Ah, Much Better: Yankees 3, Twins 1

Hey guys, guess what? Brian McCann got a big hit when the Yankees desperately needed one!

I know, amazing, right?

The Yankees won, Masahiro Tanaka is now 8-1 (the Yankees are 9-2 in the 11 games he’s started) and tomorrow is a rubber ame instead of a “hey, let’s avoid a sweep” game.

Of course, there are always some negatives when the Yankees play lately, like the fact that they could only muster one run against Kevin Correia and his 6.34 ERA. Seriously, guys, what gives? Oh and they hit into another double play with the bases loaded (the sixth time this season). This time McCann was the culprit but he made up for it with his RBI double in the bottom of the eighth which broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Yankees a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. They had tied the game on a home run by Yangervis Solarte in the fourth inning.

Solarte made a bad baserunning blunder after hitting a single. He assumed McCann was going to try and score but he didn’t, Solarte tried to go to second and the Twins threw him out. Oops. It was eerily similar to last night’s base running mistake by Derek Jeter.

Speaking of Jeter, he had his 13th multi hit game of the season. Not bad for someone everyone thought was dead in the water three weeks ago. Now obviously, he’s not the Derek Jeter of 1999 or even 2012 but it’s good to see him hitting again.

Tanaka pitched through the eighth inning for the third time this season and David Robertson came into the game to pitch the ninth and he, ho hum, struck out the side.

Tomorrow the Yankees face old friend Phil Hughes who is coming into this game with a 5-1 record, a 3.23 ERA, 2.61 FIP and so far this season he has struck out 50 batters, has only given up six walks in 61.1 innings and he has only surrendered four home runs. That’s not a typo.
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It’s good to be back: Minnesota 6, Yankees 1

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Not really. The Yankees are now 11-12 at home this season (they are 17-13 on the road).

This time, the loss came at the hands of the Minnesota Twins and New York dropped the game 6-1.

New York starting pitcher Vidal Nuno lasted nearly seven innings without walking anyone. He scattered seven hits, but three of those went for home runs.

On the other side of the ball, New York actually went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but ugly base running managed to keep the Yankees off the board.

New York’s lone run came in the third when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in Brett Gardner.

The good

– News came out before the game that Carlos Beltran’s elbow is feeling much better. He hopes he can return to the Yankees lineup without surgery.

– Brett Gardner swiped two bases raising his season total to 13.

The bad

– Nuno got touched up for three home runs. Manager Joe Girardi somehow saved the bullpen and used just Preston Claiborne and Matt Daley to finish the game.

The ugly

– How many games is Derek Jeter going to get into these goofy run downs? That’s at least three times this season that I remember. In the fifth inning, Jeter singled to right field with Gardner on second. Garder was held at third, but Jeter may have thought the throw was going home so he took off for second base.

Well, the throw didn’t go home, but when the Twins threw the ball to get Jeter out, Gardner took off for home and got caught in a run down and somehow Gardner and Jeter were both on third place — or something like that.

– Also, the wave. Stop it.
Continue reading It’s good to be back: Minnesota 6, Yankees 1

Everything was bad: Cardinals 6, Yankees 0

Ugh.

This is one of those games you just want to forget even happened because everything about it was bad: The offense (what offense?), the defense (two errors and other not-so-great plays), the pitching etc. Even worse, the Yankees helped Cards starter Lance Lynn record the first complete game shutout of his career. The Yankees were only able to muster five hits all night. Good job, everyone! Stellar!

  • The defense was so bad that Alfonso Soriano helped Allen Craig get a home run. He jumped up against the wall and the ball hit off his glove, over the wall. Oops. At least it wasn’t his head! (Hello, Jose Canseco!)
  • The infield was its usual putrid self. Kelly Johnson cannot play first base. Please get someone who can while Mark Teixeira is resting his bum wrist.
  • Alfredo Aceves came into the game after David Phelps exited and promptly gave up a home run to Matt Holliday and his popeye forearms. I know that Dellin Betances and Adam Warren need rest and that we don’t want them to turn into the second coming of Paul Quantrill and Scott Proctor but Aceves is really awful and after yesterday’s lucky outing, you knew lightning wouldn’t strike twice. Come on.
  • Poor Phelps, he was pitching in front of his family and his hometown and this happens. It was technically a QS (6 IP, 3ER) but thanks to the errors, he left with a 5-0 deficit.
  • Tomorrow is the finale of this really long road trip. I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled for it to be over so they can have a day off before they face the Minnesota Twins at the Stadium.

Continue reading Everything was bad: Cardinals 6, Yankees 0

Better Late Than Never: Yankees 4, White Sox 3 F/10

Admit it, you gave up on the Yankees.

When the Yankees came up to bat in the ninth inning down 3-0 you probably figured just like I did that they’d go down in order as meekly as they had been doing most of the afternoon. But thankfully we all were wrong.

The Yankees just happened to wake up from their eight-inning long slumber in time to score three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game and a big home run by Jacoby Ellsbury put them up for good in the top of the 10th.

The most remarkable thing about the ninth inning rally was that it was done with two outs. Alfonso Soriano hit a ground rule double down the line to score Ellsbury, Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI single to score Soriano and Brian McCann hit an RBI single to score Kelly Johnson who was pinch running for Solarte.

Dellin Betances came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and he did what he does best: Retire people. He got Alexei Ramirez to fly out, and struck out both Paul Konerko and Marcus Semien.

after Brett Gardner struck out and Derek Jeter grounded out, Ellsbury took the second pitch he saw from Zach Putnam just over the wall in right field to give the Yankees the lead.

David Robertson came in and did what every top notch closer does after he blows a save the night before: He struck out the side while giving up a meaningless single and earned his 10th save of the season.

Vidal Nuno, gave up three runs in the first but settled down after that. He struck out five, walked one and most importantly, he lasted seven innings which helped the bullpen.

And I really hate to be the person that says this as early as May 24 but I’m going to do it anyway…It was a big win for the Yankees but only in the sense that they needed it for their morale because going into Chicago and losing five out of six would have been disastrous. Now, that won’t happen.

Hopefully tomorrow, Masahiro Tanaka will rebound from his first loss, show the White Sox dat splitter and dat slider and the Yankees can end the Chicago portion of their road trip with a split at the Cell.
Continue reading Better Late Than Never: Yankees 4, White Sox 3 F/10

Extremely Brief Recap: Cubs 6, Yankees 1

Well, that was unexpected.

Masahiro Tanaka lost his first game of the season and first regular season game since about 1978 to the Chicago Cubs who are terrible.What’s that thing our radio play by play guy says? Oh yes, you can’t predict baseball, Suzyn.

Right. That.

The Yankees’ offense couldn’t do anything and the defense played horribly again.

Oh well.

The story of the night aside from Tanaka not being very Tanaka-like was John Baker who came into the game with an .063 average getting two hits off of him. He raised his BA to a robust .114!

Turn the page on this one, kids. Continue reading Extremely Brief Recap: Cubs 6, Yankees 1

DINGERZ: Yankees 7, Pirates 1

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Well the Yankees lived up to their alternate nickname this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bronx Bombers belted five home runs en route to a 7-1 victory at the Stadium.

Mark Teixeira, Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann all went deep – Tex and McCann hit two run dingers, the rest were solo shots with Almonte’s landing way out in Section 203 of the bleachers.

Almonte was a late addition to the lineup after Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched with flu-like symptoms.

David Phelps pitched five scoreless innings but it was a tough five innings. He tossed 50 pitches through two innings and gave up five hits and three walks and worked out of a few jams.

The Yankees’ scoreless streak ended at 23 innings when Dellin Betances gave up a first pitch home run to Starling Marte deposited a solo shot into the left field seats but Betances recovered to pitch two innings while striking out three.

Adam Warren and Matt Daley helped keep the Pirates to only one run and closed out the game.

Some notes:

  • Teixeira’s home run was the 350th of his career.
  • Four of the five home runs were hit off Pirates’ starter Edinson Volquez.

Tomorrow’s matchups in the single admission doubleheader will feature Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.62 ERA) and Vidal Nuno (1-1, 6.43) against Charlie Morton (0-5, 3.22) and Gerrit Cole (3-3, 3.76).
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Rookie Nookie: Yankees 1, Mets 0

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The Yankees couldn’t get much going against Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom but the one run they were able to scratch out in the seventh was enough to get the win and help them earn the Subway Series split.

deGrom who was making his big league debut held the Yankees to that one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He earned the loss thanks to Alfonso Soriano‘s RBI double but he pitched a great game.

As for the Yankees and their pitchers, well, they were pretty much lights out tonight.

Starter Chase Whitley only pitched 4.2 innings but he made the most of them. He gave up two hits, walked two batters and struck out four. After Whitley exited the game, Joe Girardi called upon Dellin Betances to get the third out of the fifth inning and he did. He got Eric Young Jr. to ground out.

Betances came out for the sixth and set the Mets batters down in order with three strikeouts which was pretty impressive until he did the same exact thing in the seventh inning. It was amazing and slightly unfair to the Mets’ batters. Betances was dealing. His curve was working and he was throwing 98 mph heat. You can’t do much when a pitcher is on like that.

The next guy out of the bullpen, Adam Warren, didn’t fare as well as Betances giving up a hit and walk but he also struck out two. David Robertson was brought in with two outs in the eighth and runners on the corners with David Wright at the plate. After not pitching since last Friday in Milwaukee, some people (mostly on Twitter) were a little worried that D-Rob would be rusty. He wasn’t and got Wright to ground out to end the inning.

He came in to close out the game in the ninth and got Curtis Granderson to ground out while striking out Chris Young and Lucas Duda swinging

Ballgame over, Yankees win.

Some notes:

  • Derek Jeter was 0-4 in his last Subway Series game and was replaced defensively by Brendan Ryan late in the game. It was part of a double switch in the eighth.
  • Whitley didn’t get the win but he left the game with a 0.00 ERA and 1.000 BA thanks to his one hit in his one at bat.
  • The Yankees bullpen line: 4.1 IP, 10 K, 1H and 1 BB
  • More on Betances: Four of his six strikeouts were looking. He was throwing a 98 mph fastball and the Mets couldn’t do anything against his knuckle curve. Knees were buckling. He earned the win so he’s now 2-0, has a paltry a 1.61 ERA, has 39 strikeouts in 22.1 IP which works out to a 15.72 K/9, 0.82 FIP and 1.23 xFIP. Yeah. Amazing.
  • The Mets scored 21 runs at Yankee Stadium during the first two games of the Subway Series and were only able to collect a total of seven hits while being held scoreless in the latter two games.
  • The last time the Yankees shut out the Mets twice during the Subway Series was back in 2009.
  • Robertson earned his seventh save of the season.
  • Courtesy of Katie Sharp of ESPN Stats and Info: Before tonight, only other time in last 100 yrs Yankees threw a shutout with 14+ K and 3 hits or fewer allowed was 7/30/97 vs A’s

Tomorrow, the Yankees are back home to start a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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“There’s Concern” : Mets 9, Yankees 7

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There was a ballgame played this evening, but it’s easy to forget with all of the injury news surrounding the 9 hours reporters spent at the Stadium.

The Yankees would be without Mark Teixeira for the start of this one, adding to an already long list of banged up players including Ichiro, who tweaked his back trying to make a sliding grab on Sunday, according to Joe Girardi. It was also learned before the game via Brian Cashman that CC Sabathia was headed to Dr. James Andrews for a 2nd Opinion on his knee. Girardi would confirm this postgame.

That aside, there was baseball to be played, and the Yankees scored many runs off of Bartolo Colon. The first of the night’s five home runs came off the bat of Brett Gardner, who knocked a Grand Slam to right to put the Yankees up 4-1 early. The Mets, who came into the game with just 22 HRs on the year (2nd fewest in ML), proceeded to hit four home runs in the six innings following.

Only one probably would have made it out at Citi Field, though, a rocket from Chris Young in the 8th which proved to be the difference

Noted short-porch enthusiast Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot to right to tie things at 4 in the 6th, which came an inning after Travis d’Arnaud took Hiroki Kuroda yard. Granderson was also booed a considerable amount in his first plate appearance.

During the bottom of the frame, the Yankees exhibited some offense, highlighted by Kelly Johnson’s RBI Triple. That put them in front 7-4.

At that point, Alfredo Aceves entered the game and gave up a two-run homer to Eric Young Jr (his first of the year), but still got the hold because baseball. Matt Thornton then came on, and after finishing up the 7th allowed a Lucas Duda game-tying single. Duda would then come around to score on Young’s aforementioned bomb to left.

The Yankees had runners on the corners and one man out in the 9th, but that ended quickly after a Brian McCann GIDP. Farnsworth almost Farnsworthed the game away, but it was not to be on this night. He got the save.

The Bullpen (Aceves, Thornton, Claiborne) went 3 Innings and let in 5 runs on 7 hits. Hiroki Kuroda started the game and went 6, surrendering 4 runs on 7 hits. Both had forgettable nights.

The Good:

Derek Jeter was 3/4 on the game, probably due to the fact that he changed his walk-up song to “Trophies” by Drake.
Yangervis Solarte remains pretty good – he was 3/4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI after going 2/2 with 2 RBIs on Sunday.
Mark Teixeira isn’t too hurt, considering he was used as a pinch hitter in the 9th, and got a nice hit. He said he’ll for sure play tomorrow.
The Bad:

More injuries: Carlos Beltran hyperextended his right elbow in between innings and is going for an MRI. Joe Girardi said “There’s concern.”
Everything relating to pitching. Everything. Even guys who aren’t playing, like CC, are still the bad.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 0/5 and is now 1 for his last 12. That’s weird.
The Yankees wore their Batting Practice hats with white brims. They’re wearing them again at Citi Field later on in the series. Bad.
Notes:

Mark Teixeira said before the game he wished the Subway Series was a 3-and-3, and a little more special…Alfonso Soriano became the 7th player in MLB history to record 1,000 hits in both the AL and NL…There’s no answer yet from Joe Girardi on who will start Thursday’s game…The Yankees have now lost 8 of 12. Continue reading “There’s Concern” : Mets 9, Yankees 7

Everybody walks! Angels 4, Yankees 1

The Yankees were fired up on Monday night, but it didn’t turn into runs as New York lost to the Angels 4-1. Yankees manager Joe Girardi had one of his most heated moments in his tenure with New York. With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the eighth, Jeff Weaver threw a ball that seemed low to everyone except home plate umpire Laz Diaz. Girardi didn’t hesitate. He flew out of the dugout and got in Diaz’s face shouting, veins popping from his neck and throwing his hat on the ground. A moment like that occurs Continue reading Everybody walks! Angels 4, Yankees 1