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Game 72. Welcome back, Nova! Yanks top Phils, 10-2.

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Well, at least the Phillie fans were I live (and there are many in the Lehigh Valley) won’t be smacking me with any brooms.

The Yanks avoided getting swept by the worst team in baseball by winning the finale of the three game series, 10-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the game, the Yanks placed Brendan Ryan on the DL with a strained back. This was the move in order to activate Ivan Nova. Nova, who missed most of last year and all of this year to date due to Tommy John surgery, made his season debut, and it was a very good one. He outdueled Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels. Nova pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Also, before the game the Yanks DFA’d Jose De Paula.

The Yanks scored two in the second on an error. Pirela credited with one RBI.

They got three in the fourth on an RBI single by Gardner, an RBI double by Headley and an RBI single by Teixeira.

Chris Young singled a run in in the sixth.

Four in the seventh made it 10-0. Pirela doubled in one, A-Rod singled in two, and Teixeira, back in the lineup after missing a couple of games with a sore neck, singled in one. Teixiera had received a cortisone shot for the sore neck.

The Phils got two in the ninth for the final tally of 10-2.

The win moves the Yanks to one game behind the Rays in the AL East. Toronto is two back and Baltimore is 2 1/2 back in the tight race. The Yanks are 39-33 and now head to Houston.

A-Rod, of course, tied Roberto Clemente on the all-time hits list when he got #3000, and then passed him. Yesterday, A-Rod’s single that drove in two was hit #3008, passing Al Kaline. Next up is Wade Boggs at 3010. Alex now has 2013 RBI, 1961 runs scored, 669 HR. You wonder why…

After the game, more moves. Diego Moreno and Brandon Pinder were sent back to AAA, and Stephen Drew is back off the paternity list.

Alex was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Teix had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Pirela had two hits and 2 RBI.

The pitching line:

Nova (W, 1-0, 0.o0)  6 2/3 IP, o R, 3 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.08.
Moreno 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 9.00 (sent down after the game).

Game 71. Phils get 5 in 9th, beat Yanks 11-6.

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This is embarrassing. What makes it worse is that I live in the Lehigh Valley amidst a bunch of Phillies’ fans.

Maybe today the Yanks pitch around Maikal Franco. For the second straight game, the Phillies rookie (and he looks like a keeper) drove in five runs. Meanwhile Dellin Betances had karma catch up to him as the Phillies beat the Yanks 11-6.

Before the game the Yanks made more moves. They recalled Bryan Mitchell and Jose Pirela, put Stephen Drew on paternity leave and sent Ramon Flores back down.

When Nick Rumbelow made his MLB debut last night, he became the 26th different Yankees’ pitcher this season. Ivan Nova, coming back off rehab to start today, will be the 27th. The season isn’t even half over, and there is still the trade deadline to consider.

To the game. The Yanks have now given up 34 runs in their last three games. They have lost two in a row to a team that is 26-47 and who, prior to coming to Yankee Stadium, had lost twelve consecutive road games. They have given up 11 runs in back-to-back nights to a team who hadn’t hit double digits all year; a team who, before coming to the Bronx, had a team OPS+ of 79, 21% below league average.

If the old man were still alive (the Boss) there would be hell to pay right now.

The Yanks are 38-33 with the loss, and are now two games behind the Rays in the AL East. Still in second, tied for a wild card spot.

The game started after a rain delay of around 75 minutes.

The Yanks got a run in the first on a SF by A-Rod. A Garrett Jones HR (4) in the second made it 2-0, but CC gave up a run in the third. Brett Gardner’s HR (9) in the bottom of the third made it 3-1 Yanks.

Then CC fell apart. He gave up two HR and 5 runs in the top of the fourth and couldn’t make it through the fifth. My feelings on CC have been documented.

The Yanks bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and A-Rod (15, #669 career), followed by doubles by Beltran and Young. 6-6.

So it stayed until the ninth. In the meantime, the Yanks blew opportunities for themselves. They went just 1 for 12 with RISP.

In the ninth, Dellin Betances, whose ERA had dropped to 0.25, finally had that bad outing you knew would come someday. (You didn’t expect his ERA to stay at 0.25, did you?) The Phillies scored five runs and put the game away.

Hopefully the Yanks win today. The last thing this Lehigh Valley resident, living in Phillies’ country, wants to hear, is the fans of the worst team in baseball crowing all summer about sweeping the Yankees. It’d be like they won the WS instead of losing 100 games (which they are on course to do). It may be tough. The Phils are going with their ace, Cole Hamels, today.

Nova (making his MLB debut) vs. Hamels today. For Hamels, an audition, for the Yanks and other teams. If the Phils are to rebuild, they have to dump players, and Hamels is the #1 target for teams looking to add an ace. The Phils will probably be looking for a king’s ransom. If the Yanks are to get him, they may have to give up Severino and Judge for starters.

Last night’s pitching line:

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K   5.65
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.53 (I wish Joe would trust him more and give him more opportunities. So far, so good. Let’s see what he’s got).
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.82
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.16 1 HBP
Betances (L, 4-1, 1.25) 1 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2 HBP.
Rumbelow (MLB Debut) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 2 K. 13.50

 

Game 69. Tigers tame Tanaka, 12-4. Moves made.

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You get spoiled by Masahiro Tanaka, so much that when he proves he is human, you are surprised. Today Tanaka didn’t have it, and the Yanks lost 12-4.

Before the game, they made some moves. Sergio Santos, who pitched in just two games with the Yanks, is done for the year. TJ surgery. Mason Williams was put on the 15-day DL. Ramon Flores was brought back up. Jose Ramirez down. Pitchers Danny Burawa and Jorge De Paula up.

Burawa and De Paula each made their MLB debuts today. After the game THEY were sent down. Nick Rumbelow and Diego Moreno are coming up.

Victor Martinez had 3 hits, a HR and drove in 4 runs for Detroit. J. D. Martinez had 3 HR and 6 RBI.  The Tigers had 5 HR.  Tanaka gave up 3 HR. De Paula gave up a HR on the first pitch he threw in the big leagues.

For the Yanks, Stephen Drew hit 2 HR (11), and Brian McCann had one (10).

The loss keeps the Yanks (38-31) one game behind the Rays and snapped a four-game winning streak.

Tanaka (L, 4-3, 3.17) 5 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 10 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
Burawa (MLB DEBUT) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 54.00
De Paula (MLB DEBUT) 3 1/3 IP, 1 R,  2 H, 4 walks and 2 K. 2.70.

Game 58. Drew, Tanaka lead Yanks to 7th straight win, 6-1.

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For six-plus innings, this was everything it was hyped to be. A great pitching duel, Tanaka vs. Scherzer.

In the end, Tanaka got the best of it, the Yanks won their seventh straight game, and opened up a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 33-25 record.

Stephen Drew had 2 HR. The first came in the bottom of the third, and gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

Tanaka then coughed up a HR to Bryce Harper in the top of the fourth to tie the game. I thought it would be a long fly ball, but it just kept carrying.

Then I saw a couple of mistakes. In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks had first and third and one out. Beltran hit a liner to CF. The Nats CF tried for a shoestring catch but trapped the ball. He still got a force on McCann on second. However, Teix was caught in no man’s land and instead of just staying on the bag, then coming home no matter what happened, he was stuck on third. They did not score. Ugh.

But then Bryce Harper of Washington pulled what I thought was a bad play. In the top of the seventh, Harper, leading off, had two strikes on him. He had homered off Tanaka earlier, his 20th HR of the season. With two strikes on him, he tried to bunt, fouled it off, and that was strike three. In a close ballgame you want him swinging the bat. Break for the Yankees.

In the fourth, the Yanks got a break. With men on first and second, and two out, A-Rod sent one toward the hole. Washington’s SS tried to get a force at third, but the throw hit the runner, Ramon Flores, and ricocheted into the dugout to advance the runners and give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. But (and the most important thing) is that they tacked on. Brian McCann singled in two, and Beltran singled in another one to make it 5-1.

In the 8th, Drew hit his second HR of the game (and the second 2-HR game from him in less than a week) to make it 6-1. Drew now has just 31 hits on the year and a .175 batting average, but he does have 9 HR. He is on course for about 25 HR. Yes, .175 stinks, but 25 HR for a second baseman? I’ll take that. Sometimes batting average is overrated. I am not saying .175 is good, but hey, as long as the hits he does get are extra base hits (9 HR), I’ll take it. .175 or not, he is tied with McCann as far as HR, and only Teix and A-Rod have more. .175 but 25 HR? Ok, I’ll accept that. Not ideal, but…

McCann had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Flores, a rookie in the majors for what, 3 weeks now? had three hits and two were off Scherzer, one of the best pitchers in the game. Go figure.

McCann is hot, raising his average to .266.

Tanaka (W, 4-1, 2.48) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.28.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 1 walk, and 0 K. 2.16
Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walk and 0 K. 1.03.

Washington drafted Mariano Rivera’s son, Mariano Rivera III, in the fourth round of the draft today.

The Giants got a no-no from one of their pitchers for the fourth straight year today. After Cain (PG), and Lincecum twice, Chris Heston no-hit the Mets today.

 

Game 55. Yanks escape with 8-7 win.

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Yankees drove their fans crazy in the ninth inning last night before escaping with an 8-7 win over the Angels. They maintained their 1/2 game lead in the AL East in the process. They are 30-25 on the season.

They entered the top of the ninth with what seemed to be a comfortable 8-1 lead. When the inning ended, it was 8-7, and the Angels had the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first. Dellin Betances, who Joe Girardi would have wanted to have the night off, had to be rushed in to finish the game. In the process, he struggled and finally gave up his first earned run of the year (you knew it would happen sometime).

Stephen Drew got the Yanks on the board in the second inning with the first of his two homers on the night, a 2-run shot. 2-0.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot, #17 (#380 career) in the third. We just passed the 1/3 point of the season, and Teix has 17 HR. Forget his batting average and look at how valuable he has been to the Yanks so far this season. The V in MVP stands for valuable. MVP doesn’t necessary mean Player of the Year or Best Player in the League. It’s Most VALUABLE Player, and if the season ended today, Teix would have to be in the consideration. If he did win with a .240 batting average, it would be the lowest by a non-pitcher ever. Marty Marion of the Cardinals hit just .267 in 1944 (a WWII year, and today as I write this is D-Day) to have the lowest batting average by a non-pitcher MVP. The AL record? Roger Maris hit .269 in 1961 when he hit 61 HR. Forget the .240 Teix has. Look at what his 17 HR means to the team.

In the fifth, Gardner tripled and A-Rod singled him in to make it 5-0. A-Rod had four hits on the night to move him to 2991 for his career, just nine short of 3000. The RBI was #1997, passing Barry Bonds on the all-time list. 3 short of 2000. Unofficially, only three men have hit 2000 RBI. Aaron, Ruth and Anson, and MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau only recognize Aaron (the RBI became an official stat in 1920, eliminating some 222 Ruth RBI (they credit him with 1992) and Anson played 1871-1897).

Up 5-0, Eovaldi had to be replaced in the sixth. You wish he could have given more length than 5 1/3, but he did get the win. The Angels did get one run in the sixth but the Yanks got two back in the bottom of the inning on a McCann double, move up on a groundout, Gregorius SF and Drew’s second HR of the game (7). 7-1 Yanks.

Chris Young singled in a run in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Then came the top of the ninth. Hmm. I saw the game the night Bernie Williams’ #51 was retired, and in that game, Jose Pirela made some defensive mistakes. In the top of the ninth, with Headley having moved 3B to 1B, Drew moved to 3B from 2B and Pirela inserted at 2B (most likely to give Teix a rest with the big lead), a popup fell between Headley and Pirela. Maybe in retrospect, Pirela should have just steered clear of Headley who had it all lined up to catch. Brendan Ryan has played a couple of rehab games now. I wonder if this could be a trigger to send Pirela down and call Ryan back up. After that botched popup, if the Boss were alive and in his prime, Pirela may be on his way down.

Anyway, Esmiel Rogers started the ninth and couldn’t pitch around that mishap. (It was ruled a hit because no one touched the ball. Really, someone should have been given an error on the easy pop up). Rogers faced five batters, gave up four hits and a walk and all five batters scored.

Betances came in and gave up a run. Next thing you know it’s 8-7, fans like me are pulling their hair out (no wonder I have a big bald spot), and Betances has to escape with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first. I am sure, as Bob Costas stated on MLB, that manager Girardi and pitching coach Rothschild weren’t happy that Betances had to be used. After yesterday’s off-day, they wanted two consecutive days off for both Betances and Miller. Now Betances is most likely unavailable tonight after having thrown 33 pitches last night.

Eovaldi (W, 5-1, 4.16) 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.22
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.38
Rogers 0 IP (5 batters) 5 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 6.39
Betances (2nd save) 1 Ip, 1 R (first ER of season), 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 0.30.

Meanwhile, in order to save Michael Pineda’s arm, the Yanks are skipping his next start and giving him some extra rest. Instead of starting Sunday, he’ll make his next start on Friday.

 

Game 53. Yanks win in 11, 5-3.

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Baseball is a funny game. You never know what you may get in a given day. On one day, the Yanks can knock out of the box one of the best pitchers in the majors. On the next, they can struggle against a pitcher making his MLB debut.

In that same game, players who have been struggling all year can also turn out to be heroes. It’s a new day. Such was the case in the Yanks’ 5-3, 11-inning win on Tuesday evening over Seattle. The win puts the Yanks at 28-25 and maintains a one-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored a run in the third on a Mark Teixeira double. This occurred shortly after Seattle’s catcher and manager were both ejected after an A-Rod walk. A-Rod stayed at 2987 career hits since he was hitless in the game.

CC Sabathia, who has been struggling most of this year, turned in a decent performance, going 5 2/3 and giving up just two runs. One run happened when David Carpenter, also struggling, gave up a go-ahead double with two out and two on in the sixth.

But heading into the top of the ninth, the Yanks were down 2-1. Down to their last out, and with Chase Headley on first via a walk, Brian McCann singled and the struggling Stephen Drew doubled to tie up the game.

Redemption is a sweet thing, especially when it’s been a tough year. Maybe a game like this will get them going.

In the top of the 11th, Garrett Jones hit a 3-run HR, just his second HR of the season, to put the Yanks up 5-2. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the bottom of the 11th, but struck out Nelson Cruz (who was the winning win) with two on to end the game.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 5.45
Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.42
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.38
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.15
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 2-0, 4.58) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Miller (16th save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  1.16

The Yanks have an afternoon game on getaway day. They play the Mariners at 3:40 PM Eastern Time. Masahiro Tanaka comes off the DL to start.

Game 45. Yanks win Memorial Day Massacre, 14-1.

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The Yanks needed this.

Having lost 10 of their last 11 games, the Yankees hit 4 HR and scored 11 runs before an out was recorded in the bottom of the second inning as they cruised to a 14-1 win over KC today.

Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a double, and Chase Headley homered (6). After a single, and a walk, Brian McCann made it 5-0 before an out was recorded when he homered (5). Before the inning was over, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (4) and it was 8-0 after the first inning.

Stephen Drew made it 11-0 with a three-run HR (5) in the second.

KC got a run in the fifth off of Nathan Eovaldi, the beneficiary of all those homers.

The Yanks got a run back in the fifth on a Headley double, and then in the seventh, Slade “Cum On Feel the Noize” Heathcott hit a 2-run HR to make it 14-1. It was Heathcott’s first MLB HR.

Jacob Lindgren made his MLB debut and pitched two scoreless innings.

Eovaldi (W, 4-1, 4.27) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Lindgren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 0.00.