The only thing on the mind of baseball fans, was who was going to win the rubber series, the Mets or the Yankees. In the first 6 innings, it seemed like the Mets were going to be the contenders of that scoring 3 runs (one unearned) against Ivan Nova. Nova hadn’t had the greatest control like his last start where he only gave up one run, but he kept the Yankees in the game. Unfortunately, Nova earned a no decision for being pulled a little too early in the game in favor of Luis Ayala (1-0).
The Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey (3-4) had the Yankees off balance besides a Curtis Granderson home run through the first six, which included Jorge Posada being gunned down at second, Brett Gardner being called out on strikes (and unusually vocal towards the umpire) and Posada called out on strikes and firing away towards the umpire before Girardi came and saved him from being ejected.
Going into the seventh inning, the Yankees had only one plan, just get 2 runs. The Yankees rallied for 8 runs in the inning, starting off with a single off the bat of the red-hot hitting Gardner, a single by Chris Dickerson, a hit batsmen by Fransisco Cervelli, and RBI double off Derek Jeter, a SAC bunt by Granderson, an intentional walk by Teixeira, an RBI single off A-Rod, an RBI single for Robinson Cano, a double by Brett Gardner plating two, and a soft fly ball by Chris Dickerson to overcome the Mets 9-3.
Note: Derek Jeter had 2 hits today which brings his total to 25 to 3,000; Alex Rodriguez had a 4 for 5 night making it the second time this season that A-Rod has had 4 hits in a ball game,.
In the first inning, it looked all over for A.J Burnett (5-3). He was losing his control, the Mets were able to score against him and he threw 30 pitches. Burnett surprisingly settled in and made striking out the Mets look like the easiest job in the world. In the first inning Jason Bay for the Mets hit into a sacrifice fly to score Jose Reyes who had his first career hit against A.J Burnett. Then the red-hot Justin Turner singled to bring home Daniel Murphy and it was already 2-0, but the Yankees were just getting warmed up.
In the second, Russell Martin connected with a 2 run shot to tie the ball game and in the third inning Mark Teixeira connected to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. Curtis Granderson also hit a homer against Chris Capuano (3-5) and after Alex Rodriguez hit a homer, Capuano was knocked out of the game. In the 8th inning was the only run scored that wasn’t on a home run. Derek Jeter had singled on a ground ball and then stole second, leaving it up to Mark Teixeira to hit a SAC fly, thus scoring Jeter.
With the win the Yankees skyrocketed back to first place, tied with Tampa Bay and Boston trailing half a game.
Note: Derek Jeter is 27 hits away from 3,000
It was the first day of interleague play, which meant not just the Yankees had played but for the Yankees it was an unhappy ending to the season opener. Taking the mound was R.A Dickey for the Mets and for the Yankees was Freddy Garcia. Both pitchers had pitched well, but unfortunately the Yankees offense couldn’t come from behind and take the victory.
The only Yankee run that was scored was a home run by Mark Teixeira, which was almost brought back in the park by Carlos Beltran, but a fan reached for it. The Mets had tied the game with a Justin Turner RBI double and later led the game with a Daniel Murphy home run. Garcia turned the ball over to Joba in the 8th and David Robertson in the 9th, but the Yankees were unable to capitalize on all the opportunities they had. Brett Gardner stranded the bases loaded with a force out, and Curtis Granderson, Teixeira and A-Rod couldn’t bring home Gardner and Derek Jeter.
With that loss the Yankees fall to third place with the Red Sox taking second.
Note: Derek Jeter had one hit which made his magic number 29 to reach 3,000; Brett Gardner stole his 6th stolen base this year, making his stolen base percentage .500; Alex Rodriguez continues to struggle at the plate after hitting in Baltimore striking out 2 times; Tomorrow A.J Burnett takes the mound against Chris Capuano. Burnett’s last appearance in a game was in Wednesdays 4-1 win over Baltimore as a pinch runner.
The game looked golden from the 1st inning to the 9th inning. Bartolo Colon had pitched marvelous, having a shutout through 8 innings, approximately 10 pitches per inning, rounding out to 87 pitches and he handed the ball over to Mariano in the 9th. Thought the game would be over right? Think again.
The Yankees were leading 1-0 going into the 9th inning and while Mariano Rivera was able to get the first out, he gave up back to back singles and a SAC fly which helped the Orioles tie the ballgame. In the most wackiest games of the season thus far, the Yankees were losing pitchers fast. They didn’t want to use Joba Chamberlain or David Robertson, they had used Boone Logan (who got them out of an 11th inning jam), Luis Ayala and Mariano, which didn’t give the Yankees much to chose from but they had one secret weapon: Hector Noesi (1-0). Sure he’s a kid that was JUST called up, but he could pitch in the 12th inning on and keep the Yankees hopes alive, right?
Noesi had done better than that. First batter he faced, he struck out; got into some bases loaded jams but wriggled right out of it and kept the Orioles off the scoreboard. The 15th inning was the oddest by far. The inning started out normally when Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez both singled for base hits off of Jeremy Accardo (2-1), who had pitched since the 14th inning. Orioles went to the bullpen and summoned Michael Gonzalez, who on the first pitch gave up 2 runs (which were charged to Accardo) to Robinson Cano, leaving him at third with a triple. The next batter Chris Dickerson had always wanted to see stars now that he’s on the New York Yankees, but he didn’t want to see them this way. Gonzalez plunked Dickerson in the head, leaving him with a welt on the side of his face. Gonzalez was immediately ejected from the game which stirred another problem for the Yankees and the Orioles. For the Yankees, who was going to replace Dickerson, and for the Orioles, who was going to pitch since they had no more pitchers. The Yankees easily settled there dilemma by putting Jeter in short, moving Nunez from short to Right Field and pinch running was A.J Burnett (it may be 12:30 in the morning, but this is not a typo). The Orioles decided to bring in tomorrow’s starter Jeremy Guthrie to stop the bleeding, which didn’t make sense to fans, seeing that he was going to face C.C Sabathia tomorrow. Brett Gardner was able to seal the door on this game by hitting a SAC fly to score Cano, the second Yankee to bring a runner home on an earned run.
Noesi had pitched the bottom of the 15th and in the beginning it looked like trouble with 2 on and no outs. With Nick Markakis and Brandon Snyder on first and second and with one out, Matt Wieters hit a ground ball which was going to go through for a base hit, until it hit the foot of Snyder thus calling him out on interrferance. One out later, the weary but somewhat happy Yankees were on there way to the clubhouse to talk to news reporters and to get some rest because like John Sterling says, “You can’t predict baseball.” And I can assure you Yankee fans, NO ONE saw this 15 inning game coming.
Note: Nick Swisher had the start today a day after being out with a stomach virus, but was pulled from the 8th inning for Chris Dickerson; Andruw Jones also had the start today, but was lifted in favor of Brett Gardner; Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson both had days off and Girardi refused to use them during the game; Hector Noesi was called up before, but was sent down before he could make his major league debut; Derek Jeter had 2 hits today, which brings his total to 32 hits away from 3,000; Colon who pitched an 8 inning shut out did not get the win, but instead got a no decision.
EDITED NOTE: Jeremy Guthrie who pitched to the final 3 batters of the 15th inning will NOT pitch in the series finale against the Yankees. Brad Bergesen will take his place in the rotation and pitch against CC.
Coming into tonight’s game, no one would have thought that Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner would be the ones to stop the bleeding to a Yankees 6 game skid, as they defeated James Shields (4-2) in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The game was tied going into the third when the Rays took a quick 1-0 lead over the Yankees with an Elliot Johnson home run, but the Yankees were quick enough to tie the game at one in the 4th after A-Rod hit it out, showing signs that the home run power was still there. A-Rod then homered again in the 6th inning. The Yankees scored 2 runs in the 6th giving them a 4-1 lead, helped by Jorge Posada’s 2 for 3 night and a beautifully placed bunt single by Brett Gardner. Yankees had gotten into a jam in the 6th when Ivan Nova (4-3) had the bases loaded which was when David Robertson was summoned from the bullpen. Robertson struck out both B.J Upton and Casey Kotchman preserving the Yankees lead by 3. The Yankees got two more in the 9th with a Russell Martin base hit, a Brett Gardner double and a Derek Jeter single which gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead.
In the 9th, the Rays stumbled into some trouble when Gardner made a catch, but wearily looked towards Curtis Granderson. The Rays thought that the ball hit the catwalk, which in Tropicana Field signifies a home run. Umpires took it to the video room and looked at the replay. The play was called an out and Gardner had made the catch. Rays scored 1 run in the 9th before turning the ball over to Mo who got former Yankee Johnny Damon to ground out, snapping the 6 game skid.
Note: This is Brett Gardner’s first 3 hit game this season. He raised his average to .265 surpassing Jeter, Teixeira, Rodriguez and Martin; After striking out three times, Jeter got a base hit, giving him 34 hits til 3,000; This is A-Rod’s first homer game since April 24th; After Saturday’s controversial day for Jorge Posada, he had a 2 for 3 night with a double and a single; Nick Swisher sat out tonights game with a stomach virus. Girardi said that Swisher was throwing up the night before which prompted Girardi to call up Chris Dickerson from AAA Scranton; Rafael Soriano was placed on the 15 day DL with elbow soreness. MRI’s were done and the tests shown inflammation. Soriano expects to start throwing in 10 days prior to coming off the DL.
A.J Burnett (4-2) pitched a whale of a game, giving up only two earned runs, but the Yankees committed too many mistakes which lead to their third straight loss.
Rick Porcello (2-2) was able to hold the Yankees to two runs even though he gave up a triple to Eric Chavez and a single to Eduardo Nunez. Chavez was forced to leave the game in the 4th inning, with Alex Rodriguez to pinch hit for him. Rodriguez along with Derek Jeter were scheduled for a day off today, but A-Rod’s turned into him working. The Yankees and Tigers were tied 2-2 until the 7th inning when Burnett’s stuff got erratic.
He had walked a batter, hit a batter and given up a single to load the bases with no outs. Brandon Inge sacrificed which made it a one run game. It would have stayed one run if Eduardo Nunez hadn’t committed a throwing error causing two runs to score. The Yankees were able to get one run back in the 9th when Brett Gardner had a base hit which brought home A-Rod but the Yankees rally was shut down when Nick Swisher struck out. The Tigers had won the series 3 games to 1.
What’s Next: The Yankees are flying to Texas for a three game series before coming home and taking an off day Monday. The Yankees would then play the Royals and the Red Sox. The Tigers are flying to Toronto to play against the Blue Jays for a four game home stand.
Note: Eric Chavez was taken out of today’s game in the fourth inning after he was limping towards third. Tests were done and Chavez had broken his pinky toe. He is taking a trip to the DL which will most likely send Jorge Vasquez up from the minor leagues; Brett Gardner was the lead off hitter this afternoon going 2 for 5 with an RBI, raising his average to .225; Nick Swisher is now batting .214 after going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts; Derek Jeter’s hip wasn’t bothering him today but was a little shocked to not find his name on the lineup card today; This is the Yankees first series that they had lost.
While Freddy Garcia (1-2) had pitched a good game for the Yankees only allowing 4 runs on 10 hits with 8 strikeouts, his competition Max Scherzer (5-0) pitched much better. The Tigers were able to stifle the New York Yankees’s potent offensive lineup, by striking out 9 of them and only walking two.
The Tigers scored there four runs on a line drive by Jhonny Peralta in the second inning, which scored Victor Martinez who had just returned yesterday from the DL. In the third inning Miguel Cabrera doubled on a ground ball which brought home Brennan Boesch. Two batter later the ice cold Magglio Ordonez crushed a two run shot making the lead 4-0. The Yankees were unable to capitalize on any offense with only six Yankees making it on base: Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner & Fransisco Cervelli.The Tigers take the lead in the series 2-1 with the final game being played at 1:05pm. A.J Burnett will get the start.
Note: Derek Jeter has one base hit today making his magic number 47. Jeter also was taken out of the game in the eighth inning with a hip injury. Jeter is day to day; Brett Gardner and Kevin Long had worked in the cages during last weeks home stand and Gardner is an offensive threat batting 8 for 14 with a .795 on base percentage in that time span; Phil Hughes tests from St. Louis came back negative and had more tests yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian. Hughes is set to begin throwing again in 2 weeks; Alex Rodriguez is in a major slump batting 3 for his last 38. Rodriguez started slumping after his oblique injury and said that he was “cautious” at the plate.