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After dropping a series to the lowly Indians and the soaring Orioles, we needed to take this series against Tampa badly. If not to improve our playoff chances, but to at least save face. Thankfully, we managed to do that this afternoon. Boston lost, Toronto lost, but Baltimore won, so we gained ground on the first two, and held firm against the last. At this point in the season. you look to the little things, and right now I’d just like to finish the year above .500. We’re 4 games over at the moment, and I want that number to continue getting bigger, not smaller. If we’re not going to make the playoffs, I’d at least like a .500 record. I hope that’s not too much to ask.
Hiroki Kuroda threw yet another fantastic game, and I sometimes shudder to think just how shit we’d be right now if he’d been hurt, along with CC and Tanaka. Hell, we could be vying with Boston and Texas for worst team in the AL. We needed a really strong, solid performance out of him, and he delivered in spades, going 6.2 innings, giving up only 2 ER on 4 H. Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances (who turned in a solid performance yesterday), and David Robertson, he of the magic high socks, all pitched in relief and matched Kuroda in regard to consistency. D-Rob, by the by, picked up his 33rd save.
Our offense today wasn’t exactly far removed from our offense of yesterday, but anymore, as long as we win, I’m willing to overlook it. Brett Gardner went 1-4 with 2 RBI, winning Offensive Star of the Game™, Martin Prado went 2-4, Chase Headley went 2-4, and Mark Teixeira went 1-4 with an RBI. At least the offense was mostly spread out amongst the lineup, with all but three starting players getting at least one hit at the plate. We’re off tomorrow, but we start a series at home against the Astros on Tuesday, so hopefully after a day off, the offense will wake up and smash the crap out of Houston pitching.
I’m not entirely sure we deserved to win this game, but I’ll take it. I know that’s a horribly pessimistic viewpoint to take, but this season, the Yankees have inspired it in me. It’s always tense playing division rivals, especially a team you’re fighting with to stay out of 4th place and to stay above .500, but everything else that’s seemingly gone wrong this season has merely intensified that tenseness, if that’s a real word. Thankfully Baltimore lost, so we gained a game on them, if on no one else.
Shane Greene pitched very well for us, but unfortunately due to a not-at-all-surprising lack of offense, only got a ND for his troubles, instead of a win. His final line was 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. I’ll take that from everyone in the rotation each game and twice on Sunday. Dellin Betances got the win, as he was still the pitcher of record when we broke the tie in the top of the 9th. He also lowered his ERA to a paltry 1.50. David Robertson picked up his 32nd save of the year, facing the bare minimum of three batters.
The only reason we won the game was because of Derek Jeter. How many times has that sentence been uttered in the last two decades? His single in the 9th scored Brett Gardner, who’d reached base on a single and an error. Mark Teixeira went 2-4, and Martin Prado, who went 1-3 with 2 RBI was responsible for the other two runs we scored….and that’s it as far as offense goes. Hopefully tomorrow’s game won’t be such a snooze.
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.
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.
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CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, and Nick Swisher!
Well, you knew it was time for him to make a re-appearance. I think a 15 inning victory counts for dramatic, although it shouldn’t have needed that many innings just to beat the damn Orioles. More on that later, though.
How about that Bartolo Colon? Good grief. 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Can we get this all the time, please? Mo came in for what we thought was a routine 9th inning save, but he kinda got a case of the yips and gave up a run….thus necessitating extra innings. I’ll give our bullpen lots of credit though….they were solid. Rock solid. Noesi was a horse, pitching four relief innings, giving up only four hits. Great, great job by the pitching last night.
The offense though….yeesh. One run until the 15th inning? Great time to finally wake up, though. We did get lots of production though, to the tune of 15 hits, even if our run total didn’t reflect that. Alex went 4-7, Derek went 2-7, which means he’s only 32 hits away from 3,000 now. Robbie went 2-6 with 2 RBI, Russell Martin went 2-4, Mark went 2-6….we got a little something from everyone. Of that group, the stand-out hitter was Alex, though. Good for him too, he’s been slumping lately. Let’s carry this into the last game of this little two-game series and sweep the O’s.
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Bartolo Colon, our bullpen, and Alex Rodriguez!
The title of this entry alludes to how often you can expect the Yankees to score 12 runs in one game. We’ve been having trouble scoring runs lately as you know, so seeing such a wealth of runs in one game is a little off-putting. Especially since we started out the game losing 4-0. So it was one of those “hey, we suddenly found out what these huge pieces of wood are supposed to do!”
CC didn’t have the best outing this afternoon, but it was enough. His final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. So he clearly didn’t have his most dominating stuff. The four errors his defense coughed up certainly didn’t aid things. The bullpen was much better though, pitching three innings and giving up 0 ER and 3 H. Thankfully we didn’t have see Mo in this game, although getting him even closer to the all-time saves record wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
After the crappy start to the game, it was nice to see the Yankees’ bats finally figure out what the hell they’re being paid to do. We didn’t start scoring until the 3rd inning, and then we scored another two runs in the 5th inning, and then two runs again in the 7th inning……then 6 in the 8th. Those six runs were sorely needed because by then, the Rangers had crept back to within one run, and our lead was only 6-5 instead of 6-4. We had a couple of really big hitters this afternoon; Derek went 4-6 with 3 RBI (who is now 41 hits away from 3,000), Grandy went 3-4 with 3 RBI, Mark went 2-5 with 2 RBI, Gardy went 3-5, and Frankie Cervelli went 1-4 with 4 RBI. We also got an RBI from Alex, who went 1-4. So all in all, lots of offense from lots of people. Which helps you win games. Now can we please do this more than just once every few weeks?
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The offense! Nice job, fellas.
Just when you think you’re getting somewhere, you find out that you aren’t. We fall behind early 5-0, but then come back to within one, only to end up losing by two. That’s like getting kicked in the nuts, and then when you’re bent over and heaving, getting kicked in the teeth.
Bartolo Colon had an uncharacteristic bad start, lasting only 4.1 innings, and giving up 5 ER on 9 H. Our bullpen fared better though (though not by much), giving up only two more runs over the course of the next 3.2 innings. I guess our streak of getting quality pitching starts, irrespective of the offensive output, is over. *sigh*
But hey, at least we scored five runs! That’s better than we’ve been doing, I’ll say that much. Derek went 2-5, so he’s only 44 away from 3,000 now. Mark went 2-4 with an RBI, Robbie went 1-4 with 3 RBI, and Swish went 1-3 with an RBI. Like I said, it’s better than we’ve been getting. Though while at the beginning of the season Derek was slumping, now it’s Alex. I hope he gets out of it soon, we need everyone in the lineup hitting right now. We can’t afford for too many prolonged slumps.
I’d post the info for the next game, but the picture upload function still isn’t working (I’ve tried editing past entries), so I guess you’ll have to bear with an image-free Yankees Chick for a while.
We’ll start with the pitching, and boy did CC have a great night. 8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. I’ll take that every night and twice on Sunday. Oh yeah, did I mention that CC pitched last night with the flu? Yeah, he had chills, a sore throat, a fever…..and he still went out there and kicked @$$. Now you know why he’s the man. Buddy Carlyle came in (what a great name) to pitch the 9th since there was basically zero chance the Orioles were scoring 13 runs to win the game, and thus we didn’t need to burn any of our bigger-name relief pitchers. Not much to say about the pitching really — I mean, the Orioles got squat. Let’s hope that continues later today.
As for the offense, as I jokingly said on a message board I belong to, I hope they save some runs for the next game. 15 runs on 14 hits ain’t too shabby for a night’s work. Especially when the team smacks a total of five HRs in the game, two from one player alone. There were a couple of players who had mondo huge nights — Alex Rodriguez and Russell Martin. Alex went 2-5 with 6 RBI, including his 22nd career GS which puts him one behind Lou Gehrig for most all-time, and his 6 RBIs move him into the #10 spot on the all-time RBI list, ahead of Yaz. Russell Martin went 2-3 with 4 RBI, including two HRs. We also got great nights from Jorge (1-5, 2 RBI), Gardy (2-5, 2 RBI), Robbie (3-5, RBI), and Mark (2-3). I doubt we’re scoring 15 runs again, but one more than half that would be spectacular this afternoon.
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I can honestly say I don’t think I was expecting Bartolo Colon to pitch anywhere near as well as he did, considering that he’s basically our long-relief guy, and trying to turn those guys into starters (or in his case, back into starters) can backfire. He went 6.2 innings, gave up only 2 ER on 5 H, walked two and struck out seven. That’s damn good, actually. The bullpen pitched the last 2.1 innings, giving up only 3 H, 0 ER, and 2 BB. That’s the kind of pitching performance we need more of from everyone.
On the offense side of things, we scored six runs on nine hits. Mark went 3-5, Robbie went 1-3 with 2 RBI, and Grandy went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Our other two runs were courtesy of Jetes and Alex, both of whom were hitless. So Derek remains at 60 hits left until 3,000.
I know it’s a short but sweet round-up today — between the hockey game last night ending late because it was in Phoenix, and me having to get up early this morning to run errands….I’ve been dragging a little. Do excuse. Now can we please get CC a win tonight? For cryin’ out loud.
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Freddy Garcia made his first start with the Yankees this season, and did a very fine job, with a line of 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Certainly can’t complain when your starter gives you an outing like that. Joba came in to pitch the 7th and was just as good, but then Soriano came in to pitch the 8th and got the yips. He coughed up three runs on two hits, and nearly gave away our entire lead. That’s no bueno. Thankfully our offense picked him up and we were able to get those runs back, but still. Mo came in for the 9th and picked up his 6th save of the season, which means he has only 37 to go until he holds the all-time saves record. That’s another countdown I think we Yankees fans are going to have fun with this season.
On the offensive side of things, Derek was hitless today, so he stays at 62 hits left until 3,000. However Mark Teixeira wasn’t hitless today, and went 2-3 with 3 RBI. Robbie Cano supplied our other two runs today, with a 2-run HR in the 8th to give us back our three-run lead. Alex left the game with soreness in his lower back/obliques, and I hope it’s not serious. Aside from Mark and Robbie, the only other two players to net any hits today were Swish (2-4) and Grandy (1-3). I hope to see a little bit more in the way of offensive production tomorrow.
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