Games 67 & 68. Yanks back at .500

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I spent a few hours in the emergency room of the hospital yesterday, and have two kidney stones which I still have to pass, so that is the reason for no reports yesterday.

A brief recap of Friday night’s game. The Yanks scored four in the first, keyed by a 2-run HR by Carlos Beltran (17/ 409 career) and that was all Masahiro Tanaka needed as he cruised to a 8-2 win. Tanaka is now 4-2, 2.91.

As for yesterday, the Yanks were down 4-0 in the top of the seventh when A-Rod homered (8, 695 career) to make it 4-2. Beltran tied it in the eighth with a 2-run shot (18, 410) and the Yanks got three in the ninth to go up 7-4. Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-run single being the key ninth inning hit.

Aroldis Chapman gave us a scare. With two out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to cut the lead to 7-6 before getting a groundout to end the game.

The Yanks are back at .500 at 34-34. Beltran needs two HR to tie Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Once again, Pineda was giving up runs with two out. Sometimes with two out and two strikes. He’s had trouble closing out innings this year.

Pineda   5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 walks, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.82
Swarzak 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.84
Miller (w, 4-0, 1.21) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR, 3.18.

I have to admit. Sometimes I wonder if it should be Chapman setting up Miller.

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