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Game 42. Yanks’ slide continues.

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Just a week and a half ago, the Yanks owned a four game lead in the AL East. They now are 22-20, in 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB. Last night’s 10-9 loss was their eighth loss in their last nine games. Michael Pineda was tagged for seven runs by Texas in the third inning, and the Yanks couldn’t catch up.

Pineda and Didi Gregorius made errors in the third, and Pineda gave up two HRs that inning as Texas jumped off to a 7-0 lead. Prince Fielder would hit two homers and drive in four runs for the Rangers last night.

The Yanks got four back in the fourth, three on Gregorius’ first HR of the season, but Fielder’s second HR of the game made it 8-4 Texas.

An A-Rod single in the seventh made it 8-5. A-Rod tied Babe Ruth’s official RBI total with that, but there is a catch. The RBI became an official stat in 1920, meaning that all of Babe’s RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted in that total. While the Elias Sports Bureau is the official MLB statistician, I prefer Baseball Reference.com, which seems to be a bit more thorough. They have Babe at 2214 RBI, 222 ahead of the “official” tally for the Babe. 222 RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted by MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau.

Anyway, by any means, A-Rod is only 8 RBI from 2000.

While the Yanks tried to catch up, the bullpen couldn’t hold down Texas. Texas got two in the top of the eighth to make it 10-5.

Garrett Jones’ PH HR, his first HR of the season, cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the season (#376 career) cut it to 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth, throwing a scare into Texas, but the Yanks fell just short in their comeback attempt. They had the winning run at the plate when they made the final out.

Teixeira’s HR passed teammate Carlos Beltran on the all-time list and tied him with Carlton Fisk. The way Teix is going, barring injury, maybe he can get #400 at the end of the season.

In his first MLB start, Slade Heathcott went 2 for 3.

Pineda (L, 5-2, 3.59) 6 IP, 7 R, 4 ER (all runs in the third) 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Shreve 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.51
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K 4.61.

Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

 

 

 

 

Game 41. Slump continues as Yanks lose, 3-2.

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Sometimes over a course of a season, you question a manager’s moves. I have to do that here with the Yanks’ 3-2 loss to the Nats last night.

In the top of the seventh, in a 2-2 game,  Joe Girardi let Adam Warren hit for himself. Warren then coughed up the lead and the game in the bottom of the inning. Granted, Warren was pitching well (from LOHUD: Warren had retired 13 of the past 15 batters before that seventh inning when an error and two walks loaded the bases) except for the two solo HR he gave up. But I might have PH there. Joe decided to save his pinch-hitters for later. I can see that, but it didn’t work out. Besides, there were two out anyway and no one on when he let Warren bat for himself.

I’m just saying that I might have PH there, knowing that Warren was not used to going that deep into games. But horses for courses…

The only other time in his career Warren started a game and pitched into the seventh inning was in his previous start. He isn’t used to it. Granted, it’s nice to get him to do so, but I’d rather see him do it for the first or second time in a game where he has a cushion, not in a 2-2 game. I was wondering why Girardi didn’t PH for him at the time and was really wondering why after Warren coughed up the lead and game in the bottom of the inning.

As a result, the Yanks lost their seventh game in their last eight. Amazingly, they are still tied for first with a 22-19 record as they hit the quarter pole of the season. It looks like 90 wins may be enough to win this division, maybe less.

For the third time (I think) in this slump, the Yanks scored two runs in the first inning and nothing thereafter. Gardner singled, Beltran doubled him home, was moved to third on a groundout and McCann hit a SF. After that, nothing.

The home plate umpire made a few questionable calls. Washington’s Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams were ejected. The last pitch of the game, a called strike three to A-Rod, looked awful as well.

After the Yanks scored two in the top of the first, Warren gave up solo dingers in the bottom of the first and in the fourth. The winning run was unearned due to an error by Headley, whose defense this year has been disappointing so far. Nine errors in 1/4 of the season.

Warren 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 h, 4 walks and 4 K. (L , 2-3, 4.26)
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.

The Yanks are off today. They come back home after a brutal road trip (2-7) to face the Rangers this weekend. I’ll be up at the Sunday night game. Before that game, the Yanks will honor Bernie Williams and retire his #51.

Game 38. It’s Headley! HR keys 5-1 win, snaps losing streak.

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In the movie Blazing Saddles, Harvey Korman’s character keeps having to say that his character’s name is Headley Lamarr, not Hedy Lamarr (the famous actress).

Last night it was Headley (Chase Headley that is) that had the key blow in a 5-1 Yankees win that snapped their four-game losing streak. The Yanks are now 22-16 on the season and have a two-game lead in the A.L. East.

CC Sabathia finally gave us a vintage CC performance.

CC 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H 0 walks and 5 K. (W, 2-5, 4.67).

After that it was the tag team of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, both of whom still have ERAs of 0.00.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

The Yanks scored first, on three walks and a SF, in the top of the third, but CC gave the run right back in the bottom half of that frame.

In the fifth, the Yanks had two on, and Headley was up, two out, full count on him. By this time, KC starter Danny Duffy had already thrown over 100 pitches. While watching the game at a local pub, I thought “he’s over 100 pitches, he has to be getting tired and will make a mistake soon. This is a key at bat, c’mon, Headley…” So sooner did I think that than Headley hit his fifth HR of the season to make it 4-1.

A-Rod added a HR (10, 664* lifetime) in the 9th to make it 5-1. The RBI was #1991 of his career, and the hit #2970. So…. 50 HR behind the Babe, 9 RBI from 2000, 30 hits from 3000. And you wonder why, oh why….

Frankly, I am shocked at how well (.250-10-22) A-Rod is playing after having missed all of 2014 with the PED suspension and having played just 44 games in 2013 due to his second hip surgery. The guy will be 40 at the end of July. Consider this: he has 10 HR so far. The last time he topped 30 in a season? 2008. SEVEN years ago.  He hasn’t hit 20 in a season since 2010, five years ago.

Of course, since 2010 (when he played in 137 games) he has played in the following number of games:

2011: 99; 2012: 122: 2013: 44: 2014: NONE.

Game 29. Yanks edge O’s 4-3. A-Rod passes Mays on HR list.

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Alex Rodriguez hit HR #661*, passing Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list as the Yanks beat Baltimore 4-3 Thursday night.

The Orioles scored in the top of the first on a HR by Jimmy Paredes but the Yanks came back with two on an A-Rod SF and an RBI single by Teixeira. On A-Rod’s SF, it looked like that may be the HR that would pass Mays on the all-time HR list but he was robbed of the HR.

Baltimore tied the game in the third on a Caleb Joseph HR. The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third on A-Rod’s historic HR.

Joseph tied the game for Baltimore in the top of the fifth but the Yanks got the game-deciding run in the bottom of that inning on an RBI double by Teixeira.

Ellsbury’s two hits raised him to .363. Gardner’s two hits put him at .318. You can’t ask two guys to set the table better than that. A-Rod’s 2 RBI and Teixeira’s two meant the ballgame. Yeah, A-Rod is at .245, Teix at .223, but they have 18 and 25 RBI respectively. That is the key.

A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2962. His two RBI put him at 1987.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (W, 3-0, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.

Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.79.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

Miller (12th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Check out the ERAs of Betances and Miller. Your setup man and closer both have ERAs of 0.00 as of May 8th.

Reggie Jackson, a special advisor to the Yanks, raves about Jose Pirela and AA minor league OF Aaron Judge. So for those of you unhappy with Stephen Drew and/or Carlos Beltran right now, take heart.

The win puts the Yanks at 18-11 on the season.

More good news, Masahiro Tanaka started some rehab by soft tossing from 60 feet with no issues.

Game 23. A-Rod’s HR wins game, ties Mays.

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In the top of the 8th, Alex Rodriguez HR not only tied Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list with 660*, but it broke a 2-2 tie and was the deciding run in a 3-2 Yankees win over Boston. (Asterisk because of the PED situation).Beltran,

The PH HR was hit #2956 and RBI # 1983 of Alex’s career. Now we see about that $6MM bonus and how much the Yanks will fight paying it due to what they argue is not a marketable milestone due to the steroids suspension.

The HR was the game’s deciding blow in a 3-2 Yanks win that puts them at 14-9 for the year.

The Yanks struck in the first on a Beltran double.

With Tanaka down, the Yanks need CC to step up and be a semblance of the old CC. He came into the game 0-4.  He gave up a run in the fourth, one in the fifth, but was effective tonight.

CC 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 3 K. He stays at 0-4, drops the ERA to 5.40.

The Yanks tied the game in the seventh on a McCann single.

A-Rod’s Willie Mays-tying HR in the 8th was the game-winner.

Rogers (W, 1-1, 2.20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

After A-Rod gave the Yanks the lead, it was …. cue the song…. Closing Time.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Miller 1 IP, (9th save), 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00.

I apologize, but there will be no minor league report today. I have to open up at work tomorrow, so this will be it tonight.

Game 19. Yanks take Subway Series, beat Mets, 6-4.

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Nathan Eovaldi struggled, but the Yanks’ bullpen pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as the Yanks beat the Mets 6-4 to take the Subway Series two games to one.

The teams will meet again at Citi Field in September.

Eovaldi gave up a HR to former Yankee Curtis Granderson to start off the game, then before the Yanks got to bat, he gave up another. Down 2-0 before the Yanks came up.

In the bottom of the first, A-Rod homered. His fifth of the season was #659* of his career, putting him just one behind Willie Mays on the all-time list.

In the second, the Yanks broke through for four runs. With one out, backup C John Ryan Murphy doubled. With two out, Gregorio Petit doubled to tie the game, Gardner doubled to make it 3-2, Young singled to make it 5-2 and A-Rod doubled to make it 5-2.

Besides HR #659, A-Rod’s 2 hits put him at 2955, and his 2 RBI put him at 1982. His 3000th hit and 2000th RBI are also coming soon, in addition to tying and passing Mays on the all-time HR list. If only these numbers weren’t tainted.

Eovaldi gave 2 runs right back in the third, and couldn’t even go deep enough to get the win.

Eovaldi 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. 4.15.
Shreve (W, 1-0, 1.17) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Martin 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.00.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  4.76.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00.
Miller (7th save) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks got an insurance run in the fifth on an overturned call and an error.

The win puts the Yanks at 11-8 on the season after a 3-6 start. 8 of the last 10.

Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500

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The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *