Yankees 5, Giants 1: Slam, Based On The Home Run Record by Gehrig

FADE IN:
YANKEE STADIUM ON A LATE SUMMER NIGHT

MIKE AND SARAH ARE SITTING IN SECTION 418, WATCHING AS THE NEW YORK YANKEES TAKE ON THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS. THE GAME IS TIED 1-1 IN THE SEVENTH INNING AND THE MUCH-MALIGNED ALEX RODRIGUEZ STEPS IN TO FACE GEORGE KONTOS WITH TWO OUTS AND THE BASES LOADED.

MIKE
This is a huge spot. Knowing A-Rod he’ll probably blow it.
SARAH
Have some faith, Mike. I’m feeling grand slam.
MIKE
(laughs at his girlfriend)
You wanna bet?
SARAH
Sure. If A-Rod goes deep, you have to do the dishes for a week.
MIKE
And if he doesn’t, you do my laundry this week.
SARAH
Deal.
MIKE
Let’s seal it with a –

ON THE FOURTH PITCH OF THE AT BAT ALEX RODRIGUEZ HITS A GRAND SLAM INTO SECTION 104 OF YANKEE STADIUM, JUST IN FRONT OF THE BLEACHERS. BOTH MIKE AND SARAH CHEER ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE CROWD BUT SARAH’S SMILE IS JUST A LITTLE BIT BIGGER.…

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Swift recap: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 2

I watched 15 seconds of tonight’s game (because it’s my dad’s birthday and we went out for a family dinner) and the 15 seconds we saw just happened to be when Joba Chamberlain gave up a three-run home run to put the game out of reach. Though with the way the Yankees were hitting, or not hitting as the case may be, a 3-1 deficit was just as bad as a 6-1 deficit.

Oh well.

It will be nice to have a quiet October.

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Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: It’s getting harder and harder to breathe

Let’s just focus on the eighth inning, shall we?

I don’t really want to talk about Phil Hughes and David Huff both giving up home runs in the fourth to give the Jays a 3-0 lead. Nor do I want to discuss the fact that the Yankees’ offense couldn’t do anything against J.A. Happ.

Oh wait, I just did.

Anyway, let’s flash forward to the eighth when John Gibbons did us all a favor by removing Happ from the game after he surrendered a ground-rule double to Brendan Ryan. Dude, Brendan Ryan? Really? I would have given you the hook as well.

Gibbons replaced Happ with Aaron Loup who gave up a single to Curtis Granderson. Oops.

Next, Gibbons called upon Steve Delabar to keep the Yankees off the board. He started off well enough by striking out Alex Rodriguez but then he gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano which cut the score to 3-1. Granderson advanced to second.…

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Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0: And now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain…

Here are two things that would help the Yankees in their quest to get to the playoffs:

  • They need to win games.
  • They need to win games against the teams that aren’t in playoff contention.

The Yankees didn’t do that tonight. And what’s worse is that they looked lifeless against Toronto and it was embarrassing to watch.

They didn’t play like a team that’s playing for their playoff lives. They played like a team who is counting the days until the offseason begins. And maybe they are? There are a lot of banged up players on the Yankees. Maybe the prospect of playing into October isn’t appealing to them.

With the way they looked against R.A. Dickey, you’d also have thought the Yankees had dinner plans after the game.

Andy Pettitte gave the Yankees another quality start (6.2 IP, 1ER on 6 hits) but it wasn’t enough because the offense couldn’t get anything going. Well, they could get people on base but they just couldn’t get them home.…

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Red Sox 9, Yankees 2: Swept away

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Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game:

  • Ivan Nova struggled
  • The bullpen is still awful
  • The Yankees lost another player to injury – this time Alex Rodriguez to a tight right calf
  • Mariano Rivera was honored in a pregame ceremony and the Yankees played so badly that he had no chance of coming into the game.

The Yankees have now lost 7 of their last 11 (Yikes) and are three out of the Wild Card with only 12 games left on the schedule. To say that time is running out would be a bit of an understatement.

By the way, people are overblowing the ceremony the Red Sox had for Mo tonight. Did they give him nice gifts? Sure, a couple of them were nice but all Boston really did was thank Mariano for blowing Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, and remind him of that failure by having three of the guys from that team address him in a video.…

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Swift recap: Red Sox 8, Yankees 4

Ugh. The Yankees were grand slammed by the Red Sox again.

That game really sucked. Sorry, for the blunt language but it’s true.

  • It sucked when Hiroki Kuroda gave up four runs in the first inning to put the Yankees in a hole right away.
  • It sucked when the Yankees clawed their way back to tie the game only to have the bullpen implode, once again.
  • And it sucked because all of the teams in the Wild Card race with them won their games tonight – the Rays, the Orioles and the Indians were all victorious.

So what does this mean? Nothing. The Yankees are still okay, for now.

Would it have been nice for them to win tonight’s game? Of course. But, it’s not the end of the world. And it won’t be the end of the world if they lose tomorrow though it won’t be good.

You know what was good? Brendan Ryan hit a home run. Actually, that was more than good, it was absolutely hilarious.…

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Yankees 6, Orioles 5: Three out of four ain’t bad

Well, this was a wild game.

It had everything: home runs, wild pitches, closer meltdowns, wins instead of saves…

The home runs

The first home run came off the bat of Mark Reynolds in the second inning and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. The second shot was by Curtis Granderson who hit home runs in back-to-back games for the first time since last season. That gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead.

Baltimore cut the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth when Nick Markakis hit a solo shot off David Huff who had come into the game in the bottom of the fourth in relief of starter Phil Hughes.

In the bottom of the eighth, David Robertson had nothing working and Danny Valencia took advantage of that fact and belted a three-run homer to left centerfield. That tied the game at five.

The wild pitches and closer meltdowns

Hughes threw two wild pitches during his brief three inning appearance but neither one of them was as big as the wild pitch thrown by Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the top of the ninth inning.…

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Yankees 5, Orioles 4: Buck you

Here’s a number for you: 5

Here’s another number for you: 6

The Yankees scored five runs on only six hits tonight. Oh, and David Robertson picked up his fifth win of the season and now has one more win than Phil Hughes who was just announced as tomorrow night’s starter.

Fun, right?

So how did the Yankees score five runs on six hits? You guessed it, the long ball. Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano all went deep with Granderson’s making it out to Eutaw Street.

Four of the Yankees six hits were of the extra bases variety, Granderson also hit a stand up triple in the ninth inning. Actually the ninth was a great inning for the Yankees because after A-Rod’s home run tied the score in the sixth, neither team could get anything going. The Yankees started the ninth with Cano’s home run and before it ended, Lyle Overbay hit an RBI single that scored Granderson for the Yankees’ fifth run.…

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Orioles 4, Yankees 2: Losing ground

You know a game is bad when the most exciting part of it wasn’t something that actually happened on the field of play but between innings and involved the teams’ managers.

Between the first and second inning of tonight’s game – during the commercial break – Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter got into a shouting match that was so heated, the umpiring crew had to form a human wall to keep them from getting at each other. No one’s actually sure what happened but it seems Girardi said something to the Orioles’ third base coach and that enraged Showalter.

The Yankees had just five hits in tonight’s loss and they now find themselves three games behind the Rays in the wild card race. (Oh and Baltimore and Cleveland are also still ahead of them.)

Things started off well for the Yankees when Alex Rodriguez hit his fifth home run of the season to put the Yankees ahead 1-0. It was an opposite field shot and his third off O’s starter Chris Tillman.…

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