The Yankees won back-to-back series against the Rays and Mariners last week behind a rotational ERA of 1.99 which was the best in baseball. Mark Teixeira has still not come around, but Robinson Cano hit .500 last week and Alex Rodriguez .333.
The Yankees have an odd week coming up with two, two-game series on the road before facing the Reds in a three game weekend series. I’d like to see them keep their series-winning streak going, but that would mean they would have to go 6-1 this week, tough to do.
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Mon: Yankees 8, Baltimore 5. W: David Phelps (1-1, 2.96), L: Luis Ayala (1-1, 1.86), S: Rafael Soriano (2, 2.57). HR: Curtis Granderson (12, off Jason Hammel), Mark Teixeira (5, off Ayala), J.J. Hardy (9, off Ivan Nova).
It was not Ivan Nova‘s night as he was getting hitting hard all night and gave up five runs over 5.1 innings before an ankle injury knocked him out of the game. The rest of the bullpen held the Orioles scoreless over the final 3.2 innings as the offense bailed Nova out. David Phelps might have been the worst reliever of the night, but he got the win. Boone Logan struck out all three batters he faced and Rafael Soriano got the win as David Robertson was out with a rib problem.
Mark Teixeira got the big hit, a 2-run homer in the 7th that put the Yankees up 7-5. Before that, the Yankees tied it in the 4th inning on a Nick Swisher 2-run, RBI-double. Curtis Granderson hit a homer out of the stadium in the 5th to take a lead, and then they needed a couple more runs in the 6th to tie it after Chris David made an error at first base with the bases loaded that led to 2-runs.
Rought start for CC. He got a little unlucky, but ultimately was hit pretty hard as he surrendered four runs in six innings. His control wasn’t there either as he walked four and struck out six. Freddy Garcia pitched the final two innings of the game and allowed just one run. That run shouldn’t have happened though as the second base umpire blew a call and that runner was the one who eventually came around to score.
The Yankees offense was totally shut down by Chen. It wasn’t until his 98th pitch of the game where Granderson hit a 2-run homer in the 7th to get the Yankees on the board. They only got five hits all game and no extra base hits until the 7th. Four walks, but two of them by Pedro Strop who had no problem getting out of trouble.
Wed: Toronto 8, Yankees 1. W: Kyle Drabek (3-4, 3.30), L: Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.50). HR: Kelly Johnson (8, off Clay Rapada), Jose Bautista (9, off Kuroda), Edwin Encarnacion (13, off Kuroda), J.P. Arencibia (4, off Kuroda).
Nothing went well for the Yankees Wednesday night. Kuroda had his worst game as a Yankee, getting lit up for three homers, and the offense had just three hits all night long.
Kuroda was bad right out of the gate, falling behind 2-0 in the 2nd off a 2-run shot by Arencibia, 5-0 in the 3rd on a 3-run shot by Encarnacion, another in the 4th and a Bautista solo-shot in the 5th made it 7-0. Rapada gave up a homer to Johnson in the 7th, but other than that he and Cody Eppley finished the game without incident.
The Yankees offense was beyond weak. The only time they scored was in the 6th when Robinson Cano doubled and Mark Teixeira drove him in with a single. Only one other hit besides that as the Yankees were shutdown by Drabek.
Thurs: Toronto 4, Yankees 1. W: Drew Hutchison (3-1, 4.81), L: Phil Hughes (3-5, 5.23), S: Casey Janssen (3, 3.77). HR: Jose Bautista (10, off Hughes), J.P. Arencibia (5, off Cory Wade).
Fri: Yankees 4, Cincinnati 0. W: Andy Pettitte (1-1, 2.51), L: Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 3.46). HR: Robinson Cano (4, off Arroyo), Raul Ibanez (8, off Arroyo).
Sat: Cincinnati 6, Yankees 5. W: Homer Bailey (2-3, 4.34), L: Ivan Nova (4-2, 5.69), S: Jose Arredondo (1, 2.29). HR: Russell Martin (4, off Bailey), Jayson Nix (2, off Bailey), Joey Votto (7, off Nova).
Sun: Cincinnati 5, Yankees 2. W: Johnny Cueto (5-1, 1.97), L: CC Sabathia (5-2, 3.78). S: Aroldis Chapman (1, 0.00). HR: Raul Ibanez (9, off Cueto), Ryan Ludwick 4, off Sabathia), Ryan Hanigan (1, off Sabathia).