One should also bear in mind that we’re 14.5 games behind the Orioles, not that it actually matters anymore now, but still. Woohoo, second place. I should take comfort in the fact we didn’t get swept, but right now, my main goal is finishing the season above .500. I can’t even remember the last time we finished the season below that mark. I’d like to not have my memory refreshed, TYVM.
Brandon McCarthy pitched 7.0 innings, giving up 2 ER on 4 H, giving us another great pitching performance that this time didn’t lead to a loss. Dellin Betances pitched the 8th, and David Robertson pitched the 9th, picking up his 37th save of the season. Between them, they gave up only one hit and struck out four. As has been something I’ve remarked upon quite a bit since returning to this blog early last month, our pitching, for the most part, hasn’t been the problem. It’s been spotty yes, but on the whole, it’s done better than it’s done poorly. The problem has been the offense being woefully inconsistent. Now, about that….
We scored a grand total of four runs this entire series. No runs in the first game, one run in the second game, three runs last night. We nearly managed to hit upon the Fibonacci sequence, there. The fact we only scored three runs is undercut by the fact we only managed four hits, so yet again….yeah. No one stuck out, no one did anything of great consequence. It was a boring, painful, win. I’d rather those than a loss, but I don’t like seeing so many of our players slumping at the same time. Derek Jeter’s batting average right now is .249. .249. He’s retiring in eleven games with an average that is right now, approaching the Mendoza line. How that can not be anything other than depressing?
Hey, we won. I’d get excited, but it wasn’t much of a victory. Not that I begrudge the Orioles anything, they’re clearly a great team. They’ve more than earned the success they’ve achieved this season. I may hate other teams, but I can admit when they’re better than us, and a whole lot of folk are better than us this year. At least winning this afternoon meant we can’t get swept, which I’m accepting as the victory we can take away from this series.
Shane Greene was our starter today, lasting 5.1 innings, giving up 2 ER on 7 H, while walking one and striking out nine. I would have liked to have seen him last the entire 6th inning, if only for it to register as a “quality start,” but he got the win, so it all came out the same in the end. David Robertson picked up his 36th save on the season as well.
Chris Young stole home today, proving that not all things that come from the Mets are bad. He’s been downright fantastic for us in the short time we’ve had him thus far. Richardson and McCann clocked our other two runs. We only had four hits as it was, so it’s not like we did a whole lot today. Going 1-5 with RISP and leaving six men on base certainly didn’t help, Baltimore’s outstanding pitching aside. Let’s hope we can at least force a tie tomorrow evening with a win.
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.
I was going to leave the title as is, but minus the word “victory,” then thought about how absolutely filthy it sounded, regardless of the fact I wasn’t talking what it might look like I was talking about, and thus opted to leave the word in. If any of you reading this managed to follow that sentence, you get a gold star. So do the Yankees, who managed to shock and awe me by falling behind early, but clawing ahead to take the lead and ultimately win the game. We haven’t done that all that often this year.
Chris Capuano didn’t exactly have the best game. That’s putting it mildly of course, he lasted only 0.1 innings, or basically one out. He lasted one out. He gave up 4 ER on 4 H, walking two, which is a great line if you pitch 7 or 8 innings…..not when you’ve only recorded one out. Thus, our bullpen had a yeoman’s task ahead of them, trying to hold the Rays to four runs so we could maybe possibly I don’t know find a way to win the game. They managed to do it, and all of them deserve a steak dinner and a cold beer for it, so Jeter should get on that. I picked him because he’s arguably the richest guy on the team, so he could afford to drop a few quid for it.
Unfortunately, Derek had no hits last night, which is another reason why he should be the one to pay for the steak dinners and beer. Those that did have a good night at the plate include Brian McCann (2-3, 3 RBI), Chris Young (3-4, 2 RBI), Chase Headley (2-3, RBI), Mark Teixeira (1-3, RBI), and Ichiro (1-4, RBI). As you can see, varied production from the top and the bottom of the lineup, which is something I’m always bitching about seeing from them game after game after game. I hope we try and build upon this and win tonight.
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.
Look, I know neither team is making the playoffs, but my hatred for all things Boston burns bright, and watching Uehara give up not only the game-tying HR, but the game-winning one as well, it just made my night. I immediately went to SoSH to read all the delicious schadenfreude that I could, just to extend the fun. No, it’s not mature, and I could probably handle my fandom better than that, but as a Yankees fan, there’s precisely one thing we all know for an absolute fact: The Red Sox suck, no matter what.
Someone else who sucked last night was Chris Capuano. He’s basically been pretty solid for us all year, but last night, not so much. He only lasted 4.1 innings, giving up 4 R on 6 H, not to mention two HRs to Big Sloppy. Our bullpen, though….they had to do yeoman’s work, but they did it well, giving up only one more hit the rest of the game. We needed them to come through and hold Boston to four runs, in the off chance we’d actually drum up enough offense to win the game. So, kudos to them for a well-pitched game.
Extra-special kudos go out to Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley however, because without them, this game wrap-up would have an entirely different tone. We scored three runs in the 3rd, then did nothing until the bottom of the 9th, when it was decided we’d cue the dramatic finale. Uehara gave up a bomb to Mark, into the 2nd deck no less, then gave up another one to Chase, who promptly began running around the bases before getting doused in Gatorade at home plate. Aside from them, Derek Jeter went 1-4 with 2 RBI and Carlos Beltran went 1-4 with an RBI. Aren’t walk-offs fun? We’re starting a new series tonight against the Royals, and while I’m not holding out any hope that we’ll win the series, let’s just try not to get swept, yeah?
You’ll have to forgive the possibly over-jubilant response to last night’s victory; after Tuesday’s game, I held out no hope that we’d beat the Red Sox, much less by more than one run. I hate playing the Red Sox, not just because they’re the Red Sox, but every game gives me a quasi-ulcer. Not to mention, not a single Yankees/Red Sox game can be played in under three hours. If they’re on ESPN on a Sunday night, no chance it will be less than 3.5 hours. It’s just one of many reasons watching these games (or in my case, listening to them) is incredibly nerve wracking.
Hiroki Kuroda did what he’s mostly been doing all season, and that’s pitching his ass off. He’s one of the few pitchers we have that are very reliable and can be counted on to give you a quality start each time out, even if we don’t end up winning the game. He pitched 7.0 innings, giving up only 1 ER on 4 H, while walking none and striking out eight. Dellin Betances and David Robertson pitched the last two innings, giving up 0 ER on 2 H while striking out four. If only we got pitching performances like this all the time, against good teams as well as the crappy ones, we’d be in a lot better shape.
Our offense was also surprisingly on target tonight, tagging Boston pitching for 5 runs on 11 H. Brian McCann is our Offensive Star of the Game, as he went 4-4 with 3 RBI. Runner-up is Brett Gardner, who went 2-4 with an RBI, and 2nd runner-up goes to Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 1-3 with an RBI. Everyone in the starting lineup except Beltran and Drew got at least a hit, so it was nice to see the offense spread around a bit, at least in terms of that. Tonight’s game better go in much the same vein.