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Game 47. McCann & A-Rod homers propel Yanks to 4-2 win.

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The Yanks won their third in a row today, 4-2, and in the process, A-Rod established a new milestone.

The win puts the Yanks at 25-22, and opens a 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Michael Pineda gave up a HR in the top of the first, but then settled in. In the bottom of the second, Brian McCann tied it up with a solo HR (6).

In the third, A-Rod hit his eleventh HR of the season, #665* career, to put the Yanks up 4-1.

According to Major League baseball, his 3 RBI on the HR made him the all-time AL RBI King. But here is where it gets interesting.

The RBI became an official stat in 1920. Which means MLB does NOT recognize some 220+ RBI that Babe Ruth had from 1914-1919. Which is funny. They DO recognize the home runs he hit during that time. Um…. he did drive himself home at least, didn’t he?

So let’s do a table. On the left is what Baseball Reference (which I think is more reliable) recognizes, and on the right is what MLB lists. You’ll see discrepancies.

Hank Aaron 2297                        Hank Aaron 2297
Babe Ruth 2214                              Babe Ruth 1992 (they don’t count 1914-1919)
Cap Anson 2075                            —- Anson played from 1871-1897, so none of his RBI came before it was an official stat.
Barry Bonds 1996                          Barry Bonds 1996
A-Rod 1995                                    A-Rod 1995
Lou Gehrig 1995                           Lou Gehrig  1993
—–                                                   Babe Ruth 1992 (see above)

So, according to Major League baseball, A-Rod’s 1995 rank him 3rd all-time, and the all-time AL leader.

There is a discrepancy of 2 RBI between baseball reference and MLB regarding Lou Gehrig, and as you can see, they do not recognize Anson, or some 220+ of Babe’s RBI.

Anyway, A-Rod is 5 away from 2000, and his two hits today put him at 2981, just 19 short of 3000.

But that RBI total comes with an asterisk—- and this one is apart from any associated with PED usage.

The Yanks gave up an  unearned run late in the game.

The pitching line:

Pineda 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 8 K. (W, 6-2, 3.36)
Carpenter 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. One batter, gave up a hit. 5.19
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.40.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP (14th save) 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.84.   

 

Game 46. Teix, Warren, lead Yanks back in to first place, 5-1.

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Mark Teixeira homered, doubled, and drove in four runs to support Adam Warren’s strong effort as the Yanks beat KC 5-1 Tuesday evening.

With the win, the Yanks moved back into first place, 1/2 game ahead of Tampa Bay. The Yanks are 24-22.

Teixeira hit a 2-run HR, his 14th of the season in the first. The homer was #377 of his career, passing teammate Carlos Beltran as well as Carlton Fisk on the all-time list and tying Jeff Kent and Norm Cash.

Teixeira doubled in two in the fifth, and went to third on an error. Chase Headley drove Teix in with a SF.

Adam Warren pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.

Warren (W, 3-3, 3.91) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.52
Betances struck out the side. 3 up, 3 down and the hitters looked absolutely helpless against him. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.89.

A-Rod had two hits to take his total to 2979.

Recent baseball passings: OF “Downtown” Ollie Brown and reliever Fred Gladding.

Game 44. Yanks fall to .500.

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Sorry for the late post. I was at last night’s game and got home around 2 a.m.

As a result, there will be NO minor league report from Sunday’s games.

On a night when Bernie Williams’ #51 was retired, and Derek Jeter made his first trip back to Yankee Stadium since his retirement, the Yanks continued their funk, losing their tenth game in their last eleven (sixth in a row) to fall to 22-22, even .500. They remain in 2nd place in what is so far a weak AL East, 1 1/2 games back.

The ingredients for a loss were as follows: mental and physical lapses in the field (2B Jose Pirela), a starting pitcher who couldn’t give you five innings (Capuano), an offense that for the fourth time in eleven games gave you two runs in the first inning and nothing thereafter, and a bullpen that let a close game slip away.

Jose Pirela made a mental mistake on the first play of the game, and the batter almost reached because Pirela was too lackadaisical in fielding a ground ball. The play was only called an out upon review. Pirela then booted the next ball. When Prince Fielder doubled to score the run, it appeared as if there was a play at the plate, but Pirela’s throw home on the relay wasn’t good. Pirela was only charged with one error, but had made three bad plays, and Texas had an unearned run.

The Yanks got two in the first when Gardner (who has been slumping badly…down to .279, .196 since May 9)  reached on an error, then Headley singled. Gardner however, was thrown out at third on Headley’s single. Maybe it was a case of over-aggressiveness, of someone trying to make things happen while his team is in the midst of a losing streak, but there you have it. A-Rod singled, and after a ground out that moved up the runners, McCann singled in two runs to make it 2-1 Yankees.

But in the second, on a 2-2 pitch with two out and a runner on, Capuano gave up a 2-run HR that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. One strike away from getting out of the inning and …. …. I suspect Capuano, who in two starts has given a total of 7 1/3 innings, will be the one pulled when Tanaka or Nova become ready. The Yanks need a starter who’ll give more innings than Capuano has provided so far.

It remained that way, 3-2, for a while, but the Yanks’ offense (minus Beltran, who has the flu, the slumping Young (.240, 2 for his last 28, played CF and Garrett Jones was in RF)) couldn’t do anything and the Yanks’ bullpen gave up two in the seventh to seal their doom.

It is a good thing Girardi has some job security. I’m blaming none of this on him, it’s the players, but it may be a good thing if he (or Hal Steinbrenner, who was there for the Bernie ceremony) ripped into the players after the game. Hal, especially, should pull a page from his dad’s playbook. Losing ten out of eleven is not acceptable. A lesser manager than Girardi may be on the hot seat. But these players need to be held accountable, especially with some of the bad mental errors they are currently making out there.

It doesn’t get any easier. The defending AL champion Royals are in now, and the Yanks are heading west soon.

They have gone from 21-12 to 22-22. That should be a wake up call to tell them to pull their heads out of their you-know-where’s.

The good news is that in a weak division so far, losing ten out of eleven—even this early—hasn’t buried them. There is time to right the ship, and it needs to be done now.

Capuano (L, 0-2, 7.36) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 0 walks, 4 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.79.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.19.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.93.

I was kind of hoping, but didn’t get, the MLB debut of Jacob Lindgren, who was brought up yesterday. Brandon Pinder was sent down after having thrown 48 pitches on Saturday.

Game 40. Yanks lose game and Ellsbury.

 

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This was a bad loss. The Yanks’ sixth in their last seven games to drop them to 22-18 and into a first-place tie in the AL East with the Rays. On top of that, Jacoby Ellsbury sprained his knee and is on the 15-day DL. Slade Heathcott has been called up from AAA. Heathcott, 24, is a lefty hitting CF who was hitting .285-1-17 at SWB.

Earlier this week, Chase Whitley underwent TJ surgery. He’ll not return until mid-2016.

Pin this loss on Nathan Eovaldi. As for Andrew Miller, the law of averages caught up with him.

Eovaldi gave up 2 HR in the first inning, then seemed to settle down.

The Yanks got four in the fourth on an RBI single by Chris Young (batting 3rd what with no DH and A-Rod on the bench), an RBI double by Headley and a 2-run single by Stephen Drew. With the pitcher in the lineup, production from the #8 hitter, Drew, was a bonus. Drew’s two hits raised him to .188.

Mark Teixeira’s 2-run HR in the 5th made it 6-2. #12 on the season and #375 of his career.

Up 6-2, and needing one more inning to qualify for a possible win, Eovaldi has to hold them there. Qualify for the win, go at least five and maybe more, save the bullpen. He failed.

Eovaldi got only one out and gave up 3 runs in the fifth. David Carpenter gave up a game-tying HR in the sixth.

Lefties Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve got big outs (both against Bryce Harper, who homered against Eovaldi in the first).

But in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Zimmerman sliced a 2-run HR off of Andrew Miller the other way. It hit the foul pole.

8-6 Nationals.

Miller had an ERA of 0.00 before that. Sooner or later he was going to give up a run, and the law of averages caught up with him.

But handed a 6-2 lead, Eovaldi has to do better.

Eovaldi 4 1/3, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.73
Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.25
Carpenter 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.28. Carpenter, recommended to the Yanks by his former and current catcher, Bryan McCann, has been a disappointment so far. Come to think of it, McCann, who hit .232 last year and is at .228 right now, has been a disappointment himself.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.30
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. (L, 0-1, 0.98)

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 34. Yanks, Eovaldi, falter, lose to Rays 4-2.

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The Yankees’ offense and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi started strong Tuesday night, but couldn’t keep it up as the Yanks lost to the Rays, 4-2.

The Yanks scored twice in the top of the first on singles by Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran after Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner singled and A-Rod walked to load the bases. Up 2-0, the Yanks still had the bases loaded and no one out but they could not tack on more. Chase Headley struck out, Stephen Drew’s flyout wasn’t deep enough to score a run, and Garrett Jones grounded out.

The inability to tack on more runs proved fatal. Over the next eight innings the Yanks got no more runs and just four more hits.

Nathan Eovaldi was great for six shutout innings, but gave up two in the seventh and two in the eighth to lose the game.

Eovaldi 7 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 6 K. (L, 3-1, 4.14).
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 0.00.

The loss drops the Yanks to 21-13, 3 games up in the A.L. East.

Game 32. Pineda K’s 16 in Yanks’ 6-2 win.

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Sorry for the late post. I had some computer maintenance to do which delayed this by one day. No minor league report then for Sunday’s games, but I can tell you that in AA, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered and had good days (to support Luis Severino, who did NOT have a good outing).

Now for Sunday’s Yankee game:

In June of 1978, Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels to set the Yankees’ record for most strikeouts in a game.

On Sunday, Michael Pineda gave that record a run for its money. Pineda had to be pulled after seven innings with his pitch count at 111, but he struck out 16 in those seven innings. Who knows what might have happened.

Pineda has had shoulder issues in the past, and it was prudent that manager Girardi pull him. But what a dominating performance. Pineda ties David Wells and David Cone for second place in Yankees’ history with his 16 K. He ties Cone for the most in a game by a righty pitcher. Dellin Betances’ 2 K gave the Yanks a total of 18 for the game, tying the team record which was previously accomplished twice—a combined effort, and Guidry’s solo outing.

Remarkably, Pineda walked no one in his dominant effort. For the season so far, he has 54 K and just 3 walks—an 18:1 ratio.

Pineda (W, 5-0, 2.72) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 16 K.
Rogers 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.32.
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

In the game, Carlos Beltran hit his first HR of the season, and first in some 160 AB. It was a long time between #373 and #374 (which tied Rocky Colavito all-time). Brian McCann also homered (4).

Didi Gregorious had 2 hits and 2 RBI.