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Game 33: It’ll have to do.

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.

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Freddy, Derek, and Alex!  

Game 32: Every once in a while.

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.

Game 31: One step forward, two steps back.

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.

Game 30: Finally.

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It ain’t much, but I’ll take it.  We’ve been having a hard time scoring runs while getting great pitching, so when we get a combination of it, you don’t argue if the run scoring output is low. 

Ivan Nova had a great night on the mound, throwing 7.1 innings, giving up only 2 hits and no earned runs, with 0 BB and 1 K.  Soriano pitched well, and Mo came in and notched save #12 for the season, which leaves him only 31 saves away from the all-time record.  I hope he can get it this season.  It would be great, regardless of what the Yankees do as far as the playoffs go. 

Another game, another offensive drought.  Sure we scored four runs, but we also had other opportunities to score a lot more than that, but didn’t capitalize on any of them.  As I said in another write-up, beggars can’t be choosers.  Our only real offensive powerhouse was Curtis Granderson, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI.  Which you’ll notice is 75% of our total runs scored all night.  He was also the only Yankee to get more than one hit.  I just hope that our total runs scored tonight is at least twice what we scored last night.  It would be nice.

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Game 26: Back from a lengthy delay.

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The Yankees sure do love those dramatic, late-inning victories, don’t they?  It’s almost like they enjoy giving their fans heart attacks by making them wait until the last very last minute.  A win is a win though, and we’ll take them anyway we can.

Colon had yet another fantastic start for the Yankees, showing himself to be going through a seeming renaissance on the mound.  His final line was 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.  Another quality start.  Maybe our rotation isn’t as shoddy as we thought it would be.  Joba pitched the 8th, and Mo pitched the 9th netting his 11th save of the season, and bringing him to 32 to go on his march to the all-time saves record. 

Our offense has been in a bit of a dip the last few games, but we’ve been eking them out somehow.  We only managed five runs on 11 hits, which looks like it should be the other way around.  Swish was our big hero, getting the tie-breaking single in the 9th, and Alex scored on a passed ball to give Mo a little cushion for the bottom of the inning.  Derek went 2-5, so he’s only 49 hits away from 3,000 now (although judging by how poorly he’s been playing besides that, who knows when he’s going to get it — get your sh!t together, Derek); Swish went 2-4 with an RBI, and Jorge went 2-5 with an RBI.  Let’s hope this combo of timely hitting and quality pitching continues for the rest of the series.

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Game 22: There’s the offense.

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Ask a question, sometimes you get it answered.  After a few games of seemingly narcoleptic offense where we were only able to score runs in spurts of HRs, it was nice to see a game where 75% of our runs came in other ways.  It shows that at least we’re capable of winning that way. 

CC Sabathia had another great game for us so far, and much like his last start, got a ton of offense behind him to secure the win.  His final line was 7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.  He did give up three unearned runs however, as our defense got the yips and coughed up a couple of errors.  Pendleton came in and pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and no runs.  Great job from the pitching tonight. 

Also, great job from the offense.  We had a big 5th inning and rather than do nothing after that, we scored more runs later on.  Swish had a big night, going 3-4 with 4 RBI.  Grandy went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 2-4 with an RBI, Gardy went 2-3 with an RBI, and Eduardo Nunez went 2-3.  So lots of great offensive production from everyone tonight.  I hope we see more of it in our upcoming series with Toronto. 

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Game 18: Guess what time it is again?

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Isn’t he just the cutest?  He always makes an appearance when the Yankees snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and come from behind late in the game, or win in extras — like yesterday.  Apologies for the late write-up; I’ve been suffering from a bit of a stomach bug the last couple days, and my energy was at an all-time low yesterday.  Yeesh.  I’m better now, though. 

Freddy Garcia had a great start, and really the last couple starts has shown himself to be quite an asset to this rotation.  His final line was 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.  Our bullpen on the other hand, didn’t have the best of afternoons.  Joba came in for the 7th, and gave up two runs to cut our lead to only one, and then Mo came in for the 9th and gave up the tying run to Brian Roberts.  Fortunately Andino was out at the plate, otherwise the Orioles would have won the game 4-3.  I know Mo gets the yips every April, so I’m not worried…..but it’s still shocking to see anyway.  Thankfully our offense came through in the end. 

Speaking of the offense, we scored two runs in the 1st inning, one run in the 5th inning, and then didn’t score again until the 11th inning.  Now that’s a problem.  Of course, coming off a 15-run game the previous night, I wasn’t expecting 16 runs, but I was hoping for more of a sustained offensive effort than that.  A couple players had very nice days at the plate; Derek (4-6, RBI) and Grandy (3-5, 3 RBI).  We also got RBIs from Alex and Russell Martin.  Derek’s four hits brings him to 2,945 hits total, or just 55 away from 3,000.  Keep pluggin’ along, Jetes.  I know you’re not having the best year, but we’re behind you anyway. 

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Game 17: That’s why they call us the Bronx Bombers.

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Holy home runs, Batman!  I guess the Yankees decided to demonstrate their superior offensive skills last night, while also demonstrating why CC Sabathia is basically our only reliable starter.  *sigh*  Not that I’m complaining mind you, just that geez. 

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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Game 16: Colon: Who knew?

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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Game 15: What the heck, Mo?

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Now that’s something you’re not accustomed to seeing or experiencing.  AJ Burnett pitched well, our offense did its job…..Mo just got the yips.  Fortunately for us Yankees fans, Mo’s yips come like once every blue moon, it’s not like he’s Pingleboom up in Beantown.  Still, it’s shocking when it happens. 

One good thing to take away from this game, is that Derek got another hit, which means he’s just 60 away from 3,000.  Keep it goin’, Jetes.

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