Game 51 Quick Recap: OAK 3 NYY 0

Warren vs OAK

Life’s tough when you get no support from your teammates. Courtesy of the AP

When I saw the lineup for yesterday’s series finale in Oakland, I casually said to my dad that I bet the Yankees wouldn’t score a single run.  I feel pretty good about that prediction this morning, as it solidifies my status as a baseball genius, but I also feel bad because the lack of run scoring guaranteed them a series loss against the A’s.

Jesse Chavez was the starter for Oakland, and the Yanks actually put together a few good chances against him early.  They had 2 on and 1 out in the top of the 1st on a pair of singles and stranded them on a Teix strikeout and Beltran groundout, and they had the same situation in the 2nd before Jose Pirela lined into an inning-ending double play.  They scattered a few more hits here and there over the next 6 innings, but nothing that qualified as a real threat.  …

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Game 49 Quick Recap: OAK 6 NYY 2

From sweeping the best team in the AL to being on the brink of getting swept by the worst.  The Jekyll and Hyde 2015 New York Yankees season continues!

Chris Capuano got the start last night, his third since coming back from the DL, and he was pretty crappy again.  He walked 2 batters and loaded the bases in the bottom of the 2nd before wriggling off the hook and he started the 3rd by giving up a double and single to set the table for Oakland.  He got what should have been a double play grounder to third base, but alleged defensive whiz Chase Headley had the ball go through his legs to score a run and keep the inning going.  Back-to-back doubles from Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt after that made it 4-0 Oakland before Capuano even had an out in the inning.  He recovered to keep the deficit there and pitched into the 6th, but the damage was done.…

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Game 48 Recap: Athletics 5 Yankees 4

CC vs OAK II

The moment the game was lost. Courtesy of the AP

Well that was a crappy loss.  The Yankees were in a good position to get a series-opening win in Oakland last night, up multiple runs heading into the game’s later innings.  But a few bad pitches and a really horrible bullpen decision fueled an A’s comeback and got the Bombers’ West Coast trip off to a tough start.

It wasn’t the 1st inning, but Brian McCann got the scoring off to an early start with a 1-out solo home run in the top of the 2nd.  He drove in the Yankees’ second run in the top of the 4th too.  Alex Rodriguez started the inning off with a single, moved to second on Mark Teixeira‘s walk, and came around to score on Mccann’s base hit up the middle.  Close play at the plate, but A-Rod’s blazing speed around third was enough to get him in.  There was still 2 on and nobody out after the replay, but the Yanks would not get any more runs in the inning.…

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Game 47 Quick Recap: NYY 4 KC 2

How about that for a West Coast send off, huh?  The Yankees did what we all expected them to do coming into this series and completed the sweep of the Royals yesterday afternoon behind a pair of home runs and a return normalcy for Michael Pineda.

The first home run came in the bottom of the 2nd off the bat of Brian McCann.  He was looking for a fastball, got it in a meaty part of the plate, and crushed it into the second deck in right for his 6th homer of the year.  The big shot was the one that came the next inning.  With 2 on and nobody out, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate looking to put the Yanks ahead.  He took a called strike fastball and got a hanging 0-1 slider on the next pitch.  He smoked it down the left field line and just got it over the outfield wall for a 3-run shot.  …

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Game 46 Recap: Yankees 5 Royals 1

Teix vs KC

The organic straw that stirs the gluten-free drink. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees have taken the first 2 games of this series after losing 6 in a row and have outscored the best team in the American League 19-2 in the process.  I can’t explain it but I’ll damn sure take it.  An early Teix message was the difference last night, as Adam Warren continued to put the pieces of being a consistent, good MLB starter together.

Warren has slowly been getting better as the season has progressed and he put his best outing together last night.  He had his command going from the get go and used it to retire the Royals in order the first turn through on 38 pitches.  He didn’t allow his first hit until the 4th and didn’t allow his first run until the 6th when Paulo Orlando got him for his first home run of the year.  Those 2 hits were the only hits KC would get off Warren, who exited with 1 out in the 7th.  …

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Game 45 Recap: Yankees 14 Royals 1

Headley HR vs KC

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I said I wasn’t going to watch this afternoon’s game against the Royals and I meant it.  I’m happy to say that the Yankees made me look foolish for making that decision, as they crushed Kansas City in the series opener on the strength of way too many homers and a solid outing by Nathan Eovaldi.

Jeremy Guthrie got the ball for KC today and he had absolutely nothing.  The bottom of the 1st went like this for New York: leadoff double, 2-run home run, single, walk, 3-run home run, flyout, groundout, HBP, single, 3-run home run, single, walk, K.  The homers came from Chase Headley, Brian McCann, and Brett Gardner, and just like that the Yankees staked Eovaldi to an 8-0 lead.  Another 3-run dinger by Stephen Drew in the 2nd made it 11-0 and ended Guthrie’s day, making him just the second pitcher in the last 100 years (!!!!) to give up 11 or more runs in fewer than 2 IP.…

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Game 42 Quick Recap: TEX 10 NYY 9

This home weekend series against the sub-.500 Texas Rangers should have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the scuffling Yankees.  Instead it turned into another multi-faceted display of their current baseball ineptitude and a waste of some surprising offensive breakouts.

Michael Pineda got the start and once again he looked far from his best.  He wasn’t locating his fastball and his slider had very little bite to it.  The 3rd inning was a complete disaster for Pineda, as he started it off allowing a single and a walk, escalated it with a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt and a follow-up fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and let things get out of hand by giving up a 3-run home run to Prince Fielder and a solo shot to Mitch Moreland.  When all was said and done, the Rangers put a touchdown and an extra point on the scoreboard to take a commanding 7-0 lead.  On the bright side, Pineda didn’t allow any more runs and made it through 6 innings, but the damage was plenty done.…

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