Game 55 Recap: Yankees 8 Angels 7

Rogers vs ANA

And Esmil Rogers was never seen or heard from again… Courtesy of the AP

Well that was close.  The Yankees jumped out to another early lead last night, extended that lead to a comfortable level heading into the 9th inning, and almost gave it all away before getting the final 3 outs and pulling out a series-opening win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California.

Jered Weaver was the Angels’ starter and he has an ugly history pitching in Yankee Stadium.  He doesn’t throw very hard anymore and he really wasn’t fooling anybody last night.  With 1 on and 2 out in the bottom of the 2nd, he threw a slow 2-strike curveball to Stephen Drew.  It’s the type of pitch Drew has been missing all season but he didn’t miss this one, driving the ball just over the wall for a Short Porch Special home run and a 2-0 Yankee lead.  The exact same situation was repeated the next inning, with Mark Teixeira hitting the home run this time, and the Yanks quickly went up 4-0.…

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Game 54 Recap: Yankees 3 Mariners 1

Tanaka vs SEA

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Today was a big day.  It was Masahiro Tanaka‘s day to return from the disabled list, and before this afternoon’s game I wrote a little something that touched on some of the concerns about his comeback. As it were, there was little cause for concern because Tanaka was spectacular today.  He was as good as we’ve seen him this or last year and he carried the Yankees to a sweep-clinching victory and a sweet ride back home for the weekend.

The only real trouble Tanaka had was in the bottom of the 3rd.  Brad Miller tripled off him to start the inning and Dustin Ackley brought him home with a double in the next at-bat.  Tanaka escaped without further damage, and the only other hit he allowed came with 2 outs in that inning.  He retired the first 6 batters he faced before the 3rd in order and he retired the next 12 he faced after the 3rd in order.  …

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Game 53 Recap: Yankees 5 Mariners 3 (11 Innings)

Drew vs SEA

For once, Joe was right when he said Drew’s swing looked good. Courtesy of the AP

How ’bout that Stephen Drew, huh?  Ain’t he clutch?  His 9th-inning, 2-out double to tie the game was the exact type of hit the Yankees brought him here to get.  A clutch hit, a gritty hit, the type of hit that only the veteraniest of veterans could get.  It gave the Yankees new life heading into extra innings last night, new life that they would use to steal a victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Yankees did actually hold a brief lead in this game.  They got a run on a Mark Teixeira 2-out RBI double after a pair of walks to Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez in the top of the 3rd.  Funny thing about those walks, they both came on check swings and neither of them looked like walks to Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon, who had a 5-star tirade arguing his case with the umpiring crew.  …

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Game 51 Quick Recap: OAK 3 NYY 0

Warren vs OAK

Life’s tough when you get no support from your teammates. Courtesy of the AP

When I saw the lineup for yesterday’s series finale in Oakland, I casually said to my dad that I bet the Yankees wouldn’t score a single run.  I feel pretty good about that prediction this morning, as it solidifies my status as a baseball genius, but I also feel bad because the lack of run scoring guaranteed them a series loss against the A’s.

Jesse Chavez was the starter for Oakland, and the Yanks actually put together a few good chances against him early.  They had 2 on and 1 out in the top of the 1st on a pair of singles and stranded them on a Teix strikeout and Beltran groundout, and they had the same situation in the 2nd before Jose Pirela lined into an inning-ending double play.  They scattered a few more hits here and there over the next 6 innings, but nothing that qualified as a real threat.  …

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Game 49 Quick Recap: OAK 6 NYY 2

From sweeping the best team in the AL to being on the brink of getting swept by the worst.  The Jekyll and Hyde 2015 New York Yankees season continues!

Chris Capuano got the start last night, his third since coming back from the DL, and he was pretty crappy again.  He walked 2 batters and loaded the bases in the bottom of the 2nd before wriggling off the hook and he started the 3rd by giving up a double and single to set the table for Oakland.  He got what should have been a double play grounder to third base, but alleged defensive whiz Chase Headley had the ball go through his legs to score a run and keep the inning going.  Back-to-back doubles from Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt after that made it 4-0 Oakland before Capuano even had an out in the inning.  He recovered to keep the deficit there and pitched into the 6th, but the damage was done.…

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Game 48 Recap: Athletics 5 Yankees 4

CC vs OAK II

The moment the game was lost. Courtesy of the AP

Well that was a crappy loss.  The Yankees were in a good position to get a series-opening win in Oakland last night, up multiple runs heading into the game’s later innings.  But a few bad pitches and a really horrible bullpen decision fueled an A’s comeback and got the Bombers’ West Coast trip off to a tough start.

It wasn’t the 1st inning, but Brian McCann got the scoring off to an early start with a 1-out solo home run in the top of the 2nd.  He drove in the Yankees’ second run in the top of the 4th too.  Alex Rodriguez started the inning off with a single, moved to second on Mark Teixeira‘s walk, and came around to score on Mccann’s base hit up the middle.  Close play at the plate, but A-Rod’s blazing speed around third was enough to get him in.  There was still 2 on and nobody out after the replay, but the Yanks would not get any more runs in the inning.…

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Game 47 Quick Recap: NYY 4 KC 2

How about that for a West Coast send off, huh?  The Yankees did what we all expected them to do coming into this series and completed the sweep of the Royals yesterday afternoon behind a pair of home runs and a return normalcy for Michael Pineda.

The first home run came in the bottom of the 2nd off the bat of Brian McCann.  He was looking for a fastball, got it in a meaty part of the plate, and crushed it into the second deck in right for his 6th homer of the year.  The big shot was the one that came the next inning.  With 2 on and nobody out, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate looking to put the Yanks ahead.  He took a called strike fastball and got a hanging 0-1 slider on the next pitch.  He smoked it down the left field line and just got it over the outfield wall for a 3-run shot.  …

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Game 46 Recap: Yankees 5 Royals 1

Teix vs KC

The organic straw that stirs the gluten-free drink. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees have taken the first 2 games of this series after losing 6 in a row and have outscored the best team in the American League 19-2 in the process.  I can’t explain it but I’ll damn sure take it.  An early Teix message was the difference last night, as Adam Warren continued to put the pieces of being a consistent, good MLB starter together.

Warren has slowly been getting better as the season has progressed and he put his best outing together last night.  He had his command going from the get go and used it to retire the Royals in order the first turn through on 38 pitches.  He didn’t allow his first hit until the 4th and didn’t allow his first run until the 6th when Paulo Orlando got him for his first home run of the year.  Those 2 hits were the only hits KC would get off Warren, who exited with 1 out in the 7th.  …

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