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Game 46. “Holliday” weekend. Yanks win despite getting only 2 hits, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Matt Holliday got the Yanks’ first hit of the game with a 2-run HR in the sixth inning, and despite only getting two hits in the game, the Yanks edged the Oakland A’s 3-2.

The Yanks got a run in the first without getting a hit. Sanchez walked and Holliday was HBP. After a wild pitch, Starlin Castro hit a SF.

CC gave up a run in the top of the sixth that tied the game at 1.

Then in the bottom of the sixth, Sanchez walked again and Holliday broke up the no-hit bid with his ninth HR of the year.

CC gave up a HR in the seventh to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2, but they held on, with Dellin Betances getting the last five outs, as Tyler Clippard ran into trouble again.

The Yanks are 28-18. The only other hit came when Castro singled after Holliday’s HR.

The Yanks got a little lucky when two balls almost resulted in violent collisions with Aaron Judge. There could have been serious injury there.

Sabathia (W, 5-2, 4.42) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.88
Clippard (H, 6) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.74.
Betances (S, 5) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.52

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who later served as a U.S. Representative and Senator, died at the age of 85. See my other post on this blog for more information.

HOF Jim Bunning, also former Congressman and Senator, dies at 85.

Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher who later became a U.S Representative and Senator from KY, died today at the age of 85.

Bunning went 224-184 in his career with the Tigers (1955-1963), Phillies (1964-1968), Pirates & Dodgers (1969) and back with the Phillies 1970 & 1971.

He threw a no-hitter while with the Tigers, and a perfect game while with the Phillies.

He never reached the postseason but came close. The 1961 Tigers won 101 games, but finished 8 games behind the Yankees.

In 1964, his Phillies team had a 6 1/2 game lead with 12 games to play, but lost 10 in a row before winning the last two, too late to save their pennant. They finished tied with the Reds, one game behind the Cardinals. Many blamed and still blame manager Gene Mauch for overusing Bunning and fellow pitcher Chris Short down the stretch.

Bunning was a 9x All Star in 7 different years (there were two All-Star games 1958-1962) who led the league in wins with 20 in 1957, the only year he won 20. He finished 9th in MVP voting that year. He won 19 four times, in 1962 (21st in MVP voting), 1964-1966.

He started the first game for the Phillies at Veterans Stadium in 1971.

He finished 24th in MVP voting in 1960, despite going 11-14, but with an ERA of 2.79.

He finished 13th in MVP voting in 1964, when he had his perfect game against the Mets on Father’s Day of that year.

In 1967, he finished 22nd for MVP, and was runnerup for the CYA (won by Mike McCormick of the Giants). Despite a 17-15 record, his ERA was 2.29.

His 162 g. average was 14-11, 3.27, ERA+ 115. 32 starts, 4 relief appearances.

He struck out 2855 batters, and led the league three times.

As a hitter, Bunning hit .167 with 7 HR.

In 1988, he missed HOF induction by four votes. He was named by the Veteran’s Committee to the HOF in 1996.

His uniform #14 was retired by the Phillies.

After retirement, he served as a Republican Representative in the House of Representatives, representing Kentucky, from 1987-1999 and then as a Senator from Kentucky from 1999-2011.

Game 11. Despite it all, Yanks win sixth in a row, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok. The Yanks aren’t getting Didi back until May. They won’t get Sanchez back until mid-May as well. Bird is 1 for 26 with 13 strikeouts. Carter (who did have an RBI today) is 4 for 22, 8 strikeouts. So that is 5 for 48 between those two with 21 strikeouts.

Matt Holliday was a late scratch because of a stiff back.

Jacoby Ellsbury has been hitting cleanup (!)

The Yankees struck out 17x today.

They were 1 for 13 with RISP and left 12 men on base.

Tanaka has struggled.

And despite all that, they still managed to win their sixth straight game to improve to 7-4. Go figure.

Hey, we’ll take it.

CC Sabathia was great for 7 1/3 innings, leaving after he gave up a gopher ball that cut the Yankees’ lead to 3-1. The win was #225 of CC’s career, moving him past Catfish Hunter and Jim Bunning on the all-time list.

In the first, the Yanks got a run thanks to two walks (they drew 8 for the game), a passed ball and a wild pitch.

In the sixth, no one could find Ronald Torreyes’ popup in the sun and it fell in for a gift double. After a groundout moved him to third, a comebacker and error helped Torreyes score and put Aaron Hicks on second, and he scored on Chris Carter’s single to make it 3-0.

Thanks for the gifts, Cardinals.

CC gave up a HR in the eighth, and Tyler Clippard a HR in the ninth. Clippard had more trouble in the ninth but got the final out with the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Ellsbury had 2 of the Yanks’ 5 hits.

Sabathia (W, 2-0, 1.47) 7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H, 2)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Clippard (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 3.00 Gave up 1 HR.

Last night I got into a discussion with someone who called Roger Maris a one-year wonder. My rejoinder? How can a guy who won TWO MVP awards be a one-year wonder?

Game 2. Yanks shut out Rays, 5-0. The Long & Short of it (hint, hint….)

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia is 6’7″, as is RF Aaron Judge. Ronald Torreyes is listed at 5’8″. CC and Judge are over 100 pounds heavier than Torreyes.

Tonight, CC and Torreyes combined to give the Yanks a 5-0 victory to even their record at 1-1.

Here is the long and short of it if you will…

CC had a bad spring training but pitched five scoreless innings, gaining his 224th career victory, tying him with Hall of Famers Jim Bunning and Catfish Hunter on the all-time list.

Go Figure. Tanaka had a great spring training and was bombed Opening Day.

The first two Yankees’ runs came on the first HR by a Yankee this year, and who got it? None other than the “Mighty Mite”, the smallest guy on the team, Ronald Torreyes, a 2-run shot in the third. Who was there to greet him at home plate, scoring in front of the Mighty Mite? Aaron Judge.

Later in that inning, Matt Holliday got a gift RBI double on a fly ball lost in the lights.

Chase Headley hit his first HR of the year in the sixth to make it 4-0. Headley singled in a run in the eighth for the final score of 5-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury had 2 hits and made a nice defensive play. Headley had the 2 hits, SB, HR and 2 RBI. Torreyes had the 2-run HR and made a nice defensive play himself.

Sabathia (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 0.00
Mitchell 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k. 0.00
Holder 1/3 iP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00

In the minors, Gleyber Torres will be spending 3-4 days a week at SS, 2 days at 2B and a day at 3B. I like this. Versatility means prevention against injuries.

The Minors start Thursday.

Lastly, Pedro Guerrero, the former Dodger who was co-MVP of the 1981 WS, has suffered a massive stroke. He had a stroke a few years ago. Reports are that this stroke left him brain dead for a while and that he is comatose. Guerrero is just 60.


Game 106. Big win. Yanks beat Jays/Halladay, 5-3.

A big win. Andy needed to match Halladay pitch for pitch and did. The Yanks got 2 in the first, the big hit being an RBI double by Alex.

The Jays got one back in the fourth. Andy went 6 2/3, then with two out and two on, needed a K by Phil Hughes to close out the seventh.

In the 8th, with two out, Damon and Teixeira went back-to-back to give the Yanks a 4-1 cushion. They needed it. For although Hughes got two outs in the 8th—both by K—he also gave up two hits. Mo came in for the 4-out save. Remember what I told you about this time of year being Mo’s “kryptonite”? After giving up two hits in the 8th to put men on 1st and 2nd, Hughes K’d the next two hitters. At this point Girardi went to Mo.

Why? Hughes had just shown his mettle, K’ing two with two on and two out. I know it is Mo, but Hughes just struck out two straight batters. Why the switch? Wouldn’t you be more worried BEFORE he K’d two then after he did that?

Anyway, Mo gave up a 2-run double to his first batter, Vernon Wells. Those of you with good memories (like … ahem… me ) remember a walk-off HR Mo gave up to Wells not too long ago. Anyway, Mo got Rios to ground out. 4-3 Yanks.

Godzilla gave much needed insurance with a HR in the 9th.

Mo—remember I warned you that this is his “down” time—gave up two hits in the 9th, but save #513—31 of 32 this year—is in the books. ERA down to 1.96.

For Andy, FINALLY (it’s been a while) win #224 of his career, tying Senator Jim Bunning and Catfish Hunter on the all-time list.

A rare off night for Halladay, who went all the way, giving up all 5 runs, 4 earned…and 3 gopher balls. 

Ugh. My arm is still giving me problems. My chiropractor gave me the three letters I feared today. M-R-I.

Yup, a visit to the Carl Pavano Memorial Tube.

Game 82. Jays hang on to beat Yanks, 7-6.

You know it’s not a good day when a call goes against you in the bottom of the first and the manager gets tossed right away…

Toronto added a couple of good defensive plays and they needed every one of them in order to hold off the Yanks 7-6.

Yankee Stadium giveth and taketh away. After giving up a run in the second, Pettitte gave up a 3-run HR to Alex Rios in the third—just over Melky’s reach and first row. Still, a HR.

The Yanks got one back when newcomer Eric Hinske HR’d in his first game as a Yankee.

Three in the 7th doomed the Yanks. McDonald touched Pettitte, who then walked Scutaro. Andy had a bad day (6+, 6 R, 5 hits, 5 walks, 3 K, 2 HR) to drop to 8-4, 4.53. He still leads the Yanks in wins, but the 4.53 is the highest of the quartet of CC, AJ, Andy and Joba.

Andy’s home woes continue. He is now 4-1, 2.79 on the road but 4-3, 5.72 at home. Just something to consider should the Yanks be playing deep into October. 

Andy was looking for win #224, which would have tied him with Catfish Hunter and Jim Bunning on the all-time list. It’ll have to wait until the weekend or (if he doesn’t get it then) until after the break.

Bruney gave up a couple of doubles to let in two runs, one charged to Pettitte. He is a bit rusty, and his ERA went up to 4.11. As Sterling and Waldman accurately assessed, with the way Hughes, Aceves, Coke and Robertson have been pitching in front of Mo, Bruney is at the bottom of the chain right now…well maybe not behind Alby.

Robertson came in, got four outs, 2 by K and lowered his ERA to 2.66. Albaladejo pitched a scoreless 9th.

Down 7-1, Swisher drove in two in the 7th. Jeter walked with the bases loaded in the 8th to make it 7-4.

The first two Yankees (Teix and Alex) made out in the 9th but then Posada singled, Cano doubled and Matsui (PH for Melky) singled in two before Hinske struck out to end it with PR Ransom on first.