Game Recap: Orioles 5, Yankees 0

Oh what a difference a couple of days make. On Monday, the Yankees beat the Orioles 2-1 to pull within half a game of Baltimore for second place in the AL East. Since then, Baltimore has outscored New York 12-1 on the strength of strong pitching performances by Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta. Buck Showalter’s club won easily on Wednesday evening, despite a close game early, moving to 16-9 on the season.

Ivan Nova, with his 15-game winning streak on the line, worked out of several jams in his second start against Baltimore. Keeping his team in the game through six innings with far from his best stuff, Nova finally imploded in the seventh inning, allowing five runs in six and a third frames.

It could have been worse. Nova allowed five baserunners in the first two innings but worked out of trouble. After a strong third, he led off the fourth inning by surrendering a solo home run to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, Wieters’ seventh of the season.… Click here to read the rest

Game 5 Recap: Yankees 5, Orioles 4

It looked for some time on Tuesday like the Yankees would have to wait another day for a chance to pick up their first series win of the season. But a late rally off Wei-Yin Chen, and a strong performance from David Phelps in relief, led to an extra innings Yankee victory and a 2-3 record on the young season.

Chen, 26, making his first start as a Major Leaguer, was impressive but for two innings. Derek Jeter‘s leadoff home run in the first inning looked like a omen of things to come after Nick Swisher followed it up with a double. But the Yankees let Chen off the hook and he cruised for the next four innings. In the sixth the wheels came off. After a near-two run homer off the bat of Alex Rodriguez the Yankees loaded the bases for Andruw Jones, who drove in the second run of the game with a sac-fly. Russell Martin reached base on an error, scoring Mark Teixeira, and Brett Gardner tied the game with an RBI single.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees pummel Brewers 5-2; prepare brooms

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Since getting swept by Boston earlier this month, NY has come back with a vengeance and the National League has had to deal with it — they’ve won their last six series and have gone 14-4 in the process. It’s no wonder they lead the American League with a 46-31 record and trail only the Philadelphia Phillies in terms of the best record in all of Major League Baseball. Last night was no different as the Yankees once again proved to be the superior team. Let’s break it down.

In terms of pitching, “good” A.J. definitely showed up. He worked through seven innings, allowed two earned runs, struck out four, and walked two. He also managed to induce three double plays. The best part was, those opportunities to “melt down” came and he managed to bend but not break. Just such an instance occurred in the sixth inning. Jonathan Lucroy singled to center. Rickie Weeks then reached first base on a fielder’s choice (forcing the first out).… Click here to read the rest

Yanks resume winning ways: dismantle Rockies 8-3

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The title pretty much says it all as the Yanks were in control from moment one. Of course, today’s success all started with CC Sabathia’s dominant performance. CC came into the game throwing heat; seriously, both the YES radar and PitchFX were clocking his fastball at 95-97 miles per hour all game!

Eight innings and 103 pitches later, Sabathia ended the day with one earned run along with nine(!) strikeouts – five via the slider, two on the fastball, and two on the changeup. The only run against Sabathia came in eighth. Matt Pagnozzi singled to center. Then Charlie Blackmon and Eric Young Jr. both grounded out while managing to push Pagnozzi to third. Seth Smith grounded a ball to right field for a single forcing in the first run for the Rockies. By that point though, the game was well out of reach for Colorado as the Yankees still had a 98.8% win expectancy. For those who take stock in Wins, Sabathia also became the first pitcher to have 10 “Ws” in the Win/Loss column this season.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees snap three game win streak; lose 2-1 to hapless Mets.

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I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time with tonight’s recap. Frankly, there isn’t a much to say at this point. The Yanks enjoyed another fine pitching performance but still managed to lose thanks to some very timely non-hits. The lone run came in the bottom of third on a Mark Teixeira solo shot which was definitely assisted by the short porch in right field (and almost snagged by a leaping Carlos Beltran).

That’s not to say that there weren’t an abundance of opportunities though. In the bottom of the second, the Bombers had bases loaded but couldn’t capitalize. In fact, by the end of the game, the Yankees ultimately went 1-10 with runners in scoring position (exasperated by the team’s 11 strikeouts). R.A. Dickey (1-5, 5.08) allowed one run on four hits. His wholesale knuckleball (which has a -10.1 pitch value according to Fangraphs) was good enough to warrant six strikeouts.  I don’t care who’s pitching; that’s entirely too many fruitless at bats.… Click here to read the rest

Bronx Bombers ride the rally rollercoaster; lose 7-5

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As you may have guessed from the title, the Yanks showcased some serious moxie during last night’s bout only to ultimately taste the bitter pangs of defeat. Let’s see if we can briefly relive that exhausting experience one more time.

Just as the old (and slightly obvious) baseball adage states, the outcome of the game generally begins and ends with the quality of the pitching. Needless to say, Bartolo Colon didn’t have his best stuff and it cost him early. During the bottom of the first, Michael Young began his offensive onslaught with a home run.

Later in the second inning, David Murphy sent a line drive into the stands forcing the score to 2-0. Mitch Moreland singled; Chris Davis walked; and then, Julio Borbon drove the proverbial dagger straight through the heart with a bases clearing triple that split the gap between Granderson and Swisher. 

Finally, Ian Kinsler sent a sacrifice fly all the way to the wall (which Andruw Jones managed to catch) that brought about the fifth run.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees recall joys of winning; 4-1 over Rangers

After “enjoying” the cold spacious confines of Comerica, the Yanks were definitely in need of a win. Fortunately, last night provided just such an occasion. Let’s break it down.

Offense:
It’s only appropriate to quote a cliché Sterling-ism. “The Grandyman can, ohh, the Grandyman can!” Curtis smashed two booming homeruns. The first shot was deposited in the top of the first. Jeter singled and Curtis Granderson promptly gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Matt Harrison was as advertised; he struggled early in the game (he’d eventually settle down and retire 10 in a row), and boy, did Grandy make him pay.

The top of the second was interesting to say the least. Harrison played right into the Yankee MO as he started the inning off with consecutive walks to Jorge Posada and Russell Martin. For whatever reason, Brett Gardner (much to everyone’s chagrin), laid down the requisite bunt. Elvis Andrus made the grab, tossed it Adrian Beltre, and before you knew it, Posada was tagged out running to third.… Click here to read the rest

Rangers end Yankee season with 6-1 victory in ALCS Game 6

It’s pretty hard to win baseball games — not to mention a playoff series — when your team doesn’t hit. It’s also pretty difficult when your pitching mostly fails you as well. The Yankees came up empty on both sides of the ball throughout the majority of the 2010 American League Championship Series, falling to the Texas Rangers 6-1 and losing the series 4 games to 2. The Rangers advance to their first World Series in franchise history, while the Yankees head into the offseason failing to defend their 2009 crown.

The decisive Game 6 was actually pretty tense through the first four innings, with the teams playing each other to a 1-1 tie. Phil Hughes looked good after a shaky first, but the complete disappearance of the Yankee bats was the primary culprit in this loss. Though Hughes would end up yielding four runs in 4 2/3 innings (and David Robertson would add another two on a Nelson Cruz two-run shot), and pitched slightly better than he did in Game 2, the silence of the Yankee bats spoke volumes, and was the true death knell of the 2010 team.… Click here to read the rest

Horse

I was wondering when the real 2010 Yankees were finally gonna show up.

The Yankees — riding a far-from-dominant but still-plenty-competitive outing by CC Sabathia — finally erupted on offense after a three-game stretch in which they scored only five runs, beating the Rangers 7-2 to stay alive for another game in the American League Championship Series.

Sabathia gave the team six innings of seven-strikeout, two-run ball, significantly managing to limit the damage despite giving up 11 Ranger hits. C.J. Wilson was much less sharp than he’d been in Game 1, allowing six runs (five earned) over six innings, walking four while striking out only two. While Wilson is a very talented pitcher, this was exactly the type of outing I expected the team with the best OBP in the league to have against the pitcher who walked the most batters in the league.

The Yankees got on the board early (for once), tagging Wilson for three in the second, as consecutive singles by Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson scored Alex Rodriguez and Lance Berkman, who had drawn walks, and Posada himself.… Click here to read the rest