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Game 129. Yanks KO KC, 8-1.

When you get past the injuries, and get past the stupid pine tar incident of this year, you have to admit this:

When he has taken the mound this year, Michael Pineda has been brilliant.

Tonight (Monday night) he pitched 6 1/3 innings, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 K. He improved to 3-2 on the season, with an ERA of 1.95. This was his 7th start of the season. He missed about 19 starts.

By contrast, Masahiro Tanaka, working his way back, has had 18 starts this season, and is 12-4, 2.51. He has missed six or seven starts. Put them together, the two are 15-6 with an ERA around 2.30 or so.

You only can wonder what the Yanks might have had if both were healthy all year round.

The Yanks won 8-1, their fifth win in a row. They remain six behind Baltimore and in second place in the AL East. They are 2 1/2 back of that final wild card spot.

The Yanks scored a run in the third on an RBI groundout by Jeter which was helped along by an error. In the bottom of the third, Pineda made his only mistake, giving up a HR to tie the game.

The Yanks got it right back in the fourth when Stephen Drew hit his 7th (overall) HR of the year.

The Yanks broke it open with 4 in the 7th.  Martin Prado (hot lately) led off with his 9th overall HR of the season. Singles by Ellsbury and Jeter (hit 3440) drove in two more and another came in on a McCann SF.

Ellsbury finished the scoring with a 2-run HR in the 9th (11).

David Huff wrapped up the game for Pineda, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings, 2 hits, no walks, 1 k. Overall ERA 3.86.

 

Game 124. Yanks fall to Houston again, 5-2.

Hmm. Same story. The Yanks’ bats only put up two runs, and a tiring bullpen couldn’t hold on as the Yanks lost to Houston 5-2 Wednesday night.

The loss drops the Yanks into third place in the AL East, 9 1/2 back of Baltimore. They are 63-61 and five games out of the final playoff position with just 38 games to go. They have lost seven of their last nine games.

Michael Pineda started and pitched well. He gave up a run in the fourth but the Yanks got it back in the bottom of the inning on Stephen Drew’s fifth HR of the year and first as a Yankee.

In the fifth, something I have been screaming about for a long time finally happened. FINALLY. The Yanks executed a squeeze play to get a run home. Ellsbury singled on the bunt that brought home Ichiro. They should be doing that way more often. I can’t remember the last time they did that. It has to be years. Finally. Hooray.

The Yanks took that 2-1 lead into the seventh, but Pineda and the bullpen couldn’t hold it as Houston got four runs.

Pineda 6+, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K. 2.05. It’s a shame he is just 2-2 with that ERA of 2.05. Six starts. You think he’d be 4-1 or something.

David Huff (L, 3-1, overall ERA 4.15) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Esmiel Rogers 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 h, 1 walk and 3 K. Overall ERA 5.45.

Chase Whitley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.43.

The bullpen was taxed, so Girardi was forced to go to the B-squad if you will. Kelley, Betances, Robertson all have pitched a lot lately and were unavailable.

Derek Jeter got two hits and now has 3437 for his career. It appears that he’ll end up somewhere in the 3470-3480 range.

Game 119. Yanks lose 4th straight, 5-3.

This was a killer. The Yanks’ offense didn’t do much, but they still had a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the 8th down in Baltimore. Dellin Betances was on the mound, and he’s been great all year.

But it was Betances’ third inning of work, a move that may have deeper complications, such as lost confidence in Warren or Whitley, both of whom have been struggling mightily lately, overwork of some members of the bullpen (especially because, with the lack of offense, there have been so many close games) or desperation.

Betances gave up a game-tying HR, then Shawn Kelley blew the game by giving up a 3-run HR in the same inning as the Yanks lost 5-3.

Forget the division. The loss puts the Yanks 8 behind Baltimore with 43 games to go. Only a drastic change and torrid hot streak by the Yanks and collapse by Baltimore will enable the Yanks to catch the Orioles. It looks like Baltimore will be the AL East champs. Getting tougher for the Yankees is trying to gain that second wild-card spot. At 61-58, the Yanks are 3 1/2 behind co-leaders Detroit and Seattle for that final playoff spot. Toronto is just ahead of the Yanks, 3 back. So the Yanks need to get hot and do some leap-frogging.

Francisco Cervelli gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead with his 2nd HR of the season in the third inning.

Michael Pineda, making his first appearance in almost four months after the pine-tar incident and injury, pitched very well, giving up just one run in the fifth inning. 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. In his five starts this year, his ERA is 1.82, but his record remains at 2-2, a sign of the Yanks’ lack of support. It also shows Pineda’s talent if he is ever healthy and his head is screwed on straight (no pine-tar stupidity).L

In the bottom of the 8th, Jonathan Schoop proved to be a Yankee-killer again. His 11th HR of the season tied the game. It’s his 4th against the Yankees this year, one against Betances, and two against Tanaka. Go figure.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the 9th on an RBI groundout and got the tying run to the plate, but to no avail.

Betances 2 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 1.52.

Later in that same inning Shawn Kelley gave up a three-run HR to Adam Jones. That was the game.

Kelley (L, 2-4, 4.74) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

To make room for Pineda, the Yanks let Chris LeRoux go. You could see that coming when LeRoux was brought up a couple of days ago and Bryan Mitchell was sent down.

Brian McCann should be back on Saturday. Hiroki Kuroda will pitch Sunday.

The Yanks are off today (Thursday).

Earlier in the day, Hal Steinbrenner commented on the disappointing offense (after all, he shelled out big bucks to bring in Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran) and refused to comment on GM Brian Cashman, who is a free agent after the season. Personally, I don’t blame Cashman. He brought in players with track records. Although Ellsbury has done OK (and truthfully, he shouldn’t be batting third, but…) McCann and Beltran have been disappointing and others who are gone didn’t play to former potential (Soriano, Roberts). Hal also said he expects A-Rod to rejoin the Yanks in 2015. That is something I’m not looking forward to. Alex’ talents have gone down in the last few years, he will be 40 in July 2015 and after a year off, who knows what he’ll have left. Not to mention the circus and baggage there will be…

Game 118. Yanks lose to O’s, 11-3.

The Yanks’ offense stumbled again, as they only got five hits, and the bullpen let the game get away in an 11-3 loss to Baltimore Monday night. It was the Yanks’ third straight loss and dropped them 7 behind Baltimore in the AL East. It also dropped the Yanks 3 behind the 2nd WC, Detroit. Yes, Detroit. KC took over the AL Central last night.

Earlier, the Yanks sent Bryan Mitchell down and brought up Chris LeRoux. LeRoux probably won’t stay long, since Michael Pineda is coming back to start on Wednesday.

The Yanks managed just five hits in the game. They scored in the first on a Gardner triple and Jeter groundout. The other two runs they scored came on a botched hit-and-run play that turned into a double steal (with Beltran stealing home) and the other run scoring on two errors after Headley stole second on the back end of the double steal that started with a rundown. Unfortunately, we keep waiting for the offense to produce and at this stage of the season, it appears it is what it is, and that isn’t good enough.

Chris Capuano (overall 1-3, 4.13) kept the Yanks in the game. 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 7 K.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.53. What is concerning about Warren is that he has been slumping badly lately. In his last 9 outings, 7 1/3 IP, he has given up 8 runs.

The same for Chase Whitley. 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.51. In his last 11 outings, 28 1/3 IP, his ERA is 9.53.

Needless to say, that’s a problem as well.

Rich Hill got the last out. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.75.

Jeter did get hit #3432 in the game.

Oriole 3B Manny Machado suffered a knee injury in the game and it looked gruesome. We’ll see how bad it is, but it could Baltimore down the stretch and in the postseason.

Hopefully the Yanks get on a hot streak. They are three out of a playoff spot with 44 games to go, and 9 are against Baltimore. There is no time to waste.

The Minors.

Michael Pineda could be close to rejoining the Yankees. Bruce Billings was picked up by the Dodgers.

AAA: Pineda tossed 4 1/3 innings for SWB in their 2-1 loss Friday night. 52 of Pineda’s 72 pitches were strikes. He took the loss, going 4 1/3, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 7 K. SWB’s only run came on a HR by 1B Kyle Roller. C John Ryan Murphy had 2 hits.

AA: Trenton won 9-0. Jairo Heredia (4-1, 3.48 at AA) 6 scoreless, 6 K. RF Tyler Austin 3 h, double, HR, 4 rbi. CF Mason Williams 2 h, HR, 4 rbi. C Gary Sanchez 2 hits and just promoted 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits and an RBI.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston won 6-3. CF Dustin Fowler and 3B Kale Sumner each had 2 H, 2 RBI.

Game 115. Beltran slams Indians, 10-6.

Carlos Beltran drove in five runs, including a grand slam, in the Yanks’ 10-6 win over Cleveland Friday night.

Beltran has been heating up lately. For most of the season, he was hitting in the .220s. He is now up to .251. The team OPS+ is still sub-par, but it has improved to 97. Tiny increments of improvement.

The Yankees used two five-run innings to obtain their victory. After Cleveland got a run in the top of the first, the Yanks bounced back with five in the bottom of the first. One of the hits was by Derek Jeter, and that hit enabled Jeter to tie Honus Wagner on the all-time list with 3430.

After Jeter’s hit, Ellsbury walked and Beltran singled in a run. McCann walked to load the bases and Headley walked to force in a run. Drew and Prado singled in runs and a fifth run scored when an error was made after Prado’s hit.

Esmiel Rogers went five innings for the Yanks (W, 2-0, 5.16 overall), 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Cleveland got a run off of David Huff in the sixth to make it 5-2, but the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the sixth.

Beltran’s grand slam (HR #14 for the season, #372 career) made it 9-2. Cervelli doubled, Headley was HBP and a force out and error (Cleveland’s defense is terrible) brought up another run.

The Yankees’ bullpen got a bit sloppy, and a 10-2 game became a 10-6 final.

Huff 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Overall ERA 3.94 (2-0, 2.10 as NYY)
Kelley 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.17.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.
Hill 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 13.50.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.44.

Jeter wasn’t able to pass “The Flying Dutchman” with hit #3431 last night. Maybe he does it today (Saturday). Today’s game will feature a tribute to ex-Yankee OF and current broadcaster Paul O’Neill as the Yanks honor him with a plaque in Monument Park. Earlier this year, the Yanks honored Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez with plaques. On August 23rd, Joe Torre’s #6 will be retired. The Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams next year.

No word yet on Pettitte or Posada. I’ll be at the Stadium September 7th for Derek Jeter Day and who knows what the Yanks will do then? You know #2 will be retired, but when?

Cervelli replaced McCann (concussion) and went 2 for 2. McCann is day-to-day.

Michael Pineda could be back with the Yanks soon. More in the minor league report.

The win puts the Yanks at 61-54 (the first time all year they are seven over .500) and puts them in 2nd place in the AL East, five behind the Baltimore Orioles. Of the Yanks’ last 45 games, ten are against the O’s. As of right now, the final WC slot belongs to KC (yes, KC, who haven’t made the postseason since winning the 1985 WS). The Yanks and Seattle are both 1/2 behind KC with Toronto 1 1/2 back. It promises to be a wild ride.

The minors.

Michael Pineda had his first rehab stint, pitching 3 1/3 innings for SWB and hitting 94 on the gun. Maybe he’ll be back with the Yanks soon. Today, Monday, Masahiro Tanaka will toss and see how he is progressing before the Yanks decide on some rehab outings for him.

AAA: SWB won 3-1. Pineda 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 1B Kyle Roller 2 h, HR, 2 rbi.

AA: Luis Severino was scratched due to very slight soreness in his left oblique. Nothing with his pitching arm, thankfully. Yanks playing it safe with the top prospect. Trenton lost 4-1. 3B Dan Fiorito 2 hits, HR.

High A: Tampa lost 9-1 in a rain-shortened 7-inning game. They only got two hits, one a solo HR by RF Aaron Judge. Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, and all 4 men struck out. Yes, four. He threw two wild pitches and on one of them, the batter reached. I won’t be surprised to see Lindgren in AA soon, even though the top draft pick hasn’t pitched in the Yanks’ minor league system for long. His numbers in A ball are just ridiculous. In 13 1/3 innings since the Yanks drafted him, he is 1-0, 0.68, has 30 strikeouts and just four walks.

Low A: 8-1 Charleston win. Rookie Davis (6-8, 4.50) 6 IP, 1 run. 1B Mike Ford HR, 4 rbi. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 hits, 3 hits and an rbi for 2b Tyler Wade.