Game 156 Recap: Yankees 5 Orioles 0

Pineda vs BAL

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Michael Pineda.  That’s all you really need to know about last night’s game because that’s all the Yankees needed to win it.  JV lineup aside, Pineda was positively filthy last night and shut the Baltimore hitters down to lead his team to a 1-hit shutout victory.

It didn’t take long for Pineda to dial it in.  He retired the first 13 Orioles he faced into the 5th inning  and never had a runner reach second base through 7.  He had 1 strikeout in every inning from the second to the 5th and 2 each in the 6th and 7th to give him 8 on the night.  All 8 of then were swinging.  Pineda had everything working: a fastball with late life, a cutter with great movement and location, a slider with biting late action, and even some good changeups.  This was the dream the Yankees had in mind when they made the trade and it was a reality last night.  …

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Game 155 Recap: Yankees 5 Jays 2

Tanaka vs TOR

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A win this afternoon would have been nice.  It would have given the Yankees a 3-1 series victory in the 4-game weekend set against their division rival.  But in the grand scheme of things it didn’t matter.  What mattered was getting a look at Masahiro Tanaka and seeing how he pitched and how his elbow held up after over 2 months on the DL.  It was an abridged version of a typical Tanaka start, but it was enough to give a little hope at the end of a long, hopeless season.

It didn’t start out great.  The first 2 Jays hitters singled to start the game, and 1 run scored on an Edwin Encarnacion GIDP.  That got Tanaka back on track quickly and he struck out Dioner Navarro on 3 pitches to end the inning.  He gave up only 1 more hit in the next 4 innings and was mixing pitches well to get easy outs.  …

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Game 154 Quick Recap: TOR 6 NYY 3

Jeter-Teix vs TOR

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I was in attendance at yesterday’s game.  I guess the Yankees didn’t get the message that they were supposed to keep the winning streak going with me there.  They couldn’t hold an early 1-run lead and got doubled up 6-3 by the Blue Jays.

Toronto actually got on the board first against starter Chris Capuano.  Jose Bautista singled and Edwin Encarnacion doubled him home for a 1-0 lead.  It was the first of many tough times the Yankee pitchers would have against those 2.  Capuano settled down after that and pitched the next 4 innings scoreless, giving his offense the chance to take the lead with 1 run in the 3rd (Jeter single, wild pitch, McCann single) and 1 in the 4th (3 singles in a 4-batter span, the ribbie hit by Francisco Cervelli).

The 2-1 lead only lasted until the 6th, when Capuano walked Bautista to lead off the inning, appeared to tire, and got into big trouble.  …

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Game 153 Quick Recap: NYY 5 TOR 3

Another game, another vintage 2-hit night for Jeter, and another Yankee win.  They took their second in a row against the Jays and their third overall.

It wasn’t a pleasant start for Hiroki Kuroda.  He gave up a double and a 2-run home run in the first 3 batters of the game to put the Yanks in a quick hole. He rebounded from there to turn in a pretty good start, however, tossing 6.2 innings of 3-run ball.  The other run was unearned, he struck out 7, and walked none.  Another textbook Hirok start.

The Yankee offense began chipping away at the deficit immediately, scoring a run in the bottom of the 1st on a Jacoby Ellsbury leadoff double and a Brian McCann RBI single.  They took the lead in the 3rd on a 2-run homer by Ellsbury, and got their insurance cushion in the 4th when Ellsbury grounded out with the bases loaded to score a run and Jose Reyes threw the ball away to score another.…

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Game 152 Recap: Yanks 3 Jays 2

Jeter HR vs TOR

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If there’s one thing that will put a small positive period on the end of this season, it would be a Derek Jeter final career homestand surge.  And I say that as someone who has completely and publicly turned on Jeter since I started blogging.  Fun fact, I’m going to Saturday’s game.  Going with my family and my girlfriend and my uncle, and I can already tell you there’s a 100% chance that I cry at some point during that game.  No matter what I may think of him now, nothing can change all the love I’ve had for him as a player and enjoyment I’ve had watching him as a fan.  If I get to see a vintage Jeter game like the one he had last night, I’ll have at least 1 fond memory of the 2014 Yankee season.

It was a pitchers’ duel early last night, as it tends to be with the abhorrent Yankee offense, and Shane Greene looked much better than he had in his last few outings.  …

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Game 151 Recap: Yanks 3 Rays 2

Gardner vs TB III

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The pathetic Yankee offense has gone from just plain bad to “so bad it’s funny” to “no seriously, this is just bad!” in the span of about 6 weeks.  They’ve almost jumped the shark at this point.  Not scoring with the bases loaded, almost getting no-hit every other week, and running themselves out of potential scoring chances every few days.  You couldn’t script stuff this bad.  It’s for that reason that I have to start this recap off in a snarky fashion and point out the incredible offensive explosion that was their 3-run night last night.  In typical Yankee fashion, it was just barely enough to win.

In all fairness, it probably should have been at least a 4 or 5-run night.  In the top of the 6th, a Derek Jeter single and a pair of walks to Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira loaded the bases with nobody out.  …

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Game 150 Recap: Rays 6 Yankees 1

Joe vs TB

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I set the betting line at 1.5 runs before the game.  Can I set a line or what?  I had no doubts that the Yankee offense would remain absent.  Their starting lineup was terrible.  What I didn’t anticipate was Big Mike being out so early after a very good start to his night, and that ended up being the difference on another limp night for the bats.

Strange game for Michael Pineda.  He pretty much cruised through 4 scoreless on 52 pitches, giving up 2 singles, striking out 3, and getting 7 outs on the ground.  His slider was missing bats and his cutter was moving perfectly to generate weak, groundball contact.  It was all groovy.  Then Brendan Ryan threw a ball away with 1 out in the 5th and things started to go haywire.  Pineda walked the next batter and then failed to catch a toss from Brian McCann that would have ended the inning.  …

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Game 149 Recap: Rays 1 Yanks 0

Headley vs TB

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Another shutout.  Seriously, how is that possible?  I think I could actually help the Yankee lineup right now.  If nothing else, I’d be a great clubhouse guy to lighten the mood.  I fit right in with the team culture.  I’m boring, not that great to look at, and have a hard time scoring.  BOOM, roasted!!  We’re off and running this morning, people.  Of course they lost!

Starters Chris Capuano and Alex Colome traded zeros through the first 6 innings.  Hard to say if it was because they were pitching well or because the offenses sucked.  Capuano walked 4 in his 6 and only got 4 swings and misses on 101 pitches, and Colome had multiple runners on base in multiple innings.  The Yankees’ best chance was probably the 2nd, when Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran singled and moved up on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with 1 out.  …

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Game 148 Recap: Orioles 3 Yankees 2

D-Rob vs BAL II

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Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Yankee starting pitcher gave the team a good start and a great chance to win, but the offense didn’t generate nearly enough runs to support him and the other team capitalized by scoring some late runs for a heartbreaking loss.

Last night’s victim starter was Hiroki Kuroda and he turned in one of his best outings of the season.  He held Baltimore scoreless through 5, gave up his only run on a double down the left field line int he 6th that was nearly caught for an out off the bat, and finished 7 strong innings with only that 1 run against him, no walks, and 5 strikeouts.  His splitter had a lot of late movement and he had a really good feel for it last night.  Once again Hirok has played himself into no-doubt qualifying offer territory.

The offensive output came on 2 swings.  Martin Prado, who almost made the great catch at third on the double against Kuroda, hit a 1-2 fastball off Chris Tillman for a solo home run to open the 2nd inning and open the scoring.  …

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