Game 107 Recap: Yankees 2 Red Sox 1

Sabathia vs BOS

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I think I said in the recap of his last good start that we had gotten to the point where you just have to appreciate the good starts from CC Sabathia when he has them because there aren’t a lot of them anymore.  Last night was one of those good starts.  It was vintage Sabathia in the series finale against the Red Sox as he pitched to the little run support that he got and led his club to another series victory.

Whatever CC did between starts, it helped bring something out of him because he was dealing last night.  He came out firing fastballs in the low-mid 90s and he really had good command of his stuff, arguably better than we’ve seen at any point this season.  He struck out 4 and allowed only 2 baserunners, both of them coming in the 2nd inning, in 4 scoreless and seemed to be pitching with the kind of swagger we used to see from his years ago.…

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Game 106 Recap: Red Sox 2 Yankees 1

Severino vs BOS

Luis Severino makes a plea to the baseball gods for just 1 run of support after completing the 5th inning last night. Courtesy of Getty Images

The hype machine was turned up to 11 for Luis Severino‘s Major League debut last night, and with good reason.  Severino has done everything to earn the quick promotion up the ladder, dominating at every level he’s pitched, and he was getting inserted into the middle of a playoff race to bolster the team’s biggest area of weakness.  The buzz was justified and Severino lived up to it last night, but the bats couldn’t get anything going against a pesky knuckleballer and the Yanks dropped the middle game of the set.

Severino came out firing in the first couple innings.  He featured a mid-high 90s 4-seamer, a low 90s cutter, and a low 90s slider, and just from the pop of the glove you could tell that everything had some extra oomph on it.  …

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Game 105 Recap: Yankees 13 Red Sox 3

McCann HR vs BOS II

Big innings are fun for everyone. Courtesy of the AP

The storyline continues to be the same for the Yankees over the last week or so.  But unlike this season of “True Detective” or the last few seasons of “Sons Of Anarchy”, that storyline is neither boring nor un-entertaining.  I think I speak for a lot of Yankee fans when I say I don’t mind them beating up on teams and bullying them around the way they have been.  They crushed the Red Sox last night in the series opener.  Man, what a great sentence to write.

The only thing that added a little intrigue to the game was how long it took for the crushing to start.  The Yanks got another 1st-inning run against Boston starter Henry Owens on a Mark Teixeira RBI single, but then the bats went silent for the next 4 innings.  They were making Owens throw a lot of pitches, and he was missing badly with some, but they could never string any hits together to really make him pay.…

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Game 104 Recap: Yankees 12 White Sox 3

Teix HR vs CHW

Teix should probably be charging for high fives at this point. Courtesy of the AP

Part of what has made the Yankees’ start to the second half so strong has been their ability to shake off a bad game and come back strong the next.  They didn’t play particularly well in any aspect of the game yesterday, so they righted that wrong by coming out today and mashing the White Sox into the ground to lock up another series victory.

I was a big proponent of trading for Jeff Samardzija during the final days leading up to this week’s trade deadline.  Boy am I an idiot.  Samardzija did not look good this afternoon and the Yankee bats were on him from the get go.  Jacoby Ellsbury homered to center to lead off the game and that was just the beginning.  Samardzija could not command his offspeed stuff and the Yankee hitters figured that out by their second turn through the order.  …

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Game 103 Quick Recap: CHW 8 NYY 2

Tough go for the Yankees last night in the second game of this Second City weekend series.  They didn’t pitch well and they didn’t hit much.  Baseball games are hard to win when you don’t do those things.

Bryan Mitchell got the spot start and he showed flashes of the potential that’s always kept him on the Yankees’ top prospect lists.  His fastball was lively and his curveball drew some swings and misses.  He also gave up a lot of hard contact and the White Sox got to him for 4 runs in his 4 innings of work.  Alexei Ramirez tagged him for a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd, which is always embarrassing, and he set the stage for Melky Cabrera‘s 3-run homer in the 5th that basically put the game away.

Didi Gregorius was responsible for the first Yankee run on a 3rd inning sac fly.  It could have been a 3-run home run if it wasn’t for Avisail Garcia making a leaping catch at the wall.  …

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Game 102 Recap: Yankees 13 White Sox 6

The Yankees were reeling heading into Chicago for this weekend series.  Coming off 2 straight losses for the first time since July 7th and a trade deadline that passed without them making any more moves, they were basically a dead stick and set up to miss the playoffs altogether.  They needed a miracle to get the ship righted and they got one in Carlos Rodon.  He served up a ton of tasty pitches early and the Yankee bats feasted on them to build a big early lead that they would never give up.

The Yanks got to Rodon for a run in the 1st on a pair of doubles by A-Rod and Carlos Beltran sandwiched around a Mark Teixeira walk.  Teix factored much more prominently in the scoring in the 2nd when he hit a 2-out grand slam to give his team a 6-0 lead.  The top half of the order was locked in on Rodon and they knocked him out in the 4th after Chris Young doubled to lead off the inning and scored on 2 wild pitches, and A-Rod walked again.  …

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Game 101 Recap: Rangers 7 Yankees 6

TEX Walk-Off vs NYY

Womp. Courtesy of the AP

Well that’s not the way you want to end a road series.  After taking the first 2 games in Texas handily, the Yankees fell again last night, coughing up a late-inning lead and dropping their second straight to the Rangers.  CC Sabathia did not pitch well (as usual), but it was the bullpen failing to hold the lead that really did the Yanks in.

As they typically do, the Yankee offense got going in a hurry.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a bloop shot to left that turned into a double and a fielding error to put him on third, and Brett Gardner sac flew him home to make it 1-0.  Mark Teixeira doubled it up with a 2-out solo home run and a single-walk-single rally culminated in a Chase Headley RBI base hit and a 3-0 Yankee lead after 1.

It would be a very short-lived lead.  The Rangers’ first 2 hitters got on with infield singles, and with 2 outs CC hung a slider to Josh Hamilton that Hamilton hit for a 3-run home run.  …

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Game 100 Recap: Rangers 5 Yankees 2

Tanaka-McCann vs TEX

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The Yankees were bound to lose a game in this series at some point.  Figured it would be last night as the follow-up to the mauling they put on the Rangers on Tuesday.  Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t especially sharp in his start, and the offense never got going against Colby Lewis despite some early runs.  Oh well.  Series victory still intact heading into tonight’s series finale.

It looked like it was shaping up to be a productive night against Lewis in the top of the 2nd.  Carlos Beltran smacked a solo home run to start the inning, and a pair of singles by the middle infield combo put runners on the corners with 2 outs.  Jacoby Ellsbury came up and lined a ribbie single up the middle to make it 2-0, and the Yankees were off and running.

Or not.  Lewis retired the side in order in the 3rd, got a strike ‘em out/throw ‘em out double play to end the 4th, and Brett Gardner hit into another double play to end the 5th.  …

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Game 99 Recap: Yankees 21 Rangers 5

21 unanswered runs.  Is that good?

Last night’s game was about as ridiculous as a Major League game could be.  Spot starter Chris Capuano didn’t make it out of the bottom of the 1st for the Yankees, surrendering 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks while recording only 2 outs.  It looked like the Yankees were going to be in for a long night.  And then the top of the 2nd happened.

Yanks Top 2nd vs TEX

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11 runs, 10 hits, 1 walk, 1 HBP.  The first 8 batters of the inning reached base.  Brendan freaking Ryan had 2 extra-base hits in the inning!! And somehow, strangely enough, the Rangers struck out the side.  Ya know, Suzyn, sometimes you just can’t predict baseball.

The onslaught continued from there, finally ending at 3 touchdowns and 3 extra points while Texas didn’t record another hit against Yankee pitching after the 1st.  It’s almost like a blowout loss in the sense that there really isn’t any need to recap all the details of the game.  …

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