Game 148: We should have been swept.

Yes, you read that right.  We had no business winning the one game that we did, so really, we ought to have been swept.  Doesn’t feel good saying it, but the truth hurts sometimes.  We were outplayed in Saturday’s game, but managed to squeak by for who knows what lucky reason, but that kind of luck doesn’t tend to stay with us, so here we are.

It’s a shame that when our starters turn in really excellent performances, the offense sh!ts the bed and renders them moot.  Kuroda threw 7.0 innings, gave up 1 ER on 6 H, walked none and struck out five.  Fast-forward to the bottom of the 9th, and David Robertson, usually a very reliable pitcher, promptly blows the save, then gets the loss, by giving up 2 ER on 3 H.  Thanks for nothing, D-Rob.

That said, it’s not entirely the pitching’s fault that we lost.  The offense did nothing, as they’re wont to do anymore.  Martin Prado and Brian McCann accounted for our runs, each going 2-4 with an RBI.  As we only had six hits to speak of, that’s 2/3 of the offense right there.  Two people.  You can’t win games with that, no matter how well your pitching might be.  Depressing.  Just absolutely utterly depressing.

Game 147: We couldn’t do that yesterday?

Hey, we won.  I’d get excited, but it wasn’t much of a victory.  Not that I begrudge the Orioles anything, they’re clearly a great team.  They’ve more than earned the success they’ve achieved this season.  I may hate other teams, but I can admit when they’re better than us, and a whole lot of folk are better than us this year.  At least winning this afternoon meant we can’t get swept, which I’m accepting as the victory we can take away from this series.

Shane Greene was our starter today, lasting 5.1 innings, giving up 2 ER on 7 H, while walking one and striking out nine.  I would have liked to have seen him last the entire 6th inning, if only for it to register as a “quality start,” but he got the win, so it all came out the same in the end.  David Robertson picked up his 36th save on the season as well.

Chris Young stole home today, proving that not all things that come from the Mets are bad.  He’s been downright fantastic for us in the short time we’ve had him thus far.  Richardson and McCann clocked our other two runs.  We only had four hits as it was, so it’s not like we did a whole lot today.  Going 1-5 with RISP and leaving six men on base certainly didn’t help, Baltimore’s outstanding pitching aside.  Let’s hope we can at least force a tie tomorrow evening with a win.

Doubleheader Games 145 & 146: Pitiful.

I don’t have much of a write-up for these two games, because there’s not much that really can be said about them.  In the first game, we got a stellar pitching performance, hardly any offense, and lost in 11 innings.  In the second, we had middling pitching and absolutely zero offense, and lost in regulation.  The absolute last team we needed to lose to, if not for morale’s sake than for any other reason, we lose to.  I can’t explain it.

Game 144: I have no idea how the hell we managed to win this game.

If I could post an accurate representation of my face after last night’s game, I would, but as there is no graphic representation of what I was thinking and/or feeling at the time, I cannot.  Suffice to say, “shocked” comes as close as can be done.  I had the game on in the background as I was doing other work, considering we were being no-hit, and it wasn’t exactly like I wanted to listen to that, but I’m a fan so I did.  Then things started to get interesting.  Huzzah indeed.  Our win also brought us to within 4 games of the second Wild Card slot, which while improbable….isn’t necessarily impossible.

Michael Pineda pitched a solid, thankfully deep game last night, lasting 7.1 innings, giving up 4 ER on 10 H.  Could do without all those hits, but at least the Rays weren’t able to capitalize on all of them.  Though at the time, considering we were being no-hit, it wouldn’t have mattered if he gave up no hits himself or 100.  Special kudos go out to Alex Cobb, who took a no-hitter into the 8th inning.  I normally don’t highlight opposing pitching unless they throw a truly spectacular game, either in victory or defeat, but he deserved it.  I wasn’t rooting for the no-hitter, but I was still impressed by how dominant he was.  Good job.  I’m still glad you lost, though.

As is our wont sometimes, the offense didn’t show up until damn near the last second.  No-hit until the 8th, when Chris Young (a name that will come up again) smacked a double into center, we didn’t do anything.  We did the exact definition of “nothing.”  Then things got interesting.  After Chris Young’s double, Martin Prado, another name you’ve been reading a lot about here, hit a HR, bringing the score to 4-2.  Then in the bottom of the 9th, Chris Young came up to the plate again and hit a 3-run HR to win the game, 5-4.  All in the span of maybe 30 minutes, not counting commercial breaks.  Young ended up going 2-4 with 3 RBI, Martin Prado went 1-1 with 2 RBI in a pinch hitter situation, and Ichiro got our only other hit, going 1-4.  I like winning, but let’s try not to wait until the last damn second, please.

Game 143: Come from behind victory.

I was going to leave the title as is, but minus the word “victory,” then thought about how absolutely filthy it sounded, regardless of the fact I wasn’t talking what it might look like I was talking about, and thus opted to leave the word in.  If any of you reading this managed to follow that sentence, you get a gold star.  So do the Yankees, who managed to shock and awe me by falling behind early, but clawing ahead to take the lead and ultimately win the game.  We haven’t done that all that often this year.

Chris Capuano didn’t exactly have the best game.  That’s putting it mildly of course, he lasted only 0.1 innings, or basically one out.  He lasted one out.  He gave up 4 ER on 4 H, walking two, which is a great line if you pitch 7 or 8 innings…..not when you’ve only recorded one out.  Thus, our bullpen had a yeoman’s task ahead of them, trying to hold the Rays to four runs so we could maybe possibly I don’t know find a way to win the game.  They managed to do it, and all of them deserve a steak dinner and a cold beer for it, so Jeter should get on that.  I picked him because he’s arguably the richest guy on the team, so he could afford to drop a few quid for it.

Unfortunately, Derek had no hits last night, which is another reason why he should be the one to pay for the steak dinners and beer.  Those that did have a good night at the plate include Brian McCann (2-3, 3 RBI), Chris Young (3-4, 2 RBI), Chase Headley (2-3, RBI), Mark Teixeira (1-3, RBI), and Ichiro (1-4, RBI).  As you can see, varied production from the top and the bottom of the lineup, which is something I’m always bitching about seeing from them game after game after game.  I hope we try and build upon this and win tonight.

Game 142: Playing out the string.

I should have been upset by last night’s loss, but I wasn’t.  I wasn’t upset because in some small part, I expected it, and in another, I’ve become so desensitized to our losses that when they happen, even when I thought we’d win, I find it hard to get upset or angered or even annoyed.  We’re 11 GB in the AL East now, god knows how many games back in the Wild Card race, so for all intents and purposes (not “intensive purposes,” as some might erroneously believe), our season is done.  We are, as the title suggests, merely playing out the string.  It’s sad that as a Yankees fan, that’s what we’re doing, but it hasn’t been our year since 2009, when we acquired CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and AJ Burnett.  That was almost a surreal season — I don’t think anyone was anticipating we’d land all three, much less end up winning the World Series.  Ah well, as Topol sang in Fiddler on the Roof, sunrise…..sunset.

Hiroki Kuroda did not have a good game, which is a rarity.  I dare say he actually had a horribly sh!tty one.  Lasting only 3.1 innings, he gave up 4 ER on 9 H.  As a result of our starter’s early exit, Girardi went through nearly everyone we had in the pen, including our closer, David Robertson.  The sad part is, the seven pitchers that came in for relief gave up only a further two hits, no more runs, and struck out a combined six.  I say it’s sad because they they kept us in the game.  Any team that chase out the starter in the 4th inning, you’d think would tattoo the bullpen for a bunch of runs/hits as well, but the Rays stopped at four. 

The other thing that makes that sad, is that the Yankees stopped at three.  When your pitcher craps the bed, but your bullpen holds the other team right where they are, you’re supposed to take advantage of that and make them pay for being unable to chase out your relievers, too.  We didn’t do that.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, Chris Young went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and Ichiro went 2-3.  That’s the extent of our offensive firepower, and the one good thing I can say about the Yankees last night was that we went 3-5 with RISP and left only two men on base.  I was anticipating a far more aggravating number.  Let’s just win tonight and as I keep saying, try to end the season on a high note.

Game 141: What did I say yesterday?

Remember yesterday how I said we’d probably lose today because we tend to do that a lot, constantly moving in an up and down motion?  Well, we done gone and lost.  Not just lost, but we got shut out to boot!  Because as we’ve learned from the Yankees this season, if there’s anything worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.  It’s a shame too, because even though Shane Greene only lasted 5.2 innings, those 5.2 innings weren’t completely dismal.  Our bullpen was spot on, as well.  The problem, much like the first game of this series, was the offense.  Or in this case, the lack of it.  It certainly was quite nice for the Yankees to help honor Derek Jeter by doing absolutely nothing at the plate, even as he was one of only people to get a hit.  With 21 games left, I have a feeling they’re just playing out the string, but for Jeter’s sake alone, I’d like to at least finish on a good note.

Game 140: A demented waltz.

An odd title for a game wrap-up yes, but it’s a great way to describe how the Yankees have played baseball this season.  We win a game, lose a game, win a couple of games, lose five games in a row….it’s a constant back and forth and back and forth.  Like a demented waltz.  We’re forever marching in a circle it seems.  We lost yesterday, won today, we’ll probably lose tomorrow just to keep the rhythm going.  At least Baltimore lost, as I’m starting to get stick of them constantly winning.  Now I know how their fans felt about us for so long.

Brandon McCarthy didn’t turn in a performance exactly as dominating as Michael Pineda’s from last night, but it was pretty close — 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.  He pitched into the 7th inning at any rate, which is kind of what we expect from our starters, regardless of who we’re playing.  Kelley, Betances, and Robertson made up our relief corps, and combined, they gave up no hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out two.  Hurrah, huzzah, and hallelujah.

It was the Martin Prado show today, as our Babe Ruth-esque slugger went 3-4 with two doubles.  Ichiro went 2-2 with an RBI, John Ryan Murphy went 2-4, and we also got RBIs from Ellsbury, Jeter, Teixeira, and Beltran.  It was a nice, well-rounded effort, one that won’t be repeated if I know my team, and I do.

Game 139: *no words*

I’m not sure what I should most focus on; the fact we held the Royals to just one run or the fact we were unable to score any runs at all.  Both teams had three hits, so it’s not like we were really outplayed.  Kansas City is a great team this season, so at least we didn’t lose to one of the dregs (*cough*BOSTON*cough*), but still.  At least we weren’t no-hit.  We’re 4 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot, and with 23 games left, we’re running out of time.  Michael Pineda did everything he was supposed to do.  7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB 4 K.  Our bullpen did everything they were supposed to do.  There was no good reason why we should have lost this ballgame.  I mean, there’s literally nothing else to say about the pitching.  The offense…..there’s not much to say about that, either.  Shields is a great pitcher, but it doesn’t really take a lot of effort to shut us down, but a good performance should be rewarded regardless.  I only hope that this afternoon’s game goes a lot better than last night’s did.

Game 138: LOL Red Sox.

Look, I know neither team is making the playoffs, but my hatred for all things Boston burns bright, and watching Uehara give up not only the game-tying HR, but the game-winning one as well, it just made my night.  I immediately went to SoSH to read all the delicious schadenfreude that I could, just to extend the fun.  No, it’s not mature, and I could probably handle my fandom better than that, but as a Yankees fan, there’s precisely one thing we all know for an absolute fact:  The Red Sox suck, no matter what.

Someone else who sucked last night was Chris Capuano.  He’s basically been pretty solid for us all year, but last night, not so much.  He only lasted 4.1 innings, giving up 4 R on 6 H, not to mention two HRs to Big Sloppy.  Our bullpen, though….they had to do yeoman’s work, but they did it well, giving up only one more hit the rest of the game.  We needed them to come through and hold Boston to four runs, in the off chance we’d actually drum up enough offense to win the game.  So, kudos to them for a well-pitched game.

Extra-special kudos go out to Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley however, because without them, this game wrap-up would have an entirely different tone.  We scored three runs in the 3rd, then did nothing until the bottom of the 9th, when it was decided we’d cue the dramatic finale.  Uehara gave up a bomb to Mark, into the 2nd deck no less, then gave up another one to Chase, who promptly began running around the bases before getting doused in Gatorade at home plate.  Aside from them, Derek Jeter went 1-4 with 2 RBI and Carlos Beltran went 1-4 with an RBI.  Aren’t walk-offs fun?  We’re starting a new series tonight against the Royals, and while I’m not holding out any hope that we’ll win the series, let’s just try not to get swept, yeah?

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