The Yankees had a solid week last week splitting a four game series with the Twins and then taking two out of two against the Red Sox over the weekend before Sunday’s rainout. This week is about as tough as it gets as the Yankees face the Rangers and Tigers three times each.
Mon: Yankees 7, Texas 4. W: CC Sabathia (2-0, 5.27), L: Derek Holland (2-1, 4.78), S: Mariano Rivera (4, 2.84), HR: Alex Rodriguez (3, off Holland), Josh Hamilton (8, off Sabathia).
CC didn’t have his best fastball Monday night, but he had good command of his changeup and slider and used those pitches to hold one of the best offenses in baseball to four runs over eight innings. His line would have been even better, but misplays by A-Rod and Mark Teixeira, on tough defensive plays that they usually make, led to a pair of runs in the 7th when CC was dealing.
The Yankees offense continued to click led by Derek Jeter, who went 4-for-5, and Alex Rodriguez, whose 3-run homer in the 5th ended up being the difference. For those of you into RBI’s, Nick Swisher picked up his league leading 21st on a sac fly in the 5th.
Tue: Texas 2, Yankees 0. W: Yu Darvish (3-0, 2.42), L: Hiroki Kuroda (1-3, 4.38), S: Joe Nathan (5, 4.15). HR: Ian Kinsler (5, off Kuroda).
This one really ended up being a pitchers duel between two Japanese righties. Kuroda was good. His only mistakes were leaving one over the plate for Kinsler to hit out to leadoff the game and allowing an RBI-single from Josh Hamilton after Elvis Andrus got into scoring position when he walked and stole second. In the end Kuroda went 6.2, and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Kuroda was good, Darvish was amazing. He showed off many different attack strategies going after Yankees hitters. He allowed seven hits and walked two over 8.1 innings with 10 strikeouts and no runs scored. The only real scoring opportunity the Yankees had was in the third inning, they loaded the bases with no outs, but Curtis Granderson took strike three and Alex Rodriguez hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing double play.
Wed: Texas 7, Yankees 3. W: Robbie Ross (4-0, 2.25), L: Phil Hughes (1-3, 7.88). HR: Raul Ibanez (3, off Neftali Feliz), Adrian Beltre (3, off Hughes), Mike Napoli (7, off David Phelps), Mitch Moreland (2, off Phelps).
It was an important start for Phil Hughes as the Yankees had gotten the news that Michael Pineda was done for a year with shoulder surgery. He started off well, pitching a 1-2-3 first and retiring 7-of-his-first-8 to start the game. However, Hughes fell apart and left with the bases loaded after he allowed four runs in 2.2 innings.
Phelps came on in relief and allowed three runs in 2.1 innings himself, but the Yankees offense scored just three runs over the rest of the game so the game was already lost by that point.
Raul Ibanez provided most of the offense, picking up RBI’s on a double and a homer. Derek Jeter also went 2-for-4, upping his average to .420 on the year.
Fri: Yankees 7, Detroit 6. W: Mariano Rivera (1-1, 2.45), L: Brayan Villarreal (0-1, 0.00). HR: Alex Rodriguez (4, off Verlander), Russell Martin (2, off Verlander).
Ivan Nova pitched a solid game, but was the victim of some poor defense. Specifically, Raul Ibanez misplayed a ball in left that led to an RBI-triple and Robinson Cano missed a play at second base that led to another run. However, he was hit hard in the 5th and chased mid-6th, charged with six earned runs over 5.1 innings.
Luckily for the Yankees it was a rare off day for Verlander too. A-Rod homered in the 4th to make it 3-2, then Martin hit a 2-run shot in the 5th to take the lead. After falling behind again, the Yankees tied it in the 8th on a sac fly by Mark Teixeira and then won it in the 9th when Derek Jeter went from 1st to 3rd on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball.
There was no pie for Jeter after the game. Reporters naturally went to Nick Swisher to find out what was going on and he passed the buck to the pitchers.
Sat: Detroit 7, Yankees 5. W: Drew Smyly (1-0, 1.23), L: Freddy Garcia (0-2, 12.51). HR: Nick Swisher 2 (6, off Smyly and Valverde), Curtis Granderson (7, off Coke), Miguel Cabrera (7, off Cody Eppley), Andy Dirks (1, off Garcia).
The Yankees fell behind 6-1 early on in this game when Sweaty Freddy once again struggled out of the gate. He allowed a 3-run shot in the 1st to Dirks and then another three runs in the 2nd on a Brennan Boesch RBI-double and a 2-RBI single by Cabrera.
David Phelps came on in relief and pitched a decent game, but the Yankees never got the offense to mount a proper comeback. Swisher homered twice, in the 1st and 9th, and Granderson homered in the 7th, all solo shots. That was pretty much it though. They did manage to get the tying run up in the 9th, but Jose Valverde got Eric Chavez to fly out to deep right to get the final out.
Sun: Detroit at Yankees, 1:05 pm, YES Network and TBS. RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 7.98) vs. LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 5.27).