Results tagged ‘ Ichiro ’

Game 150: The Yankees clearly hate their fans.

Well, I should have expected this, really.  I mean, at this rate, we may not finish the season over .500.  With 12 games to go, it’s entirely doable, and since the playoffs are firmly out of the picture, why not shoot for the stars, eh?  Congrats are in order for the Baltimore Orioles, as they won their first AL East championship since 1997, incidentally the one year from 1996-2000 that the Yankees didn’t win the World Series.  Hmm.  Foreshadowing for next season?  I could go with a 1998-style run right about now.

Unlike Monday’s stellar pitching performance that translated into a loss, we got the exact opposite of that last night, and still lost anyway.  Michael Pineda turned in an uncharacteristically middling performance, lasting only 5.1 innings, giving up 1 ER on 4 H.  It was our bullpen that didn’t help matters at all.  Esmil Rogers gave up 3 ER on 2 H during his stint in the game, which lasted all of 1/3 of an inning, then Rich Hill comes in and gives up 1 ER on 2 H, leaving before even recording an out.  When the Yankees suck, we make a show out of it, don’t we?

Well, the good news is, we exceeded our offensive output from Monday by well over 100%.  The bad news is, we only scored one run, and on Monday we scored no runs at all.  So, I mean, it’s something.  Whatever.  Ichiro went 1-4 with an RBI, Francisco Cervelli went 2-3, and that’s basically it as far as notable performances went.  Let’s see if we can get swept tonight!

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 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 129: KC Masterpiece.

Last night’s game was a make-up game from earlier in the season, but it still behooved us to win, as we’re going into a series against the Tigers next.  The worst part of the schedule right now is that I’m forced to root for the Red Sox, as they’re playing Toronto, and I’d like to put some distance between us and them.  Plus, Tampa is playing Baltimore, and the sad thing is, I wish they were still playing the Cubs.  At least the Red Sox helped us out by beating the Blue Jays (you have no idea how much it hurt to type that).

I went into the game hoping we’d get a strong pitching performance out of Pineda, and thankfully we did.  His final line was 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.  His ERA is a nice n’ tidy 1.95.  David Huff came in for relief and pitched the rest of the game, giving up only two hits and striking out one.  It was nice to see a clean, easy, drama-free night of pitching, with no blown leads, no nothing.

I’ve been bitching for a while now that I wanted to see a more well-rounded offensive effort from them, and apparently they tired of my kvetching and whining, because they finally delivered!  Everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and since we clobbered 13 of them, you’d hope that was the case.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-5 with 3 RBI, Martin Prado (has this kid been eating his Wheaties?!) went 2-4, Ichiro went 2-4, Derek Jeter went 1-5 with 2 RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-3 with an RBI.  It was heartening to see so many people contributing this time, instead of the same names over and over again.  I hope this continues against Detroit, although I’m not holding my breath.

Game 128: Return of the Crazy Stein!

For those that are new to Yankees Chick, there was a picture I used to post whenever the Yankees would sweep a team, and it was George Steinbrenner on one of the parade floats, in either ’98 or ’99, holding a broom with a maniacal look on his face.  It was dubbed “Crazy Stein” and quickly became tradition.  Since returning to the blog earlier this month, I haven’t had occasion to use it……until now.  So, without further ado, I give you Crazy Stein!

Game 16: Crazy Stein? I hope to post him at least two or three more times before this season finally ends.  To make matters even better, we won in a walk-off!  In extras!  BTW, no matter how dismal our playoff prospects might be, I’m quite heartened by the fact that at least we’re not the Red Sox.  Yeesh.

Chris Capuano toed the rubber for the final game this series, pitching a very respectable 6.0 innings, giving up 3 ER on 6 H, while walking none and striking out 5.  Our bullpen was strong in relief, until David Robertson came in for the save in the 9th and promptly gave up a run, necessitating us going to extras.  I was very disappointed in him, because I know he can pitch better than that.  We’re going on the road next to play some pretty important teams, including Kansas City…..and when was the last time someone could refer to them as an “important team.”  We really need everyone in the rotation and in the bullpen to be at the top of the games at all times.

Well, I didn’t want Martin Prado to yet again have to bear the responsibility of keeping our team in the game, so on that note, I was rather pleased to see it was someone other than him.  On the other hand, blowing your wad in one inning and then doing basically nothing until the last minute is getting kind of stale and tiresome.  I know, I know….how could I possibly be upset that we lost?  I’m not upset that we lost, rather, I’m unhappy at our inconsistent play forcing us to win in this manner more often than we should.  Brian McCann came in as a PH in the 10th and smacked a 3-run HR to right field, so he undoubtedly wins Offensive Star of the Game, but honorable mention goes to Ichiro, who went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Their combined 5 RBI were enough to win the game, but again….let’s spread it out a bit more, fellas. 

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 125: We didn’t get swept!

My alternate choice for a title was, “Our bullpen didn’t blow the lead!”  Both are accurate descriptions of my reaction at the end of the game, which I was lucky enough to get to listen to, as I didn’t have anything else going on that would have prevented.  Normally with day games I have to listen to a replay of the game, whether I know the final outcome or not.  We’re tied now with Toronto for 2nd place in the AL East, but being 9.0 GB of the Orioles means we shouldn’t hang our hats on it.  The days of being able to come in second in the division and still make the playoffs are pretty well over, I fear.  Boston lost again though, putting them 18.0 GB, which just makes me laugh.  I know it’s not nice, but I never said I was nice.

Brandon McCarthy threw a 4-hit shutout, walking none and striking out 8.  I can’t remember the last time a Yankees pitcher threw a complete game.  Girardi must have been hopping up and down in the dugout trying to relieve the tension because he couldn’t make a call to the bullpen.  Well, actually I think the pitching coach does that, but you know what I mean.  Joe has a problem letting starters finish games when they’re cruising; for some inexplicable reason, he yanks them in the 8th and lets someone else either get the save, or do garbage time duty.  “Garbage time” of course refers to when your team has a huge lead, and rather than waste the good relievers, the manager puts in the other guys to mop up.  The same is true in reverse; when your team is being blown out, the manager will often use the scrubs to pitch the rest of the game, since there’s no chance you’ll win the game.  This game was neither of those situations, but I’m still glad Joe decided to sit on his hands for once.

The offense wasn’t exactly burning the doors down, but we got enough to get the job done.  I wish our batters would start hitting though, and hitting consistently.  Mark Teixeira went 2-3, Chase Headley went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and our other RBI came as a result of a sac fly in the 2nd by Ichiro.  Again, not much doing at the plate.  I’ll take the win, don’t get me wrong, but it would have been nice to have a win with some oomph.  Ah well, maybe next game.

Game 124: Damn it.

I know, that’s not an inventive title, but it was my initial reaction upon learning we’d lost the game after yet again, giving up runs late.  The sad part is, I was upset for about 30 seconds, and then I just sighed.  The Yankees have broken me.  I just looking forward to the end of this miserable season, in the hopes that during the off-season, we make some changes that help us be competitive next year.  I know there are many other teams who’d kill to have our problems, but I suppose being burdened with being the New York Yankees makes it hard to swallow down said problems, without feeling like you’re choking on them.

Michael Pineda was our starter last night, and much like Chris Capuano on Tuesday, he threw a quality start — 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.  That shouldn’t be the line for the starter of the losing team.  Also like Tuesday, the bullpen blew the lead late, giving up 4 runs in the top of the 7th.  We can’t win games if our bullpen can’t hold the leads we give them, and we’re playing a team right now who we should be able to soundly rout, even in our current decrepit state. 

The offense wasn’t much better than the pitching, managing only a paltry two runs, even though we had 10 hits.  One would think that with 10 hits, we did more with them than just two runs, but alas……we’re the Yankees.  We like to make everything difficult.  Derek Jeter went 2-4, Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-5 with an RBI, Chase Headley went 2-4, and Ichiro went 2-4.  Our other RBI came from Stephen Drew, who went 1-3.  Everyone in the starting lineup except Teixeira and Prado had a hit.  We should have won this game, just like we should have won Tuesday night’s game.  My only hope is we don’t get swept tonight, though I’m not holding out hope on that one.

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