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Walk-offs are nice, certainly, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a walk-off error before. In that I mean, an error allowed a runner to score, hence the Yankees winning the game. Definitely a new one, but the outcome was more than acceptable. We’ve actually won two whole games in a row now, though how long that’ll go on……I haven’t a clue.
Shane Greene took the mound last night and pitched a damn good game — 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. It’s a shame he didn’t factor in the win, because he deserved it. For any of our starters to make it into the 7th inning is a big deal, especially the pitchers that come from the back of the rotation. Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, and David Robertson (who got the win) all pitched in relief, but the only one who crapped the bed was Shawn Kelley. He gave up 2 ER on 2 H, allowing the Jays to tie the game. Not cool. Thankfully Adam Lind had butterfingers and we were able to squeak away with a win, even if we didn’t play like we deserved to.
On that continued note, at least we managed more than five hits, which is something. Jeter went 2-4 with an RBI and Stephen Drew went 2-3 with an RBI….and that’s really it. The offense was fairly spread out, but when two players have half your hits and two-thirds of your run production, things may look spread out, but that’ll just make it all look worse.
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.
Apparently I’d completely forgotten that this was a 4-game series, because I thought last night’s game was the rubber match. Either way, winning the series, was important, and we did it. The only thing I dislike about afternoon games is that I can’t listen to them — I can only listen to night games or games over the weekend.
Our pitching was superb this series, and this afternoon was no different. Shane Greene has been one of the many call-ups, acquisitions, and bullpen shifts we’ve had this season, and he demonstrated today that he can be very, very dominant on the mound. His final line was 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. David Robertson came in during the 9th and got his 31st save for the effort. Can’t say much more about that.
Can’t say much about the offense, either. We managed only one run on nine hits. Everyone in the lineup got at least a hit, except Francisco Cervelli, and Ichiro went 2-3, the only player to get more than one. Our lone run came from Stephen Drew, who made up for his sloppy defense last night by hitting an RBI double in the 4th. Let’s hope that Toronto loses again tonight, so we can pull ourselves even with them, then start to pull away during the next series.
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.
Well, going into this series with Boston, I expected a Yankees sweep, but as Meatloaf once said, two out of three ain’t bad. The Yankees have kind of been flying by the seat of their pants since right before the All-Star break, as our pitching situation has been less than desired. We’ve been relying on the back of our rotation, long-men from the bullpen, call-ups, and even acquisitions to shore up our mound presence every night, and sometimes it works…..sometimes it doesn’t. Also, thanks to timely losses by Toronto and Tampa Bay, we were able to gain a game. Though, quick question — when is Baltimore going to turn back into a pumpkin? Is it the early 1970s where they are right now?
Take last night’s game for example. We won 8-7, hence the title of the wrap-up post, but it’s not like we clobbered Clay Buchholz, who was eviscerated during his last start, and left the Red Sox holding their jocks, though I’d be lying if I said that wouldn’t have been damn funny. We fell behind early 3-0, then no thanks to Brett Gardner, tied the game. The Red Sox took the lead again, eventually extending it to 7-3, and then we clawed back to tie it, then take the lead…no thanks to Brett Gardner. He was a triple short of the cycle, BTW. Stephen Drew, playing in his first series against his former ball club, had 4 RBI. Other than those two, no one else really did much. The only RBI to not come from Brett Gardner or Stephen Drew came from Chase Headley, who had an RBI double.
On the pitching side of things, David Robertson got his 29th save of the season, and David Phelps, well…..at least he didn’t give up 7 runs like Clay Buchholz. Silver linings, yeah?