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Game 12. Disappointing night. Yanks lose in 11, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A disappointing night as the Yanks lost in 11, 3-2.

Michael Pineda had his best outing of the year, 2 R in 6 IP, but I do have to nitpick a bit.

Both runs he gave up came immediately after the Yanks scored a run. He did that last time out too, giving up runs right after the Yanks scored. You need shut down innings after you score. It’s just the mentality of it. If you score, and your pitcher keeps giving it back right away, that just deflates the offense like sucking the air out of a balloon. You need those shut down innings right after you score.

Once again, the Yanks had trouble with RISP, going just 1 for 7. Those key hits have to start dropping soon.

The trade of John Ryan Murphy for Aaron Hicks hasn’t worked out for either the Twins or the Yanks so far. Hicks is 1 for 17 for the Yanks. Entering today, Murphy was just 1 for 18 for the Twins.

I was thinking, if Hicks doesn’t improve, then what? Hicks does play all three OF positions. Slade Heathcott has struggled so far at AAA, and if there would be a change, Ben Gamel may be the better option right now. Swish is an option, but he hasn’t played OF yet down there, andt right now, can probably play the corner OF positions, but not CF anymore. Would the Yanks go to Judge right away?

A-Rod’s RBI single in the first gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but Pineda gave up a run right back in the top of the second. Beltran’s SF in the fifth made it 2-1 but once again Pineda gave up a run right away in the top of the sixth.

Some bullpen had to crack, and it was the Yanks in the 11th who did.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.29.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K,. 0.00
Barbato (L, 1-1, 1.13) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks fall to 5-7.

Milt Pappas, who pitched for the Orioles, Reds, Braves and Cubs from 1957-1973 died at the age of 76. He won 209 games in his MLB career, ERA+ 110. His average 162 g. season was 14-11, 3.40. A 2x All-Star, Pappas just missed a perfect game in 1972, retiring the first 26 batters, then walking the 27th on a 3-2 count, with the pitch being borderline. He got the 28th batter for the no-hitter. After the 1965 season, the Orioles traded him to the Reds for Frank Robinson.




Game 153. Getting a look–Gardner, Miranda, Sanchez, Cervelli. Big night for Abreu (2 HR, 6 RBI). Moose settles after shaky 1st to win 18th and keep 20 possible. 9-2 Yanks.

Yankees (81-71, tied for 3rd. 2 games better than Pythagorean. OPS+ 103, ERA+ 98)

BA-HR-RBI-SB-OPS+ (100 is league average) Notes if any.

Gardner CF .185-0-10-10-30 (92 at bats. BA/OPS+ down, nice SB. How many SB if he can just hit .270?)
Jeter SS .304-11-68-11-107
Abreu RF .296-17-89-19-120 (be interesting offseason call)
Rodriguez 3B .305-35-101-17-157 (10 behind Reggie)
Giambi DH .250-31-93-2-135 (hard to tell 30/100 goodbye, but… as mentioned, only one year since 2002 over .253; 395 career HR, one behind Joe Carter; 38 in January).
Nady LF .278-11-34-0-118. Total .311-24-91-1-132
Cano 2B .262-13-61-1-82
Miranda 1B MLB DEBUT
Molina C .216-2-15-0-51
Mussina RHP 17-9, 3.63 ERA+ 118. Still looking to tie Palmer at 268 career wins. Stuck on 267 for a while.

Yanks get more of a look at Gardner tonight. First look (except for spring training) at Miranda, making his MLB debut.

Rough 1st for Moose. He only gives up a run in leaving the bases loaded. Lately he and Andy look out of gas.

The rest of the story: You probably read that Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter was the first by a Cub since Milt Pappas’ in 1972. How much do you know or remember about Pappas’ no-hitter? Pappas retired 26 in a row, then walked batter #27 on a very close full-count pitch. He then retired hitter #28. A perfecto missed by the slimmest of margins.

Well, some runs for Moose. After a hit by the Captain, Abreu hits #18.

 ….and # 19 in the 3rd.

and gets a 2-run single in the 4th.  Meanwhile, Moose has settled after the shaky 1st. 7-1 Yanks in the 4th. Looks like #18 for Moose, and the quest for 20 is still alive.

Gardner drives in a run in the 5th, and later in that inning Abreu adds another RBI (his 6th of the night). Mussina leaves after six. Veras the 7th.
Humberto Sanchez makes his MLB debut in the 8th and has a 1-2-3 inning. His catcher? Francisco Cervelli, making HIS MLB debut.
As for Miranda, he walked twice in HIS MLB debut. Hey, that’s more walks in one game from him than we saw from some vets in a month.
Britton gives up a HR in the 9th. Final is 9-2.
Win #268 for Moose ties Jim Palmer on the all-time list.