What a great series this was! After a disappointing first game that saw us only able to score one run after bludgeoning 13 the night before, the 2nd and 3rd game of this series were a marked and vast improvement. We got stellar pitching in all three games, great bullpen pitching especially, AND in the last two games…..OFFENSE! A grand total of 16 runs scored over the last two games, as opposed to just one in the first. Who wouldn’t take that?
Speaking of offense, Derek had himself a great series against the Mets, notching five hits during the series, bringing him to within 25 of 3,000. Alex also had a great series, going 8-13 with 2 RBI. Alex raised his batting average over 20 points just in this series alone. Derek also raised his batting average quite a bit of late, hopefully showing that the awful slump he was mired in for most of the season is done. At least for now.
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The pitching, our bullpen, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez!
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!
Well, you knew it was time for him to make a re-appearance. I think a 15 inning victory counts for dramatic, although it shouldn’t have needed that many innings just to beat the damn Orioles. More on that later, though.
How about that Bartolo Colon? Good grief. 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Can we get this all the time, please? Mo came in for what we thought was a routine 9th inning save, but he kinda got a case of the yips and gave up a run….thus necessitating extra innings. I’ll give our bullpen lots of credit though….they were solid. Rock solid. Noesi was a horse, pitching four relief innings, giving up only four hits. Great, great job by the pitching last night.
The offense though….yeesh. One run until the 15th inning? Great time to finally wake up, though. We did get lots of production though, to the tune of 15 hits, even if our run total didn’t reflect that. Alex went 4-7, Derek went 2-7, which means he’s only 32 hits away from 3,000 now. Robbie went 2-6 with 2 RBI, Russell Martin went 2-4, Mark went 2-6….we got a little something from everyone. Of that group, the stand-out hitter was Alex, though. Good for him too, he’s been slumping lately. Let’s carry this into the last game of this little two-game series and sweep the O’s.
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Bartolo Colon, our bullpen, and Alex Rodriguez!
Well. It’s nice to see the Yankees taking care of business for once. Finally snapping a six-game skid, we got not only great pitching, but offense that didn’t die on the vine. Ivan Nova pitched 5.1 innings, gave up 1 ER on 4 H, walked two and struck out four. Our bullpen collectively gave up just 1 ER on 2 H, walked three and struck out three in 3.2 IP. Very nicely done. BTW, last night’s game was the 997th game that Mo has pitched in during his career, which means he’s only three more appearances away from 1,000 games pitched. You don’t see that kind of longevity in closers anymore.
The offense finally showed up and showed up with some authority. Alex went 2-4 with 2 RBI, both coming on solo HRs, Jorge went 2-3, Gardy went 3-4 with an RBI, and Derek went 1-5 with an RBI which means he’s only 34 hits away from 3,000. It was nice to see some slumping players get off the schnide, and it was nice to see just a great overall level of participation from everyone. Let’s continue it for the series against Baltimore, please.
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Our bullpen, Alex, and Jorge Posada. Good work!
Another game, another woeful offensive showing. I’m still comforted in the fact that our pitching has at least held up all season, so we can afford to win games when only scoring three runs. So there’s that. We’re also at 20 wins on the season so far, which about 20% of what I’d like us to end up with. If you’re good at math, you’ll have a rough idea of what I’d like to see us end the season with, wins-wise.
We got another great start out of Freddy Garcia, who is proving himself to be a monumental asset for us in the rotation. He pitched six innings, gave up 1 ER on 6 H, walked two and struck out three. Dave, Joba and Mo pitched the final three innings, and Mo picked up save #13, which means he’s only 30 saves away from the all-time saves record. Keep going, Mo!
Speaking of moving forward toward countdowns, Derek got another two hits tonight, which means he’s now only 38 hits away from 3,000. He went 2-4 on the night with an RBI. Our other two runs came courtesy of a single by Alex in the 5th. Aside from that, we got no other offense from our lineup. I will say that all but three people in the lineup got at least one hit, so it’s a start. Let’s keep it going for the next game.
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Freddy, Derek, and Alex!
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.
Just when you think you’re getting somewhere, you find out that you aren’t. We fall behind early 5-0, but then come back to within one, only to end up losing by two. That’s like getting kicked in the nuts, and then when you’re bent over and heaving, getting kicked in the teeth.
Bartolo Colon had an uncharacteristic bad start, lasting only 4.1 innings, and giving up 5 ER on 9 H. Our bullpen fared better though (though not by much), giving up only two more runs over the course of the next 3.2 innings. I guess our streak of getting quality pitching starts, irrespective of the offensive output, is over. *sigh*
But hey, at least we scored five runs! That’s better than we’ve been doing, I’ll say that much. Derek went 2-5, so he’s only 44 away from 3,000 now. Mark went 2-4 with an RBI, Robbie went 1-4 with 3 RBI, and Swish went 1-3 with an RBI. Like I said, it’s better than we’ve been getting. Though while at the beginning of the season Derek was slumping, now it’s Alex. I hope he gets out of it soon, we need everyone in the lineup hitting right now. We can’t afford for too many prolonged slumps.
I’d post the info for the next game, but the picture upload function still isn’t working (I’ve tried editing past entries), so I guess you’ll have to bear with an image-free Yankees Chick for a while.