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Game 18. Mo blows second straight save but Yanks win in 11, 6-3.

Freddy Garcia is scheduled to take the mound today.

Happy Easter. I’ll be spending it with my family and hope you will have the same enjoyable day with your own family. As a result, the recap will be late tonight.

A bit of a shock as Martin still plays, even though it’s a day game after a night game. The Yanks must really NOT want to use Gus Molina. Same lineup as yesterday. Hey, it worked last night (15 runs, 5 HR).

11-6. 3 game lead. 35 HR in 17 games. Team OPS+ 133. 3rd in R, lead AL in HR, OBP, SA, OPS,

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Freddie Garcia P

Jeter: 2941 hits, two behind Frank Robinson. 15 hits, 14 singles. .221; OPS+ 48; Just one ball hit out of park in last 113 games.
A-Rod: leads majors in SA
Cano: 71 AB; one walk. Patience, Robby…
Swisher: Amazingly, no HR yet. Team has 35 in 17 games, but Swish hasn’t joined the party. Today? 15 hits, just 2 doubles.
Posada: 9 for 55 is .164 but 6 hits are HR
Martin: So far, a steal. He has 6 HR, one behind the AL Leader. Martin, Teix, Granderson and Posada all with 6, Alex with 5.

Book coming out on Jeter. The Post today has some nasty stuff on the Jeter/Alex feud.

I’ll have a couple innings here before I head to be with family for Easter. Recap later.

Jeter leads off the game with a hit. #2942. AND THE HR BARRAGE CONTINUES! Granderson hits #7 and already the Yankees lead 2-0. A couple walks, but they can’t add on. Garcia has a 1-2-3 first and after one it’s 2-0 Yankees.

In the 2nd, Jeter gets a XBH (finally). A double, hit #2943 ties Frank Robinson, but he’s left stranded. Next up, Sam Crawford at 2961.

Garcia runs into trouble in the 2nd but gets a 2-out, bases-loaded K.

End of 3. Yanks 2-0. Heading to spend time with family. Recap later.

Recap:

The Yanks made it 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI forceout by A-Rod. Granderson doubled and Teix singled before the forceout.

Garcia went six shutout innings and once again was brilliant. 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 7 K. (0.69)

Joba pitched the 7th, 2 K but he gave up a 2-run HR. Ouch. 4.91.

Robertson got two outs in the 8th (0.00), but with 1st and 3rd, 2 out, the Yanks turned to Mo for a 4-out save. He got the out in the 8th, but on a great play by Gardner. Escape, for now.

In the 9th, Mo walked the leadoff man. Give Adam Jones credit. After three pitches he was down 1-2 and he worked out a 10-pitch walk. The Orioles, to their credit, really worked Mo in the 9th and it almost won them the game. The next two hitters struck out, but it took Mo 14 more pitches to do that. So now you had the two pitches in the eighth, and 24 more pitches here. Rivera then gave up a single. 1st and 2nd, two out. Brian Roberts doubled down the RF line. Jones scored, but PR Andino—the winning run—was cut down at the plate by Swisher to Cano to Martin. To the 10th. It’s the second consecutive appearance by Rivera that he blew the save. (2.53).

The Yanks had a shot in the 10th. 1st and 3rd, one out. A-Rod hits a fly to CF but Jeter is gunned down at the plate attempting to score. Logan pitches a 1-2-3 10th.

In the 11th, three infield hits and shoddy Orioles’ fielding gave the Yanks a 6-3 win. Cano doubled and was trapped when Swisher tried to bunt him over. Wieters threw down to second, and Cano went to third. Swisher struck out, but Chavez was intentionally walked to set up a DP. Then the craziness. An infield hit by Martin brought in a run, and there was an error on the play as well, enabling Chavez to go to third. After a strikeout of Gardner, Jeter got an infield hit—his 4th hit of the game (2945)—and Chavez scored. An error put men on 2nd and 3rd. Then Granderson got an infield hit to make it 6-3. Two errors, a bad play (no error) and three infield hits.

Logan (1-1, 3.86) got the first batter in the 11th, then Carlyle came in. Two up, two down for Carlyle and the Yanks had a 6-3 win in 11. They are now 12-6.

Jeter’s 4 hits raise his BA to .257.

Game #11. Hughes stinks again, but Yanks comeback to win in 10, 6-5.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C

Phil Hughes P

No surprises in the lineup.

The first two innings are good for Hughes, but I’m worried because GameDay’s velocity (accurate?) shows just around 90. He does get 2 Ks, and both were swinging. In the first 137 pitches he threw, he only got three swings and misses, so that’s a good sign. The velocity not hitting 93 or 94 does bother me. But the first two innings, results-wise, are a huge improvement.

Phil gives up a 2-run HR in the 3rd. 2-0 Orioles. He gives up another in the 4th. 3-0 O’s after 4, and the Yanks don’t have a hit yet.

An error by Martin leads to an Orioles run in the 5th. Another bad outing for Hughes, and the fastball is only showing up at 88-89 now. Hughes is pulled in the 5th.

This isn’t good. This is reminiscent of Wang, 2009. Hughes goes just 4 1/3, and both Granderson and Swisher made catches at the wall that saved doubles or HR’s. The velocity hit 91 tops, and for the most part was the same as in the previous two games. 87-91. Javy Vazquez like.

Colon in. Gets a K but gives up a hit. The inherited runner scores. Colon gets another K. It’s 5-0 after 4 1/2 innings.

Hughes final line: 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ERA now 13.94 (and it actually DROPPED from 16.50!). Much, MUCH cause for concern. Do you drop Hughes for Colon the next time around?

Hell, Noesi might do better than 13.94! Colon actually hit 93 on a pitch or two, according to GameDay.

Yanks get something in the 5th. Back-to-back doubles by Alex and Cano get a run. 5-1 after five.

Colon looks good. You have to give serious consideration to him replacing Hughes next time around. Has a 1-2-3 sixth with a K.

A double by Teixeira and a SF by Alex make it 5-3 after six. Jeter got hit 2936 to pass Barry Bonds. Frank Robinson is next at 2943.

Colon got through a scoreless 7th. A Swisher walk, Granderson double and Martin RBI Groundout cut the lead to 5-4.

With one out in the 8th, Colon gives up a walk and a hit. In comes Joba. He bounces one to the screen but the relay from Martin to Joba nails Pie trying to score. Good thing Joba’s a big boy. Joba then gets a K to end the 8th. The Yanks get two two-out hits in the 8th but Swish strands them.

Joba has a 1-2-3 9th with a K.

Colon: 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 3 K. You’d have to wonder when they skip Hughes and start Colon instead. Colon ERA 3.97. Hughes 13.94. It’s early, but… You have to give the bullpen big cheers for keeping the Yanks in this game after Hughes was lousy.

Joba: 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. ERA 3.68.

In the bottom of the 9th, Posada leads it off with a game-tying HR on the first pitch. It’s funny. He has 7 hits. He’s hitting .189 but HR #5 (AL lead) ties the game. #266 for Jorge. Granderson then doubles but with a man on second, no one out, the Yanks can’t get him in to win it.

Mo for the 10th. Single, DP, Groundout. Mo’s ERA stays at 0.00.

The Yanks then make Mo a winner. Teix walks, A-Rod doubles and after a lineout by Cano, Swish gets the SF.

6-5 Yanks win. They go to 7-4 and undisputed possession of first place.

Update: Chad Jennings reports that he doesn’t foresee Yanks having interest in Dennis Reyes.

Game 11. AJ tosses 7 scoreless in Yanks 7-3 win. Jeter, Alex (584) HR, Gardner 3 infield hits.

Had a church function this morning and have to grab some dinner and do some laundry. I’ll be updating on here as I can. Feel free to comment.

Infield hit and a SB by Michael Young in the top of the first but AJ has a scoreless inning.

One out in the first and Johnson does what Johnson does. Another walk. The guy’s eye is amazing. Time for Teixeira to wake up, but we’ve been saying that all week. Ouch. Called strike three. 3 for 37. Single for Alex but Cano leaves them stranded.

1-2-3 for AJ in the 2nd. 2 Ks.  

Sorry for the delay. I just went online, ordered and printed out my ticket for next Saturday, April 24. I’m going up to SWB to catch the AAA game and to check out Montero. Besides, sometimes you just need a day away!

Posada singled and with two out, Gardner gets a hit that few can. An infield hit that his speed forced the play. Gardner beats it out. Jeter gets hit #2764 but Posada has to be held at third.

Bases loaded, two out and a guy up who draws a lot of walks. Sure enough, Johnson walks again and this one brings in a run. Now it is the 3 for 37 Teixeira.

Cheap hit but we will take it (Teixeira certainly will). Between 1st and 2nd, infield, no play. RBI. 2-0 Yankees. Alex ends the inning by flying out.

As for Gardner, no extra base hits yet, to his detractors dismay. But would those detractors be fair and give Gardner credit for beating out a dribbler that few would beat out? Fair is fair.   

…and Gardner does it again. Bottom 3rd, with one out, Posada singles, and Granderson doubles. Swisher makes an out, but Gardner hits one into the SS hole, and they can never get him. Posada scores, Granderson to third. Gardner steals second (no double steal) but the throw goes into CF. Granderson scores, Gardner to third. Gardner’s speed forcing the action… 4-0. Gardner didn’t get either ball out of the infield. Still, 2 hits, a SB, an RBI.

Gardner
Yup, Gardner’s at it today.

…and the Captain blows it open to 6-0. Hit #2764, HR #227. 6-0 Yankees.  

Here’s one way to know IT IS EARLY. The 2 for 2 for Gardner raised his average from .217 to .280.

I’m pretty confident right now. It’s a long way from over, but AJ looks good, 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 Ks. … and a six-run lead.

…make that a SEVEN run lead. Alex hits #584*, his first of the year. He is now two behind Frank Robinson.

 Sorry, was busy. That ended the Yankees scoring for the day.

Quickly recapping the fifth inning on… AJ got out of a bases-loaded one out jam in the 5th. The Yanks got three infield hits but no runs in the bottom of the 5th, and yes, one of them was by Gardner. Gardner was 3 for 4 for the day, and all three hits were infield hits.

AJ went 7 shutout innings. 6 hits, 2 walks and 7 K. 2-0, 2.37. A great job.

Pena came in for Jeter (3 for 4) in the 8th. Yanks up 7-0. He even got his first at bat of the year later in the game (flied to RF).  Aceves replaced AJ. Aceves had nothing. Single, forceout, walk and a 3-run HR.

Marte came in and retired the only two batters he faced.

1-2-3 for Joba today, two K’s. And even from that, I get a text complaining about Joba’s fastball? C’mon, buddy (Truth). Now you are getting picky.