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Game 161. Yanks, Tanaka beaten, 10-4. Today is Jeter’s finale.

Masahiro Tanaka got knocked out in the second inning and the Yanks were beaten by Boston Saturday, 10-4.

They fell to 83-78 with the loss and into a second-place tie with Toronto heading into the final game of the season.

Of course, today’s game (on TBS) will be Derek Jeter’s final game.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first, then was knocked out in Boston’s 8-run second inning.

Tanaka 1 2/3 IP, (L, 13-5, 2.77), 7 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 walks, 2 K.

Claiborne 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 h, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.00

Mitchell 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.45.

Whitley 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 5.23

Derek Jeter went 1 for 2 (career hit #3464) before being pulled from the game. He DH’d, as he wanted his last game at SS to be at Yankee Stadium.

Jeter ends his career in Fenway on 9/28/14. Mickey Mantle ended his career in Fenway on 9/28/68. Exactly 46 years ago.

Game 158. Farewells forthcoming as Yanks are eliminated, 9-5

Cue Sinatra. “… and now, the end is near…”

The Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention with a 9-5 loss on Wednesday afternoon. Tonight’s (Thursday) game vs. Baltimore will be the final home game of Derek Jeter’s career. It also will probably be the final game of Hiroki Kuroda’s career, and probably the final game for Ichiro Suzuki as a Yankee in Yankee Stadium. As for David Robertson, who knows?

(Trivia: the Yanks, despite 27 World Series Championships, have never won a WS in a year ending in a 4 or 5).

Jeter, of course, is retiring at the end of the year and tonight will be the Yankees’ last home game of 2014. Ichiro most likely will not be a Yankee in 2015 and with him turning 41, you wonder who’d pick him up. Kuroda, 39, may be retiring.

One big question is when tonight’s game would start, and if it will start or be rained out. You know the Yanks will do everything in their power to play the game, for it is Jeter’s home farewell. Rain is in the forecast all day, and the question is, when will it be over. There is a chance tonight’s game starts after a delay.

As for yesterday, Shane Greene took a 3-0 lead into the third inning, but the O’s knocked him out of the box in the fourth with six runs on their way to defeating the Yanks 9-5.

The Yanks had scored a run in the first on a Teixeira double, another in the second on a Drew HR (overall 7), and one in the third on a Headley HR (overall 13).

Greene (L, 5-4, 3.78) went 3 2/3, 6 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.

Huff 2 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.36 (1.85 as NYY).

Whitley 1 1/3, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.38.

Phelps 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.42.

Claiborne 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.05.

The O’s got 3 in the eighth to make it 9-3, and Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR (22, 363 career) in the bottom of the 8th to bring the Yanks to 9-5, the final score.

Tonight should be dramatic. The ovation(s) for Jeter should be huge. You wonder if and how Jeter will show his emotions.

It will be less so for Kuroda and Ichiro, but it could be their home Yankee farewells as well.

And what about David Robertson, who is a free agent after the year? Is this is last home game as a Yankee as well?

Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 in the loss, keeping his total hit total at 3461. His average dropped to .253. (.309 career)

The loss dropped the Yanks to 81-77 and into a second-place tie with the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.

Game 154. Banged-up Bronx Bombers beaten, 6-3.

At this stage, you wonder who’ll be left for Game 162 besides Derek Jeter.

Mark Teixeira was removed in the middle of the game due to a sore wrist, Carlos Beltran wasn’t available due to his elbow issues (which will require surgery after the season) and Jacoby Ellsbury wasn’t available due to a strained hammy which may finish him for the season. Of course, Martin Prado is out for the year after his emergency appendectomy.

Chris Capuano pitched well for five innings on Saturday, but the wheels fell off in the sixth and the Yanks lost 6-3.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 79-75 with eight games to go. They have a one-game lead over Toronto for second place in the AL East. As for that last playoff spot, they are 4 1/2 out with 8 to go.

Toronto scored first on a first-inning double by Eduardo Encarnacion. The Yanks tied it in the third on a Jeter single (hit #3456), WP and RBI single by McCann.

The Yanks went up 2-1 an inning later on an RBI single by Cervelli.

Toronto, however, got three in the sixth, one in the seventh and another in the ninth.

A Derek Jeter RBI double in the ninth (hit #3457) made it 6-3. Jeter’s RBI put him #100 on the all-time list. The run scored by Jeter in the third put him temporarily into the top 10 all-time in runs scored (he passed A-Rod, who will most likely return the favor next year).

Today,  Sunday, Masahiro Tanaka returns and tests out that elbow. He has been out the last ten weeks.

Besides Jeter most likely playing his last home game on Thursday, two other players may be in their final week. The next start for Hiroki Kuroda could be his last. It could be Wednesday, or…. if the Yanks stay in rotation after Tanaka today, and go Pineda, McCarthy, Greene, Kuroda’s last game of his career could be Thursday—in Jeter’s final home game.

Not only that, Ichiro most likely won’t be back with the Yanks next year. It would remain to be seen who might pick up the soon-to-be 41-year-old.

The pitching line:
Capuano (L, 2-4, overall ERA 4.67) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 2 K.
Whitley 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Overall ERA 5.11.
Huff 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 3.47
Phelps 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 4.39.

 

 

Game 143. Yanks come back to win 8-5.

Chris Capuano was terrible, getting just one out, but the Yanks came back from a 4-0 first inning deficit to win 8-5.

Capuano got just one out, a strikeout, but gave up 4 R on 4 H and 2 walks. His overall ERA went to 4.90.

The Yanks got one run back in the bottom of the first on a HR by McCann (18).

They got two more in the third on a two-run single by McCann to cut it to 4-3.

Chris Young hit his 9th HR of the year, and first as a Yankee, in the fourth to tie it up.

An Rbi triple (it should have been a double and error) by Teixeira (triple? by Teix?) and rbi single by Headley gave the Yanks two in the fifth to put them up 6-4.

Doubles by Ichiro and Young drove in two in the eighth. McCann had 3 RBI in the game, and Young had 3 hits and 2 RBI.

On the down side, Derek Jeter was 0 for 4 and his average slid to .256. The last five weeks have been tough to watch. It’s proof that yes, it’s time.

After Capuano was knocked out in the first, the pitching line went like this:

Whitley 2 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. ERA 5.13.

Claiborne (W, 3-0, 3.20) 2 Ip, 0 R, 2 H. 0 walks and 1 K.

Warren 1 2/3, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 0 K.  3.07.

Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.39.

Rogers 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.83.

The win puts the Yanks record at 74-69. They remain in 3rd place in the AL East (forget the division, they are 11 back and Baltimore’s magic # for clinching is down to 8). As far as the last wild card spot is concerned, they are 4 1/2 back with 19 to play.

Even if a miracle occurred and the Yanks did make the playoffs, the news isn’t good. While Masahiro Tanaka continued to progress in pitching a simulated game and there is a chance he may pitch in one or two games before the season is out, it is looking more and more like Brett Gardner will be shut down for rest of the year with an abdominal strain. Carlos Beltran’s elbow is acting up again. It looks like he’ll need offseason surgery, but can it hold up for 19 more games? It’s looking like the answer may be no and he may be shut down for the year. Martin Prado’s hamstring is preventing him from playing.

 

Game 142. Yanks fall, 4-3.

Hiroki Kuroda struck out the side in the first inning, but then the roof fell in as the Yanks lost to Tampa Bay 4-3 Tuesday night.

The loss drops the Yanks into 3rd place in the AL East, 11 behind Baltimore and one behind Toronto. They are 73-69 and 5 1/2 out of the last wild card spot with just 20 games to play.

Kuroda gave up a HR to James Loney in the second, then two runs in the third and another in the fourth. Seven relievers combined to keep the Rays’ tally at four, but the Yanks couldn’t come all the way back for a victory.

Kuroda (L, 10-9, 3.91) went 3 1/3, 4 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 5 K.

After him, there was a parade of relievers.

Huff 1 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks,  K. Overall ERA 3.60. (NYY 2.o6)
Whitley 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.   5.32.
Hill 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.45
Rogers 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Overall ERA 4.73 (NYY 2.33)
Outman 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Overall ERA 3.16 (NYY 0.00)
Kelley 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.21
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.77.

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the fourth on a HR by Ellsbury (15). Chris Young drove in two in the fifth to make it 4-3, then the Yanks got a bad break. Stephen Drew was thrown out at home on Ellsbury’s single, and Derek Jeter’s line drive was caught and turned into a DP.

Jeter isn’t going out the way we hoped. He is down to .258 and is hitting just .197 since August 2nd. (25 for 127, 22 singles, just 3 doubles).

The minors.

Since I was away for the weekend, I will only recap the Sunday games, not the Friday or Saturday ones. Sorry, but too little time and too much for me to catch up on now that I am back home (and I took today off from work in order to catch up!)

AAA: SWB lost 5-4. Chase Whitley, sent down a few days ago when the Yanks recalled Zelous Wheeler, pitched two shutout innings. RF Ramon Flores 3 hits, double, 2 HR, 3 rbi. The top four guys in the lineup, Jose Pirela, Flores, Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller, had 9 of SWB’s 10 hits, two each for the three other than Flores.

AA: Trenton won 7-3. Luis Severino 2 2/3, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K. CF Jake Cave and 3B Rob Segedin each with a HR and 2 RBI.

High A: 5-1 win for Tampa. Brady Lail 1 R in 6 IP. RF Aaron Judge 2 h, 2 rbi.

Low A: Charleston lost 5-4 in 12. RF Yeicok Calderon 2 hits and an RBI.

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.