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,.
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.
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.
The Yankees had some breaks but they couldn’t capitalize on most of them. Yesterday the Yankees were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position but were able to get the job done against the Tigers.
In the first inning Jorge Posada hit a two run double scoring Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, but caught a bad break when the ball hopped over the fence, making it a ground rule double and sending Nick Swisher back to third base. There would have been another run in the inning, but Derek Jeter was caught stealing at second base.
In the second inning Brett Gardner started the inning with a ground ball to the right side for a base hit followed by Eduardo Nunez doubling on a line drive to third. While Gardner scored, Nunez was thrown out at third trying to get a triple.
The Tigers came right back when Alex Avillia homered not once, but twice in the ball game, giving the Tigers an opportunity to tie the game. The Yankees had left runners on without getting the job done, giving the Tigers a chance to tie the ball game in the seventh. The Yankees however were able to take the lead again for the final time that night in the ninth inning.
The ninth inning started with a walk to Curtis Granderson, but while Mark Teixeira was batting, Granderson stole second then over-slid the bag and was tagged out. Mark Teixeira was then walked, giving the slumping Alex Rodriguez a chance to do some damage. Alex singled on a ball that was booted by Brandon Inge, sending Tex to second and A-Rod to first. The Yankees broke it wide open on a line drive by Nick Swisher, scoring Mark Teixeira and sending A-Rod to third. The run that broke the game open was while Russell Martin was batting, Jose Valverde (2-1) threw a pass ball that sent A-Rod home. Mariano Rivera got the final three outs of the ninth, sending the Yankees to there seventeenth win this season. Joba Chamberlain got the win after an effective start by Bartolo Colon.
Note: Robinson Cano expects to play in Tuesday Nights game after sitting out with a bruised hand; Jorge Posada raised his average to .150 yesterday after batting 2 for 4 on the night; Brett Gardner raised his average to .211 and has a six game hitting streak.
The Toronto Blue Jays were in town, and they made a first impression on the New York Yankees. The battle was between Ricky Romero (2-3) and Freddy Garcia (1-1) and while there was offense that went around, the Yankees couldn’t capitalize.
The Yankees had taken an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Russell Martin doubled on a fly ball which scored Robinson Cano, but Garcia gave up the lead in the top of the third when the hot hitting Jose Bautista clobbered a 2 run shot, putting the Blue Jays ahead and never looking back. Brett Gardner who had been getting his average up, had started 2 bases loaded rallies by hitting an infield single in the 5th and walked twice, but the middle order hence Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, couldn’t score any runs.
Note: Jorge Posada was benched today in favor of Andruw Jones but Jones made Joe Girardi regret his decision by striking out three times; Coming into today’s game the only Yankee with good numbers against Ricky Romero was Brett Gardner who was 4 for 9 with a home run (Grand Slam, July 3, 2010); Derek Jeter had one hit today making his magic number 51; Mark Teixeira entered the lineup today after complaining of shoulder aches the last couple of days; This is the third game this week that Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner had combined to become the offensive duo; Fransisco Cervelli was activated today with the Yankees sending down Gustavo Molina to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
The New York Yankees don’t have much to worry about when it comes to there starting rotation. The latest New York Yankee to have an excellent outing was Bartolo Colon who is filling in for the ailing Phil Hughes.
Colon (2-1) pitched a career high 8 innings while only allowing one run on seven hits and six strikeouts. The Yankees offense wasn’t as quiet as it was the previous two days when in the first inning after Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez made it on base, Robinson Cano belted a 3 run home run against Mark Buehrle (1-3), giving the Yankees the lead for the whole game.
Mariano Rivera pitched the 9th inning and earned his 8th save of the season.
Note: Mark Teixeira was lifted from the game in the 8th inning and replaced by Eric Chavez. No word yet on why Tex was pulled; Derek Jeter needs 52 hits to reach 3,000 hits; Jorge Posada average wise is the worst hitting starter with an .138 average.
Update: Mark Teixeira had hurt his shoulder yesterday on a diving play, dove again today and it started hurting. So far he’s day to day.
Once again, the Yankees looked over matched against the White Sox. This time it was to the White Sox starting pitcher Gordon Beckham (3-1) who was battling against Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova.
The difference between Monday Night’s game and Tonight’s game was Nova left with the Yankees in the lead. The only two runs scored were on Robinson Cano’s home run in the 2nd inning and Brett Gardner’s home run in the 5th inning making it the second time this week that Gardner has hit it out of the park. The mistake that Joe Girardi made? Going to Rafael Soriano (1-1) in the 8th inning. While Soriano is the 8th inning guy, he didn’t act like it giving up 2 runs on the Paul Konerko home run giving the White Sox a 3-2 lead.
Yankees had runners on second and first with one out in the bottom of the 9th when Alex Rodriguez drove a ball to deep right field, only to be caught by White Sox replacement right fielder Brent Lillibridge. One batter later, Cano scorched a line drive down the line only for Lillibridge to make the catch and win the game for the White Sox. The Yankees had dropped 2 straight to the White Sox, prior to tonight’s game being the only team not to lose 2 straight games.