Walks, bullpen help Yankees grab important 4-3 win over Orioles

This wasn’t a giving up two grand slams type of explosive unravelling; no, it was a slow, sadistic burn, as pitcher after pitcher couldn’t find the strike zone–with two outs. First Chen–who recorded the first two outs of the inning, and allowed a run to score on Eduardo Nunez’s single–then Pedro Stop walked Yankee after Yankee, finally setting the stage for Derek Jeter. Strop had previously walked Ichiro Suzuki to load the bases–the Orioles led 3-2 at this point–and was clearly pressing with Jeter. He could not find his fastball–it was hitting 97, 98 on the gun, but he had no idea where it was going–and he was clearly worried that Jeter was expecting his breaking stuff. The count ran to 3-2, and, with the whole Stadium on its feet, Strop tossed a fastball that ran in.

It was one of the more exciting walks I can remember.

Jayson Nix came trotting home to tie the score, Eduardo Nunez moved over to third, and the Yankees were suddenly in charge.…

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Seventh Inning Heaven, Yankees Win 4-3

This felt like another one of those games. You know, the kind where the Yankees could not get anything going and the opposition’s luck was just better.

David Phelps walked the world or so it seemed and the Orioles once again were given an early lead. Phelps allowed a 1/3 of the batters he...

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Game Thread: 9/1

The last few weeks of Yankee baseball.

Yanks vs. O’s at the Stadium this afternoon. Wei-Yin Chen and David Phelps are on the mound opposing each other and they’ll take on these lineups:


1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
3. Nate McLouth (L) LF
4. Adam Jones (R) CF
5. Matt Wieters...

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The Farm Report: 8/31/12

Trenton lost to Binghamton 8-5:
The Mets scored quickly, as Dustin Martin hit a two-run homer and Eric Campbell hit a sac fly giving them a 3-0 lead after one. They added four more runs in the second on back-to-back homers by Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra. Binghamton added one more run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Thunder started to chip away at the lead in the seventh. Luke Murton singled and Kevin Mahoney hit into a ground-rule double. A single by Rob Segedin plated Murton and Shane Brown drove in Mahoney with a single to left. Walter Ibarra doubled in Segedin and Adonis Garcia hit a sac fly that plated Brown, as Trenton trailed 8-4. Murton hit a solo homer in the eighth, but that was all the Thunder could manage, taking an 8-5 loss.

Murton went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and a RBI. Segedin went 2-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk.…

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Dissecting the boom/bust Yankee offense

The 21012 New York Yankee team has been very streaky. All teams are to some extent, but in the past two months this group has won 9 of 11 (7/4 to 7/18) and 7 of 8 (8/8 to 8/15). In that same time frame they have put together losing streaks of 7 of 10 twice...

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