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Game 32: Every once in a while.

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.

Game 31: One step forward, two steps back.

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.

Game 30: Finally.

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It ain’t much, but I’ll take it.  We’ve been having a hard time scoring runs while getting great pitching, so when we get a combination of it, you don’t argue if the run scoring output is low. 

Ivan Nova had a great night on the mound, throwing 7.1 innings, giving up only 2 hits and no earned runs, with 0 BB and 1 K.  Soriano pitched well, and Mo came in and notched save #12 for the season, which leaves him only 31 saves away from the all-time record.  I hope he can get it this season.  It would be great, regardless of what the Yankees do as far as the playoffs go. 

Another game, another offensive drought.  Sure we scored four runs, but we also had other opportunities to score a lot more than that, but didn’t capitalize on any of them.  As I said in another write-up, beggars can’t be choosers.  Our only real offensive powerhouse was Curtis Granderson, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI.  Which you’ll notice is 75% of our total runs scored all night.  He was also the only Yankee to get more than one hit.  I just hope that our total runs scored tonight is at least twice what we scored last night.  It would be nice.

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Game 14: The Comeback Kids™ strike again.

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The Yankees are getting good at this “fall behind early, take the lead late” thing.  Not that I’m complaining mind you, just that it’s costing CC Sabathia wins.  It would be nice if we didn’t always wait until the last possible minute to score enough runs to win the game.  It makes for great drama, but it’s not always necessary.

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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Game 13: That got a little too close for comfort.

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I can appreciate that sometimes the Yankees like to make games close because they want to make sure the fans are still paying attention and haven’t dozed off.  I mean, I get that.  It would be nice however, if they didn’t always wait until the last couple innings to remedy that. 

Freddy Garcia made his first start with the Yankees this season, and did a very fine job, with a line of 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.  Certainly can’t complain when your starter gives you an outing like that.  Joba came in to pitch the 7th and was just as good, but then Soriano came in to pitch the 8th and got the yips.  He coughed up three runs on two hits, and nearly gave away our entire lead.  That’s no bueno.  Thankfully our offense picked him up and we were able to get those runs back, but still.  Mo came in for the 9th and picked up his 6th save of the season, which means he has only 37 to go until he holds the all-time saves record.  That’s another countdown I think we Yankees fans are going to have fun with this season. 

On the offensive side of things, Derek was hitless today, so he stays at 62 hits left until 3,000.  However Mark Teixeira wasn’t hitless today, and went 2-3 with 3 RBI.  Robbie Cano supplied our other two runs today, with a 2-run HR in the 8th to give us back our three-run lead.  Alex left the game with soreness in his lower back/obliques, and I hope it’s not serious.  Aside from Mark and Robbie, the only other two players to net any hits today were Swish (2-4) and Grandy (1-3).   I hope to see a little bit more in the way of offensive production tomorrow.

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Game 12: Look on the bright side.

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Yes, losing tonight stunk.  Yes, it was bad that our offense could only muster three runs, one of which came in the bottom of the 9th, which is literally the 11th hour.  Yes, it would have been better if Ivan Nova pitched better. 

However, let’s look at some positives to come from this game.  One, our bullpen was fantastic.  They had to come in early, but they held the Rangers off, which is in this situation, what you want the bullpen to do.  Two, Derek got a couple more hits, which brings him to 62 more to go until 3,000, and Swish/Grandy had great nights at the plate.  Three, we got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th.  Four……we ain’t the Red Sox.  No matter how bad we play, always remember that.  We’re not Boston. 

Remember folks…..look for the silver lining.

Mr. Greenberg needs to keep his mouth shut.

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“It’s better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” — Mark Twain (attributed)

Ah, what would we all do without idiots to provide us entertainment?  According to this, Rangers’ owner Chuck Greenberg had a few not-so-nice things to say about Yankees fans, calling them “apathetic, violent and embarrassing.”  My, my.  That’s a whole lot of FAIL in a three-word blip, no? 

Of course some drunk Yankees fans treated Cliff Lee’s wife rather poorly and it was an embarrassing spectacle to anyone who saw it or read/heard about it later, but even Cliff Lee himself said it wasn’t that big of a deal and that it wouldn’t affect any negotiations he might have with the Yankees in the off-season for his services for next year.  So there’s that.  The other somewhat funny thing about this is the Rangers are getting their balls handed to them by the Giants and now wouldn’t really be the best time for their owner to start waxing poetic about the Yankees or any other team’s fans. 

Joel Sherman tweeted that the Commish’s office gave him a “stern warning” not to do something like that again and voiced a displeasure with him saying anything in the first place.  He apparently apologized to Hal Steinbrenner for it, but I don’t buy it.  So what’s the lesson to be learned here, kids?  KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.