CC Sabathia got the call to the mound tonight, and pitched just as well as Bartolo Colon did last night. 8 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. Sanit came in to pitch the 9th, and he gave up 2 ER, but with a 13-run cushion, you don’t sweat it. Just don’t make a habit of it, k? Other than that, there’s not much else to say about the pitching — it more than did its job.
So did the offense, shockingly. The Yanks have had a time of it this season putting together consistent offensive performances, and tonight is part of that consistent inconsistency. They slugged 13 R on 14 H, and who knows what we’re going to get out of them during this series with the Mets coming up, but I’m sure it won’t be this. That said, we had several players stand out tonight offensively, and they deserve a mention: Derek went 2-6 with an RBI, which brings him to just 30 hits from 3,000; Mark went 1-6 with 3 RBI, Nunez went 1-1 with 2 RBI, Russell Martin went 2-4, Jorge went 1-3 with an RBI, Swish went 2-4 with 4 RBI, and Gardy went 2-5 with an RBI. So as you can see, we got lots of production from varying individuals, and I hope that continues.
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CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, and Nick Swisher!
The title of this entry alludes to how often you can expect the Yankees to score 12 runs in one game. We’ve been having trouble scoring runs lately as you know, so seeing such a wealth of runs in one game is a little off-putting. Especially since we started out the game losing 4-0. So it was one of those “hey, we suddenly found out what these huge pieces of wood are supposed to do!”
CC didn’t have the best outing this afternoon, but it was enough. His final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. So he clearly didn’t have his most dominating stuff. The four errors his defense coughed up certainly didn’t aid things. The bullpen was much better though, pitching three innings and giving up 0 ER and 3 H. Thankfully we didn’t have see Mo in this game, although getting him even closer to the all-time saves record wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
After the crappy start to the game, it was nice to see the Yankees’ bats finally figure out what the hell they’re being paid to do. We didn’t start scoring until the 3rd inning, and then we scored another two runs in the 5th inning, and then two runs again in the 7th inning……then 6 in the 8th. Those six runs were sorely needed because by then, the Rangers had crept back to within one run, and our lead was only 6-5 instead of 6-4. We had a couple of really big hitters this afternoon; Derek went 4-6 with 3 RBI (who is now 41 hits away from 3,000), Grandy went 3-4 with 3 RBI, Mark went 2-5 with 2 RBI, Gardy went 3-5, and Frankie Cervelli went 1-4 with 4 RBI. We also got an RBI from Alex, who went 1-4. So all in all, lots of offense from lots of people. Which helps you win games. Now can we please do this more than just once every few weeks?
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The offense! Nice job, fellas.
CC didn’t pitch nearly as bad as the final score would suggest. If your starter only gives up four runs over the course of seven innings, you should be able to win that game. I’m sorry. Our offense let him down, which isn’t the first time it’s happened, sadly. Joba pitched well too, so our pitching really wasn’t the issue tonight.
It was this offense, which has been bordering on narcoleptic the last couple weeks. We score 15 runs, barely plate runs the next few games. We score 12 runs, barely plate runs the next few games. There’s a pattern here, a pattern that’s existed for several seasons now. It’s getting old. However Derek got a hit tonight so he’s only 48 away from 3,000 and Jorge went 2-4 making him our only batter to net more than one hit tonight.
Brush the dust off, get ’em tomorrow. It’s the best we can do.
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CC Sabathia had another great game for us so far, and much like his last start, got a ton of offense behind him to secure the win. His final line was 7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He did give up three unearned runs however, as our defense got the yips and coughed up a couple of errors. Pendleton came in and pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and no runs. Great job from the pitching tonight.
Also, great job from the offense. We had a big 5th inning and rather than do nothing after that, we scored more runs later on. Swish had a big night, going 3-4 with 4 RBI. Grandy went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 2-4 with an RBI, Gardy went 2-3 with an RBI, and Eduardo Nunez went 2-3. So lots of great offensive production from everyone tonight. I hope we see more of it in our upcoming series with Toronto.
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We’ll start with the pitching, and boy did CC have a great night. 8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. I’ll take that every night and twice on Sunday. Oh yeah, did I mention that CC pitched last night with the flu? Yeah, he had chills, a sore throat, a fever…..and he still went out there and kicked @$$. Now you know why he’s the man. Buddy Carlyle came in (what a great name) to pitch the 9th since there was basically zero chance the Orioles were scoring 13 runs to win the game, and thus we didn’t need to burn any of our bigger-name relief pitchers. Not much to say about the pitching really — I mean, the Orioles got squat. Let’s hope that continues later today.
As for the offense, as I jokingly said on a message board I belong to, I hope they save some runs for the next game. 15 runs on 14 hits ain’t too shabby for a night’s work. Especially when the team smacks a total of five HRs in the game, two from one player alone. There were a couple of players who had mondo huge nights — Alex Rodriguez and Russell Martin. Alex went 2-5 with 6 RBI, including his 22nd career GS which puts him one behind Lou Gehrig for most all-time, and his 6 RBIs move him into the #10 spot on the all-time RBI list, ahead of Yaz. Russell Martin went 2-3 with 4 RBI, including two HRs. We also got great nights from Jorge (1-5, 2 RBI), Gardy (2-5, 2 RBI), Robbie (3-5, RBI), and Mark (2-3). I doubt we’re scoring 15 runs again, but one more than half that would be spectacular this afternoon.
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CC Sabathia pitched very well again, but his offense let him down and gave him no run support. Thus, he didn’t get the win. The bullpen only gave up one more run when they came in, and otherwise held their ground. Mo got his 7th save of the season, bringing him 36 closer to holding the all-time saves record. He’s also well on his way to pitching in 1,000 games, which he could very well eclipse this season at this pace.
As I mentioned above, the offense took a nap last night and decided to wake up in the later innings, when the game was nearly done. We managed six runs on eight hits, along with two errors, which we really could have done without. Russell Martin had another big night, going 2-3 with 2 RBI, Grandy went 1-4 with 2 RBI, and Eric Chavez who was our big hero of the night, went 2-4 with an RBI. Derek went 1-4, meaning he only needs 61 more hits for 3,000. I hope our next game is a little less anticlimactic than these last few have been.
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