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Game 109. Yanks blanked, 6-0.

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Ivan Nova was cruising along into the sixth inning with a two-hit shutout, but he was getting no support from his teammates, who got three hits all day. Then in the space of four batters, he lost it and the Yankees lost the game 6-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

With one out in the sixth, Nova gave up a walk, single and walk. Those were his only two walks of the game. Manager Joe Girardi seemed to want to pull him then but left him in.

Mistake. Grand slam. It looked worse when Adam Warren came in after the grand slam and struck out the two batters he faced.

It may have made no difference anyway. The suddenly cold Yankees bats managed just three hits and have scored just four runs in their last four games.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 61-48 and their lead over Toronto was shaved to 2 1/2 games. It is five over Baltimore.

Bryan Mitchell gave up a HR in the seventh and Toronto tacked on an unearned run in the eighth.

Nova (L, 4-4, 3.52) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R,  4 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.38
Mitchell 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.41.

Game 90. Cano, M’s edge Yanks, 4-3.

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From 2005-2013, Yankees fans saw Robbie Cano win a lot of games FOR the New York Yankees. According to WAR, he was their best player in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Today, Yankees fans saw Robbie Cano BEAT the New York Yankees. Cano hit two two-run homers off of Michael Pineda to lead Seattle to a 4-3 win. The loss drops the Yanks to 49-41 and decreased the AL East lead to 3 1/2 games.

Cano hit the first of his two-run home runs in the top of the first. Brian McCann tied it up for the Yanks with a two-run blast of his own, #15 on the season, in the fourth, but Cano’s second two-run dinger, hit in the sixth, proved to be the game winner.

The Yanks had a shot in the bottom of the ninth. Teixeira led off the inning with a double, and after McCann struck out, Headley also struck out but reached on a wild pitch, Teixeira moving up to third. Chris Young pinch-ran for Headley and a groundout by Garrett Jones plated a run, Young moving up to second. Didi Gregorius then grounded out to end the game.

I find it very interesting that Didi was allowed to hit there. This could be very telling as to what the Yankees think of Stephen Drew right now. Yes, a base hit there with Didi ties the game, and Didi is hitting 56 points higher than Drew (.238 to .182). But a HR there wins the game, and even if Drew had gotten just a single to tie it, it would be no trouble having Drew go in at SS. Drew, despite the .182 average, does have 12 HR, and 23 of his 45 hits are for extra bases. Didi has just 4 HR, and 16 of his 66 hits are for extra bases. I just found it peculiar that manager Girardi decided not to go for it with a possible PH GW HR by Drew there. Maybe it is a telling sign, maybe not.

Before the game, the Yankees sent down Bryan Mitchell to get stretched out. They brought up Brandon Pinder.

Pineda (L, 9-6, 3.77) 6 IP, 4 R, 2 walks, 2 K.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.93
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, `1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.60.

Game 83. Yanks lose in 10, 4-3.

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When Andrew Miller returns to the Yanks today, it may be a good thing for Dellin Betances—that and the all-star break, even though Betances is on the All-Star team.

One thing manager Girardi has to watch out for is overuse of his bullpen members. Lately Betances has shown some signs of being in a rut. He had that bad game against the lowly Phils, gave up a HR (his first in a long time) to the Rays just a few days ago and last night gave up a tenth-inning HR to lose the game for the Yanks, 4-3. Maybe he just needs a bit of a rest to get his mechanics back.

With the loss, the Yanks are 44-39, but still have a 1 1/2 game lead over both Baltimore and Toronto in the AL East. Tampa Bay is 2 1/2 out and don’t look now, but last-place Boston is just five out.

Nathan Eovaldi gave up a run in the top of the first, but the Yanks came back with two on singles by McCann and Jones.

After the A’s tied it in the third, Didi Gregorius put the Yanks up 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI single.

Chasen Shreve, who like Betances has been great this year, had a blip of his own last night, giving up a game-tying HR in the sixth before Betances served up the game-losing HR in the tenth.

Eovaldi was ok, but once again didn’t give much length. Granted, Girardi pulled him after just 86 pitches. This is something the Yanks have to fix. You can’t be wearing out the bullpen. I do wonder why an ex-starter (Warren) went just one inning, but Betances was allowed to pitch a second inning. It was in that second inning of work where Betances gave up the HR. Oh, well. There was a little too much mixing and matching for my taste. That’s just me.

Anyway, the Yanks get Ellsbury and Miller back today and we’ll see what the respective roster moves are.

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 4.45
Shreve 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.10
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.48 (why not longer?)
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.97
Betances (L, 5-2, 1.65) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Capuano 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.76.

Game 59. Yanks lose game, streak, closer, make moves with more to come.

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It’s one thing to lose a seven-game winning streak. All things must pass. But the Yanks also lost their closer for a couple of weeks.

Andrew Miller is going on the DL for a few weeks, and Dellin Betances will have to take over as the closer.

Nathan Eovaldi pitched well today, but going into the bottom of the seventh, was trailing 2-0.

The Yanks got four in the bottom of the seventh. Brendan Ryan, just activated (Ramon Flores was sent down) tripled in one run, Gardner doubled to tie it up, A-Rod’s double (RBI 1998) put the Yanks up 3-2 and McCann’s single made it 4-2.

Betances and Miller time, right? But no.

Girardi was concerned about Betances’ workload, and Miller was unavailable because he was about to go on the DL. Girardi also didn’t want to use Shreve because of his recent workload.

It turned out to be a case of lose the battle to win the war. He brought in rookie Jacob Lindgren, but Lindgren gave up a 2-run HR to tie the game.

After Lindgren, he brought in Capuano, figuring that with the game going extras (the Yanks lost 5-4 in 11), that Capuano could provide some length. But Capuano gave up a run in the eleventh and the Yanks fell to 33-26. The lead in the AL East was cut to 1 1/2.

After the game, Pirela was sent down. Ryan basically replaced Flores. Now could Flores come back? Yes, because of Miller’s injury. But expect the Yanks to call up a reliever, be it Brandon Pinder or Jose Ramirez, or maybe Diego Moreno, to help in the bullpen.

A-Rod’s RBI double, besides being RBI 1998, was hit 2992 for him.

Eovaldi 7 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 4.13
Lindgren 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.26
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.86
Capuano (L, 0-4, 5.63) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

In the 38th round, the Yanks drafted a kid from my area, 2B Mike Garzillo, who went to Nazareth HS and Lehigh U.

Update: The Yanks will bring RHP Chris Martin back off of rehab.

Game 57. Yanks sweep Angels, win 6th straight, 6-2.

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The Yanks maintained their 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 6-2 win over the Angels on Sunday, their 6th win in a row. The win puts the Yanks at 32-25 on the season.

Although the big blow was a 3-run HR (5) by Brett Gardner, for me the keys of the game came from three guys who were struggling.

1) CC. He came into the game with a 2-7 record. It didn’t look good early on. After getting an out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. For Pujols, career HR #535 passed Jimmy Foxx on the all-time HR list and put him just 1 HR behind Mickey Mantle. When David Freese doubled after Pujols’ HR, you thought that here we go again.

But CC settled in and gave 6 IP, with just those 2 runs before he and manager Girardi were ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.

2) Chris Young. Young’s HR (7) to tie the game came after a 2 for 31 slump. Later that inning, Gardner’s HR gave the Yanks the lead.

3) Jose Pirela. The kid has struggled, especially defensively, lately, but today hit his first MLB HR. How long he’ll be with the Yanks is in question because Brendan Ryan may be ready to come off the DL and replace Pirela as the infield utility man. But still nice to see the kid get his first MLB HR.

The Angels got two in the first on those b-2-b HR, but nothing afterward. CC was helped in the game on a timing play. Beltran threw out Trout at second trying to tag up. The out was recorded before Aybar scored on what should have been a SF. It took a run off the board for the Angels.

Down 2-0, the Yanks got a run in the third on a Pirela double, flyout to move the runner up and a groundout by Gregorius.

In the fifth, Young’s HR tied it up and Gardner’s put them ahead 5-2. Pirela’s HR in the seventh accounted for the final margin.

The Yanks are off Monday. Tuesday’s game appears to be a classic pitching matchup. Washington comes into the Stadium, and it’s Scherzer vs. Tanaka. I don’t know if it is on TV (I don’t get YES) but I hope it is.

CC (W, 3-7, 5.25) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.05
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.29
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.04

 

 

 

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 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.