Game 132 Recap: Yankees 13 Red Sox 8

Drew HR vs BOS

Cue the music from “The Natural”. Courtesy of Getty Images

The last time he faced the Yankees on August 4th, Henry Owens did alright for himself in a 3-run, 5-inning outing that netted him an ND and his team a blowout loss.  He wasn’t even close to being that lucky this afternoon, failing to make it out of the 2nd inning and giving up the bulk of an early run-scoring onslaught that the Yankees would use to slowly plod to victory.  Poor bastard.

Owens retired the side in order in the 1st and struck out Carlos Beltran to start the top of the 2nd.  It spiraled downward at warp speed for him from there.  Chase Headley walked on 5 pitches and Greg Bird hit a 2-run home run to get the Yankees on the board.  John Ryan Murphy followed up with a solo shot of his own to make it 3-0, and the Yankees proceeded to go single, single, walk, single, single to make it 6-1 and end Owens’ day.  …

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Game 131 Recap: Yankees 3 Red Sox 1

Ortiz K vs NYY

It’s so beautiful it almost makes me cry. Courtesy of Getty Images

That’s more like it.  I wouldn’t necessarily call it snapping out of their funk from Monday night, but the Yankees did turn in a very good team pitching performance to shut down the Red Sox and picking up a win to even the series.  I’ll always take a win.

Michael Pineda started the night with the ball in his hand for the Yanks and from the get go it was clear that he was feeling better tonight than he has in a while.  He pumped a few fastballs in at 94-95, threw a couple good, hard sliders, and retired 7 of the first 8 Boston hitters he faced.  He hit a speed bump in the bottom of the 3rd when Jackie Bradley Jr. smacked a double and came around to score on a Pablo Sandoval hit, but he quickly recovered from that to strike out Xander Bogaerts swinging on a 96 MPH fastball and end the inning.…

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Game 130 Recap: Red Sox 4 Yankees 3

Ortiz Out vs NYY

Out by a mile. My favorite part of this game. Courtesy of the AP

From one divisional basement dweller to another, the Yankees traveled to Boston to start a 3-game series last night looking to continue  to beat up on inferior competition and keep pace with the Blue Jays.  Based on the number of opportunities they generated, the Yankees should have won this game in a walk.  But they could never cash in big on even one of them, and instead they went home with a frustrating “coulda, shoulda, woulda” type of loss.

How many missed opportunities were there?  Let’s just list them out.

  • Top 1st- Yanks loaded the bases with nobody out on a catcher’s interference, a fielding error, and an Alex Rodriguez base hit.  They scored a run on a Carlos Beltran sac fly and nothing else.
  • Top 4th– Loaded the bases again with nobody out on a walk to Brian McCann and 2 singles by Chase Headley and Greg Bird.  
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Game 129 Quick Recap: NYY 20 ATL 6

The Yankees were struh-guh-ling coming into this weekend interleague set, and looked to be in trouble with an undermanned, underperforming offense.  Naturally that meant they were going to sweep the Braves by outscoring them 38-8 in the 3 games.  They hung a 20-spot on Atlanta this afternoon to wrap things up in style.

Julio Teheran is arguably the ace of the Atlanta staff, but he didn’t have it at all today.  The Yankees jumped on him early with 3 runs in the second on a Jacoby Ellsbury home run and 4 in the 3rd on a pair of 2-run shots by Chase Headley and Stephen Drew.

Teheran’s day ended with 2 outs in the 5th, and the Yankees proceeded to pummel the Braves’ bullpen again from there.  Brigham got it the worst, taking it on the chin to the tune of 8 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks over just 1.1 innings.  The Yanks hung 12 on the Braves in the 7th and 8th innings after Atlanta rallied to pull within 8-5 after 6.  …

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Game 128 Recap: Yankees 3, Braves 1

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Before I start the game recap, I’d just like to say that my thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field last night. I cannot imagine what they’re going through. I’d also like to extend my thoughts to the people who witnessed it because that kind of incident can mess a person up for a while. How scary.


This game seemed like one of those contests that the Yankees would lose in annoying fashion for two reasons: 1) The first inning and how they only managed to score one run on a wild pitch after starting off with a bloop double and 2) Luis Severino was pitching and the Yankees like to not score when he’s on the mound.

I’m glad that my initial feeling was wrong and that the Yankees woke up late, scored some runs and closed this one down.

First up, the aforementioned Severino.…

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Game 127 Quick Recap: NYY 15 ATL 4

Well there you go.  Who knew that all the Yankees needed to wake up the offense was remove the DH from the lineup and replace him with a pitcher?  The Yankee beat up Atlanta starter Williams Perez early for 9 runs in the first 2 innings and stretched the game into a laugher late with 6 runs in the final 2 innings to take the first game of this interleague weekend set.

Didi Gregorius led the offense with a 4-hit night and 6 RBI.  His 3-run home run in the top of the 1st stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0, and his 2-run single in the 2nd capped off a 4-run inning to make it 9-2.

Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in the bottom of the 1st, giving back 2 of the runs that the Yankees had scored.  But he came back with a 1-2-3 2nd inning on all strikeouts and ended up throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball.  It probably wasn’t good enough for Andrew Marchand, but it was plenty good enough for me.…

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Game 126 Quick Recap: HOU 6 NYY 2

Going with the quick recap format for this one.  I didn’t really follow this game past the 1st inning due to work stuff and I don’t think anybody who did needs to be put through the additional pain of the details.

Today was Michel Pineda’s return from the DL and it was far from glorious.  He gave up a fluke home run to Evan Gattis in the top of the 1st on a pitch that only weirdos like Evan Gattis swing at and hit for power, but got into trouble in the 5th when he hit the wall physically.  3 straight singles, a walk, and a sac fly made it 3-0 Astros, and Chasen Shreve allowing his 2 inherited runners to score brought Pineda’s run total to 5 in just 4.1 innings of work.  The Yankees had him lined up to throw 80-85 pitches and he was done after 71.  I don’t know if I like that.

Offensively the Yankees continued to be stagnant at best, not that that comes as a surprise when their already limp lineup was without Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira.  …

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Game 125 Recap: Astros 15 Yankees 1

Gomez HR vs NYY

Is hitting home runs playing the game the right way? Courtesy of Getty Images

Well that one wasn’t good for the old run differential.  The Yankees got absolutely mollwhopped by the Astros last night, dropping their fourth of 6 games to once again drop out of first place in the AL East.

This one was over early.  Ivan Nova issued a 2-out walk to Carlos Correa in the top of the 1st, and Colby Rasmus lined a ball to center field that Jacoby Ellsbury misplaced in the next at-bat.  The ball got by him for what was scored a triple and the first Houston run, and the floodgates opened wide from there.  The next 5 batters after Rasmus all reached base – walk, double, double, single, walk – and Houston had a 5-spot on the scoreboard when Nova finally managed to get the third out of the inning.  The Ellsbury play didn’t help at all.  That’s a catch that has to be made and if you can’t make it, you have to keep the ball in front of you.  …

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Game 124 Recap: Yankees 1 Astros 0

Eovaldi vs HOU

Nasty Nate’s finally here. Courtesy of Getty Images

I’ve watched Nathan Eovaldi‘s last 2 starts and I have to say, I think something’s happening here.  I think he’s starting to put it together and when he puts it all together I think he’s going to be really good.  I mean it.  If you’ve watched his last 2 starts and you don’t realize this and believe it, you’re not watching closely enough.  Eovaldi has suddenly become the ace and the stopper of this pitching staff and last night he was the reason the Yankees managed to scratch out a 1-0 win.

A free-swinging team that isn’t afraid to strike out should have been a perfect matchup for Eovaldi if he was on, and they proved to be that perfect immediately.  Eovaldi struck out the side in the top of the 1st, fanned 2 more in the 2nd, and rattled off 8 straight outs to get through the 4th scoreless.  He did have to work around 2 singles in the 2nd and 2 walks in the 5th, but his stuff was top notch again and he made a lot of big pitches to get outs when he needed them.  …

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