Tagged: Michael Pineda

Game 162: That’s all, folks.

It’s been an interesting season.  I’m upset we’re not going to the playoffs, because I would have liked to see Derek Jeter’s final season end in a slightly less depressing fashion, but at least we ended the year with a win and finished above .500, which were two things I wanted to see happen above all else.  I’ll still be maintaining this blog throughout the playoffs, and then intermittently through the off-season when stories of note happen.  Also, congratulations are in order for Ryan Zimmerman, he of the Washington Nationals — there’s nothing quite like waiting until the last game of the season to throw a no-hitter, I suppose.

Michael Pineda pitched our final game of the season, ending with a final line of 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 10 K.  His stats for the season were a 5-5 record with 1.89 ERA.  Not bad.  Esmil Rogers, who relieved him, didn’t do such a good job, coughing up a further four runs, bringing the score to 9-5.  Thankfully none of our other pitchers gave up any further runs, and we were able to maintain the lead.  I’m never too fussed about how we win, just that we do.

Derek Jeter played his final game as a Yankee yesterday afternoon, exiting in the 3rd inning after getting an RBI single.  His last home game ended with an RBI single, and his last game in general ended with one as well.  Lovely bookends.  As it was, the offense was pretty well spread-out amongst the lineup, Jeter included.  Jose Pirela went 2-4 with 2 RBI, Ichiro went 1-3 with 2 RBI, Chris Young went 2-4, Chase Headley went 1-4 with an RBI, and Austin Romine went 1-2 with an RBI.  Overall, a very wonderful effort from everyone, and I liked seeing that we didn’t limp into the end of the season.  Onwards and upwards!

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Game 156: We did WHAT to the Orioles?!

The Yankees never fail to amuse me sometimes.  The Orioles are arguably the best team in the American League, yet we manage to one-hit them, at home, in the last week of the season.  It’s never a dull day with us, is it?  We’re four games back from the second Wild Card slot, and while I don’t think we’re going to quite make it, I’m at least grateful that we’re putting some effort into ending the season on a positive note, rather than just shuffling and limping toward the end.

The pitching tonight was superb, as you no doubt already noticed.  Michael Pineda pitched 7.1 innings, giving up 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, and 8 K.  Shawn Kelley, Rich Hill, and David Phelps pitched the final 1.2 innings, giving up no hits, walking one, and striking out three.  It was absolutely dominant performance, and it was great to see.  Well, listen to.  At least in my case, anyway.

Compared to the last game, where all the hits were confined to the top of the batting order, this time nearly everyone got in on the action, with only Gardner, McCann, and Young not getting a hit…..which is funny because Gardner and McCann were two of the three batters I was talking about earlier.  Derek went 1-3 with 3 RBI, Chase Headley went 2-4 with an RBI, and Jose Pirela went 2-3 with an RBI.  So all around, a lot of great effort from everyone involved.  Well done.  Let’s do it again tonight.

Game 150: The Yankees clearly hate their fans.

Well, I should have expected this, really.  I mean, at this rate, we may not finish the season over .500.  With 12 games to go, it’s entirely doable, and since the playoffs are firmly out of the picture, why not shoot for the stars, eh?  Congrats are in order for the Baltimore Orioles, as they won their first AL East championship since 1997, incidentally the one year from 1996-2000 that the Yankees didn’t win the World Series.  Hmm.  Foreshadowing for next season?  I could go with a 1998-style run right about now.

Unlike Monday’s stellar pitching performance that translated into a loss, we got the exact opposite of that last night, and still lost anyway.  Michael Pineda turned in an uncharacteristically middling performance, lasting only 5.1 innings, giving up 1 ER on 4 H.  It was our bullpen that didn’t help matters at all.  Esmil Rogers gave up 3 ER on 2 H during his stint in the game, which lasted all of 1/3 of an inning, then Rich Hill comes in and gives up 1 ER on 2 H, leaving before even recording an out.  When the Yankees suck, we make a show out of it, don’t we?

Well, the good news is, we exceeded our offensive output from Monday by well over 100%.  The bad news is, we only scored one run, and on Monday we scored no runs at all.  So, I mean, it’s something.  Whatever.  Ichiro went 1-4 with an RBI, Francisco Cervelli went 2-3, and that’s basically it as far as notable performances went.  Let’s see if we can get swept tonight!

Game 144: I have no idea how the hell we managed to win this game.

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.

Game 139: *no words*

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.

Game 134: One step forward, one hundred steps back.

I’ve said this about the Yankees before, but it’s coming true more and more it seems.  Just when we appear to have all our sh!t together, we completely fall to pieces the next game.  I’m starting to run out of ways to describe it without translating from English into a foreign language.  I love them, but they’re killing me.  Baltimore is tied with Minnesota right now, though they’ll probably win anyway, Kansas City is losing to Cleveland, and Detroit is beating the White Sox.  If it wasn’t for the new episode of Doctor Who tonight, today would have been a total loss.

If there’s anything I hate more than pitchers winning despite pitching like crap, it’s pitchers losing despite pitching a great game.  Michael Pineda threw a very, very quality start.  6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.  How does that lose?  Oh right, no offense.  We’ll get to that in a moment.  The relief corps did their jobs, holding the Blue Jays in place, but again….no offense.  Doesn’t matter how great your pitching is, if your hitters can’t provide the support, you’ll end up losing every time.

Let’s see…..we got one hit today.  ONE STINKIN’ HIT.  Mark Teixeira hit a double.  Oh wow.  We didn’t just lose, we got embarrassed.  There’s literally nothing else to say.  Hopefully we’ll manage at least two hits next game.

Game 129: KC Masterpiece.

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.