Game 18. Yanks hammered, 16-1.

Over the course of 162 games, you will win a game like this, and lose one. The Yanks were hammered 16-1 tonight. It was so bad that Dean Anna pitched (which I agree with. Once you are down that badly, why waste your bullpen? At that point it doesn’t matter if you lose 10-1 or 16-1).

The bigger concern here is Ivan Nova. He had a good spring training, but since the season started has not been good. 2-2, 8.27. Yuk. He’s lucky he is 2-2. He has so much more talent than to be that right now. But if he loses his starting position, who takes over? Phelps? Warren? Nuno (starting Sunday)? Gordon, Aceves? Billings? Who?

Nova went 4+, gave up 8 r and 4 HR. His inconsistency is baffling. Here is a guy who in 2011 went 16-4, 3.70, then he follows it up with 12-8, 5.02.

Last year he had a rough beginning, great end. 9-6, 3.10. Now? 2-2, 8.27.

Just like A.J. Burnett. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and you don’t know which one will show.

Is he the guy who went 25-10, with an ERA in the mid-3′s, or the 14-10 pitcher with an ERA of over 6 who is lucky to be 14-10 during that span? And if he needs to be replaced, who replaces him?

The frustrating thing is the inconsistency. We’ve seen when he is good. But when can he be good most of the time?

Meanwhile, Tony Pena noted an elbow issue with Nova. MRI being done. Bryan Mitchell called up. Looks like Nova will be DL”d.

After Nova, Matt Daley, just called up from SWB came in and gave up a grand slam. He went 1 1/3, 6 R, 4 ER. Dellin Betances went 1 2/3 scoreless but Dean Anna (yes, the backup IF) gave up 2 R in 1 IP as Girardi wanted to save the bullpen.

Once again, the Trop (I hate that dump. Dome, AstroTurf and the roof rings in-play) is a House of Horrors for the yanks. 27 runs given up in the last two games. Bullpen exposed.

Nuno tomorrow. Hopefully he gives 5 solid innings. The bullpen needs it.

The offense had just three hits and one run tonight. So it’s not like they would have salvaged a good pitching effort anyway.

But concerns over Nova.

The Minors today.

AAA: Alfredo Aceves started and went five scoreless, 5 K. SWB lost 5-2 in 11.  Shane Greene and Preston Claiborne each gave up a run, Fred Lewis and Mark Montgomery combined for three scoreless IP of relief but  Yoshinori Tateyama blew the game. 2 h 2B Jose Pirela. 4 hits for 3B Adonis Garcia & 2 h LF Ronnier Mustelier.

AA:  5-3 win for Trenton. Matt Tracy 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER.  Pat the switch-pitcher Venditte with two scoreless IP. 2B Rob Refsnyder and 3B Dan Fiorito w/3 h apiece.

High A : Tampa ppd

Low A: Charleston ppd

Game 17. Yanks blow 4-0 lead. Bullpen can’t p/u Kuroda.

The Yanks got off to a 4-0 lead, and had a 5-3 lead w/two-0uts in the 7th, but lost 11-5 to snap their five-game winning streak.

Scott Sizemore cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double in the 2nd.

Hiroki Kuroda ran out of gas.  5 2/3, 3 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 2 K. ERA to 4.07.

Phelps 1/3, 1 R. Thornton 2/3, 1 R.

Warren 1 IP, 3 R. (L). There is one thing about Warren’s performance tonight that I did not like. Three straight batters. Three straight that he got two strikes on and could not put them away. All three times, when he got two strikes, he went to a cutter or slider. No fastballs, curves or changeups. If you are the other team, and know he only goes to cutters or sliders when he has two strikes on you, what are you sitting on? You have to diversify better than that.

Cesar Cabral was terrible and needs his ass kicked. 3 R, 0 outs. 3 h. But 3 HBP and he was kicked out of the game. The Yanks may have someone thrown at b/c this dummy hit three batters. There is no excuse for that.

Update: After the game, Cabral was DFA’d & Matt Daley was called up.

The Minors today.

AAA: 2-1 win for SWB. Brian Gordon 5 2/3 scoreless.

UPDATE: Sorry, SWB had a DH. Forgot about that, since the prior game went 9 innings (extras).

Game 2: SWB won 7-2. Chase Whitley 5 IP, 0 R, 2 h. 2b Jose Pirela 2 h, 2 RBI, HR, same for 1b Corban Joseph. LF Zoilo Almonte two solo HR.

AA: 5-3 win for Trenton.  Joel De La Cruz 5 2/3 scoreless. 2 h, HR, 2 rbi Kyle Roller (1B).

High A: 6-5 win for Tampa in 10. Dan Camarena 4 r, 2 er in 5 1/3.  DH Dante Bichette, Jr, RF Zach Wilson and CF Jake Cave (double, 2 triples) 3 hits each.

Low A: Charleston 8-7 win. LF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) triple, 3 rbi. RF Aaron Judge HR, 2 rbi.

Game 16. Yanks turn triple play in 10-2 win.

CC Sabathia had something to prove to me. I’ve mentioned that before this start he was a $23MM #4 starter to me—that I would take Tanaka, Pineda and Kuroda over him.

Perhaps even Nova… knocking CC to #5. After all, CC was 15-15, 4.93 since 2012 going into tonight. He went 7, got help from a triple play, and improved to 2-2, 5.19. Dellin Betances mopped up with two scoreless innings.

The Yanks turned their third triple play since 1968 in the second, and funny enough, CC was the pitcher for all three.

The Yanks got one in the first on a McCann single, and three in the second, keyed by Roberts and Ellsbury triples and a Jeter single.

Later, Soriano (#410 career) and McCann hit back-to-back HR. In the 9th, Solarte went deep for his first MLB HR. (A-Rod who?)

The Yanks have won 5 in a row and 6 out of 7. (10-6)

Lots of offensive stars tonight.

Ellsbury 2 H, 2 rbi.
Jeter 2 h, rbi (3329 hits now).
Soriano 3 h, rbi. HR
McCann 2 h, 2 rbi. HR
Solarte 3 H, 1st MLB HR, 2 RBI
Roberts 3 H, 2 rbi, HR short of the cycle.

10-2 Yanks.

Today’s minors.

AAA: SWB lost 8-2. Chris LeRoux 5 R in 2 1/3.

AA: Trenton split a DH. Lost 4-3, Jeremy Bleich 3 R, 2 ER in 4 IP. CF Mason Williams and DH Ben Gamel 2 h, rbi each.

Won 1-0. Zach Nuding 7 IP, 2 h.

High A: Tampa lost 4-1. Rafael DePaula 1 r, 2 h, 2 walks, 7 K in 6 IP. CF Jake Cave 3 hits,  DH Dante Bichette solo HR.

Low A: Charleston 8-7 win. SS Tyler Wade 2 h, 3 rbi.

 

Games 14 and 15. Yanks sweep DH, win both by shutout.

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant. 8 IP, 2 H (both bunts), 1 walk, 10 K. Carlos Beltran hit HR #4 (362 career, passing Joe D. ). Shawn Kelley 4th save (2.45). 3-0 Yanks’ win. 3-hit shutout. Tanaka 2-0, 2.05, 28 K 2 walks in his first 3 starts.

Game 2:  Michael Pineda went 6 (2-1, 1.00)  David Phelps 1 1/3, Matt Thornton 2/3 and Adam Warren 1/3 in the Yanks’ 2-0 win. Scott Sizemore 2 h, rbi.

The last time the Yanks won both games of a DH by shutout was April 19, 1987 when they did it against KC.