I don’t really think words exist to describe the horror of last night’s game. I really don’t. I don’t know what was worse about it; the fact we didn’t score a single run, or the fact we gave up the win in the bottom of the 9th inning. It’s like the Yankees hate their fans, and want to make them suffer as much as is humanly possible.
Chris Capuano pitched a great game, it’s a shame that he didn’t get a win to reflect it. 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K — that should be a winning line. A big thumbs down to Shawn Kelley who coughed up the RBI to Zobrist in the 9th, that was not cool. I mean, we were going to lose anyway, but did it have to be with 2 outs?
A big thumbs down also goes to the offense, who aside from Martin Prado (2-4), didn’t do a damn thing. I know I’ve come to expect mediocrity these past few months, but come on. Show some balls.
Yes, you read that right. We had no business winning the one game that we did, so really, we ought to have been swept. Doesn’t feel good saying it, but the truth hurts sometimes. We were outplayed in Saturday’s game, but managed to squeak by for who knows what lucky reason, but that kind of luck doesn’t tend to stay with us, so here we are.
It’s a shame that when our starters turn in really excellent performances, the offense sh!ts the bed and renders them moot. Kuroda threw 7.0 innings, gave up 1 ER on 6 H, walked none and struck out five. Fast-forward to the bottom of the 9th, and David Robertson, usually a very reliable pitcher, promptly blows the save, then gets the loss, by giving up 2 ER on 3 H. Thanks for nothing, D-Rob.
That said, it’s not entirely the pitching’s fault that we lost. The offense did nothing, as they’re wont to do anymore. Martin Prado and Brian McCann accounted for our runs, each going 2-4 with an RBI. As we only had six hits to speak of, that’s 2/3 of the offense right there. Two people. You can’t win games with that, no matter how well your pitching might be. Depressing. Just absolutely utterly depressing.
If I could post an accurate representation of my face after last night’s game, I would, but as there is no graphic representation of what I was thinking and/or feeling at the time, I cannot. Suffice to say, “shocked” comes as close as can be done. I had the game on in the background as I was doing other work, considering we were being no-hit, and it wasn’t exactly like I wanted to listen to that, but I’m a fan so I did. Then things started to get interesting. Huzzah indeed. Our win also brought us to within 4 games of the second Wild Card slot, which while improbable….isn’t necessarily impossible.
Michael Pineda pitched a solid, thankfully deep game last night, lasting 7.1 innings, giving up 4 ER on 10 H. Could do without all those hits, but at least the Rays weren’t able to capitalize on all of them. Though at the time, considering we were being no-hit, it wouldn’t have mattered if he gave up no hits himself or 100. Special kudos go out to Alex Cobb, who took a no-hitter into the 8th inning. I normally don’t highlight opposing pitching unless they throw a truly spectacular game, either in victory or defeat, but he deserved it. I wasn’t rooting for the no-hitter, but I was still impressed by how dominant he was. Good job. I’m still glad you lost, though.
As is our wont sometimes, the offense didn’t show up until damn near the last second. No-hit until the 8th, when Chris Young (a name that will come up again) smacked a double into center, we didn’t do anything. We did the exact definition of “nothing.” Then things got interesting. After Chris Young’s double, Martin Prado, another name you’ve been reading a lot about here, hit a HR, bringing the score to 4-2. Then in the bottom of the 9th, Chris Young came up to the plate again and hit a 3-run HR to win the game, 5-4. All in the span of maybe 30 minutes, not counting commercial breaks. Young ended up going 2-4 with 3 RBI, Martin Prado went 1-1 with 2 RBI in a pinch hitter situation, and Ichiro got our only other hit, going 1-4. I like winning, but let’s try not to wait until the last damn second, please.
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.
The Red Sox are arguably one of the worst teams in the American League, if not all of baseball, so naturally we lose to them. I called that to myself before the game even started. I really wanted to be wrong, and hoped that when the Red Sox jumped to an early lead we’d snap out of it, but alas, ’twas not to be. As a side note, I read that the Yankees will be wearing a patch in honor of Derek Jeter, and what I’d like to know is why. He’s not dying, he’s retiring. I’m not taking anything away from his legacy, he will rightfully go down as one of the greatest Yankees of all time, not to mention one of the greatest shortstops in all of baseball, but the somewhat overwrought reaction he’s getting whenever the Yankees play in someone else’s ballpark is just a bit….maybe not ridiculous, but a little over the top. I love him, and I’ll miss him, but he’s not moving to a colony on Mars, people.
Now, on to the pitching last night, which was in a word, abysmal. Shane Greene started but didn’t stay long, lasting only 2.2 innings, giving up 6 ER on 6 H. He walked three, struck out three, and gave up two HRs. Lovely line. It’s not like our relievers did that much better, giving up a combined 3 ER on 6 H, with 3 BB and 9 K. The only good part of any of that is the 9 K part, and that was all of relievers put together. It was a sh!t-show from start to finish. There’s really nothing else that can be said about it, it was that bad.
To make matters worse, it wasn’t like the offense was any better. Brian McCann went 2-4 with an RBI, Martin Prado went 2-3 with an RBI, and Derek Jeter went 1-4 with an RBI. That was pretty much the extent of our vaunted offense. You can’t win games if you don’t score runs, though it helps if your pitching doesn’t give up nine of them, but if we had any urgency in us whatsoever, we could have pulled this one out. Hopefully tonight’s game goes much better than this one did. Hopefully.
Game in, game out, the Yankees always find new and exciting ways to lose. Saturday they lost with only one hit, yesterday they lost with 11! Progress! I’m not even going to worry about what other teams are winning or losing, because now that it’s September, it doesn’t actually matter anymore. Barring some kind of cataclysmic realignment of the entire space-time continuum, we’re not making the playoffs this year. Which kind of sucks to say out loud, but what can you do? We just have too many problems that we can’t overcome in a month. Hopefully next season will be much, much different.
Brandon McCarthy pitched the rubber match, and really, didn’t do that poor of a job. 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. What made it look worse than it was is the fact he gave up three home runs. They were all solo shots, so the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been. The game was still winnable despite that, as Dellin Betances relieved him and didn’t give up any more runs. Meaning, the damage had been contained.
With 11 hits, you’d think that would have been enough offense to power us past the Jays, who only scored four runs themselves. Ah, but you’re forgetting that the Yankees are the undisputed kings of leaving runners stranded on base. Brett Gardner went 3-5 with an RBI, Martin Prado went 2-4, Francisco Cervelli went 2-4 with an RBI, and Chase Headley went 2-3. Aside from those four that stood out, no one else really did anything. I’m not even sure I know what I want from the Yankees in their next game, aside from winning. They score runs, they lose. They get lots of hits, they lose. Their starter goes deep into the game, they lose. Let’s try for a combination of all three but with a win? Maybe? Please?
After yesterday’s vomitrocious (I just made that word up.) loss, a win tonight would have been just the palate cleanser we needed, like that gargle of mouthwash you take right after you upchuck. Thankfully, the Yankees provided the ACT (substitute your mouthwash of choice, of course), and we beat the Blue Jays. With Baltimore winning, Detroit winning, and Seattle winning, we really needed to come out on top.
Chris Capuano followed up Kuroda’s fantastic outing with one of his own, finishing with 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 4 K. We’ve been getting some surprisingly good pitching from our rotation of late, it’s just a shame our record hasn’t reflected that. Warren, Outman, and D-Rob comprised our bullpen, finishing the game by giving up just one hit and striking out two. I will add that we were sloppy in the field, which led to a Toronto run, as we made two errors. Jeter had an uncharacteristic oopsie, as did Brett Gardner. At least neither came back to bite us in the @$$.
Our offense tonight wasn’t great, but six runs is by no means something to scoff at, and after the lackluster showing from our series finale with Detroit, I’m certainly not complaining. Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been a truly great contribution to our lineup, went 2-5 with 2 RBI, picking up our Offensive Star of the Game. Martin Prado, Mr. Wheaties, went 2-5, Brian McCann went 1-4, Brett Gardner went 1-3 with an RBI, and Chase Headley went 1-2 with an RBI. Everybody but Teixeira and Beltran got a hit, so at least it was a well-rounded affair, which is something I consistently harp on with these guys. Even if we lose, lose despite trying your damnedest to win, just don’t roll over and die. I’d love to post the Crazy Stein again, so let’s see if we can’t sweep these birds.