Game 34 Recap: Rays 4 Yankees 2

Eovaldi vs TB

Nasty Nate’s angry face. Courtesy of Getty Images

Give the Yankees credit.  Even though they don’t lose a lot these days, they still manage to make each less extra frustrating.  If that’s their way of making up for playing so well for the last month, I guess I appreciate the effort in keeping my emotions balanced.  They jumped out to an early lead against Tampa ace Chris Archer last night, only to sputter offensively and cough up the lead in the late innings.

That early lead was very early, as in “scoring multiple runs in the 1st inning again” type of early.  Single-Single-Walk from the red hot top of the order loaded the bases to start the game and Brian McCann singled in Jacoby Ellsbury to get New York on the board.  Carlos Beltran followed up with a a ribbie single of his own to make it 2-0, but the inning stalled when Chase Headley, Stephen Drew, and Garrett Jones failed to bring in even 1 more run with their 3 outs.  …

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Game 33 Recap: Yankees 11 Rays 5

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Michael Pineda set the bar for starters pretty damn high with his performance on Sunday afternoon, and while nobody was expecting that or anything like it from CC Sabathia last night, it would have been nice to see him put a decent start together.  Emotions are starting to run a little bit higher in Yankeeland relative to CC’s struggles and inability to successfully adapt to life as a different pitcher.  Another bad start on the heels of Pineda’s dominance would only serve to fuel those flames.

So naturally CC came out, walked the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, and gave up what would have been a 2-run double to Logan Forsythe to center field.  The only thing that saved him was Steven Souza forgetting how to run the bases and getting thrown out at home, which limited the scoring to 1.  CC got a strikeout to end the threat, but it wasn’t the kind of start that inspired confidence.…

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Game 32 Quick Recap: NYY 6 BAL 2

Two words: Big Mike.  That’s all you need to know to know what this afternoon’s game was all about.  Michael Pineda was a man on fire today, striking out 16 in 7 1-run innings to lead his team to another game and series victory over the Baltimore Orioles.  He didn’t walk a batter and his only blemish was a solo home run by JJ Hardy in the 2nd.  He was spectacular.

The offensive charge in support of him was led by Carlos Beltran.  No really, it was.  Beltran went 2-2 with 2 BB and his first home run of the year.  That got the Yankees on the board in the bottom of the 4th and sparked a 4-run inning against Bud Norris, capped off by a 2-run double off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury.  The Yanks tacked on runs in the 5th (Brian McCann solo homer) and the 7th (Didi Gregorius RBI double), and that was more than enough for Pineda and Dellin Betances.  …

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Quick recap: Orioles 6, Yankees 2

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I’ll be the first to admit that I missed this game and boy, am I glad I did!

Chase Whitley gave up five runs on six hits (three of them home runs) in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

The Yankees offense was stymied by Wei-Yin Chen for seven innings, he scattered five hits, gave up one run, walked one and struck out seven.

Jose Pirela got the start at second and went 2-4. He was the only Yankee with a multi-hit game. Carlos Beltran and John Ryan Murphy had an RBI apiece.

Tomorrow the Yankees look to take three out of four with Michael Pineda trying to get his fifth win of the season.

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Game 29 Recap: Yankees 4 Orioles 3

A-Rod 661 vs BAL

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What better way to get over your first series loss in a while than by starting the next series off with a win back at home?  That’s just what the Yankees did last night as they welcomed Baltimore to town for the first time this year.  The game was too close for comfort all night, but they finally held onto the last lead they took to get this weekend 4-piece kicked off right.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start last night and he was about as Nathan Eovaldi as you’d expect.  He could get ahead but he couldn’t put anybody away.  He could blow a fastball by you early in the count and then miss with one badly with 2 strikes and give up a hit on it later in the count.  It’s becoming very clear that Eovaldi still has a lot of work to do, and his development into a more refined, effective, consistent pitcher could be slow.  …

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Game 28 Recap: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 1

The Yankees got themselves back on the path of victory on Tuesday night thanks in large part to a lights out pitching performance by Michael Pineda.  I’m no longer greedy enough to ask for something identical from CC Sabathia, but something like a “too dimly lit to read” pitching performance from him would have been nice.  It definitely would have gone a long way in helping to secure the Yankees’ 6th straight series victory.  Instead we got more of what’s become the new normal for CC and a disappointing L to send the team to Baltimore for the weekend.

Sabathia’s troubles started early.  A bunt single and a double by the first 2 Toronto batters put them in business in the bottom of the 2nd, and a misplaced slider to Ezequiel Carrera turned into a 2-run single and a lead that Toronto would never relinquish.  They tacked on another run in the 4th on a leadoff single by Russell Martin, a balk, and a Chris Colabello ribbie single on another poorly-located slider, and another in the 6th on a solo home run by Martin.  …

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Game 27 Recap: Yankees 6 Blue Jays 3

A-Rod-Teix High Five vs TOR

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As crummy as Monday night’s result was, the great thing about baseball is that you almost always get the chance to make up for a bad one the next day.  The Yankees did just that last night, putting the Blue Jays in a chokehold and letting up for just a second to trick them into thinking they had a chance before putting them to sleep.

It was really a story of 2 very different games last night, an outstanding 8-inning one in which the Yankees schooled Toronto in almost every facet of the game and a pretty crappy 1-inning one in which they had to scramble to get through it.  The 8-inning one was anchored by Michael Pineda, who turned in arguably his best Yankee start to date.  He pitched 8 shutout innings and only allowed 6 baserunners during that time.  He never had more than 1 runner on base in any inning, he recorded 10 ground ball outs, and he struck out 6 while only walking 1.  …

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Game 26 Recap: Blue Jays 3 Yankees 1

Betances vs TOR

It’s not your fault, Dellin. Courtesy of the AP

You can’t win ‘em all.  We all know that saying.  Knowing that and knowing that the Yanks are still in first place after last night’s loss should be enough to make this game not a big deal.  But when you’re losing because the 23-25th guys on your roster on playing in situations where they probably shouldn’t be playing, that’s frustrating.  That’s what happened last night and it was a waste of a gem start by Chase Whitley.

Whitley absolutely locked down the Toronto lineup over 7 innings.  They picked up base hits here and there, but never sustained anything through the first 5.  He had his command going, attacked the strike zone, and kept the Jays hitters guessing.  He struck out Jose Bautista twice in a row the first 2 times he faced him, which is never something you expect to happen with Whitley.

The only real trouble came in the 6th when Devon Travis singled and Josh Donaldson doubled to start off the inning and set up the heart of the order.  …

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Game 25 Recap: Yankees 8 Red Sox 5

Teix HR vs BOS

Chicks dig the mustaches. And the long ball. (Courtesy of the AP)

It’s been quite the last 2 weeks and change for the New York Yankees.  They’ve ascended to the top of the AL East, they had won 12 of their last 15 games heading into last night’s series finale in Boston, and they had a chance to finish off their first sweep in Boston since the famous 5-game beatdown in 2006.  They got out to a hot start last night and looked like they were going to cruise to a lopsided victory.  Boston did enough to make them sweat it out, however, and sweat it out they did en route to a much-harder-than-it-needed-to-be win.

As they seem to do regularly these days, the Yankees got the scoring started early.  Jacoby Ellsbury singled to start things off in the top of the 1st, and just as the SNB crew was finishing up describing Joe Kelly‘s fastball as if it were Bob Gibson‘s, Mark Teixeira launched a 2-out, 2-run home run the other way (!!) to put the Yanks up 2-0.  …

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