Yankees 6, Rays 2: The Zoilo Almonte Show

When I posted the lineups earlier today, I excitedly typed “ZOILO!!!!” near the bottom of the page because it was to be Zoilo Almonte‘s first start as a Yankee.

And why was I excited? Maybe it’s because the name Zoilo sounds like it could be the name of a comic book hero who likes to save damsels in distress, or maybe I just wanted to see someone else out there instead of Vernon Wells who has been flailing away at bad pitches and looking terrible at the plate.

Well, my excitement would be rewarded by Almonte who took advantage of his opportunity in the bright lights of the Bronx and finished the night 3-4 with two singles and a home run that landed in the Yankees’ bullpen.

The Yankees played a little small ball tonight and actually got their first four runs on a sac fly, a bunt ground out, a double play and an infield single. Their fifth run was courtesy of Almonte’s home run in the sixth inning which earned him a Yankee Stadium curtain call.…

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Quick recap: Rays 8, Yankees 3

One of my favorite shows of the past 10 years was 30 Rock. In case you didn’t watch it or hear of it, though I’m not sure that’s even possible, it starred Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin and itt took place behind the scenes of a late night comedy sketch show. Hey, just like the one Fey was head writer for in the late 1990 – early 2000s. Amazing.

Anyway, on 30 Rock, when things weren’t going quite the way she wanted them to go, Fey’s character Liz Lemon would say, “Blergh.”

Well, that was my reaction to tonight’s game.

The Rays were able to score their runs by actually getting hits – some of the extra bases variety. Not the Yankees, they scored theirs it was via a wild pitch, sac fly and a single.

Andy Pettitte wasn’t sharp and gave up five runs in 6.2 innings of work.

Evan Longoria did the most damage against the Yanks.…

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Limp Yankees lose the nightcap to the Dodgers

Chris Capuano returned from the disabled list to face the New York Yankees. Apparently the rest was good for him. Capuano entered the game with a 1.515 WHIP and a 5.50 ERA. He was giving up 10.1 hits per nine innings and 3.5 walks per nine. All the Yankees could manage against him were three singles and no walks in six scoreless innings and then managed only one more base runner via a hit by pitch against two relievers. Phil Hughes continued his home Mr. Hyde act and gave up ten hits and a hit by pitch in six innings of work and gave up five runs on the way to a final score of 6-0. The tone of this one was set in the first inning and once that frame was over, the game was effectively over.

Hughes reached a 1-2 count on lead-off batter, Skip Schumaker, and then promptly left a fastball in the middle of the plate for a sharp single.…

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Yankees 6, Angels 5, and panic attacks 500


You’ll have to excuse me if this recap is all over the place but that ninth inning made me have a legitimate panic attack. And I know I shouldn’t let baseball affect me this much but I cannot help it. In fact, my heart is still beating out of my chest.

So let’s talk about the good stuff in this game first, shall we?

How about the offense scoring six runs? That was nice to see and a little shocking to witness after the past four games when they could only muster two runs in each game and then stop scoring.

And that five run third inning was pretty cool. Travis Hafner got it started with a three-run shot to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, something the Yankees hadn’t seen since about 1987. Just kidding. Like I said it has only been about four days or so. Then Lyle Overbay joined in on the fun with an RBI double and Jayson Nix hit an RBI single to put the Yankees up 5-0.…

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Chris Stewart and Brett Gardner help Yankees squeak past M’s, 2-1

york-yankees-v-seattle-mariners-20130609-231933-023Felix Hernandez showed up today in a big way for Mariners. Lucky for the Yankees, David Phelps also brought his A game. The King did precisely what he’s paid to do. He gave the Mariners seven innings of one run baseball, allowing just one run on five hits with two walks while striking out seven. Felix looked a little shaky in the beginning of the game. His pitch count was in the forties after just two innings. But he settled down and dominated the Yankees, as he always does. David Phelps matched Hernandez almost pitch for pitch. He gave the Yankees six innings of one run baseball, allowing three hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Both starters let runs score in the second inning. Brett Gardner singled in Jayson Nix, getting one of his four hits on the day. That gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, something particularly rare against the King. The Yankees gave that lead right back in the bottom frame.…

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Game 61 Mariners 4 Yankees 1: What The … ?

Wells vs SEA

I don’t even know where to start with this one.  It’s not like we’ve never seen the Yankees lose a game when their offense didn’t show up and their starting pitcher had one bad inning.  But if there was a game where you could have bet money on that not happening and felt good about it, it was last night’s game.  I guess that’s why they play baseball on the field and not in my game thread previews, huh?

Let’s start with the offense, which was absolutely putrid after the 1st inning.  They turned a Brett Gardner leadoff double into a run on a pair of groundouts (not a good sign), and made Jeremy Bonderman work hard through 2 innings before disappearing completely.  After Vernon Wells got picked off second base with 0 outs in the 2nd, the Yankees didn’t get another hit off of Bonderman until the 5th and didn’t have anybody reach second base again until Kevin Youkilis doubled in the top of the 9th.  …

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