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Game 49. Yanks get just one hit, but win 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The first 16 Yanks went down in order, and the Yanks didn’t even get a hit until the seventh inning. That hit was the only hit the Yankees got in the game, but it was a 2-run HR (7) by Starlin Castro—enough to win the game 2-1.

Nathan Eovaldi is 26 years old, Michael Pineda 27. Unlike Luis Severino, who is 22, in his first full season and still learning, Eovaldi and Pineda are at the age where the learning stage should be over—they’ve been around for a while—and it’s time to produce. Eovaldi is doing that. You can see him evolving and progressing into a reliable, dependable and important piece of the rotation.

Pineda however, keeps regressing. The difference between the two is night and day, and that difference hasn’t been more stark than has been shown in the last two days.

Eovaldi was brilliant, giving up just one run in the third inning, and for a while it looked like his great outing would be wasted as the Yanks couldn’t get a baserunner or a hit.

The Yanks got both. Just enough you may say.

Once they did, it was time for no-run DMC. Eovaldi combined with the lights-out trio for 14 K.

Eovaldi (w, 6-2, 3.71) 6 IP, 1 R,  6 H, 2 walks, 7 K.
Betances (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 1.93.
Miller (H, 6) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 0.87
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 1.93.

Game 47. Tanaka and 2 HR down Rays, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka was masterful, and two of the Yanks’ 4 hits were HR in a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay Friday night.

It was a scoreless game into the sixth, thanks to a great catch at the wall by Brett Gardner. In the top of the sixth, with one out, Gardner walked and went to third on an error on a pickoff attempt. He later scored on a McCann groundout. After the groundout, A-Rod hit a 2-run HR (6, #693 career) to put the Yanks up  3-0.

Carlos Beltran made it 4-0 in the 8th with his 11th HR of the year, #403 career.

Kirby Yates gave up a HR in the bottom of the 9th to the Rays,. Final 4-1.

Tanaka (w, 3-0, 2.89)  7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 4 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks (1 HBP) 2 K. 0.92
Yates 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.37 Gave up a HR
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.16. Got a K, but runner reached on a PB.

The Yanks are 23-24.

Update: From the NY Post: Beltran, 39, and A-Rod, 40, became the first pair of Yankees 39 or older to homer in the same game since Baseball Reference data dating back to 1913 became available.

Game 43. Yanks win 5th straight, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Small bites. After a 9-17 start to the season, the Yanks inched closer to .500 (now 21-22) with a 5-4 win over Oakland on Sunday.

Michael Pineda gave up a run in the first, and the way his season has gone, it would be understandable to think, oh no, here we go again.

Brian McCann’s HR (6) tied the game in the second, and Jacoby Ellsbury’s HR (2) put the Yanks up 2-1 in the third.

Pineda gave up two in the fifth to put Oakland up 3-2 but the Yanks came back with two in the sixth.

With one out, Gardner and the red-hot Beltran singled. After McCann made out, Teixeira singled to tie the game. It was only the fourth RBI for Teix since April 13th, and he has no HR since then. The Yanks need to get him going. Castro singled in a run to make it 4-3 Yanks.

Pineda didn’t give up a run in the bottom of the sixth, and then you knew what was coming.

Betances, Miller and Chapman weren’t used in the past two games, and Monday is an off day.

The Yanks got an insurance run, which they would need, in the seventh, when Hicks singled, was bunted to second and scored on a Beltran double.

Two errors led to an unearned run for the A’s off Miller in the eighth, but that was it.

Yanks 5-4.

Pineda (w, 2-5, 6.34) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K.
Betances (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.21
Miller (H, 5) 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.96
Chapman (Save, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.29

Game 40. Nova, Beltran lead Yanks, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When Luis Severino had to go on the DL, Ivan Nova came out of the bullpen to take his place in the rotation. The way Nova pitched last night, he intends to stay there.

Nova has had his inconsistencies throughout his career, but his ERA dropped to 3.26 after last night’s gem. By contrast, Severino and Pineda’s combined ERA is over twice that.

What happens when Severino is healthy as far as he and Pineda are concerned? We’ll have to see. But it is apparent that Nova needs to stay in that rotation.

The Yanks scored first in their 4-1 win last night when in the third inning, with two out, Brett Gardner walked and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.

Nova gave up a HR in the fourth to tie the game, but the Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI double by Aaron Hicks.

Beltran’s ninth HR of the year, a 2-run shot, gave the Yanks a cushion in the ninth. It was HR #401 of Beltran’s career.

The Yanks once again turned to their Big 3 to close it out. No-Runs D(ellin Betances) M(iller) C(hapman).

The Yanks have hit the quarter pole at 18-22.

Earlier, owner Hal Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi and the coaches, but called out a couple of underperforming players, although not in the blunt way his father used to do it.

Nova (w, 3-1, 3.26) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.33
Miller (H, 4)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.02
Chapman (Save, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 1.50


Game 39. Yanks 2-hit D-backs, win 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi and the Big 3 of Betances, Miller and Chapman combined on a 2-hitter with 11 K as the Yanks beat Arizona 4-2 Wednesday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a walk and Brett Gardner followed with a 2-run HR (5) to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Arizona scored in the bottom of the first thanks to Chase Headley pulling a rock. He had the runner trapped between third and home but inexplicably threw to first for the out.

Ellsbury singled in a run in the sixth after Eovaldi did his job in getting a bunt down and moving the runner, Headley, up.

Things got a little hairy in the eighth when Miller gave up a HR to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2, but the Yanks got an insurance run in the top of the 9th on two singles, a walk and a WP.

The Yanks did drop Teixeira in the lineup—to fifth—as I suggested yesterday. (I’d have dropped him lower, below Castro). Teix still went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. He’s got to get going. Otherwise….

Eovaldi (w, 4-2, 4.44) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 5 K.
Betances (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 2.45
Miller (H, 3)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.08 Gave up HR
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.80

The Yanks are 17-22.

Game 36. Beltran’s 400th highlights Yankees win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career HR, and an awakening Chase Headley’s PH go-ahead double highlighted the Yankees’ 7-5 win Sunday afternoon.

Beltran trails only Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504) & Chipper Jones (468) for HR by a switch-hitter. Mark Teixeira is right behind Beltran at 397, but Teix has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13.

It’s nice to see Headley finally wake up. Now we need to get Teix going.

The Yanks got on the board right away in the first on singles by Ellsbury (back in the lineup after being out hurt) and Gardner and a SF by Beltran.

The White Sox tied it in the second and went up 2-1 on a HR by Adam Eaton in the third.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third when with two out and the bases loaded, Starlin Castro got an infield hit for one run and a walk to Dustin Ackley brought in the second run. The White Sox pitcher should hang his head, walking Ackley, who is struggling at .125 (5 for 40).

But Tanaka, who struggled, gave two back right away in the top of the fourth.

Beltran’s two-run HR in the sixth, his 8th of the year and #400, put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth, but Betances coughed up the lead in the top of the seventh. He did redeem himself by getting out of a nasty jam to end the inning with the score tied.

Headley’s PH RBI double in the 7th put the Yanks up 6-5 and Brian McCann’s HR in the 8th (5) gave the Yanks an insurance run.

For the second straight game, Girardi used Betances, Miller and Chapman. Who will be available on Monday?

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.88
Betances 1 IP, 1 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (BS, 1; w, 1-2, 2.60)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (H 2), 0.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.25 (S, 3)

It’s funny. Tanaka has 8 starts, just 1 decision, at 1-0.

Nice to see Jose Bautista take a punch to the face by Roughned Odor in the Toronto-Texas game today. Serves him right for those bat flips, and anyone who thinks the bat flips look cool, I disagree with wholeheartedly. Rivera, Jeter, DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Gehrig, Musial…..and many others didn’t show up their opponents like that. They  had class, which Bautista, and apparently his supporters of bat flips, do not.

Game 35. By the book. Yanks 2, Chisox 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When the Yanks got Aroldis Chapman, games like this were what they were thinking of.

For the first time this season, the Yanks won a game by the book, the way they drew it up when the trade for Chapman was made.

Meaning, the starter gets into the sixth, then the mighty trio of Betances, Miller and Chapman close it out.

Ivan Nova, who we know is so inconsistent, had a good outing, giving up just one run in 5 2/3 innings, a solo HR in the fourth.

The Yanks had already scored two in the second on a two-out walk to Headley, an RBI double by Hicks and an RBI single by Didi, who was 3 for 3 and who had 60% of the Yanks’ hits for the game. All five of the Yanks’ hits came from the bottom of the order at 7-8-9.  They caught a bad break when Romine then doubled, but it was a ground rule double, holding Didi at third before Gardner made the last out.

But those two runs would be all they would get and need. The win makes the Yanks 15-20.

Small bites, as Joe Torre would say. The first goal is to get back to .500.

Nova (w, 2-1, 3.70) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Betances (H, 8) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 4 K. Struck out all 4 batters he faced. 2.20
Miller (H,  1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.61
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.00