Flashback: June 29, 2000

15 years ago today, Andy Pettitte pitched a complete game shutout against the Detroit Tigers, but that wasn’t the big story of the game. The big story was that the Yankees won the game 8-0, they scored all eight runs in a single inning and they didn’t hit a home run. Oh, and that Chris Turner was the starting catcher that day.

Remember him?

Here’s the play by play of that big fourth inning. It started with Dave Mlicki pitching for the Tigers and ended with Nelson Cruz pitching for them. No, not that one.

  • P. O’Neill Single to CF (Line Drive)
  • B. Williams Triple to CF (Line Drive); O’Neill Scores
  • T. Martinez Flyball: LF/Sacrifice Fly (LF-CF); Williams Scores
  • S. Spencer Single to LF (Ground Ball thru Short LF)
  • S. Brosius Single to LF (Ground Ball thru Short LF); Spencer to 2B
  • C. Turner Double to LF (Line Drive to LF Line); Spencer Scores; Brosius to 3B
  • J. Vizcaino Reached on E7/Sacrifice Fly; Brosius Scores; Turner to 3B
  • C.
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Bad Defense Continues To Hamper The Yankees

Gardner-Jones Drop vs HOU

The look of surprise on Jones’ face is actually pretty funny. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees dropped the series finale in Houston yesterday, and while there’s nothing wrong with splitting a 4-game road series against a division leader, yesterday’s game was another one of those frustrating “coulda, shoulda, woulda” losses that the Yanks seem to have a little too often.

They wasted a very good start by Michael Pineda (2 runs in 8 innings), didn’t muster but 2 hits against what has been a very hittable Colin McHugh this season, and they even committed a defensive error that was worse than anything you could see in the Little League World Series.  In the bottom of the 4th, Carlos Correa lofted a lazy fly ball to left-center field.  Brett Gardner had a bead on it, called for it, and then at the last second pulled back as Garrett Jones did the exact same thing coming for the other direction.  The ball dropped between them for what was scored a double, but then Gardner made things worse by kicking the ball to the wall in his attempt to pick it up.  …

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Game 76 Quick Recap: HOU 3 NYY 1

The Yankees did themselves a huge favor by coming back to win yesterday afternoon’s game.  They’ve blown more than a few games like that already this season and the failure to win those games is what has them in second place in the division.  The offense no-showing today made yesterday’s win all the more important and allowed them to leave Houston with their heads held at least at normal head-holding position after dropping the series finale to the Astros.

The Yanks jumped out to the early lead in the top of the 3rd, thanks in part to some bad pitching (Stephen Drew walk), worse pitching (wild pitch in the next at-bat), and clutch hitting (Brett Gardner RBI single).  That was all they would get off Houston starter Colin McHugh, however.  He held them to 1 measly hit over the next 5 innings and set the stage for his team’s comeback.

That comeback came slowly and methodically against a pretty solid Michael Pineda.  …

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This is good news.

Game 76: Pineda vs McHugh

Here’s your game thread.

Big Mike looks to return to form against Collin McHugh and the Yankees are looking for a series win.

Lineups:
YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones LF
Chris Young RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

ASTROS
George Springer CF
Carlos Correa SS
Jose Altuve 2B
Evan Gattis DH
Luis Valbuena 3B
Chris Carter 1B
Preston Tucker LF
Domingo Santana RF
Jason Castro C

Enjoy the game!

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Esmil up, Petit down, and Slade out for a while
Per Bryan Hoch: Esmil Rogers selected to the 25-man roster, Gregorio Petit optioned to Triple A Scranton and Slade Heathcott has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Game 75 Quick Recap: NYY 9 HOU 6

Well that was an interesting way to win a game.  The Yankees looked like they were going to cruise to a second straight victory after going up 6-0 early.  But Masahiro Tanaka‘s struggles to throw the ball anywhere but the middle of the plate continued and the Astros came storming back before some late-game heroics by the offense pulled the Yanks back ahead for good.

The Yanks have been beasts in the 1st inning this year and they kept that trend going yesterday.  A leadoff double by Brett Gardner and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with nobody out.  After Mark Teixeira popped out to first, Brian McCann took a hanging 1-0 changeup from Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer and crushed it into the right field seats for a grand slam.  Oberholtzer left another change up to Chris Young with Gardner on first in the 2nd inning and Young hit it for a 2-run home run.  Just like that, 6 runs on the board before 6 outs were recorded.…

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