Remember yesterday how I said we’d probably lose today because we tend to do that a lot, constantly moving in an up and down motion? Well, we done gone and lost. Not just lost, but we got shut out to boot! Because as we’ve learned from the Yankees this season, if there’s anything worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. It’s a shame too, because even though Shane Greene only lasted 5.2 innings, those 5.2 innings weren’t completely dismal. Our bullpen was spot on, as well. The problem, much like the first game of this series, was the offense. Or in this case, the lack of it. It certainly was quite nice for the Yankees to help honor Derek Jeter by doing absolutely nothing at the plate, even as he was one of only people to get a hit. With 21 games left, I have a feeling they’re just playing out the string, but for Jeter’s sake alone, I’d like to at least finish on a good note.
An odd title for a game wrap-up yes, but it’s a great way to describe how the Yankees have played baseball this season. We win a game, lose a game, win a couple of games, lose five games in a row….it’s a constant back and forth and back and forth. Like a demented waltz. We’re forever marching in a circle it seems. We lost yesterday, won today, we’ll probably lose tomorrow just to keep the rhythm going. At least Baltimore lost, as I’m starting to get stick of them constantly winning. Now I know how their fans felt about us for so long.
Brandon McCarthy didn’t turn in a performance exactly as dominating as Michael Pineda’s from last night, but it was pretty close — 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He pitched into the 7th inning at any rate, which is kind of what we expect from our starters, regardless of who we’re playing. Kelley, Betances, and Robertson made up our relief corps, and combined, they gave up no hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out two. Hurrah, huzzah, and hallelujah.
It was the Martin Prado show today, as our Babe Ruth-esque slugger went 3-4 with two doubles. Ichiro went 2-2 with an RBI, John Ryan Murphy went 2-4, and we also got RBIs from Ellsbury, Jeter, Teixeira, and Beltran. It was a nice, well-rounded effort, one that won’t be repeated if I know my team, and I do.
I’m not sure what I should most focus on; the fact we held the Royals to just one run or the fact we were unable to score any runs at all. Both teams had three hits, so it’s not like we were really outplayed. Kansas City is a great team this season, so at least we didn’t lose to one of the dregs (*cough*BOSTON*cough*), but still. At least we weren’t no-hit. We’re 4 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot, and with 23 games left, we’re running out of time. Michael Pineda did everything he was supposed to do. 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB 4 K. Our bullpen did everything they were supposed to do. There was no good reason why we should have lost this ballgame. I mean, there’s literally nothing else to say about the pitching. The offense…..there’s not much to say about that, either. Shields is a great pitcher, but it doesn’t really take a lot of effort to shut us down, but a good performance should be rewarded regardless. I only hope that this afternoon’s game goes a lot better than last night’s did.
As promised, here is the updated/edited game wrap-up post that I have been trying to submit since yesterday afternoon. I don’t know what the problem was, but my Internet connection wasn’t the real culprit. I could access most sites without a problem, but for some reason, WordPress just would not go through, no matter how many times I tried. In a way, I’m glad I had all this time to think about what I’d write here, because when the game ended, I was so angry….all you’d have seen were a bunch of asterisks from the swear words that were filtered out. To make matters worse, Baltimore won, though fortunately Kansas City did not. I swear, with this team it’s one step forward, a hundred steps back.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched his tuchus off yesterday afternoon and got precisely bupkis for it. 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB 4 K — that shouldn’t be the line of the losing (or at least no-decision) pitcher. Dellin Betances pitched a solid 8th in relief, but Shawn Kelley coughed up game-winning sac fly to Alex Avila, and there goes the ballgame. Depressing.
After Wednesday’s offensive onslaught, I was expecting something a bit more substantial than just two runs on five hits, but with the Yankees anymore it’s feast or famine, never anything in between. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-4 with an RBI and Carlos Beltran went 2-4, with Brian McCann getting our other RBI despite going 0-4. Zealous Wheeler (what a name) went 1-2 as well. It was an all-around sh!tty game, and there’s nothing that can really be said that’ll make it seem any better. *sigh*
Last night’s game was a make-up game from earlier in the season, but it still behooved us to win, as we’re going into a series against the Tigers next. The worst part of the schedule right now is that I’m forced to root for the Red Sox, as they’re playing Toronto, and I’d like to put some distance between us and them. Plus, Tampa is playing Baltimore, and the sad thing is, I wish they were still playing the Cubs. At least the Red Sox helped us out by beating the Blue Jays (you have no idea how much it hurt to type that).
I went into the game hoping we’d get a strong pitching performance out of Pineda, and thankfully we did. His final line was 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. His ERA is a nice n’ tidy 1.95. David Huff came in for relief and pitched the rest of the game, giving up only two hits and striking out one. It was nice to see a clean, easy, drama-free night of pitching, with no blown leads, no nothing.
I’ve been bitching for a while now that I wanted to see a more well-rounded offensive effort from them, and apparently they tired of my kvetching and whining, because they finally delivered! Everyone in the starting lineup got at least one hit, and since we clobbered 13 of them, you’d hope that was the case. Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-5 with 3 RBI, Martin Prado (has this kid been eating his Wheaties?!) went 2-4, Ichiro went 2-4, Derek Jeter went 1-5 with 2 RBI, and Brian McCann went 1-3 with an RBI. It was heartening to see so many people contributing this time, instead of the same names over and over again. I hope this continues against Detroit, although I’m not holding my breath.
For those that are new to Yankees Chick, there was a picture I used to post whenever the Yankees would sweep a team, and it was George Steinbrenner on one of the parade floats, in either ’98 or ’99, holding a broom with a maniacal look on his face. It was dubbed “Crazy Stein” and quickly became tradition. Since returning to the blog earlier this month, I haven’t had occasion to use it……until now. So, without further ado, I give you Crazy Stein!
I hope to post him at least two or three more times before this season finally ends. To make matters even better, we won in a walk-off! In extras! BTW, no matter how dismal our playoff prospects might be, I’m quite heartened by the fact that at least we’re not the Red Sox. Yeesh.
Chris Capuano toed the rubber for the final game this series, pitching a very respectable 6.0 innings, giving up 3 ER on 6 H, while walking none and striking out 5. Our bullpen was strong in relief, until David Robertson came in for the save in the 9th and promptly gave up a run, necessitating us going to extras. I was very disappointed in him, because I know he can pitch better than that. We’re going on the road next to play some pretty important teams, including Kansas City…..and when was the last time someone could refer to them as an “important team.” We really need everyone in the rotation and in the bullpen to be at the top of the games at all times.
Well, I didn’t want Martin Prado to yet again have to bear the responsibility of keeping our team in the game, so on that note, I was rather pleased to see it was someone other than him. On the other hand, blowing your wad in one inning and then doing basically nothing until the last minute is getting kind of stale and tiresome. I know, I know….how could I possibly be upset that we lost? I’m not upset that we lost, rather, I’m unhappy at our inconsistent play forcing us to win in this manner more often than we should. Brian McCann came in as a PH in the 10th and smacked a 3-run HR to right field, so he undoubtedly wins Offensive Star of the Game, but honorable mention goes to Ichiro, who went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Their combined 5 RBI were enough to win the game, but again….let’s spread it out a bit more, fellas.
Well, I could lie and say I thought we’d pound the Orioles into the ground, but I think we all know that wasn’t going to happen, not even on our best day. Rather, they’re the ones that did the pounding. Our playoff chances keep getting slimmer and slimmer, given that we’re behind Kansas City by several games for the second WC spot. This isn’t going to be an in-depth recap, only because I stayed up rather late last night watching news about Robin Williams, and as such, I’m a bit exhausted right now and don’t particularly have the energy to do a whole lot of bellyaching about how bad the Yankees managed to shit the bed last night. Losing 11-3 is awful, whether it happens in April or August, but when you’re fighting for your playoff lives, it’s about 10 steps to the left of awful. I hope that tonight’s game is the exact opposite, in that we manage to win, whether it’s by one run or 20.