Game 150 Recap: Rays 6 Yankees 1

Joe vs TB

“I want you!! I want the Stallion!!” Courtesy of Getty Images

I set the betting line at 1.5 runs before the game.  Can I set a line or what?  I had no doubts that the Yankee offense would remain absent.  Their starting lineup was terrible.  What I didn’t anticipate was Big Mike being out so early after a very good start to his night, and that ended up being the difference on another limp night for the bats.

Strange game for Michael Pineda.  He pretty much cruised through 4 scoreless on 52 pitches, giving up 2 singles, striking out 3, and getting 7 outs on the ground.  His slider was missing bats and his cutter was moving perfectly to generate weak, groundball contact.  It was all groovy.  Then Brendan Ryan threw a ball away with 1 out in the 5th and things started to go haywire.  Pineda walked the next batter and then failed to catch a toss from Brian McCann that would have ended the inning.  …

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Game 149 Recap: Rays 1 Yanks 0

Headley vs TB

Chase Headley‘s got playoff fever. Courtesy of Getty Images

Another shutout.  Seriously, how is that possible?  I think I could actually help the Yankee lineup right now.  If nothing else, I’d be a great clubhouse guy to lighten the mood.  I fit right in with the team culture.  I’m boring, not that great to look at, and have a hard time scoring.  BOOM, roasted!!  We’re off and running this morning, people.  Of course they lost!

Starters Chris Capuano and Alex Colome traded zeros through the first 6 innings.  Hard to say if it was because they were pitching well or because the offenses sucked.  Capuano walked 4 in his 6 and only got 4 swings and misses on 101 pitches, and Colome had multiple runners on base in multiple innings.  The Yankees’ best chance was probably the 2nd, when Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran singled and moved up on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with 1 out.  …

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Game 148 Recap: Orioles 3 Yankees 2

D-Rob vs BAL II

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Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Yankee starting pitcher gave the team a good start and a great chance to win, but the offense didn’t generate nearly enough runs to support him and the other team capitalized by scoring some late runs for a heartbreaking loss.

Last night’s victim starter was Hiroki Kuroda and he turned in one of his best outings of the season.  He held Baltimore scoreless through 5, gave up his only run on a double down the left field line int he 6th that was nearly caught for an out off the bat, and finished 7 strong innings with only that 1 run against him, no walks, and 5 strikeouts.  His splitter had a lot of late movement and he had a really good feel for it last night.  Once again Hirok has played himself into no-doubt qualifying offer territory.

The offensive output came on 2 swings.  Martin Prado, who almost made the great catch at third on the double against Kuroda, hit a 1-2 fastball off Chris Tillman for a solo home run to open the 2nd inning and open the scoring.  …

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Game 147 Quick Recap: NYY 3 BAL 2

Young vs BAL

Who needs the old #24 when you’ve got Chris Young? Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees got fewer innings out of their starting pitcher, got outhit by more than 2-1, and somehow ended up winning this afternoon’s game.  Whatever.  You’ll take what you can get with this crew at this point.

The lineup didn’t generate much against Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.  They did all their damage in the top of the 2nd, starting with Brian McCann‘s 19th home run of the season.  A walk to Mark Teixeira, a double by the hotter than the surface of the sun hot Chris Young, and a base hit by Antoan Richardson made it 2-0, and Young used his legs to generate the third run when he stole home off of RIchardson’s steal of second.  Catcher Caleb Joseph probably should have held onto the ball.

Shane Greene kinda made those 3 runs stand up in his 5.1 innings of work.  He had multiple baserunners on in each of the first 3 innings and only gave up a single run on a Nelson Cruz ribbie single in the 3rd.  …

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Game 146 Quick Recap: BAL 5 NYY 0

Phelps vs BAL

Welcome back, Dave. Good to see you, buddy! Courtesy of the AP

The walk-off loss in the day game was bad enough.  The Yankees only scored 1 run on 1 swing in that game.  Following it up with a shutout loss to Bud Norris in the nightcap was the rotten cherry on top of the poop-flavored sundae that was yesterday.  Whatever lingering playoff hopes the Yanks had heading into yesterday, real or fictitious, are gone now.  I won’t waste more time on this recap than I need to because there wasn’t much to talk about.

Bryan Mitchell got the spot start and actually didn’t pitch bad.  He was in and out of trouble in each one of his 5 innings, but he held the Orioles to 2 runs.  They got to him in the 4th with a ribbie double by Ryan Flaherty and a triple by Alejandro De Aza.  Leadoff walks will kill you and that’s what they did to Mitchell in that inning.  …

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Game 145 Recap: BAL 2 NYY 1

It was a Friday day game after an emotional Thursday night win and the Yankees were missing 4 of their regular starting bats.  That’s a perfect recipe for a letdown game if you ask me, and in the end that’s what the Yankees did.  They let us and themselves down again.

Brandon McCarthy certainly wasn’t in letdown mode on the bump.  In what was easily his best start since his complete game shutout of the Astros last month, McCarthy held the Baltimore lineup to 3 measly singles in 6 scoreless innings pitched.  He didn’t walk a batter, he struck out 5 (including the side in the 4th), and he retired 13 in a row from the 2nd into the 6th.  His sinker/cutter command was back and he was using his curveball well with 2 strikes.  It was everything we’ve come to expect from McCarthy when he’s been on his game.

The Yankee lineup wasn’t quite as bad as you’d expect with a 6-9 of Drew-Murphy-Ryan-Richardson.  …

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Game 144 Quick Recap: Yanks 5 Rays 4

Young HR vs TB

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A more classic “if you turned this one off early, you missed out” game this could not have been.  This game was brutal for the first 8 innings.  But the Yankees kept plugging and turned a near no-hitter loss into a dramatic, improbable walk-off win in the span of 3 outs.

Let’s just skip right to the good part.  Bottom 8th, 1 out, Chris Young at the plate.  Tampa starter Alex Cobb had no-hit the Yanks up to that point, allowing only 2 walks the inning prior.  Young doubled into left-center off him to break up the no-no and end his night, and Joe went to the ailing Martin Prado to try to put a run on the board against reliever Brad Boxberger.  Prado put 2 on with a big 2-run home run on a hanging changeup to make it a 4-2 deficit.

Jake McGee came on for the save in the 9th and immediately hit Chase Headley (in the grill) to put the leadoff man on.  …

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Game 143 Recap: Yanks 8 Rays 5

Teix-McCann vs TB

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A sputtering lineup can ill afford to lose 2 of its hottest hitters, yet that’s where the Yankees found themselves again last night heading into the middle game of their 3-game set against Tampa.  Then things got worse when Carlos Beltran was scratched before the start of the game.  Or did they?  With a lineup featuring Ichiro Suzuki in the 6-spot, the Yankees erased an early deficit and got the win they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive for another day.

The deficit came swiftly and without warning from the Ray lineup against starter Chris Capuano.  Ben Zobrist led of the game with a single after the crack Yankee infield failed to catch a foul pop up, and it quickly became apparent that Capuano had nothing.  He got 1 out, went walk-double-walk-single-single to the next 5 batters and his night was over.  Joe, not wanting the game to slip away that early, pulled the plug on Cap and went to his ‘pen and it was the right decision.  …

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Game 142 Recap: Rays 4 Yanks 3

Jeter K vs TB

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If the Yankees were going to make even the most token of attempts to hang around in the Wild Card race, they were going to have to stop losing close games.  They opened a 3-game series against the Rays last night, and naturally they did exactly that, falling 4-3 thanks to some more self-inflicted offensive wounds.

Before we get to those, let’s talk about Hiroki Kuroda‘s night.  It started with a strikeout of the side in the top of the 1st and the appearance that he had his A-game going.  Then the top of the 2nd started and all that went out the window.  James Loney homered to lead off the inning to put the Rays out front.  In the 3rd they strung 4 singles together in a 5-batter span to put 2 more on the board and hit 3 straight with 1 out in the 4th to make it 4-0 and end Kuroda’s night.  Whatever command he had in the 1st disappeared after that inning.  …

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