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Game 46. Yanks edge O’s in 10, 2-1.

Jordan Montgomery pitched a great game after having had a couple of clunkers lately, and the Yankees’ bullpen completed the job in a 2-1 win in 10 innings over Baltimore on Saturday afternoon.

The win was the Yankees’ (25-21) fourth straight.

The Yanks scored right away in the bottom of the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, Luke Voit flied to right, moving D.J. to third, Aaron HIcks walked, and Clint Frazier hit a SF.

We’ll read more about Voit getting the job done again in a couple more paragraphs.

The Yanks would have a couple scoring opportunites in the game, especially when in different innings, Frazier (third inning) and Brett Gardner (eighth) got two-out triples, but they were left stranded.

The O’s tied the game in the sixth due to the Yankees’ fielding miscues. A single, an error by Gardner, then, after an out, and with the Yankees playing the infield in, a pop single that second baseman Thairo Estrada went back for but had glance off his glove. If Estrada was at normal depth he would have had it, but that’s baseball.

In the bottom of the tenth, D.J. LeMahieu started the inning at second base, what with these 2020 extra inning rules. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and Voit did his job, winning the game with a sac fly.

The Yanks got only five hits and made three errors, but still won the game.

Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 9 K. 4.76
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.98
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.40
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.14
Holder (W, 3-0, 2.12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K

Mark Newman, long time front office exec for the Yankees, died at the age of 71.

Game 149. Yanks’ offense disappoints again in 1-0 loss.

This has been the story of the Yankees’ season in 2014—a good pitching performance sabotaged by an underperforming, often non-existent offense. The OPS+ is 94, the ERA + 104. That more or less tells you a lot. (100 is average, the higher the better).

Tampa Bay scored with two out in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Yanks 1-0 Monday night.

Last time out, Chris Capuano only got one out. This time, he pitched six shutout, two-hit innings in lowering his overall ERA to 4.55. 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 walks and 4 K.

Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 3.21.

Shawn Kelley (L, 3-6, 4.20) took the loss. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

The Yanks got just six hits in the game. Derek Jeter, 0 for his last 24, was given the day off.

With the loss, and Baltimore’s win, the inevitable finally happened, the Yanks were eliminated from winning the division. As far as that final playoff spot goes, they are now six back with 13 to go and must jump over four teams to do so.  Although not mathematically eliminated yet, you can stick a fork in them. Just being realistic, here.

At 76-73, it is looking more and more likely that the Yanks won’t match last year’s record of 85-77, and will wind up with their worst season since 1992, which was their last season under .500. They have to win six of the remaining 13 games to finish above .500.

If they can get hot, they could pass Toronto (and yes, the Yanks do have games left against the Blue Jays) for second place in the division. Small consolation, since the second place won’t come with a wild card berth.

In related news, Mark Newman is stepping down as Farm Director, and Masahiro Tanaka threw five innings in instructional league. Tanaka may be back this weekend.

One ex all-star retires, one passes away. A Yankee exec finds trouble.

Nomar Garciaparra signed a one-day minor league deal with Boston today to retire as a Red Sock (sounds so-NFL-ish, and I for one, find it lame). Nomar, 36, had a career that petered out way too soon. He only had one decent year after the age of 29.  From 1997-2003 he was superb (he missed almost all of the 2001 season). 1997 ROY. Runnerup for the 1998 MVP. Five top-10 MVP finishes. Batting titles in 1999 and 2000, with averages of .357 and .372. A lifetime .313 hitter. OPS+ 124. Nice numbers but not enough for any HOF consideration. He didn’t reach 2000 hits. After 2003, only one decent season (2006 Dodgers, .303-20-93, OPS+ 120). He turned 30 in the summer of 2003. After 2003, he had only two seasons where he played in 100 or more games. If Mattingly gets panned for flaming out, then Nomar is in the same boat. After Boston traded him in mid-2004, he drifted from the Cubs to the Dodgers to the A’s. Great, but not for a long enough period of time. He now joins NESN (oops, I mean ESPN, but really what’s the difference sometimes?) as an analyst.

While the former all-star Nomar retires, another ex-all Star has passed away. Dodger CF of the 1960s, Willie Davis, has died at the age of 69. Davis teamed with Maury Wills to give the anemic-hitting Dodgers their speed on a team that had little power, but lots of pitching (Koufax, Drysdale and Osteen. Then along came Sutton at the time Koufax was being forced to retire). Davis was the CF on the 1963 WS Champs (.245-9-60, 25 SB), 1965 WS Champs (.238-10-57, 25 SB) and 1966 NL Pennant winners (.284-11-61, 21 SB). During his final season, 1979 (after spending 1977 and 1978 in Japan), he was a backup for the AL West winning Angels. He hit .279 in his career, OPS+ 106, and stole 398 bases. One unfortunate legacy of his happened in Game 2 of the 1966 WS, when he committed three errors in the same inning. It happened to be in the last game that Sandy Koufax ever pitched in. HIs errors contributed greatly to a 6-0 Dodger loss.

Davis was a two-time All-Star. Besides the Dodgers, he also played for the Expos, Rangers, Cardinals, Padres and Angels. One thing to remember—even though he was a decent ballplayer in the 1960s, CF on those all-star teams in the NL belonged to Willie Mays. Not only that, the Cardinals had a decent CF in Curt Flood.

Later in life Davis found two things. One was Buddhism. The other, unfortunately, was some trouble.

Speaking of trouble, Yankee front office exec Mark Newman found some as he was busted for a DUI this week.