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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.

Game 110. Drew, Gardner lead Yanks past Boston, 8-7.

Brett Gardner’s HR broke a 7-7 tie, and Stephen Drew drove in four runs as the Yanks bounced back from 3-0 and 7-4 deficits to beat Boston 8-7 on Sunday night.

Gardner had 3 hits and 3 RBI in the game.

The Yanks improve to 57-53 with the win, and are in third place in the AL East, five behind Baltimore. They are 1 1/2 games behind Toronto for the final wild card spot.

David Phelps started and struggled badly. He lasted just two innings, giving up 5 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 0 K. His ERA went to 4.24.

After the game, manager Joe Girardi stated that Phelps has been dealing with elbow inflammation for 3-4 weeks, had an MRI a few weeks ago. May miss his next turn in rotation. He’ll be reevaluated this week in NY.

The Yanks, down 3-0, tied the game in the top of the second. Stephen Drew had an RBI forceout, and Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Boston got two in the bottom of the second on a Pedroia HR to go up 5-3. The Yanks bounced back with a run in the fourth on a double by Drew. Ortiz’ 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth put Boston up 7-4, but then the Yanks’ bullpen shut the door.

The Yanks tied the game in the fifth on an RBI double by Headley and a 2-run single by Drew.

Gardner’s HR (15) in the sixth broke the tie and was the final run of the ballgame.

Derek Jeter got one hit, #3426, to creep within four hits of tying Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury is in a tough slump, while a hot Carlos Beltran has raised his average to .250.

After Phelps was pulled,

Whitley 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. ERA to 5.06.

Newcomer Esmil Rogers got the win and was a star of the game. (1-0, 6.08). 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.49.

Robertson picked up his 29th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 H, 2.74.

Game 109. Yanks beat Boston, 6-4.

Derek Jeter inched closer to sixth place on the all-time hits list with two more hits, driving in two runs, as the Yanks beat Boston 6-4 on Saturday.

The Yanks (56-53) picked up a game on division-leader Baltimore and are now five back of the Orioles. They also picked up a game on the Toronto Blue Jays and are 2 1/2 out of the final wild card spot.

Shane Greene started and went 4 2/3, giving up 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 3.68. He gave up 3 in the second but then settled down. He threw 96 pitches though, so Girardi pulled him one out short of a possible win.

After Boston got 3 in the bottom of the second, the Yanks bounced back with four in the top of the third. Prado, Cervelli and Gardner all walked. Jeter doubled in two. Ellsbury got an RBI groundout and Beltran singled in Jeter.

Mark Teixeira’s 19th HR of the season made it 5-3 in the fifth. The HR was #360 for Teix, putting him one behind Joe DiMaggio all-time.

Doubles by Beltran and Stephen Drew in the seventh made it 6-3, and Boston got one run in the bottom of the inning.

After Greene left the game, Shawn Kelley (2-3, 3.38) came in and got the win. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Adam Warren has struggled lately and continued to do so. 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.33.

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

David Robertson picked up his 28th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.81.

Jeter’s two hits put him at 3425 for his career, five behind Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list.

Game 106. Yanks escape with 12-11 win.

This would have been an awful one to lose. Up 10-4 after 6 1/2 innings, the Yanks escaped with a 12-11 win over Texas when, on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded, David Robertson got Adrian Beltre to fly out deep to left. The out looked like a game-winning hit off the bat.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR (13). The red-hot Gardner was 4 for 5 in the game.

Starter and winner (Overall 6-10, 4.56; as NYY 3-0, 2.55) gave up four in the third and another in the fifth but got the win. 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks got seven runs in the sixth to go up 8-4. Beltran singled in two, McCann plated another on a SF. Almonte singled in one, Ryan doubled in two and then Ryan scored on a three-base error.

In the seventh, Headley singled in one run and another scored on Almonte’s forceout. 10-4. Safe, right? Nope.

A grand slam by Arencibia (who had 4 hits and 7 rbi in the game) off of Betances cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the seventh. Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR (18, 359 career, passing Yogi Berra on the all-time list and tying Johnny Mize) in the eighth to put the Yanks back up 12-8.

Chase Whitley gave up a run in the bottom of the eighth and David Robertson two in the ninth to set up the ugly, wild, exasperating, but successful (for Yankees’ fans) ending.

The numbers after McCarthy left the game aren’t nice, but here they are. Too many walks, for one.

Warren 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.25. He’s been slumping lately.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.55.
Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.94.
Robertson 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 2.88.

Robertson got his 27th save. Undeserved, I’d say. Yes, the Yanks win, but wasn’t really a deserved “save.” Oh, well.

The win puts the Yanks at 55-51 and keeps them 4 1/2 behind Baltimore, 3rd in the AL East. They are still two behind Toronto for the final wild-card spot.

Derek Jeter had two hits to go to 3422 for his career, eight behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list.

Michael Pineda will pitch on Sunday, starting his rehab.

Meanwhile, I’m waiting for those big trades to develop.

Game 104. Yanks lose in 9th, 5-4.

Dellin Betances and David Robertson have been a formidable 1-2 punch this year but both made errors (physical and mental) to cost the Yanks on Sunday. Toronto beat the Yanks 5-4 to drop the Yanks into 3rd place in the AL East, four back of Baltimore. The Yanks (54-50) are a game behind Toronto for the final wild card spot.

Shane Greene went 5 1/3, giving up 3 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 3.28. He gave up a run in the first and then a solo HR in the fifth.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth on back-to-back HRs by Headley and Cervelli. Both teams scored in the sixth, the Yanks getting their run on a McCann Rbi single.

Then, mistakes. In the eighth, Betances walked the leadoff batter, then tried to pick him off. His throw was wild and the runner raced all the way to third and scored on a SF.

Carlos Beltran tied the game in the bottom of the 8th with an RBI single but in the top of the 9th, David Robertson lost the game. With one out, Melky Cabrera singled. Chase Headley made a great play to get a force on Cabrera, but then it seemed like Robertson fell asleep. Jose Bautista stole second, uncontested. He got such a great jump on Robertson it was like D-Rob, after Headley’s great play, just forgot to hold him on. Letting the potential winning run steal second so easily was a mistake that cost the Yanks the ballgame when Dioner Navarro singled in Bautista.

After Greene exited, David Huff went 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.04.

Betances 1 2/3, 1 R (unearned because of his error), 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 1.43.

Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.75.

Robertson (L, 1-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 2.50.

Derek Jeter got one hit to go to 3417 for his career, two behind Carl Yastrzemski for 7th on the all-time list.

Game 102. Surprise power source carries red-hot Yanks to 6-4 win.

Ichiro Suzuki’s first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, lifted the red-hot Yankees to a 6-4 win on Friday night.

The Yanks have won 7 of 8 since the All-Star Break. The win puts them at 54-48, in sole possession of second place in the AL East, and they currently have sole possession (by one game) of the second wild card spot as of now.

Hiroki Kuroda struggled early, thanks to Jose Bautista, but did provide 5 2/3 innings and got the win. Kuroda gave up all four runs to Toronto on two homers by Bautista, a 3-run shot in the first and a solo shot in the third. When Bautista hit his second HR off Kuroda, he was at that time 4 for 4 off him, with all 4 hits being HRs.

Down 3-0, the Yanks got two back in the second. McCann and the red-hot Headley singled, and Ichiro walked. An infield single by Roberts brought in one run, and a SF by Gardner plated another.

After Bautista’s second HR put Toronto up 4-2, the Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the third and there was no further scoring for the rest of the ballgame.

Carlos Beltran homered to make it 4-3. It was Beltran’s 11th HR of the season and 369th of his career, tying him with Ralph Kiner and Todd Helton on the all-time HR list, one behind Gil Hodges.

After Beltran’s HR, McCann and Headley singled, and Ichiro’s 3-run homer put the Yanks up 6-4 and that is how the game wound up.

It was Ichiro’s first HR of the season. Not only that, out of Ichiro’s 63 hits this season, only 8 have been for extra bases, making the HR that much more of a pleasant surprise for Yankees’ fans.

If you didn’t see Jeter’s reaction when Ichiro came back to the dugout after Ichiro’s HR, you should check it out. Jeter gave Ichiro a teasing “are you kidding me” look before breaking into a big smile and laugh. Priceless.

Kuroda (W, 7-6, 3.99) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.10.
Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.45.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 1.47.
Robertson his 26th save. 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K. 2.33.

Robertson is 26 of 28 in saves this year. He has alleviated any doubts of replacing Mo.

Jeter got hit #3414 in the victory. He is now five behind Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the all-time hits list and 16 behind Honus Wagner for sixth. Jeter won’t catch the top five, since he is 101 hits behind fifth-place Tris Speaker.

McCann had two hits and raised his average to .243. This is one thing the Yanks need. For much of the season, McCann has been in the .220s.

Chase Headley had three hits and is 6 for 14 since becoming a Yankee.

Francisco Cervelli had two hits and is at a surprising, but welcome, .311.

It was the 17th straight time the Yankees beat Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Not only that, the Yanks continued their success against Mark Buehrle, who continues to struggle vs. the Yanks (1-12 career).

I see that Bill Renna, a backup OF for the 1953 Yanks, passed away recently.