jekyll and Hyde 2015 New York Yankees season continues!

Chris Capuano got the start last night, his third since coming back from the DL, and he was pretty crappy again.  He walked 2 batters and loaded the bases in the bottom of the 2nd before wriggling off the hook and he started the 3rd by giving up a double and single to set the table for Oakland.  He got what should have been a double play grounder to third base, but alleged defensive whiz Chase Headley had the ball go through his legs to score a run and keep the inning going.  Back-to-back doubles from Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt after that made it 4-0 Oakland before Capuano even had an out in the inning.  He recovered to keep the deficit there and pitched into the 6th, but the damage was done.… Click here to read the rest