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Game 57. Yanks waste Kuroda’s effort, lose in 10, 5-2.

Adam Warren didn’t have it tonight. Unfortunately the Yanks offense doesn’t seem to have it every night right now. As a result, the Yanks lost to Oakland 5-2 in 10 innings.

Mark Teixeira returned to the lineup, and had an RBI single and a solo HR (10). But that was all the Yankees’ offense could muster. Teix’s HR (351) tied Dick Allen on the all-time list.

In the last seven games, they’ve scored just 17 runs, and 7 of those were in one game. The offense is 10th in the AL in OBP, SA and OPS. They are 12th in R, 13th in doubles and 9th in HR. The OPS+ is 95, 5% below average. That needs to improve.

The Yanks wasted a superb outing by Hiroki Kuroda, who went 6 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 hits. ERA to 4.27.

The Yanks took a 2-1 lead into the eighth, but Dellin Betances could not hold it. 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk, 2 K. 1.59.

Robertson the 9th, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.26.

Warren (L, 1-3, 2.53) 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K in 1/3 IP.

Claiborne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 3.57.

Blame Warren all you want, but when your starter goes 6 2/3 and only gives up one run on two hits, he deserves better support than that. Two runs. Right now it’s an effort for the Yanks to put up four runs in a game. The Yanks struck out 13 times last night.

Soriano was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts. He’s down to .226, has walked just six times and has struck out 58 times. His OPS+ is down to 76. I love Sori, but those numbers are screaming for a release.

Before the game, the Yanks sent Almonte down, brought up Sizemore, placed Pineda on the 60-day DL retroactive to May 6th (won’t be back until mid-July at the earliest) and claimed lefty Wade LeBlanc off waivers. The lefty may be replacing Aceves. LeBlanc is 29, and has pitched in 97 MLB games for SD, Miami, Houston and the Angels, 68 starts. He is 20-32, 4.53, ERA+ 84 in his career.

The loss drops the Yanks to 29-28 and to third in the AL East, 5 back.

Game 56. Seattle beats Yanks, 10-2.

If you are going up against King Felix, and your offense has been struggling lately, you know that you are in trouble. David Phelps knew he had to pitch really well, and for six innings, he did ok.

After six, it was tied up at two. The Yanks getting their runs on a 2-run single by Ichiro.

But Phelps came apart in the seventh and you can’t do that against Hernandez.

Phelps went 6+, 6 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 4 K. He falls to 1-3, 4.11.

Thornton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.09.

Aceves was bad again. It might be time for the Yanks to part ways with him and give Jose Ramirez a shot. I’d rather get a kid’s feet wet and suffer with him than put out an over-the-hill veteran. Aceves gave up four runs in the ninth for the final tally.

Aceves 2 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 2 HR given up.

The Yanks fall to 29-27, four back of Toronto in the AL East. Boston and Tampa Bay also lost. Toronto is opening up a little space for themselves.

Game 50. Yanks beat Cards, 6-4 in 12.

Chase Whitley pitched his third MLB game, and once again did a decent job. It took the Yanks 12 innings, and a game-saving catch to rob Yadier Molina of a HR, but the Yanks won 6-4 to improve to 27-23. It was the Yanks’ third straight win.

Each team scored in the first. The Yanks got a walk by Gardner, a hit (3363) by Jeter and a hit by Ellsbury. St. Louis got a leadoff triple, followed immediately by a double to tie the game and you thought it wouldn’t be Whitley’s day.

Instead, he settled in and that was all he gave up… until the sixth.

The Yanks had gotten two in the fifth on a Johnson single and Gardner SF. After five, Whitley had gone the 5 and went 81 pitches. Frankly, I wanted Girardi to pull him then, since that was the longest Whitley had gone in the majors. Instead, he stayed in and the Cardinals tied the game. But the Yanks bullpen (with help from Gardner) shut down the Cardinals.

Whitley 5+, 3 R, 8 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.57
Claiborne 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.87.
Thornton 2/3, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.66.
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48.
Aceves (W, 1-2, 5.28) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Beneficiary of Gardner’s game-saving catch. Gardner was repaying Yadier Molina, who became the first catcher to catch Gardner stealing.
Robertson save #11, ERA 2.40. 1 Ip, 1 run, unearned b/c of a Jeter error. 1 H, 0 walks and 2 k.

In the top of the 11th, Roberts got a bases-loaded single, PH Soriano got a SF and Ryan singled in another.

Game 46. Yanks get just 3 hits in 3-2 loss.

Ok, I could cry over spilt milk, but I won’t. I did think that the strike three call on Soriano, on a full-count pitch and one on to end the game, was ball four. So, evidently, did Soriano.

But going into the top of the 9th, the Yanks were down 3-0 and had just one hit. Chris Sale was superb for the White Sox, in what was his first start after coming off the DL. He retired the first 17 Yankees in a row, 9 by K before giving up a single to Almonte, who stole second. No problem for Sale, who got a K then left the game.

The hard-luck loser was Phelps, who pitched great, but what can you do? Phelps went 7, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 8 K. He falls to 1-1, 3.18.

Aceves 1 IP, and 1 R, 2 h, a walk and 0 K. His first outing back since his return to the Yanks was great, but since then, he has been disappointing. ERA up to 6.08.

In the 9th, Suzuki singled with one out and Jeter walked with two out. A passed ball helped move up the runners and Teix singled in two before the slumping Soriano (.235) struck out.

The Yanks’ bats have been very silent lately. Forget the fact that the rotation is hurting with Pineda, CC and Nova out right now. The bats have been quiet. Hopefully they wake up soon.

With the loss, the Yanks fall to 24-22, one game behind Toronto.

Game 45. Yanks come back to win 4-2 in 13.

Hmm… where to start.

The Yankees batters didn’t agree with the term “friendly confines” in regards to Wrigley Field. For the offense did not do too much Tuesday night or Wednesday afternoon.

Chase Whitley has to wonder when he will receive some support. In his first MLB game, he gave up no runs while working into the fifth. Today, one run while working into the fifth. So far, 9 IP, 1 R given up. …. and NO runs of support. But then, Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs has a 1.46 ERA after 10 starts this season and has no wins to show for it.

Whitley went 4 1/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 2nd major league game. ND. ERA 1.00.

Betances 1 2/3 scoreless, 3 K. 1.73.

Warren 1 IP, 1 R given up, 1.73.

So the Yanks were losing, 2-0, going into the top of the 9th. They loaded the bases with no one out. Ichiro hit into a force, one run scored, and in trying to turn the DP, the Cubs 2B, Barney, committed a throwing error, enabling the tying run to score.

Aceves 1 scoreless IP, 5.84.

Daley 1 2/3 scoreless, 4.00.

Thornton 2/3 scoreless, 5.19.

Claiborne got the win, (2-0, 3.14). 1 2/3 scoreless. He also laid down a beauty of a sac bunt.

A WP and an RBI single by John Ryan Murphy in the 13th gave the Yanks two runs to make it 4-2.

D-Rob pitched a scoreless 13th to notch his 9th save. (1.42).

Jeter was one for seven. Hit #3356.

Games 42 and 43. Yanks split.

Game 42. 1st game of DH.

The Yanks hung on to win 4-3. Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, but the Yanks came back in the bottom of the first with three runs. Teixiera had a two-run single, and McCann drove in the other. They made it 4-1 in the second on an RBI double by Gardner.

Kuroda went 6, giving up 3 runs (two in the fifth), 5 h, 2 walks and 7 K. He gave up 2 HR.

Daley 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 6.00

Thornton 1/3. He struck out the only batter he faced. 5.14

Warren 2/3, 0 R, 1 h. 0 walks and K. 1.44

Robertson the four-out save. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K for his 8th save.

Jeter got hit #3352. He got #3353 in Game 2 as a PH.

Game 43 2nd game of DH.

I like how Girardi builds a bullpen. I don’t like the fact that he never squeezes. In the first inning, Gardner got a leadoff triple. Roberts didn’t squeeze, but grounded out, Gardner having to hold at third. Ex-Yankee C Chris Stewart picked Gardner off third, then drove in a run with a single in the top of the second (a run aided by two Yankees’ errors. Stewart hurt the Yanks in this game. He had a SF later.). With Gerritt Cole pitching for the Pirates, and the Yanks resting people and using a diminished lineup (Gardner, Roberts, Teix DH, Kelly Johnson?! 1B (Johnson cleanup?), Solarte, Almonte, Suzuki, Murphy and Ryan) which had McCann, Jeter, Ellsbury and Soriano all out of the lineup (all ph later, Jeter getting that hit), you aren’t trying to squeeze in a run? Yes, he is playing for the big inning, especially early in the game, but with Cole out there, that big inning may not come. I give Cole his due and try to squeeze a run home there. Nuno vs. Cole? I try to get a run and help out Nuno a bit.

But what happens in the bottom of the second? Finally, a squeeze! … and the Yanks get a run. Solarte singled to open the inning, and then after two out, Murphy came through again with a single (which, at the time, put him at .429!). A two-base error on the play enabled Solarte to score and Murphy to go to third. Ryan then bunted for a hit (which, at the time, made the weak-hitting, good defensive SS 3 for 3 for the season) and RBI and went to second on the error. I can’t remember the last time the Yanks squeezed a run home. Hooray!

The Pirates had a man on, two out in the fifth. Double, but the runner stopped at third while the batter kept going. Oops. A great break for the Yankees.

Nuno went into the sixth, the longest he’s gone all year. For 5 2/3, all he gave up was one unearned run. But then with two out in the sixth, he gave up a 2-run HR. Nuno 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 walk and 5 K. 5.82. He did pitch well in this one.

Solarte tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 5th HR.

But Aceves gave it right back. Aceves pitched great in his first outing since returning to the Yanks, but not so well in three outings since. He gave up a HR and took the loss. 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Loss, 0-2, 6.35.

Thornton 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87. I don’t know what to think of Thornton yet. Part of me wishes Boone Logan were still here instead of Thornton.

Claiborne 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.19.

The Yanks now head to Chicago for a whole week. They are off Monday but then play the Cubs Tuesday and Wednesday and the White Sox Thursday through Sunday.

The Yanks are now 23-20, and in first place by half a game over Baltimore.

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Game 38. Yanks fall to .500.

The Mets’ Curtis Granderson enjoyed his return to the Bronx, since he hit HRs in both games back. The Mets beat the Yanks 12-7 and dropped the Yanks to .500.

It was the Yanks’ fourth straight loss, and they have now lost the last six games they have played against the Mets. Tonight, the Yanks send out ace Masahiro Tanaka to face the Mets to try to stop the bleeding. The venue switches to Citi Field.

Vidal Nuno started and took the loss. He gave up four in the first, three on a HR by Granderson. Nuno (1-1, 6.43) went 3 1/3 and gave up 7 R, 5 ER, on 4 H, 4 walks and a K.

Alredo Aceves (6.52) was ineffective in relief, 1 2/3, 4 R, 4 h, 1 walk and 2 K. He gave up a 3-run HR to Daniel Murphy.

Matt Daley (8.31) pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Preston Claiborne (2.31) gave up one run in his one inning of work

Brian McCann hopefully is coming out of his season long funk. He had 3 hits, inc. a HR (5), and drove in 3 runs for the Yanks. Yangervis Solarte homered, had two hits, and is now hitting .336-3-22. At present, he leads the A.L. in batting average.

The loss drops the Yanks to .500, at 19-19. They are in a 3-way tie for second, 1 1/2 back.