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Game 113. Yanks blanked, 4-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If the Yanks want to win the division, they better start thinking about sweeping the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium this weekend, because otherwise, the division is slipping away. To do that, the bats have to wake up.

Toronto blanked the Yanks 4-0 Thursday night to drop the Yanks to 60-53, 4 1/2 games behind Boston. The Yanks still have the top wild card spot right now.

Sonny Gray is now 0-2, 3.00 as a Yankee, and in both he games received little to no run support as well as suffered defensive miscues. In this game, the defensive miscue was done by Gray himself.

In the second, a wild throw on a pickoff attempt by Gray, and a fielder’s choice by Gray in which the runner scored and the batter still reached, enabled Toronto to score the only run they’d need. Toronto also nicked Gray for runs in the third and fourth.

Jose Bautista homered in the seventh off of Chasen Shreve to make it 4-0.

Aaron Judge has struck out in 27 consecutive games. I wouldn’t mind so much the swinging strikeouts, but the called ones…. swing the bat, Aaron!

The Yanks were 0 for 9 w/RISP.

Clint Frazier was put on the DL. Aaron Hicks was brought back off the DL.

The Yanks have tried to get help. They inquired about Lucas Duda and Jay Bruce from the Mets but the Mets sent Duda to the Rays, Bruce to the Indians, and both for what it seems are inferior packages to what the Yanks offered. Perhaps the Mets are gun-shy about having one of their players do well for the cross-town team.

It looks like Derek Jeter’s bid to buy the Marlins is picking up some steam.

Gray (L, 6-7, 3.39) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Shreve 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.84

Game 85. Yanks win 6th straight behind Andy and Alex. The Value of the bunt.

Six in a row for the Yanks, but it wasn’t easy. Quite frustrating, actually in the 3-1 win.

The Yanks blew numerous scoring opportunities. The M’s scored in the 6th to go up 1-0. More on that later on how and why they scored.

The Yanks tied it in the 8th when A-Rod walked, Cano singled, only A-Rod advanced on a WP (why didn’t Cano advance?) and Alex scored when Jorge GIDP.

In the 9th, with one out Jeter walked. Swisher doubled. You have to say this for Swishalicious. On the day he was voted into the All-Star Game (and no matter what you think about ballot stuffing, deservability, etc. , consider this:) he went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles and a walk to raise his BA to .307. I cursed as Teix popped up to the catcher. But Alex came through with a 2-run single to put the Yanks up 3-1.

Exit Andy who would go to 11-2, ERA 2.70 and he passes Wells on the all-time wins list. #240 ties him with Frank Tanana.

Mo for the 9th for save #546 (20 this year) but it wasn’t easy. How tough? He struck out the first batter, Casey Kotchman, but it took 12 pitches as Kotchman fouled off everything. Mo is skipping the ASG claiming rib and knee injuries, but save #20 lowers his ERA (he had a 1-2-3) to 1.05.

The power of the bunt: Before the Yanks game started, I caught the end of the Phillies game, in which Brian “Hoops” Schneider hit a walk-off HR to win it. Brian graduated from my hometown’s high school and I knew (and know) his grandparents and uncle well.

But the Reds could have won it in the 9th. Down 3-2 and with no one out in the top of the 9th, the Reds had 1st and 2nd with no one out. I mentioned to friends at the bar that I was at that the Reds needed to bunt the runners over. Stay out of the DP. Get 2nd and 3rd, one out. A SF ties the game, a hit puts Cincy in the lead. The only problem was, the guy at the plate, Jay Bruce, can’t bunt, while the guy in the on-deck circle, our old buddy Miguel Cairo, can. Sure enough, fears were realized as Bruce GIDP. Runner at 3rd, two out, whereas if Bruce could have laid one down, it would have been second and third, one out. Cairo, the guy who CAN bunt, doubled to tie the game. Had Bruce been able to sac, Cairo’s double would have put Cincy INTO the lead instead of just tying it. Cincy could have won in 9. Instead they lost in 12.

Let’s take this further. As mentioned above, the Yanks won, but how did Seattle score its only run? Two singles to lead off the 6th, then Ichiro laid one down for a hit. Andy threw it away and the runner on 2nd scored. The ability and speed of Ichiro to bunt for a hit.

Not only that, the inability (once again) of Pettitte to field a bunt. He had the same problem with the Dodgers, remember?

The ability to lay down a bunt (or field it) is a lost art. How many of you remember Pettitte’s exquisite play on a bunt in Game 5 of the 1996 World Series that preserved the Yanks’ 1-0 win? How many remember the bad throw Mo (a GREAT athlete and fielder) made in the 9th inning of Game 7 of the 2001 WS? How many of you remember the poor job Detroit pitchers did on the bunts on them in the 2006 WS? Now Andy in LA and Seattle. Granted the Yanks are in the DH-less AL, but the little things DO matter. The ability to lay down—and field—a bunt could determine a championship. 

King James is Miami bound to join Bosh and Wade. Miami has to be the favorites in the East come 2010/2011. As for Cleveland, the wait for another title (last one, late December, 1964) will continue for quite some time.