Game 118 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 4

A-Rod HR vs MIN

The newest addition to Stacey’s A-Rod photo collection. Courtesy of Getty Images

Freakin’ A-Rod, man.  He is just the best.  He picked the perfect time break out of his recent slump last night, pummeling a go-ahead grand slam late in the game to pull the Yankees out of the jaws of defeat and propel them to what became a comfortable victory.

That slump was still fully engaged for his first 3 at-bats of the night.  Alex made outs with runners on base in the 1st and 3rd innings, and popped out to second base to lead off the 6th.  He was arguably the most stagnant part of a very stagnant offense over the first 6 innings.  About the best thing they did was make Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey work hard and throw a lot of pitches to get through 5.1 innings.  The lone run they generated came on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird RBI single in the 4th.

CC Sabathia was back on the mound after his little Toronto nightclub whatever thing, and he looked like the CC of old for most of the night.  …

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Game 117 Recap: Yankees 8 Twins 7 (10 Innings)

Walk-Off vs MIN

“Sweet walk-off groundout, bro!? Courtesy of the AP

Where do you even start with last night’s game?  There were all kinds of unusual things happening, both really good and really bad, and somehow the Yankees came out on the winning side of it in extras.  Definitely not how you draw it up, but whatever.  We’ll take it.

Let’s start with the most important event of last night’s game, Bryan Mitchell getting struck in the face with a liner and leaving the game in the top of the 2nd.  It happened with 2 on and 2 out and came off the bat of former Yankee Eduardo Nunez (more from him later), and you could see on replay that Mitchell never had time to see the ball or react to it.  The ball appeared to strike him near the right eye and he went down immediately.  There was a lot of blood, and although he walked off the field under his own power, he did so without removing a towel from his face.  …

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Game 116 Quick Recap: TOR 3 NYY 1

The smart thing to say about this series is that the Yankees still came away from it with 2 wins in 3 games and the division lead back, but after taking the first 2 and getting a really good start from Luis Severino, you wanted to be greedy and get the sweep.  Severino definitely pitched well enough to get a win this afternoon, but an unfortunate outfield incident, a few bad pitches, and the offense falling victim to Drew Hutchison‘s bizarre homefield advantage combined to give Toronto something to show for themselves.

Severino was filthy today.  Absolutely filthy.  And he did it all almost exclusively on his 4-seam fastball.  He threw it to both sides of the plate and up and down in the zone, moving batters’ feet and getting them to swing through a lot of pitches they couldn’t keep up with.  He mostly overpowered a lineup of dangerous power hitters and struck out 9 in his 6 innings of work.…

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Game 115 Quick Recap: NYY 4 TOR 1

You know what the best part about stealing a game on the road to re-take the division lead is?  It’s coming back the next day and getting another win behind a lights out performance from your staff ace.  That’s exactly what the Yankees did this afternoon to gain another game on the Jays and set themselves up for a payback sweep tomorrow.

Masahiro Tanaka was great today.  He had all of his pitches working, he worked efficiently through the first half of the game, and he seemed to get better as the day went on.  Toronto got to him for a run in the 5th after he walked Ryan Goins on 4 pitches to start the inning and loaded the bases before recording an out, but that was the best and really only chance they would get.  They would manage just a single baserunner over the final 4 innings and Tanaka picked up 5 of his 8 strikeouts in that timespan.  …

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Game 114 Recap: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 3

Beltran HR vs TOR

Peace the eff out. Courtesy of MLB.com

I don’t even know how to write an effective introduction to this recap.  This game went from incredibly frustrating to incredibly awesome to incredibly stressful in a span of about 20 minutes at the end, and when it was all over the Yankees had stolen the first game on the road to regain the AL East lead.

In one sense, the Yankees had a pretty good night against David Price.  They racked up 11 hits again him in his 7+ innings of work and gave themselves plenty of run-scoring opportunities.  In the only sense that matters, they did nothing.  They couldn’t put any of those hits together in a sequence that brought a run across the plate, and Price exited with a 3-run lead in the 8th.

That 3-run lead came courtesy of a 3-run 3rd inning against New York starter Ivan Nova.  He hit leadoff batter Kevin Pillar and then gave up a single to Ben Revere on an 0-2 pitch to put runners on the corners with nobody out.  …

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Game 113 Recap: Yankees 8 Indians 6

Gardner vs CLE

There’s the Brett Gardner we all know and love. Courtesy of Getty Images

Hey, how ’bout that?  A win!  I sarcastically didn’t think the Yankees were going to get any more of those this season, and I seriously thought there were some people out there who wouldn’t have been able to handle another loss on #GREGBIRD Day.  But the bats woke up and the crooked numbers returned to the scoreboard as the Yanks ended this disappointing series on the right note.

To borrow some of David Cone‘s early game analysis, Trevor Bauer has pretty much been an all-or-nothing pitcher this season.  You know what you’re going to get pretty early with him, and when Brett Gardner drew a 4-pitch walk as the second batter of the game to put 2 on and nobody out, I felt pretty good.  Brian McCann brought everybody home with a towering 2-out home run to right field and the Yanks were off and running.

They picked up another run in the top of the 2nd on a Stephen Drew solo shot, 2 more on ribbie doubles by Drew and Gardner in the 4th, and they really could have busted the game open if they would have been able to capitalize on another 2 on/no outs situation in the 3rd.  …

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Game 112 Recap: Indians 2 Yankees 1

A-Rod K vs CLE

Courtesy of the AP

Man these guys stink right now.  They don’t hit at all.  They’ve scored 9 runs in the last 7 games.  NINE.  And 4 of them came in 1 game.  There’s getting tired, there’s regressing to the mean, and then there’s what’s going on with the Yankee offense right now.  It has almost completely disappeared from existence.  Shame too, because even a tiny bit more would have been good enough to win again last night.

CC Sabathia pitched 6 innings and only gave up 2 runs, but this outing was nothing like the one before it.  This was more of the hittable, always-in-trouble CC we’ve seen for most of this season, and it took some splendid defense behind him to keep Cleveland from scoring more.  He put the leadoff runner on in 4 of the first 5 innings and needed big double plays to get out of the 3rd and 5th.  That second double play came after a game-tying single, the third Cleveland hit of the inning, and they pulled ahead with 3 more singles in the 6th, the run-scoring one coming off the bat of former Yankee farmhand Abraham Almonte.…

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Game 111 Recap: Indians 5 Yankees 4 (16 Innings)

Walk-Off Loss vs CLE

Gut punch. Courtesy of Getty Images

Last night basically broke down into 2 separate 8-inning games.  The Yankees scored 2 runs in each of those mini-games, more than they had been scoring over the weekend but not enough to pull out a much needed win.  The top of the lineup continued to suck, and Andrew Miller blew his first save of the season in extra innings to send the Yankees home losers for the fourth straight game.

If there is one silver lining to take from last night, it was the encouraging start by Luis Severino and the fact that he didn’t let the game get out of hand early.  He was not sharp in the first 2 innings, missing his spots with his fastball and falling behind too many batters.  That’s a dangerous approach against a team that draws walks and makes contact, and the Indians made Severino pay with 2 runs on 5 base hits in the first 2.…

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Game 109 Quick Recap: TOR 6 NYY 0

I spent the bulk of my late morning and early afternoon sitting in a car dealership following the game on Gamecast and Twitter, so that tells you how many Saturday went.  I really don’t have the energy to write a coherent recap.  Let’s just hit the typical Yankee loss talking points, shall we?

The Lack of Offense- The Yankee have pounded David Price in the recent past, so this game should have been one to right the offensive ship.  Instead they didn’t score anything.  They barely threatened.  3 hits, none for extra bases, and they didn’t capitalize on the 2 times they had 2 runners on base.  The slump is real.  4 runs scored in 4 games.

The One Bad Inning- Ivan Nova was a beast through 5.  He struck out 6, only gave up 2 hits, and his stuff was really popping.  Then he tired in the 6th, loaded the bases on a walk and 2 singles, and served up a hanging curveball to Justin Smoak for the game-ending grand slam.…

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