There was rain. Lots and lots of rain, but that didn’t stop the Yankees from beating down on the Orioles 13-2 behind CC Sabathia (4-3) who pitched an 8 inning shutout. After there was a 48 minute rain delay, the Yankees were ready to go. In the first inning Derek Jeter led off with a double and Curtis Granderson had a triple, which scored Jeter. Mark Teixeira grounded out, but was able to bring Curtis Granderson home. Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch, Russell Martin walked and Jorge Posada walked which brings us to Nick Swisher. Nick Swisher had a bases clearing double which gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
In the4th, Swisher walked which brought up Brett Gardner who was batting .377 in the last 22 games becoming the Yankees hottest hitter. Getting a bit hit Gardner did, as he scorched an RBI triple to extend the Yankees lead to 6-0. Derek Jeter came up with an RBI triple which scored Gardner. Mark Teixeira homered which gave the Yankees a 9-0 lead. In the fifth the bases were loaded again with Cano, Martin and Posada. This is where Nick Swisher became a clutch hitter once again. He singled on a ground ball which scored Robinson Cano giving the Yankees a 10-0 lead. In the 6th inning Jorge Posada doubled and brought home Robinson Cano who was on base for a third time. The icing on the cake was in the 9th inning when Brett Gardner singled on a ground ball. The next batter was Eduardo Nunez, and he did the unthinkable; he hit a home run. The game was sealed for the Yankees at 13 runs. CC’s night was done after 8 innings and the Yankees brought Amauri Sanit to pitch. He gave up two runs but it could have been more if Gardner hadn’t flashed the leather and stopped the bleeding. Yankees had won there third game in a row and took the Baltimore series. Baltimore this season is 0-6 against the Yankees.
What’s Next: Yankees come back to New York and inter-league play starts with the Yankees taking on the New York Mets in Yankee Stadium, R.A Dickey gets the start for the Mets while Freddy Garcia gets the start for the Yankees.
Note: Jorge Posada had his 17th career start at first base while Mark Teixeira took over DH duties in the series finale against the Orioles; Jeremy Guthrie was scheduled to pitch the series finale but due to pitching in the 15th inning he was replaced by Brad Bergesen who pitched 3 1/3 and gave up 8 runs on 5 hits. In the 9th inning was the first time that all three catchers (Francisco Cervelli, Martin, Posada) were on the field together. Cervelli was behind the plate, Martin was at third and Jorge Posada was at first. Russell Martin was charged with an error in the 9th for booting the game ending double play ball.
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.
For the third straight start, Ivan Nova (3-2) had pitched flawlessly and this time he has a win to show for it. He pitched a career high 7 1/3 innings with only 2 hits as the Yankees beat the Rangers 4-1.
3 of the 4 Yankee runs came on home runs by Curtis Granderson, a 2 run shot in the first inning and a solo home run in the 7th inning. The other Yankee run scored without a hit. Jorge Posada and Russell Martin both walked, but Brett Gardner bunted into a force play which got Posada out at third. Derek Jeter was on base when he grounded right back to Matt Harrison (3-4) but Harrison threw wildly, sending Martin home, Gardner to third and Jeter to first. The run was unearned.
The only Rangers run was unearned in the 8th inning when Mark Teixeira made a rare error, scoring Mike Napoli. The Yankees had secure there 18th win this season. Bartolo Colon takes the mount tonight against Derek Holland at 8:05 in the Ballpark in Arlington.
Note: Brett Gardner was scheduled to have the day off last night, but Nick Swisher was ill, giving Gardner his second start against a left hander; Eric Chavez was placed on the 15 day DL after breaking his pinky toe; Ramiro Pena was bought up from Triple A Scranton to take Chavez’s place on the roster; Kevin Russo was designated for assignment yesterday to make room for Jess Todd who they claimed on waivers from Cleveland.
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.
CC Sabathia (2-2) didn’t look his sharpest against the Tigers, which lead to there early downfall in Comerica Park on Tuesday Night.
First pitch swinging the ice cold Austin Jackson hit a double on the left center field wall, and things did not get better from there. Scott Sizemore who was called up earlier today had a double before the struggling Magglio Ordonez grounded to shortstop to bring Austin Jackson home. Miguel Cabrera hit a fly ball sending Sizemore home, but the Tigers weren’t done.
In the fourth inning, Russell Martin doubled off of Brad Penny (2-3) scoring Jorge Posada, but this was when the Yankees base running got atrocious. Brett Gardner flied out to left field before Andruw Jones decided to try for home plate only to be called out and charging Gardner with the double play thus ending the inning.
The Tigers scored 2 more times in the fifth when Austin Jackson tripled scoring Brandon Inge and Scott Sizemore singling on a line drive to Andruw Jones scoring Jackson.
The Yankees had horrible base running in the 6th inning, starting with a force out by Robinson Cano. On a wild pitch, Cano decided to go to second, but stopped in the midst, before ending up a dead duck and getting tagged out. While Andruw Jones was at bat, Jorge Posada tried to steal second, but was caught by Scott Sizemore.
The Yankees were able to cut the lead to two when Mark Teixeira homered in the top of the eighth inning, but that was all the Yankees were going to get. In the ninth the Yankees pinch hit Jones for Nick Swisher who had gotten on with a walk, but Russell Martin grounded into a double play ending the game. Jose Valverde for the Tigers got the save.
Note: It has been 6 years ago today that Robinson Cano had been called up for the Yankees. Cano was 0 for 4 today; Jorge Posada raised his batting average to .167 going 2 for 4 today; Brett Gardner now has a seven game hitting streak and is now batting .219; Derek Jeter had a hit today making his magic number 48.