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Game 131: HOLY OFFENSE, BATMAN!

That was a sorely needed win.  Not simply because we’re chasing Detroit for the 2nd Wild Cart spot, but because we can’t afford to lose too many games now.  We’re at the stage in the season now where wins are at a premium, and we’re playing teams that can’t afford to lose either, so we have to fight, scratch, and claw our way to every possible win that we can.  Baltimore lost last night, so we gained a game on them, and we obviously beat Detroit, so that’s good news on that front.

Shane Greene had a tough assignment — be better than David Price.  Last night, that wasn’t such a tall order.  His final line was 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  Exactly what we needed from him when we needed it.  Our bullpen gave up a further 3 H and 2 ER, but fortunately our offense built enough of a cushion that it didn’t jeopardize our chances of winning the game.  Speaking of the offense…

I’m of two minds on this.  One, we finally scored more than 4-5 runs, and everyone in the lineup got at least one hit, some two.  Two, we unfortunately scored all our runs in the 3rd inning and didn’t do anything after that.  In a perfect world, we’d have collected those eight runs over the course of the entire game, but the Yankees like to do things spectacularly, whether it’s winning or losing, so we scored them all at once and hoped it would be enough.  With a bullpen that burps up the lead occasionally, one might consider that a potentially foolhardy adventure, but leave it to the Yankees to demonstrate how little faith we sometimes have in them.  The best part of everyone in the lineup getting a hit, is that nearly everyone in the lineup got an RBI, as well.  I won’t single anyone out, because everyone did a great job.  Let’s do it again this afternoon!

Game 130: Nothing lasts forever.

I don’t know if I really have anything good to say about last night’s game.  I suppose I could mention that Toronto lost, so we’ve maintained our distance from them, but Baltimore won, and I honestly don’t think they’re ever going to lose again.  Getting swept by the Cubs must do a number on your pride.  We’re either 2.5 or 3.5 games back for the 2nd Wild Card slot, so rather than catching the Orioles, which I don’t think is going to happen, I hope the Yankees put their efforts into catching Detroit, who currently have that spot.  As such, we need to win this series, no question about it.  If we have any chance of making it to the postseason, which admittedly is far less likely than likely, we need to put the afterburners on in the month of September.

Brandon McCarthy didn’t pitch really bad, but he didn’t throw a good game, either.  It was somewhere in the middle.  He went into the 7th, which is deeper than one would expect given his line, so at least he alleviated some pressure on the bullpen so we didn’t go through as many guys.  6.1 IP 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, and 5 K is again, not great, but it’s not completely shit either.  Esmil Rogers relieved him, pitching the rest of the game, giving up 0 H and 0 ER, while striking out three.  Five runs shouldn’t have been an insurmountable lead.  Emphasis on shouldn’t have been.

Our offensive output for the night belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 3-4 with 2 RBI.  That’s it.  Jeter went 2-4, as did Carlos Beltran, but they were the only other batters to get more than one hit.  You can’t say much about the offense when the offense didn’t do anything.  The worst part is, we had nine hits, same as the Tigers…..only they scored five runs with theirs, while we managed only two.  The fact we went 0-3 with RISP and 5 LOB didn’t help.  We need tonight’s game to be the exact opposite of this one.  We really can’t afford too many more games like this.

Game 126: Walk-off.

Hot damn, late-inning breaks go OUR way this time!  I can’t remember the last time we had a walk-off win, and since wins are at a premium for us at the moment, it made this extra special.  The White Sox are a poor team, so I hoped we wouldn’t need to resort to late-inning heroics to take the game, but since the Yankees can’t be bothered to score more than 3 or 4 runs a game, we have to work with what we get.  The second best part of tonight’s slate of games is that the Cubs, the poor, poor Cubs, beat the Orioles.  I KNOW.  I couldn’t believe it either.  My hometown team always finds a way to come someone’s aid, and this time it was ours.

Our rotation has been a bit of a dog’s breakfast, or catch as catch can if you want to use another metaphor.  Shane Greene took the mound tonight, giving us a serviceable performance — 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.  Not great, but not awful, either.  I think “middling” is a good word to describe it.  Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson made up the relief core, giving up a total of 2 H, 0 ER, and 6 K with no walks.  D-Rob ended up with the win, as he was the pitcher of record when Martin Prado singled with the bases loaded, scoring Ichiro.

Speaking of Martin, he went 2-5 with 3 RBI, which is 75% of our entire offensive output all night.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, which makes up the other 25%.  Am I the only one bothered by that?  Not the fact we won, but the fact that our offense is so woeful, two people are solely responsible for the reason we won the game.  Some of these guys are killing me.  I shouldn’t ask for more than 4 runs tomorrow, because we’ll end up getting shut out, but it would be nice if we managed to actually score, and score with some authority.  Come on fellas, I know you can do it.

Game 120: Ever-increasing Spirals.

I wish I could say I have high hopes for this team, but I don’t.  We don’t appear to be doing anything right, and things are never as bad as when they’re at their worst.  Playing a divisional rival, someone who could very well surpass us shortly if things don’t change in a hurry, winning is paramount.  Not that a team can ever afford to lose games, but we can’t exactly afford to lose any now, not if we have any hope of eking into a playoff spot.  Thankfully for us, Baltimore, Boston, and Toronto all lost, so everyone basically stayed put at the end of the night. 

Brandon McCarthy didn’t have the best night, but he pitched into the 7th, which showed a willingness to stay in the game as long as possible to keep from burning out the pen.  His final line wasn’t even that poor, really.  6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K — that’s a great line, provided of course his team gives him some runs to work with.  Since our offense did nothing, it made what he did look even worse by comparison.  Esmil Rogers pitched the remaining 1.2 innings, giving up 1 ER on 1 H.  If I’m being honest. Brandon didn’t deserve to lose.  With any decent amount of run support, we win that game, and he gets the W.  Everyone in the lineup owes him at the very least a steak dinner and a beer.  Add to all of that the two errors we committed, and we had no chance.

Speaking of the offense, I wasn’t aware Alex Cobb was being possessed by Sandy Koufax.  Sure, we got seven hits, but what did we do with them?  We were 1-6 with RISP, and as a team, had 7 LOB.  The only two batters in the lineup to reach base more than once were Jeter and Teixeria, both of whom went 2-4.  It was a piss-poor, paltry effort, and one that inspired no confidence.  After the last two dismal series we just had, one against Cleveland, the other against division-leading Baltimore, we can’t afford to drop this one too. 

Game 119: The Curse of the Winnable Game™

In baseball, there are few things I hate worse than when your team has a lead late into the game, and the bullpen and/or starter totally shits the bed.  We had this game.  A game against the division-leading O’s, no less.  Leave it to our bullpen to regress to the mean and totally screw the pooch.  Speaking of, where did that expression come from?  Pooch is slang for dog, and I’d hate to think someone at some point actually had sex with a dog in order for that expression to come to life.  If you know its origins, leave me a comment below and let me know.  Now we’re 8 GB of Baltimore and drifting further and further away from KC for the 2nd Wild Card slot.  I don’t like getting pessimistic, not when there might still be a chance, but I don’t think the playoffs are in our future this year.  Too many injuries, not enough time.  If by some freak coincidence we happen to luck into the 2nd WC….I don’t see us lasting very long.  Sad to say, but true.

We didn’t have much in the way of offense, but until the bottom of the 8th, it was working out quite well for us.  Two runs on five hits isn’t stellar, but it was enough.  Then all hell broke loose.  Pineda pitched quite well, even though he only lasted five innings; he’d just come off the DL, so obviously Girardi didn’t want to stretch him too far to begin with.  Betances comes in to relieve him, and continues to do well….until the bottom of the 8th.  He gives up a HR to Schoop which ties the game, he’s then pulled for Shawn Kelley, who then proceeds to give up a 3-run HR to Adam Jones, and that’s all folks. 

Going back to what I said about the offense, it wasn’t much.  Until the top of the 9th, we only managed 2 R on 5 H.  Francisco Cervelli was responsible for those runs, having hit a 2-run HR in the 3rd.  After that, we didn’t score again until Chase Headley hit a grounder to 3B, scoring Mark Teixeria.  Chris Tillman, the pitcher for the Orioles, did a great job of shutting us down, not that there’s really all that much to shut down anymore.  Pitchers don’t necessarily have to bring their A game against us just to win the game.  I hope that changes for the duration of the season, and we at least manage to end on a high note, but I won’t hold my breath.

Game 118: Somewhat Expected.

Well, I could lie and say I thought we’d pound the Orioles into the ground, but I think we all know that wasn’t going to happen, not even on our best day.  Rather, they’re the ones that did the pounding.  Our playoff chances keep getting slimmer and slimmer, given that we’re behind Kansas City by several games for the second WC spot.  This isn’t going to be an in-depth recap, only because I stayed up rather late last night watching news about Robin Williams, and as such, I’m a bit exhausted right now and don’t particularly have the energy to do a whole lot of bellyaching about how bad the Yankees managed to shit the bed last night.  Losing 11-3 is awful, whether it happens in April or August, but when you’re fighting for your playoff lives, it’s about 10 steps to the left of awful.  I hope that tonight’s game is the exact opposite, in that we manage to win, whether it’s by one run or 20.

Game 117: That was depressing.

After winning a great series against the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers, including two games against Cy Young winners, we follow that up by losing a series to the damn Cleveland Indians.  I’ll be damned if I get it, but maybe I’m not supposed to.  Unfortunately, the two losses we incurred in this series dropped us back down to 3rd place in the AL East, after Toronto won in 19 innings (another one?!) against the Tigers.  My not-so-official opinion on that is, if it takes more than say…..1 1/2 games, or 13-14 innings, call it and finish it before the next scheduled game.  That’s one of the only things I don’t like about baseball; it can become interminable.  If the score is 2-2, you’re going to keep playing until someone scores, whether that’s three innings or three days later.  If it’s an afternoon game that stretches that long, okay fine, but if it’s a 7:05 or 8:05 start…..you gotta call that shit.

Our pitching wasn’t bad, necessarily, as we’ve won games after giving up a lot more than just 4 runs, but when your offense craps the bed, you’re not going to win no matter what.  Kuroda didn’t have the best start he’s ever had, lasting only 4.2 innings, giving up 3 ER on 5 H, with 4 BB and 3 SO, but the bullpen did a great job, essentially holding the Indians in place to try and give us a chance to scrabble together some runs. 

Speaking of runs, we didn’t even score one until the 9th inning, but by then it was too little, too late.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, our only run of the game. 

We’re playing Baltimore next, and I don’t have high hopes for this series, so I’ll just cross my fingers and hope we don’t spectacularly embarrass ourselves.

Game 113: Bronx Bombers

Considering that Tuesday night’s game ended in extras, and that it was possible we could have won the game, this would have been a sweep of a heavily favored Tigers team, but I’ll take 2 out of 3.  Just like against the Red Sox, also a series we should have swept.  Toronto won, so we didn’t gain any ground on them, but that meant that Baltimore lost, so both teams gained a game on them

Chris Capuano took the mound for us last night, and pitched a stellar game, going 6.2 innings, giving up only 1 R on 5 H, while striking out eight.  Unfortunately he got a no decision for the night, as we didn’t take the lead until after he’d left the game.  That doesn’t, however, take away from how great he pitched.  Our bullpen held the Tigers hitless for the rest of the game.

The title of this recap alludes to how we managed to best Verlander, and that was through the home run.  We hit two, and that was just enough to be the difference, the extra runs over that were just insurance.  Chase Headley hit one in the 5th, and Brian McCann hit one in the 7th.  One thing I don’t hesitate to point out is that the Yankees were incredibly sloppy in the field last night, giving up four errors.  Jeter had one, Capuano had one, and Stephen Drew had two.  Giving up a baserunner or a run because of a hit or walk is one thing, but allowing the other team to capitalize because our heads are up our butts is quite another.  Hopefully the sloppiness will disappear for our next set of games.

Game 111: Cy Young, Shmy Young.

Well, the Yankees have a hard row to hoe in this series against the Tigers, considering we’re facing not one, not two, but three consecutive Cy Young award winners, starting with last year’s winner, Max Scherzer.  I always hate when we have to try to hit against really good pitchers, because more often than not, we do jack squat.  We didn’t do much last night as it was, but thankfully it was enough to win.

Brandon McCarthy pitched a great game, and that really can’t be overstated.  He’s not Cy Young caliber himself, and the Tigers are a good team, but he held them back as much as he could.  In 5.2 IP, he gave up only 5 H and 1 R, and the one run was unearned.  Our bullpen took over after that, giving up just 1 H and 3 SO combined.  D-Rob and his magic high socks collected his 30th save of the season.  I should add that Scherzer pitched fantastically himself, going 7 innings and giving up only 2 R on 9 H, but this is still a Yankees blog, so while he pitched well, I’m glad we still beat him anyway. 

The offense was as weak as the pitching was strong, which was to be expected, given who we were facing.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-3 with an RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-4 with an RBI, and that was our scoring for the night right there.  Brett Gardner went 2-4, and he was the only other hitter, aside from Ellsbury, to get more than one hit.  I’ll say this though, everyone in the lineup aside from Beltran and Drew got at least one hit, so there’s something.

Let’s do this again tonight, only against David Price this time, who we always have oh-so-much fun against each time we see him.  I’d like to win this series, so it’s either we beat him or we beat Verlander, which yeah.  You can see the pickle we’re in.  Not to mention, Baltimore won last night, which is becoming endlessly irritating.  Do you know how painful it is to root for the freakin’ Nationals to win a game?  We need to try and overtop Toronto to keep pace with the Orioles, which is becoming a Herculean task in and of itself.  Damn it, Washington….you’re first in war, first in peace, but can you be first at beating the O’s?????

Game 42: How’s that for offense?

Well now that was something interesting, huh?  We go from barely being able to score runs to putting up a 13-spot the next night.  Schizophrenic baseball is what we do best, and we do it well.

CC Sabathia got the call to the mound tonight, and pitched just as well as Bartolo Colon did last night.  8 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.  Sanit came in to pitch the 9th, and he gave up 2 ER, but with a 13-run cushion, you don’t sweat it.  Just don’t make a habit of it, k?  Other than that, there’s not much else to say about the pitching — it more than did its job.

So did the offense, shockingly.  The Yanks have had a time of it this season putting together consistent offensive performances, and tonight is part of that consistent inconsistency.  They slugged 13 R on 14 H, and who knows what we’re going to get out of them during this series with the Mets coming up, but I’m sure it won’t be this.  That said, we had several players stand out tonight offensively, and they deserve a mention:  Derek went 2-6 with an RBI, which brings him to just 30 hits from 3,000; Mark went 1-6 with 3 RBI, Nunez went 1-1 with 2 RBI, Russell Martin went 2-4, Jorge went 1-3 with an RBI, Swish went 2-4 with 4 RBI, and Gardy went 2-5 with an RBI.  So as you can see, we got lots of production from varying individuals, and I hope that continues.

Stars of the Game™

CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, and Nick Swisher!

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