Game 12 Recap: Yankees 5 Rays 3

Pineda vs TB

Not the best Big Mike we’ve ever seen, but good enough to win. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees locked up their first series win of 2015 with the shutout-blowout (showout?) victory over the Rays on Saturday night.  They had a chance to lock up their first sweep of the young season and get themselves back up to .500 this afternoon.  Michael Pineda got the ball for the occasion, hoping to follow the path Masahiro Tanaka set last night with his dominant outing.

It didn’t get off the kind of start Pineda or Yankee fans were hoping for.  He walked the first batter of the 1st inning and gave up a 2-run home run to the next one, Steven Souza, to put the Yanks in a quick hole.  But he worked out of the inning without further damage, thanks in part to another gunned down base stealer by John Ryn Murphy, and settled down through the 4th.  He gave up some hits here and there, but mostly kept the Tampa lineup at bay.  …

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Game 11 Quick Recap: NYY 9 TB 0

Young GS vs TB

Hold that, Tampa Bay. Courtesy of the AP

Jake Odorizzi looked really good in his first 2 starts of the season.  Masahiro Tanaka not so much.  Based on recent history, you could guess how this game was going to go last night, but as the old saying goes, that’s why they play the game.

Tanaka was masterful last night.  Absolutely spectacular.  He gave up a base hit to Tampa leadoff hitter David DeJesus to start the bottom of the 1st, then proceeded to sit down the next 15 batters he faced.  He didn’t walk a batter, he struck out 6 in that stretch, and when he did give up his second and final hit of the night (a double to lead off the bottom of the 6th), he erased it with 2 more strikeouts.  He was working his fastball more, throwing it a bit harder than he did in his first 2 starts, and he looked much more like the Tanaka that we saw in the first half of last season.…

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Game 10 Quick Recap: NYY 5 TB 4

A-Rod HR vs TB

Luscious. Courtesy of the AP

All A-Rod, all the time.  He was the alpha and the omega for the Yankees in their series-opening win against the Rays last night.  We’re going just bullet points to recap it for the suckers like me who missed all the action.

– Final line for A-Rod: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI.  He had 60% of the Yankee hits and 80% of their RBI.

– The first homer came in the top of the 2nd off Tampa starter Nathan Karns.  Karns threw a meatball and A-Rod absolutely obliterated it into the left-center field seats.  It measured at 477 feet. Yowza.

– The second came in the 6th, when Ernesto Frieri tried to put A-Rod away with a 94 MPH heater.  He didn’t and A-Rod lined it into deep left, just inside the foul pole.

– He even came up with the game-winning hit, driving in Brett Gardner with a go-ahead RBI single in the 8th.  …

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Game 9 Recap: Orioles 7 Yankees 5

A-Rod HR vs BAL

Team MVP. Courtesy of the AP

Well that sucked.  The Yankees looked like they had a little mojo going after the wins on Sunday and Monday night, then they stumbled in game 2 of this series on Tuesday, and fell back on their faces last night with a bummer of a 7-5 loss to the O’s.  They had a lead going to the bullpen and the bullpen coughed it up.  The Yanks are now 3-6 on the season and have yet to win more than 1 game in a series.

Nathan Eovaldi was the brightest spot of the night for the Yanks in his second start of the young season.  After looking very much like the pitcher who struggled to finish off hitters and keep guys off base last year in his debut, Eovaldi was much sharper the second time around and showed some of that swing-and-miss potential in his offspeed stuff that had been sorely lacking.

He did give up 8 hits in 5 innings of work, and Baltimore got an early run off him in the 1st on 3 base hits and another in the 4th on a Manny Machado leadoff home run.  …

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Game 8 Quick Recap: Orioles 4 Yankees 3

Teix K vs BAL

Classic strikeout face. Courtesy of the AP

If you’ve been reading my stuff since AB4AR, then you know my theory on winning streaks.  They don’t really start until you reach 3.  2 of anything in a row is not a streak.  That’s just good small sample size luck.  The Yankees had a chance to start their first true winning streak of 2015 tonight in the second game of their first road series,

CC Sabathia was back on the mound for his second start, and his outing was another frustrating and familiar one.  He gave up the long ball (solo homer by Adam Jones in the 1st), he struggled to throw his fastball for much velocity or consistent command, and his lack of mobility came back to bite him on some bad defensive plays.  The Orioles put up 3 runs on 5 hits against him over the 4 first innings.

To his credit, CC did settle down and work through the next 3 innings unscathed.  …

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Game 7 Recap: Yankees 6 Orioles 5

Drew GS vs BAL

The gang’s all here. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees’ season-opening tour of the AL East made its way outside New York for the first time last night, as the Yanks traveled to Baltimore to start a 3-game series with the rival Orioles.  They had Big Mike on the hill, a lineup feeling better about itself after the big offensive breakout on Sunday night, and a bullpen that should have been back to normal after a long few days last week.

Michael Pineda got off to a bit of a rough start,surrendering 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd on an Adam Jones leadoff single, Manny Machado double past a diving A-Rod down the third base line, and a Jonathan Schoop ribbie double to left that stood up on challenge replay.  He was missing with his fastball in spots and you could tell there was something a bit off with his stuff.  Then he struck out the 8-9 hitters to end the threat and you could start to see him pull it together.…

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Game 6 Recap: Yankees 14 Red Sox 4

Drew vs BOS

“DREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!” Courtesy of the AP

Well that was fun, huh?  You never truly “need” to win a game in the first few weeks of April, but in the interest of not having the panic meter turned up on them, it would have behooved the Yankees to get a win and salvage something from this series and the first week of the season.  They wasted little time in making sure that happened, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st and never looking back.

That early lead came against 1 of the 4 Red Sock aces, Clay Buchholz.  He’s had a spotty history against the Yankees and last night was not his finest start.  He began the 1st by walking Jacoby Ellsbury on 5 pitches.  A well-executed hit-and-run later and it was runners on the corners with nobody out.

Carlos Beltran brought home Ellsbury with an infield single (for real), Mark Teixeira walked, and Brian McCann reached on an error to load the bases, and wouldn’t you know it, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate.  …

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Game 5 Recap: BOS 8 NYY 4

Murphy-Tracy vs BOS

“It’s OK, man. I probably shouldn’t be out here either.” Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees needed a lot of things after last night’s 19-inning marathon.  They needed to start playing better defense, they needed to start hitting more and hitting better situationally on offense, and they needed to do a MUUUUCH better job running the bases.  Basically every key fundamental part of the game they needed to do better.

But first and foremost, they needed to get a good starting pitching performance from Adam Warren to help ease the burden on the burned out bullpen.  That’s pretty much what they got from Warren in his 5.1 innings too.  He was by no means great.  He walked 2 and struck out only 1.  But he got 12 swings and misses, he made big pitches when he had to, and he worked out of most of the trouble he created.  Of the 2 runs he gave up, 1 came in part because of an A-Rod error at first in the top of the 2nd.  …

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Game 4 Quick Recap: BOS 6 NYY 5 (19 Innings)

Eovaldi vs BOS

We feel ya, Nate. We feel ya. Courtesy of the AP

Is anybody awake out there?  Is anybody alive out there?  If you, I hope you’re reading this.  If not, I get it.  Losing blows, losing in extra innings blows, losing in extra innings when you hit 2 game-tying home runs really blows, and losing when you played 2 games in 1 over the course of almost 7 hours really, REALLY blows.  I don’t even know where to start with this one, since I dozed off sometime around the top of the 8th, so I’ll just hit some bullet points.

Nathan Eovaldi was about as Nathan Eovaldi as he’s been up to this point in his career in 5.1 innings of work.  Lotta fastball heat, not a lot of good secondary pitches, lotta hits and hard contact, and a lone strikeout.  The Sox hitters were comfortable against him and they knocked him around.  That’s a shame.

– The Yanks didn’t get much going against Wade Miley until the 6th, and of course it was Al from Miami who got them on the board with a ribbie single.  …

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