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I don’t really think words exist to describe the horror of last night’s game. I really don’t. I don’t know what was worse about it; the fact we didn’t score a single run, or the fact we gave up the win in the bottom of the 9th inning. It’s like the Yankees hate their fans, and want to make them suffer as much as is humanly possible.
Chris Capuano pitched a great game, it’s a shame that he didn’t get a win to reflect it. 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K — that should be a winning line. A big thumbs down to Shawn Kelley who coughed up the RBI to Zobrist in the 9th, that was not cool. I mean, we were going to lose anyway, but did it have to be with 2 outs?
A big thumbs down also goes to the offense, who aside from Martin Prado (2-4), didn’t do a damn thing. I know I’ve come to expect mediocrity these past few months, but come on. Show some balls.
Yes, you read that right. We had no business winning the one game that we did, so really, we ought to have been swept. Doesn’t feel good saying it, but the truth hurts sometimes. We were outplayed in Saturday’s game, but managed to squeak by for who knows what lucky reason, but that kind of luck doesn’t tend to stay with us, so here we are.
It’s a shame that when our starters turn in really excellent performances, the offense sh!ts the bed and renders them moot. Kuroda threw 7.0 innings, gave up 1 ER on 6 H, walked none and struck out five. Fast-forward to the bottom of the 9th, and David Robertson, usually a very reliable pitcher, promptly blows the save, then gets the loss, by giving up 2 ER on 3 H. Thanks for nothing, D-Rob.
That said, it’s not entirely the pitching’s fault that we lost. The offense did nothing, as they’re wont to do anymore. Martin Prado and Brian McCann accounted for our runs, each going 2-4 with an RBI. As we only had six hits to speak of, that’s 2/3 of the offense right there. Two people. You can’t win games with that, no matter how well your pitching might be. Depressing. Just absolutely utterly depressing.
I don’t have much of a write-up for these two games, because there’s not much that really can be said about them. In the first game, we got a stellar pitching performance, hardly any offense, and lost in 11 innings. In the second, we had middling pitching and absolutely zero offense, and lost in regulation. The absolute last team we needed to lose to, if not for morale’s sake than for any other reason, we lose to. I can’t explain it.
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.
The Red Sox are arguably one of the worst teams in the American League, if not all of baseball, so naturally we lose to them. I called that to myself before the game even started. I really wanted to be wrong, and hoped that when the Red Sox jumped to an early lead we’d snap out of it, but alas, ’twas not to be. As a side note, I read that the Yankees will be wearing a patch in honor of Derek Jeter, and what I’d like to know is why. He’s not dying, he’s retiring. I’m not taking anything away from his legacy, he will rightfully go down as one of the greatest Yankees of all time, not to mention one of the greatest shortstops in all of baseball, but the somewhat overwrought reaction he’s getting whenever the Yankees play in someone else’s ballpark is just a bit….maybe not ridiculous, but a little over the top. I love him, and I’ll miss him, but he’s not moving to a colony on Mars, people.
Now, on to the pitching last night, which was in a word, abysmal. Shane Greene started but didn’t stay long, lasting only 2.2 innings, giving up 6 ER on 6 H. He walked three, struck out three, and gave up two HRs. Lovely line. It’s not like our relievers did that much better, giving up a combined 3 ER on 6 H, with 3 BB and 9 K. The only good part of any of that is the 9 K part, and that was all of relievers put together. It was a sh!t-show from start to finish. There’s really nothing else that can be said about it, it was that bad.
To make matters worse, it wasn’t like the offense was any better. Brian McCann went 2-4 with an RBI, Martin Prado went 2-3 with an RBI, and Derek Jeter went 1-4 with an RBI. That was pretty much the extent of our vaunted offense. You can’t win games if you don’t score runs, though it helps if your pitching doesn’t give up nine of them, but if we had any urgency in us whatsoever, we could have pulled this one out. Hopefully tonight’s game goes much better than this one did. Hopefully.
Game in, game out, the Yankees always find new and exciting ways to lose. Saturday they lost with only one hit, yesterday they lost with 11! Progress! I’m not even going to worry about what other teams are winning or losing, because now that it’s September, it doesn’t actually matter anymore. Barring some kind of cataclysmic realignment of the entire space-time continuum, we’re not making the playoffs this year. Which kind of sucks to say out loud, but what can you do? We just have too many problems that we can’t overcome in a month. Hopefully next season will be much, much different.
Brandon McCarthy pitched the rubber match, and really, didn’t do that poor of a job. 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. What made it look worse than it was is the fact he gave up three home runs. They were all solo shots, so the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been. The game was still winnable despite that, as Dellin Betances relieved him and didn’t give up any more runs. Meaning, the damage had been contained.
With 11 hits, you’d think that would have been enough offense to power us past the Jays, who only scored four runs themselves. Ah, but you’re forgetting that the Yankees are the undisputed kings of leaving runners stranded on base. Brett Gardner went 3-5 with an RBI, Martin Prado went 2-4, Francisco Cervelli went 2-4 with an RBI, and Chase Headley went 2-3. Aside from those four that stood out, no one else really did anything. I’m not even sure I know what I want from the Yankees in their next game, aside from winning. They score runs, they lose. They get lots of hits, they lose. Their starter goes deep into the game, they lose. Let’s try for a combination of all three but with a win? Maybe? Please?
I’ve said this about the Yankees before, but it’s coming true more and more it seems. Just when we appear to have all our sh!t together, we completely fall to pieces the next game. I’m starting to run out of ways to describe it without translating from English into a foreign language. I love them, but they’re killing me. Baltimore is tied with Minnesota right now, though they’ll probably win anyway, Kansas City is losing to Cleveland, and Detroit is beating the White Sox. If it wasn’t for the new episode of Doctor Who tonight, today would have been a total loss.
If there’s anything I hate more than pitchers winning despite pitching like crap, it’s pitchers losing despite pitching a great game. Michael Pineda threw a very, very quality start. 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. How does that lose? Oh right, no offense. We’ll get to that in a moment. The relief corps did their jobs, holding the Blue Jays in place, but again….no offense. Doesn’t matter how great your pitching is, if your hitters can’t provide the support, you’ll end up losing every time.
Let’s see…..we got one hit today. ONE STINKIN’ HIT. Mark Teixeira hit a double. Oh wow. We didn’t just lose, we got embarrassed. There’s literally nothing else to say. Hopefully we’ll manage at least two hits next game.
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*
I don’t know if I really have anything good to say about last night’s game. I suppose I could mention that Toronto lost, so we’ve maintained our distance from them, but Baltimore won, and I honestly don’t think they’re ever going to lose again. Getting swept by the Cubs must do a number on your pride. We’re either 2.5 or 3.5 games back for the 2nd Wild Card slot, so rather than catching the Orioles, which I don’t think is going to happen, I hope the Yankees put their efforts into catching Detroit, who currently have that spot. As such, we need to win this series, no question about it. If we have any chance of making it to the postseason, which admittedly is far less likely than likely, we need to put the afterburners on in the month of September.
Brandon McCarthy didn’t pitch really bad, but he didn’t throw a good game, either. It was somewhere in the middle. He went into the 7th, which is deeper than one would expect given his line, so at least he alleviated some pressure on the bullpen so we didn’t go through as many guys. 6.1 IP 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, and 5 K is again, not great, but it’s not completely shit either. Esmil Rogers relieved him, pitching the rest of the game, giving up 0 H and 0 ER, while striking out three. Five runs shouldn’t have been an insurmountable lead. Emphasis on shouldn’t have been.
Our offensive output for the night belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 3-4 with 2 RBI. That’s it. Jeter went 2-4, as did Carlos Beltran, but they were the only other batters to get more than one hit. You can’t say much about the offense when the offense didn’t do anything. The worst part is, we had nine hits, same as the Tigers…..only they scored five runs with theirs, while we managed only two. The fact we went 0-3 with RISP and 5 LOB didn’t help. We need tonight’s game to be the exact opposite of this one. We really can’t afford too many more games like this.
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.