Game 70 Quick Recap: PHI 11 NYY 8

Pineda vs PHI

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The Yankees lost last night.  They lost because Michael Pineda was terrible and got knocked around by one of, if not the worst lineup in baseball.  None of that is good, but the last time I checked none of us non-MLB players have a great day at our jobs every single time we go to work.  Pineda didn’t have it yesterday and even the crappiest professional hitters are going to tee off on a guy when he doesn’t have it.  Oh well.

So how bad was Pineda’s night?  He gave up multiple hits in every inning he pitched, including the lone scoreless frame in the top of the 2nd, and 11 in 3.1 innings.  5 of those hits came with 2 strikes, so just like Tanaka the other night, the issue was Pineda’s inability to command in the strike zone or locate with 2 strikes rather than throw strikes period,  Still, it’s not a good look to be giving up that many hits to such a terrible lineup, and Joe had no choice but to pull the plug in the 4th.  …

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Game 69 Recap: Tigers 12 Yankees 4

Tanaka vs DET

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Apologies for the delay in this recap.  The family is out for a few days to visit and see The Rolling Stones on Tuesday night, so my afternoon was spent entertaining.  Not that you really need a detailed description of what happened yesterday if you glanced at the final score.  Masahiro Tanaka was way off, the Tigers hitters crushed him (particularly the Martinezes), and they put a sour note on the end of an otherwise positive series.

It didn’t take long for Tanaka’s command issues to surface.  With 2 outs in the top of the 1st, Miguel Cabrera singled to keep the inning going.  Tanaka left a 2-1 splitter up in the zone to Victor Martinez in the next at-bat and Martinez took it for a ride over the fence to give Detroit a quick 2-0 lead.  A Didi Gregorius error gave the other Martinez a chance to hit, and he copied his namesake with a 2-run shot of his own on a non-sinking sinker.  …

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Game 68 Quick Recap: NYY 14 DET 3

Didi HR vs DET

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The Yankees were starting to heat up on Friday night when they smacked Justin Verlander around a little bit on their way to a series-opening win.  They not only finished heating up, they straight up boiled over on poor Alfredo Simon last night.  They hammered him for 7 earned runs on 8 hits before the end of the 3rd inning and kept the onslaught going on their way to a laugher of an Old Timers’ Day victory.

The scoring started off harmlessly enough, on a run-scoring fielder’s choice error by Andrew Romine in the bottom of the 1st.  Then it snowballed from there.  Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run and Alex Rodriguez a sac fly to make it 3-0 in the 2nd.  Carlos Beltran and A-Rod each homered in a 5-run third to make it 8-0.  Beltran went yard again and Chris Young singled to make it 10-0 in the 4th.  …

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Game 67 Quick Recap: NYY 7 DET 2

A-Rod 3000th Hit

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If you tuned in even a little bit late to this game, you missed the biggest fireworks.  Alex Rodriguez made like his buddy and teammate Derek Jeter and got his 3,000th career hit in style, smacking an oppo field home run on the first pitch of his first at-bat of the game against Justin Verlander.  Verlander tried to throw him an outer half fastball for a gimme strike and A-Rod was looking fastball and ready to swing.  Another smart home run from an incredibly smart hitter.  The crowd went wild, his teammates mobbed and hugged him, and for the 194th time this season the Yankees had an early lead.

From that point on it was the Adam Warren & Brett Gardner show.  Warren had a tough top of the 2nd, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a hit batsman, but he quickly recovered, found his command again, and ended up working a career-high 8 innings without any more runs crossing the plate.  …

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Game 66 Recap: Yankees 9 Marlins 4

A-Rod vs MIA

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DH makes all the difference.  After slogging through 2 losses in Miami earlier this week, the Yankees returned home and snagged 2 straight wins with their most important bat back in the lineup.  The Alex Rodriguez march to 3,000 was at the forefront of the game again last night, and highlighted a collection of good performances from pitchers and hitters alike that helped create a 5-run win.

The Yankees are the best 1st inning team in baseball.  That can’t be debated.  They scored in the 1st again last night, on 3 straight singles to open the game, and have now scored 62 1st-inning runs this season.  The next closest team (Orioles) have 47.  A-Rod was the third and run-scoring hit in the bottom of the 1st, giving him 2,998 and setting the stage for a potential record-setting night later.

CC Sabathia made the 1 run stand up the first turn through the Miami lineup.  …

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Game 65 Recap: Yankees 2 Marlins 1

Betances K vs Stanton

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The last time he took the mound, Michael Pineda was coming off a week plus of rest and it showed.  His command was bad, his slider had little movement, and he got hit around by the same Baltimore Orioles he owned the last time he faced them.  Last night, starting on regular rest, Pineda looked much more like the dominant starter we saw for most of April and May.  The Yankees needed that too, as they scratched together just enough runs to support Big Mike and get a win.

As they always seem to do at home, the lineup gave Pineda a very early lead.  Chase Headley was hit by a pitch with 1 out in the bottom of the 1st and moved to second on a Brian McCann groundout to bring up Al from Miami.  A-Rod singled back up the middle to bring home Headley and bring himself within 4 hits of 3,000.  More to come from him.…

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Game 64 Recap: Marlins 12 Yankees 2

Eovaldi vs MIA

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Not much needed to explain this one really.  Nathan Eovaldi was terrible, had an all-time terrible stat line that put his team in a deep hole from the get go, and the rest of the team laid down and died behind him.

Eovaldi got the leadoff hitter out easy enough in the bottom of the 1st, then it all fell apart pretty quickly.  The next 6 batters all singled to make it 4-0 Marlins, then Adeiny Hechavarria broke up the monotony with a 2-run triple to make it 6-0.  Eovaldi did retire opposing starter and former Yankee David Phelps for the second out (hooray!!!), then gave up a single to Dee Gordon as the lineup turned over and a 2-run double to Derek Dietrich to end his night.  2/3 of an inning, 36 pitches, 9 hits, 8 earned runs.  His defense didn’t do him any favors in the inning, but this was all on Eovaldi.  …

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Game 63 Recap: Marlins 2 Yankees 1

Tanaka vs MIA

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Road interleague games are not made for this version of the Yankees.  The loss of their regular #3 hitter at the expense of a pitcher hitting for himself is a huge blow to the currently shaky offense, and the lack of run support typically associated with a weakened lineup was the reason for last night’s loss.  Masahiro Tanaka pitched another good game and still lost to a guy I’ve never heard of.  TO quote Joe Girardi, that’s not what you want.

There was another early lead in the cards for the Bombers last night, courtesy of Mark Teixeira‘s 18th home run of the season.  He got a 3-1 fastball from Miami starter Tom Koehler to lead off the top of the 2nd and he didn’t waste it, launching it well over the right center field wall.  It really is amazing what Teix is doing this year.  Too bad he’s not a Kansas City Royal.  Then he’d make the All-Star Game for sure.…

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Game 62 Recap: Yankees 5 Orioles 3

JRM vs BAL

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It’s been an ugly few days for the Yankees.  They gagged one away at home against the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon, then went to Baltimore and played piss poor baseball on their way to getting mollywhopped in the first 2 games of this series.  They needed a win today to stem the tide and salvage a little something from this series if nothing else, and they did enough to get that win.  I don’t want to go too far in stretching 1 game into a “this is what good teams do” narrative, but all things considered it did feel a little bit like that kind of win.

Adam Warren got the stopper start today and he wasn’t nearly as good as he had been in the starts leading up to this one.  The O’s got him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st after he loaded the bases with 1 out and gave up a 2-run single to Nolan Reimold, and he gave up another in the 4th on a walk, single, double exchange.  …

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