Game 131 Quick Recap: NYY 8 DET 4

Greene vs DET

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There wasn’t much to this one really.  All you need to know is that the Yankees pounded David Price into Bolivian and cruised to an easy victory after putting up 8 runs in the top of the 3rd.

So yeah, that 8-run 3rd.  Price gave up a single and a walk in the 1st and the Yankees got 2 more base hits in the 2nd without scoring.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off the top of the 3rd with his second hit of the game and the flood gates immediately opened.  The next 8 batters all got a hit, meaning the Yankees literally batted around in the inning to accumulate those 8 runs.  The big hits were run-scoring doubles by Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.  Price didn’t record an out in the inning before being pulled and got tuned up for an even dozen hits and all 8 runs.  An endless parade of base hits.  If only one of them could have been a home run.…

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Game 130 Recap: DET 5 NYY 2

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What a bummer.  I was really looking forward to getting into this horse mask thing and now it’s over before it really got going.  That’s the biggest loss here tonight.  Not the ground in the Wild Card race or the ground to the team directly ahead of New York in the Wild Card race, but the loss of the horse mask mystique.

Brandon McCarthy‘s stuff has played up since coming over, but he was missing that sharpness to his game tonight and it showed in a variety of ways.  He gave up a couple of doubles to Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera, walked 2 batters and hit another in the 2nd and walked in the first Detroit run, and missed with a cutter with 2 outs in the 3rd to surrender a run-scoring hit.  There was going to be a night like tonight eventually for McCarthy.  Too bad it had to come tonight.

The lineup was doing exactly what they did last time against Porcello and getting plenty of hits off him.  …

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Game 129 Recap: Yankees 8 Royals 1

Pineda vs KC

Do it, Big Mike. Do it. Courtesy of the AP

2 big guys, 1 big game.  Michael Pineda was the better man on this night, thoroughly outdueling James Shields and leading the Yankees to their 5th straight victory on their way out to a big 3-game Wild Card competition showdown.

Shields shot himself in the foot in the 3rd inning, throwing an Ichiro Suzuki grounder back to the mound away and putting him at second with nobody out.  Jacoby Ellsbury‘s speed was responsible for scoring the run, as he stayed out of 2 straight GIDPs to allow Ichiro to come around and score the game’s first run on a Derek Jeter RBI groundout.  Another Shields mistake, this one a belt-high fastball on a 3-2 pitch, led to the second Yankee run when Stephen Drew hit it for his second Yankee home run in the 4th.

Big Mike looked really, really good to me in the first 2 innings.  His fastball was snapping McCann’s glove, his slider was biting, and the Royal hitters weren’t putting a lot of good swings on anything he threw.  …

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Game 128 quick recap: McCann can, and did; Yankees 7, White Sox 4

With David Robertson on the mound in the ninth inning, Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox felt close to a lock. The Yankees were on the verge of sweeping Chicago.

However, Robertson gave up a home run to Avisail Garcia in the ninth to knot the game at four runs apiece – and thus sent the Yankees to another extra-inning game.

And then …

Brian McCann hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall for a pinch-hit, three-run walk-off shot to give the Yankees a 7-4 win in the 10th inning. The win and the sweep – only it took an inning longer, and the Yankees did it in dramatic fashion.

The win puts New York six games over .500.

The Yankee fell early to Chris Sale, 3-0, with a run in the first and a two-run home run by Conor Gillaspie in the sixth. But the Yankees rallied back in the bottom of the sixth inning with four runs in the frame.…

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Game 127 Quick Recap: Yankees 5 White Sox 3

Joe Torre Day 2014

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It’s been a rough go for the Yankees this year on their special Saturday games honoring their former players.  They lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 14-1 on June 21st and 22nd when they added Tino and Goose to Monument Park, and got shut out by Corey Kluber 2 weeks ago when Paul O’Neill got the nod.  There was another ceremony before this afternoon’s game, this one to honor former manager Joe Torre and retire his number 6.  This time the Yankees changed their fortunes and picked up their second straight win against the White Sox to set up the sweep opportunity tomorrow.

Hiroki Kuroda was on the mound today and he turned in a quintessential Hirok performance.  6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts.  The White Sox got 1 in the 2nd on a pair of doubles and another in the 5th when Jose Abreu singled home a run.  In between, they put at least 1 runner on base in every inning and came away with nothing every time.  …

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Game 126 Recap: Yanks 4 White Sox 3

Prado HR vs CHW

Ladies and gentlemen, your Opening Day 2015 starting third baseman… Courtesy of Getty Images

You know it’s been a depressing year as a Yankee fan when one of your personal highlights was the team wisely electing to not trade for John Danks.  The Yankees were linked to him forever and it felt like the kind of desperate, dumb deal they would do to prove they were really “in it to win it”.  They passed, didn’t take on that contract, and obviously that meant that Danks was going to stroll into Yankee Stadium tonight and shut them the hell down.  Just kidding.  He was terrible because he is terrible and gave the Yankees a million chance to score a million runs.

The start of the game was just about the worst one you could have imagined for Shane Greene.  The first 2 batters of the game singled to set up Jose Abreu, and when Greene left a slider up a little too much, Abreu got enough of the ball to sneak it over the left field wall and bring everybody home.  …

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Game 125 Recap: Yanks 3 Astros 0

McCarthy vs HOU

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No matter how realistic or unrealistic your postseason aspirations are at any point during the regular season, losing 4 of 5 to the Houston Astros is thoroughly embarrassing and completely unacceptable.  The Yankees fell into that trap last night and needed a victory this afternoon to salvage a small sliver of respectability in the series finale at The Stadium.  Thankfully for my sanity and sliding glass door, they got one.

Brandon McCarthy hasn’t thrown a bad game in a Yankee uniform yet, even though he was the losing pitcher in his last 2 starts despite allowing 4 ER in 12.2 IP while striking out 15 and walking only 1.  He had his A-game working today and he twisted the Houston lineup into a pretzel with it.  6 scoreless innings to start, 2 hits, no walks, and 2 separate instances of 7 or more consecutive batters retired.  Sinker was sinking, curveball had good bite on it, and he was mixing the cutter in well once he got through the order a first time.…

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Game 124 Recap: HOU 5 NYY 2

Pineda vs HOU

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Everybody knows I’m approaching Costanza freakout territory with the Yankees be-boppin’ and scattin’ all over me.  Carlos Beltran being scratched with an aggravation of his elbow bone spur wasn’t helpful, and to be honest I don’t think I could have taken another loss like last night’s.  Luckily for me they were generous enough to change it up tonight, losing the lead well in advance of the 9th inning.

Michael Pineda wasn’t doing anything fancy against the Houston lineup.  He was throwing strike 1, getting ahead in the count, and the Astro hitters were swinging early and often and hitting into a lot of outs.  No strikeouts for Big Mike through 3, but all 3 innings were perfect and took an efficient 34 pitches to complete.

Things got a bit hairier the second time through the order.  Pineda’s cutter wasn’t cutting as much and he got touched up for a run in the 4th on a leadoff single and 2-out double by Dexter Fowler.  …

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Game 123 Recap: HOU 7 NYY 4

D-Rob BS vs HOU

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The Yankees stumbled out of the gate in 2014 by losing 2 of 3 to the lowly Astros, mainly because their offense didn’t produce and they scored a total of 7 runs in the 3 games.  120 games later, they found themselves hosting Houston in an almost identical situation.  Despite taking 2 of 3 from Tampa over the weekend, the offense continues to be laughable in its day-to-day production and Joe rolled out another different lineup tonight against lefty Brett Oberholtzer looking to spark something that could lead to more than 4 runs.  It didn’t, and some shaky bookend pitching led to another disappointing loss against an inferior opponent.

Yankee starter Chris Capuano was a slightly better version of his usual self over the first 4 innings.  He put exactly one runner on base in each frame and missed the strike zone by a lot on occasion, but was mixing his pitches well and keeping the young/over-aggressive Houston lineup off balance on his way to 6 strikeouts.…

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