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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Game 126 Recap: Yanks 4 White Sox 3

Prado HR vs CHW

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You know it’s been a depressing year as a Yankee fan when one of your personal highlights was the team wisely electing to not trade for John Danks.  The Yankees were linked to him forever and it felt like the kind of desperate, dumb deal they would do to prove they were really “in it to win it”.  They passed, didn’t take on that contract, and obviously that meant that Danks was going to stroll into Yankee Stadium tonight and shut them the hell down.  Just kidding.  He was terrible because he is terrible and gave the Yankees a million chance to score a million runs.

The start of the game was just about the worst one you could have imagined for Shane Greene.  The first 2 batters of the game singled to set up Jose Abreu, and when Greene left a slider up a little too much, Abreu got enough of the ball to sneak it over the left field wall and bring everybody home.  …

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Game 125 Recap: Yanks 3 Astros 0

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No matter how realistic or unrealistic your postseason aspirations are at any point during the regular season, losing 4 of 5 to the Houston Astros is thoroughly embarrassing and completely unacceptable.  The Yankees fell into that trap last night and needed a victory this afternoon to salvage a small sliver of respectability in the series finale at The Stadium.  Thankfully for my sanity and sliding glass door, they got one.

Brandon McCarthy hasn’t thrown a bad game in a Yankee uniform yet, even though he was the losing pitcher in his last 2 starts despite allowing 4 ER in 12.2 IP while striking out 15 and walking only 1.  He had his A-game working today and he twisted the Houston lineup into a pretzel with it.  6 scoreless innings to start, 2 hits, no walks, and 2 separate instances of 7 or more consecutive batters retired.  Sinker was sinking, curveball had good bite on it, and he was mixing the cutter in well once he got through the order a first time.…

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Game 124 Recap: HOU 5 NYY 2

Pineda vs HOU

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Everybody knows I’m approaching Costanza freakout territory with the Yankees be-boppin’ and scattin’ all over me.  Carlos Beltran being scratched with an aggravation of his elbow bone spur wasn’t helpful, and to be honest I don’t think I could have taken another loss like last night’s.  Luckily for me they were generous enough to change it up tonight, losing the lead well in advance of the 9th inning.

Michael Pineda wasn’t doing anything fancy against the Houston lineup.  He was throwing strike 1, getting ahead in the count, and the Astro hitters were swinging early and often and hitting into a lot of outs.  No strikeouts for Big Mike through 3, but all 3 innings were perfect and took an efficient 34 pitches to complete.

Things got a bit hairier the second time through the order.  Pineda’s cutter wasn’t cutting as much and he got touched up for a run in the 4th on a leadoff single and 2-out double by Dexter Fowler.  …

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Game 123 Recap: HOU 7 NYY 4

D-Rob BS vs HOU

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The Yankees stumbled out of the gate in 2014 by losing 2 of 3 to the lowly Astros, mainly because their offense didn’t produce and they scored a total of 7 runs in the 3 games.  120 games later, they found themselves hosting Houston in an almost identical situation.  Despite taking 2 of 3 from Tampa over the weekend, the offense continues to be laughable in its day-to-day production and Joe rolled out another different lineup tonight against lefty Brett Oberholtzer looking to spark something that could lead to more than 4 runs.  It didn’t, and some shaky bookend pitching led to another disappointing loss against an inferior opponent.

Yankee starter Chris Capuano was a slightly better version of his usual self over the first 4 innings.  He put exactly one runner on base in each frame and missed the strike zone by a lot on occasion, but was mixing his pitches well and keeping the young/over-aggressive Houston lineup off balance on his way to 6 strikeouts.…

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Game 119 Recap: Orioles 5 Yankees 3

For the early part of tonight’s game, the story was Michael Pineda.  He was back, he looked really good, and he was mowing down the Baltimore lineup.  Then the Yankee lineup did its usual disappearing act, Joe made a couple of questionable decisions, and the bullpen gagged away another late lead.

To call Pineda “really good” as I did above was an understatement for the first 4 innings.  Pineda was perfect.  12 up, 12 down, 45 pitches to do so, and 4 strikeouts.  He had everything working.  4-seamers and cutters in the low 90s, lotta early strikes, swing-and-miss slider.  He wasn’t going to his changeup much, but he didn’t really need it to be effective the first 2 times through the order.

The Yankees scored 3 runs in the game and had 6 hits as a team.  2 of the runs and half the hits came in the top of the 3rd, when Stephen Drew doubled with 1 out and Francisco Cervelli smoked a 2-run home run off Chris Tillman on a 3-2 curveball.  …

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Game 118 Quick Recap: Orioles 11 Yankees 3

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Well that sucked.

What started out as a promising night slowly turned into a very ugly loss for the Yankees last night.  They had a run on the board within the first 2 batters of the game thanks to a Brett Gardner leadoff triple and a Derek Jeter RBI groundout, and they had 2 more in the 2nd after the Orioles botched what looked like a failed double steal about as badly as one team can and both Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley scampered around to score.  Then no more runs.  None.  Only 1 more hit after the 2nd inning.

The O’s did what you expect them to do against Chris Capuano.  4 runs in 6 innings, the go-ahead ones on a monster Chris Davis home run in the 5th.  From there they continued to make the long ball work for them as Nelson Cruz swatted a 2-run homer off Adam Warren in the 7th and Jonathan Schoop smacked a 3-run shot off Chase Whitley in the 8th to put the nail in the coffin.  …

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Game 117 Recap: Indians 4 Yankees 1

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The combination of Mark Teixeira back in the lineup and Corey Kluber back in the dugout should have been cause for confidence in Yankeeland.  After getting shut out on Saturday afternoon, they needed a win today to secure the series in their favor, and with less than 50 games remaining each win becomes even more important in relation to the playoff races.  Once again the bats no-showed, however, and they head back onto the road to face Baltimore losers of 2 of 3.

Hiroki Kuroda got the ball today and in short, he was pretty bad.  He couldn’t bury his splitter or put his sinker where he wanted to with regularity and the Indians put 3 hits together for a run on him in the top of the 1st.  A Jason Kipnis double and a pair of sac plays plated a second run in the 3rd, and in the 5th he completely lost a sinker and hit a batter on a 1-2 pitch, loaded the bases with 2 outs, and left after walking in a run.  …

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Game 116 Quick Recap: Indians 3 Yankees 0

ONeill Plaque

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It was Paul O’Neill Day at The Stadium this afternoon.  Before the game, the Yankees held a ceremony honoring him and unveiled his new plaque out in Monument Park.  Safe to say that was the high point and only Yankee-related highlight on the day.

Corey Kluber has been the unquestioned ace of the Cleveland staff this season and an absolute stud.  When the season ends he’s going to find himself near the top of a lot of Cy Young ballots and he showed why today.  He held the less-than-100% Yankee lineup scoreless over 6 innings and only allowed 4 hits, 1 for extra bases, while striking out 10.  About the only good thing the Yanks did against him was force him from the game after those 6 innings and 109 pitches.

Brandon McCarthy was very good again in his 6th start in pinstripes, pitching into the 7th and striking out 8 while not walking a single batter.  …

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