Flashback: May 21, 2010

Even though the game I’m about to tell you about was five years ago tonight, I had no recollection of it at all.

Getting old is fun!

Here are the facts:

  • It was the Friday night game of the Citi Field portion of the 2010 Subway Series.
  • The starters were Javier Vazquez and Hisanori Takahashi.
  • Vazquez lasted six innings, gave up only one hit, walked two and struck out six.
  • Takahashi also pitched six innings. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out five.
  • The scoring didn’t start until the starters left the game.
  • The Yankees scored their two runs in the top of the seventh against Elmer Dessens.
  • Nick Swisher started the inning with a single.
  • Francisco Cervelli reached base on a throwing error and advanced to second while Swisher advanced to third on the play.
  • Kevin Russo hit a double off Dessens that scored Swisher and Cervelli.
  • The Mets scored their only run in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera.
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Game 41 Quick Recap: Nationals 3 Yankees 2

Alex Rodriguez, Wilson Ramos

I feel ya, Al. We all do. Courtesy of the AP

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Yankees scored a couple of early runs to take the lead, then shut down completely on offense while their pitching and defense slowly coughed the lead back up.  The road trip is over, mercifully, at 2-7 after another 1-run loss to the Nationals last night.

The first run came in the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, as Brett Gardner led off with a single and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.  A pair of productive outs brought Beltran around to make it 2-0 and the shutdown commenced.  The Yankees only had a runner reach second base once in the next 8 innings.  Life’s tough for an offense when you’re struh-gull-ing and you got no DH.

All in all it was another solid start for Adam Warren.  He gave up a solo homer to Ian Desmond in the bottom of the 1st, then settled in to pitch into the 7th inning for a second straight start.  …

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Game 41: Warren vs. Zimmermann

Tonight’s game thread is brought to you by Danny Espinosa’s mustache:

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Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees Washington Nationals
Brett Gardner, LF Denard Span, CF
Carlos Beltran, RF Ian Desmond, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Yunel Escobar, 3B
Brian McCann, C Bryce Harper, RF
Chase Headley, 3B Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Stephen Drew, 2B Wilson Ramos, C
Chris Young, CF Tyler Moore, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Danny Espinosa, 2B
Adam Warren, SP Jordan Zimmermann, SP

Enjoy the game!

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As Gardner and Ellsbury go, so go the Yanks (or: Crap, Ellsbury hit the DL)

One of my favorite things about this site and the staff here is the off-site chatter amongst all of us that takes place over the course of every day. We talk baseball. We loudly bemoan really bad, hackneyed, trite, ad hominem attacks on players by the MSM, and laugh about silly Twitter spats. We talk about non-work stuff and provide a measure of support for one another when life gets in the way of baseball/writing (we’re all mourning the loss of Stacey’s best buddy, her cat Jack, who had to be put to sleep last night). I haven’t written much in the last few years due to work, but I’m here in the background every day, reading everything we (and you) write. Fun stuff, really.

This morning, William asked/challenged the following: What’s the Yanks record when Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner get on base (H/BB/HBP) a combined 4 or more times in a game? That’s a fine question, William, particularly because we all know how good these two have been so far this year and we’re losing Ellsbury to the DL (did you know he’s in the midst of a $153M contract?!?

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Checking in with Rob Refsnyder, IL Batter of the Week

refsnyderRob Refsnyder had made a name for himself well before the Yankees took him in the fifth round of the 2012 Draft. After being drafted, Refsnyder went on to win Most Outstanding Player honors with Arizona at the College World Series. Having capped off his collegiate career on top, Refsnyder signed with the Yankees and quickly began his professional pursuit. The young second baseman hasn’t stopped picking up some hardware as he journeys towards the Bronx, with his most recent honors coming on Monday, when he was named the IL Batter of the Week.

In truth, Refsnyder’s recognition for last week was well-deserved, but doesn’t come close to telling the full story. Between May 11 and May 17, Refsnyder hit .400, with six extra-base hits (two homers and four doubles) and six RBIs. After Tuesday’s game against Charlotte, however, Refsnyder is riding a ten-game hit streak and has made it on base in every game since the second game of a doubleheader against Pawtucket on April 25 (21 games).…

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Quick Hit: Slade Heathcott’s Big Chance

By now everybody knows the bad news.  Jacoby Ellsbury is on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury and it’s still not exactly clear how serious it is.  Given how quickly he went from leaving the game to getting MRI’d to getting put on the DL, it stands to reason that it might be more severe than just a 15-day DL trip.  Ellsbury is a key part of the Yankee offense, maybe THE key part, and he’s the team leader in fWAR.  Losing him for any amount of time is a blow.

The good news, if you want to call it that, is that Ellsbury’s injury created an opportunity for one of the farm system’s more interesting stories.  Roughly 6 months from being non-tendered, removed from the 40-man roster, and then re-signed in January, Slade Heathcott will come up to the show and get his chance to be a Major League ballplayer.

From 1st round draft pick to top organizational prospect to injury-prone bust, it’s been a long road through the Yankee system for Heathcott since he was drafted.  …

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About Last Night: Eovaldi, The Fifth Inning, and Other Thoughts

Eovaldi vs WAS II

Courtesy of Getty Images

The New York Yankees keep giving Nathan Eovaldi leads and the pitcher just cannot seem to handle the windfall. Last night, the Yankees had just spotted Eovaldi with a 6-2 lead after scoring four runs in the fourth and another two in the top of the fifth. Eovaldi’s response was the walk the first batter he faced in the bottom of the fifth. Yankee fans everywhere threw stuff.

Sure enough, it was the start of a bad inning that turned a good chance for a win (calculated at 89% at that moment) to a loss. Eovaldi only recorded one out in the inning.

You get to the point where you wonder if Nathan Eovaldi needs a good sports psychologist. Like many starting pitchers, Eovaldi has trouble with the first inning. His ERA this season in that frame is 7.88. But then he settles down nicely in the second through the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, it gets ugly.…

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Game 40 Recap: Nationals 8 Yankees 6 (10 Innings)

Nathan Eovaldi

Be creepier, bro. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees reached the quarter pole of the regular season last night, and they did in the same fashion as they did heading into Monday’s off-day by losing on the road.

It was as bad a 1st inning as you could have if you were Nathan Eovaldi.  He gave up solo home runs to Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper to immediately put the Yankees in a hole.  It felt like it was going to be a long night, but Eovaldi managed to get past it and work through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He needed a big double play to help him out in the 4th, but he didn’t unravel and gave the offense a chance to get into the game.

And they did that in a big way in the top of the 4th.  Jacoby Ellsbury (more on him later) started the inning off with a walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a Chris Young single to get the Yankees on the board.  …

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Game 40: Giovaldi

Nate Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14 ERA) vs Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.25 ERA) in D.C. tonight. Bryce Harper is 8 for his last 11 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and 6 Runs Scored over his last 3 games. That might be trouble.

Lineups
YANKEES NATIONALS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF Denard Span CF
Brett Gardner LF Ian Desmond SS
Chris Young RF Yunel Escobar 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B Bryce Harper RF
Brian McCann C Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Chase Headley 3B Wilson Ramos C
Jose Pirela 2B Danny Espinosa 2B
Stephen Drew SS Michael Taylor LF
Nate Eovaldi P Gio Gonzalez P
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