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Game 133. Yanks beat Toronto, 6-3.

The Yanks rode a five-run seventh to beat Toronto 6-3 on Friday night.

With 29 games left and with a  record of 70-63, the Yanks are 7 back of Baltimore in the division (second place) but the win helped the Yanks in their bid to get the final wild card spot. They are three back of Detroit for that position (which makes  Thursday afternoon’s loss to Detroit that much more painful).

Chris Capuano started and got the win. (2-3, 4.24 overall). 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

The Yanks were down 1-0 (Jose Bautista HR) when they came to bat in the seventh. McCann led off the inning with a double, Beltran walked and Gardner doubled in a run. Beltran scored and Gardner moved up to third on a throwing error on the play. Ichiro singled, but it was an infield single and Gardner couldn’t advance. After Headley struck out, Gardner scored and Ichiro moved up when Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt. Ellsbury then hit a 2-run HR (14) to make it 5-1.

Derek Jeter got hit #3444 in the game.

Toronto got two in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-3 but Chase Headley homered for the Yanks in the 9th (10th overall HR for Headley) to give the Yanks some insurance and the 6-3 final score.

Adam Warren relieved Capuano and went 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 3.39.

New Yankee Josh Outman made his Yankees debut, facing one batter and he gave up a hit. Overall ERA 3.28.

David Robertson picked up his 35th save. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.98.

Games 126-128. Yanks sweep Chisox.

Maybe I should go away for the weekend more often.

For while I was away, the Yanks swept the White Sox to run their winning streak to four.

I won’t have time to go into detail about each game, so here is a very brief recap.

Friday the Yanks won 4-3. Martin Prado had a 2-run HR and a walkoff hit in the bottom of the 9th. David Robertson got the win.

Saturday the Yanks won 5-3. Prado had a 2-run double and Carlos Beltran homered, his 15th of the season and #373 of his career. Win for Kuroda.

Saturday was the day ex-mgr. Joe Torre got a plaque in Monument Park and his #6 retired.

Yesterday (Sunday) the Yanks won 7-4 in 10 innings on a 3-run, walk-off, PH HR (15) by Brian McCann. David Huff with the win.

The Yanks are 67-61, 2nd place in the AL East, six behind Baltimore. They are 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot.

They have a makeup game in KC tonight before heading to Detroit. Tonight is the second of a tough five-game stretch in which they faced Sale yesterday, Shields today and then Porcello, Verlander and Scherzer (I think that is the order, that they miss Price while in Detroit, but I am not sure. Anyway a tough stretch.)

Derek Jeter’s hit count stands at 3439.

Game 123. Houston beats Yanks, 7-4.

At this stage of the season, and given their situation, the Yanks can’t afford to give games away.

Unfortunately, I feel that is exactly what they did last night in losing to Houston, 7-4. I really have to question some plays and decisions made in this game.

Brian McCann gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead with his 14th HR of the season in the fourth inning.

Chris Capuano pitched well for four innings, but gave up a run in the fifth. It was apparent to me that he was losing it. But with the Yanks up 2-1, Capuano started the sixth. He didn’t finish it, giving up three runs. I don’t feel he should have started the inning at all.

Secondly, Girardi brought in Adam Warren to relieve Capuano. Warren hadn’t pitched in a while and in his last nine outings, Warren had a 9.82 ERA. He gave up a huge hit which let a run score (and a second run scored when Ichiro made an error on the play). I wouldn’t have used the slumping Warren in such a spot.

Capuano 5 1/3, 4 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 8 K. Overall ERA 4.35.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 r, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.49.

Martin Prado tied the game at 4 with a 2-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

And as far as decision-making, here is where I really was shaking my head. I hate roles. If a pitcher is doing fine, and his pitch count is OK, leave him the hell in. Ride the hot hand.

Shawn Kelley pitched the 7th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.46.

So instead of him going an extra inning (stretch out your relievers?) Girardi brought in Betances for the 8th.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.46.

So does Girardi leave Betances in for a second inning? No. He brings Robertson into a tie game to start the ninth.

I don’t like bringing in closers into tie games. I also don’t like burning Kelley and Betances for only one inning each when each did well.

Mixing and matching and using too many pitchers means that sooner or later, you will find the pitcher who doesn’t have it that night. Too many cooks ruin the broth. Too many pitchers blows you a ball game.

Which is what Robertson did, giving up a 3-run HR in the top of the ninth to blow the game, 7-4. Not only that, he grooved a 3-0 pitch. Chris Carter got the green light and launched it. Just b/c you want the strike on 3-0, you still can’t groove the pitch.

Robertson (L, 1-4, 3.06) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K.

Rich Hill finished up. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.50.

In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled, stole second on a Teix strikeout and went to third on an error. Houston brought the infield in. Carlos Beltran couldn’t hit a fly ball for a go-ahead SF. He grounded it to short. Ellsbury should have held, but ran on contact. He was thrown out at the plate easily.

To me, some bad decisions were made in this game, and it cost the Yanks.

Earlier in the day, a hit given to Jeter was changed (correctly) to an error. It knocks Derek down to 3435 hits for his career.

Forget the division, even though they are in second place, the Yanks are 8 behind the Orioles. At 63-60, they are four back of Seattle and Detroit for the final wild card spot. That is the concern.

Four out of a playoff spot with 39 games left. You can’t afford to give any games away. You have to play, and manage, smart.

Like I wrote, too many pitchers, too many mix and matches, is like too many cooks. It spoils the broth.

Game 122. Yanks beat Rays, 4-2.

The Yanks beat Tampa Bay, Sunday, 4-2, and moved into second place in the AL East with the win.

They are 63-59, 7 behind Baltimore and a half game in front of Toronto. They are 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot. The Yanks are off today (Monday). There are 40 games left in the regular season.

Hiroki Kuroda went 6 2/3, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 1 K as he evened his record at 8-8. 3.97.

The Yanks, down 1-0 at the time due to a first-inning Rays’ run, scored three times in the fifth. With two out and no one on, Drew walked and Prado doubled. Gardner singled home two, Jeter singled (hit #3436) and Ellsbury singled in Gardner.

The Rays made it 3-2 in the seventh, but Mark Teixeira’s 20th HR of the season put the Yanks up 4-2 in the eighth and that was the final score.

Teixeira’s HR was his 361st career HR, tying Joe DiMaggio on the all-time HR list.

Shawn Kelley came into a jam in the seventh, faced one batter and struck him out. 4.58.

Dellin Betances the 8th, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48.

David Robertson picked up his 33rd save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.51.

Game 121. Jeter’s single snaps losing streak. Yanks win 3-2.

For the 59th time in 121 games, the Yanks’ offense put up 3 runs or less. Fortunately, it was enough as the Yanks snapped their five-game losing streak, beating Tampa Bay 3-2.

Derek Jeter’s 3435th career hit, a single to right, plated Brett Gardner in the top of the 9th for the winning run. Gardner had reached on a two-base error.

Martin Prado had given the Yanks a 2-0 lead with a 2-run HR in the second. It was Prado’s 7th HR of the year, 2nd as a Yankee.

Shane Greene pitched well, but got a ND. 6+ IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 10 K. He gave up runs in the sixth and seventh. His ERA is 2.91.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.62.

Dellin Betances (W, 5-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.50.

David Robertson picked up his 32nd save. He did get away with one for the last out. Even Robertson’s facial expressions showed disgust at the pitch and relief that it was a fly to left instead of a game-tying HR.

1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.56.

Had the Yanks lost, they would have fallen into a third-place tie with Tampa Bay. Instead, they stay in third alone, 7 back of the Orioles, 1 back of second-place Toronto. They are four out of the 2nd wild card spot and are 62-59.

The replacements plus Pineda have done well. The combined total of Pineda, McCarthy, Greene, and Capuano is 23 starts and a 2.65 ERA. But they are just 9-7. The onus falls on the offense, which is 14th in the AL (out of 15) in runs scored. The offense has 41 games to wake up.

Game 114. It’s easy being “Greene”. Yanks win squeaker, 1-0.

To Kermit the Frog: It IS easy being green(e).

Shane Greene, that is, who outpitched Rick Porcello Thursday afternoon, 1-0.

Greene went 8+, 0 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K in improving to 3-1, 2.89.

The only run of the game came in the fourth. With two out, Beltran and Headley singled and Stephen Drew blooped an opposite-field ground-rule double down the LF line.

Things got a bit hairy in the ninth. Surprisingly, Girardi let Greene start the inning instead of going right to Betances or Robertson. Greene gave up a leadoff hit to Ian Kinsler, then exited in favor of Robertson, who walked the first batter he faced, Victor Martinez.

That brought up PH Miguel Cabrera, the defending 2-time AL MVP. Robertson got Cabrera to bounce into a DP, Kinsler taking third.

Robertson then picked up his 31st save (ERA 2.62) by getting Don Kelly on a weak pop-up to short.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

We’ll see what happens later today. The win puts the Yanks at 60-54.

Derek Jeter had the day off. He remains at 3429 hits, one behind Honus Wagner for 6th all-time.

Game 111. Yanks edge Tigers, 2-1.

First, some trivia.

Each of the Yankees’ last 15 games has been decided by only one or two runs.

Last night (Monday), the Yanks went up against Max Scherzer, who won the 2013 AL CYA. Tonight, they face the 2012 AL CYA winner in David Price (recently dealt to Detroit from Tampa Bay) and tomorrow night they face 2011 AL CYA and MVP Justin Verlander. Each of the AL’s last three CYA winners in three consecutive games.

Last night the Yanks got the better of Scherzer, winning 2-1.

Suzuki, Gardner and Jeter opened the third with singles. Carrera made a great catch to rob Ellsbury of at least a bases-clearing double. The SF scored Suzuki. McCann then singled in a run.

The Tigers got an unearned run in the fifth, but that was all.

Brandon McCarthy went 5 2/3, 1 R, unearned, 5 H, 2 walks and 8 K. (W, 7-10, 4.37). As a Yankee, he is 4-0, 2.08 in five starts.

Matt Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.55.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.27.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.28.

David Robertson picked up his 30th save of the season. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.68.

David Phelps was put on the 15-day DL with elbow inflammation. Masahiro Tanaka threw for the first time since being put on the DL. 25 tosses at 60 feet from flat ground and he said he felt good. Here’s keeping our fingers crossed. It wasn’t tossing off the mound, or hard, just a catch. So there is a long way to go, yet.

With the win, the Yanks go to 58-53, still 3rd in the AL East. 5 back of Baltimore, but they are now just one game behind Toronto for the final wild card spot.

Derek Jeter got one hit to go to 3427 for his career, three behind Honus Wagner for sixth all-time.