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As promised, here is the updated/edited game wrap-up post that I have been trying to submit since yesterday afternoon. I don’t know what the problem was, but my Internet connection wasn’t the real culprit. I could access most sites without a problem, but for some reason, WordPress just would not go through, no matter how many times I tried. In a way, I’m glad I had all this time to think about what I’d write here, because when the game ended, I was so angry….all you’d have seen were a bunch of asterisks from the swear words that were filtered out. To make matters worse, Baltimore won, though fortunately Kansas City did not. I swear, with this team it’s one step forward, a hundred steps back.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched his tuchus off yesterday afternoon and got precisely bupkis for it. 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB 4 K — that shouldn’t be the line of the losing (or at least no-decision) pitcher. Dellin Betances pitched a solid 8th in relief, but Shawn Kelley coughed up game-winning sac fly to Alex Avila, and there goes the ballgame. Depressing.
After Wednesday’s offensive onslaught, I was expecting something a bit more substantial than just two runs on five hits, but with the Yankees anymore it’s feast or famine, never anything in between. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-4 with an RBI and Carlos Beltran went 2-4, with Brian McCann getting our other RBI despite going 0-4. Zealous Wheeler (what a name) went 1-2 as well. It was an all-around sh!tty game, and there’s nothing that can really be said that’ll make it seem any better. *sigh*
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.
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!
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.
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.
Ugh. Another great start from our rotation, another wasted effort from the offense. Granted, it’s hard to hold on to 2-1 leads, even against teams like the vaunted Royals. AJ pitches seven innings of 1 H, 1 ER ball, and gets bupkiss for the effort. Even our bullpen, outside of Buddy Carlyle, was great.
The problem was of course, the offense. When you only manage two runs for the whole game until the 10th when you tack on one more to tie it at three a piece, that’s usually not a good sign. Grandy went 2-5 with 2 RBI and Jorge went 2-3 with an RBI and that was the extent of our offense. How the heck do you club 12 hits but only net three runs out of it? You know what, don’t tell me.
Just please win tomorrow night so that we’re not going into the Boston series on a low note.
Another game, another woeful offensive showing. I’m still comforted in the fact that our pitching has at least held up all season, so we can afford to win games when only scoring three runs. So there’s that. We’re also at 20 wins on the season so far, which about 20% of what I’d like us to end up with. If you’re good at math, you’ll have a rough idea of what I’d like to see us end the season with, wins-wise.
We got another great start out of Freddy Garcia, who is proving himself to be a monumental asset for us in the rotation. He pitched six innings, gave up 1 ER on 6 H, walked two and struck out three. Dave, Joba and Mo pitched the final three innings, and Mo picked up save #13, which means he’s only 30 saves away from the all-time saves record. Keep going, Mo!
Speaking of moving forward toward countdowns, Derek got another two hits tonight, which means he’s now only 38 hits away from 3,000. He went 2-4 on the night with an RBI. Our other two runs came courtesy of a single by Alex in the 5th. Aside from that, we got no other offense from our lineup. I will say that all but three people in the lineup got at least one hit, so it’s a start. Let’s keep it going for the next game.
Stars of the Game™
Freddy, Derek, and Alex!
Bless you, Royals! Do it again a few more times and I’ll only ever use the barbecue sauce to the left.
But apparently not all the time. I don’t know what more AJ could have done, you should hardly expect your starter to no-hit every team they face. Our offense got their butts handed to them by some dude named Bryan Bullington. He sounds like he should be an outlaw in Dodge City circa 1876 or something. Hell, until Robbie got a hit in the 5th, we were being no-hit up to that point.
I hope we do better tomorrow against the Tigers — splitting a series against the Royals leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Eww.
Phil Hughes started the game this evening and didn’t have the best start, although truth be told, it could have been far worse. 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. That last one is a bit surprising, but in the end, I don’t really care how the pitcher gets someone out — just that they do. Our relief corps consisted of Joba, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Sergio Mitre and they combined for 1 H over three innings, giving up no walks. Major kudos to the pitching tonight for getting it done. Do it again tomorrow.
What did Alex put in his Wheaties this morning? 4-5, 5 RBI, 3 HRs. We didn’t even need the other three runs we scored, although insurance is always nice. Everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, while the only other players to get more than one hit were Mark (2-5) and Gardy (2-4). We got solo HRs from (aside from Alex) Jorge and Grandy and the third other run came courtesy of a DP from Derek in the 5th. I wish I had more to write about here, but Alex sort of kind of did everything. Because he’s sort of kind of awesome sauce and I wish more fans respected that. I would however like other people on the team to score some runs tomorrow instead of letting it be the A-Rod Show. Not that I mind it necessarily, just that he’s one of nine.
Star of the Game™
Dustin Moseley started the game and didn’t pitch that poorly. He could have pitched better obviously, but he was hardly putting up Surgery Meat Tray-like numbers.
I guess what was most aggravating was on a night when the Rays lost to the Orioles (o_O) and the Sox lost in 11 on a walk-off HR off Wakefield (Aaron Boone, anyone?), it would have been nice to gain another game. We’re already the best team in the majors and I have to remind myself of that sometimes when I get a little too annoyed at them, I just don’t like that both of those teams are a little too close for comfort. Let’s win tonight.