Game 136 Quick Recap: BOS 9 NYY 4

Greene vs BOS

The face of frustration. And also one that kinda looks like Mcconaughey. Courtesy of Getty Images

Shane Greene has been arguably the shiniest of all the starting pitching diamonds the Yankees have pulled out of the rough as this season has progressed.  Not tonight though.  He was overdue for a stinker and that stinker happened to happen tonight.  Greene was absolutely atrocious and his poor outing all but ended tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox before it really got going.

It was all about fastball command for Greene.  One of the reasons he’s been so good since joining the rotation is his ability to mix his sinker and 4-seamer well and throw both for good pitcher’s strikes on a regular basis.  He couldn’t do that tonight and the Boston hitters teed off on him.  Yoenis Cespedes doubled in a run as the 4th batter of the game in the top of the 1st and Mike Napoli drove home a second with a sacrifice fly.  …

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Game 134 Quick Recap: TOR 2 NYY 0

That about sums it up today.  Nothing more needs to be said.  Personally, I’m glad I spent my day getting my oil changed and making moving runs to the new place.  Watching this play out on Gamecast would have been a million times more aggravating than trying to take apart sturdy kitchen table legs without the allen wrench that I needed.

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Game 133 Quick Recap: Yanks 6 Jays 3

Ellsbury HR vs TOR

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Sorry this didn’t get posted last night.  I was out and about.  If you spent your Friday night the same way, here’s what you missed.

Chris Capuano has quietly turned into the left-handed Hiroki Kuroda since the Yankees traded for him, and he turned in another “good not great” start last night.  6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K.  He gave up his first run in the bottom of the 4th on a Jose Bautista home run (not the first pitcher to do that), and got burned by some bad defense when he was tiring in the 7th.  With 1 out, 1 run in, and a runner on second, Derek Jeter threw a routine ground ball into the ground for an error.  A Brett Gardner throwing error in the next at-bat, after Capuano had left the game, allowed that third run to score.  Still, 3 runs in 6+ from your 5th starter is plenty good.…

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Game 132 Recap: Tigers 3 Yankees 2

Kelley vs DET

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I’m sure people will say that my quick post about the Yankees beating up on some of the AL’s best aces was a guaranteed jinx for their chances in this afternoon’s series finale against Detroit, and maybe it was.  But then this is why this team has been so maddening to follow and write about this season.  They look like world beaters against one of the best pitchers on the planet one day, they can’t scratch more than 2 across against a rookie and a collection of B-team relievers. That was a big body blow series loss.

I feel like I write the same basic thing about Hiroki Kuroda for every start he makes.  He was pretty good, not great, gave up a few runs on a few hits in a few bad innings and he was out after 6+.  That was the script again today.  2 Detroit singles and a sac fly got them their first run in the 2nd, and Rajai Davis put a good swing on a sinker on the outer half with 2 outs in the 5th to drive home the second run.  …

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Game 131 Quick Recap: NYY 8 DET 4

Greene vs DET

David who? Courtesy of the AP

There wasn’t much to this one really.  All you need to know is that the Yankees pounded David Price into Bolivian and cruised to an easy victory after putting up 8 runs in the top of the 3rd.

So yeah, that 8-run 3rd.  Price gave up a single and a walk in the 1st and the Yankees got 2 more base hits in the 2nd without scoring.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off the top of the 3rd with his second hit of the game and the flood gates immediately opened.  The next 8 batters all got a hit, meaning the Yankees literally batted around in the inning to accumulate those 8 runs.  The big hits were run-scoring doubles by Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.  Price didn’t record an out in the inning before being pulled and got tuned up for an even dozen hits and all 8 runs.  An endless parade of base hits.  If only one of them could have been a home run.…

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Game 130 Recap: DET 5 NYY 2

McCarthy vs DET II

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What a bummer.  I was really looking forward to getting into this horse mask thing and now it’s over before it really got going.  That’s the biggest loss here tonight.  Not the ground in the Wild Card race or the ground to the team directly ahead of New York in the Wild Card race, but the loss of the horse mask mystique.

Brandon McCarthy‘s stuff has played up since coming over, but he was missing that sharpness to his game tonight and it showed in a variety of ways.  He gave up a couple of doubles to Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera, walked 2 batters and hit another in the 2nd and walked in the first Detroit run, and missed with a cutter with 2 outs in the 3rd to surrender a run-scoring hit.  There was going to be a night like tonight eventually for McCarthy.  Too bad it had to come tonight.

The lineup was doing exactly what they did last time against Porcello and getting plenty of hits off him.  …

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Game 129 Recap: Yankees 8 Royals 1

Pineda vs KC

Do it, Big Mike. Do it. Courtesy of the AP

2 big guys, 1 big game.  Michael Pineda was the better man on this night, thoroughly outdueling James Shields and leading the Yankees to their 5th straight victory on their way out to a big 3-game Wild Card competition showdown.

Shields shot himself in the foot in the 3rd inning, throwing an Ichiro Suzuki grounder back to the mound away and putting him at second with nobody out.  Jacoby Ellsbury‘s speed was responsible for scoring the run, as he stayed out of 2 straight GIDPs to allow Ichiro to come around and score the game’s first run on a Derek Jeter RBI groundout.  Another Shields mistake, this one a belt-high fastball on a 3-2 pitch, led to the second Yankee run when Stephen Drew hit it for his second Yankee home run in the 4th.

Big Mike looked really, really good to me in the first 2 innings.  His fastball was snapping McCann’s glove, his slider was biting, and the Royal hitters weren’t putting a lot of good swings on anything he threw.  …

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Game 128 quick recap: McCann can, and did; Yankees 7, White Sox 4

With David Robertson on the mound in the ninth inning, Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox felt close to a lock. The Yankees were on the verge of sweeping Chicago.

However, Robertson gave up a home run to Avisail Garcia in the ninth to knot the game at four runs apiece – and thus sent the Yankees to another extra-inning game.

And then …

Brian McCann hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall for a pinch-hit, three-run walk-off shot to give the Yankees a 7-4 win in the 10th inning. The win and the sweep – only it took an inning longer, and the Yankees did it in dramatic fashion.

The win puts New York six games over .500.

The Yankee fell early to Chris Sale, 3-0, with a run in the first and a two-run home run by Conor Gillaspie in the sixth. But the Yankees rallied back in the bottom of the sixth inning with four runs in the frame.…

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Game 127 Quick Recap: Yankees 5 White Sox 3

Joe Torre Day 2014

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It’s been a rough go for the Yankees this year on their special Saturday games honoring their former players.  They lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 14-1 on June 21st and 22nd when they added Tino and Goose to Monument Park, and got shut out by Corey Kluber 2 weeks ago when Paul O’Neill got the nod.  There was another ceremony before this afternoon’s game, this one to honor former manager Joe Torre and retire his number 6.  This time the Yankees changed their fortunes and picked up their second straight win against the White Sox to set up the sweep opportunity tomorrow.

Hiroki Kuroda was on the mound today and he turned in a quintessential Hirok performance.  6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts.  The White Sox got 1 in the 2nd on a pair of doubles and another in the 5th when Jose Abreu singled home a run.  In between, they put at least 1 runner on base in every inning and came away with nothing every time.  …

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