The Yankees had their 10 game winning streak broken up by the Braves and went on a short three-game losing streak before picking up a pair of wins against the Mets to go 3-3 on the week. The rotation will try to get back on track and the offense will try to get going this week as the Yankees face two of the surprise AL teams in the Indians and White Sox.
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Mon: Yankees 7, Cleveland 1. W: Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.40), L: Josh Tomlin (3-5, 5.70). HR: Robinson Cano (17, off Tomlin), Nick Swisher (12, off Tomlin), Dewayne Wise (1, off Tomlin).
Tue: Yankees 6, Cleveland 4. W: Phil Hughes (8-6, 4.48), L: Justin Masterson (4-7, 4.09), S: Rafael Soriano (16, 1.63). HR: Alex Rodriguez (13, off Tony Sipp), Jose Lopez (4, off Cory Wade).
This one was a much biggest blowout than the score indicates thanks to Wade, who gave up four runs in the 9th inning. Before that though, Hughes dominated and the Yankees actually got a few hits with runners in scoring position for an easy win.
It didn’t take long for the Yankees to get on the board in this game as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd. Chris Stewart, playing with Russell Martin still out with a stiff back, picked up a RBI-single before Curtis Granderson’s base hit drove in a pair. The Yankees picked up another in the 5th on a Teixeira sac fly, another in the 7th on a A-Rod homer, and then it was Stewart again with a sac fly in the 8th that made it 6-0.
All the while Hughes was mowing down some Indians. He had his curveball working and was being economical with his pitch count all night. I thought he could maybe have gone for the complete game shutout with 110 pitches after eight, but Joe Girardi thought differently and brought in Wade. Wade wasn’t even that bad necessarily as a bad route by Granderson directly lead to a run and kept the inning alive before he gave up a 3-run shot.
Wed: Yankees 5, Cleveland 4. W: Freddy Garcia (2-2, 6.39), L: Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6, 4.69), S: Rafael Soriano (17, 1.88). HR: Robinson Cano (18, off Jimenez).
What a rough day for the Yankees. They started the day by putting CC Sabathia on the DL and then had to remove Andy Pettitte from his start after he took a shot off the ankle. He is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks. Then to top it off, Soriano nearly blew the 5-4 victory to the Indians though as he walked in a run before escaping a bases loaded jam.
Pettitte was pitching one heck of a game before he came out too. He struck out seven through four innings and wouldn’t have given up any runs had it not been for some pathetic defense by Alex Rodriguez.
After Pettitte came out, Joe Girardi tried to mix and match with Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada, but eventually needed Garcia to take over a trailing 3-2. Garcia pitched great too, picking up a win after 3.2 perfect innings. D-Rob pitched a strong 8th and Soriano made it interesting in the 9th, but escaped with the save.
Robinson Cano gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead with a 2-run shot in the 6th. Eric Chavez had previously driven in a pair with a RBI-double in the 4th inning that made it 2-1 at the time. Chavez also picked up the tack on run in the 8th on a single that made the difference.
Thu: Chicago 4, Yankees 3. W: Hector Santiago (2-1, 4.61), L: David Robertson (0-2, 2.70), S: Addison Reed (11, 4.18). HR: Mark Teixeira (13, off Santiago), Alejandro De Aza (5, off Nova).
Welcome to the post-Mariano Rivera era Yankees. They entered the 9th inning with a 3-1 lead, but blew it after Joe Girardi decided to mix and match instead of just going to D-Rob in the first place.
Rafael Soriano wasn’t available as he had pitched in four of the last five previous games so Girardi stuck with Cody Eppley to start the 9th. Alex Rios knocked Eppley out with a single so Joe brought in Clay Rapada. Rapada got a groundball, but threw it into center field. So Girardi called on D-Rob. Why he just didn’t start the inning didn’t make a lot of sense. D-Rob quickly gave up a 3-run shot to Dayan Viciedo that gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead.
The blown save ruined a solid start by Ivan Nova, who allowed just one run on a De Aza solo shot in the 5th over 7.1 innings.
The Yankees got two of their runs in the bottom of the 5th on RBI-doubles by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Teixeira gave the Yankees a tack on run in the 8th on his solo shot.
Fri: Chicago 14, Yankees 7. W: Jose Quintana (3-1, 2.19), L: David Phelps (1-3, 2.16). HR: Curtis Granderson (22, off Quintana), Paul Konerko (14, off Adam Warren), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (14, off Warren and Phelps), Alexi Ramirez (2, off Cory Wade).
The Yankees offense scored seven runs and lost thanks to Adam Warren, who the White Sox hit hard before knocking him out of the game trailing 6-4 in the 3rd inning.
Warren’s 1st inning wasn’t exactly pretty, but he escaped without allowing a run. The Yankees then gave him a 4-0 cushion to work with after a Curtis Granderson 2-run shot and a RBI-double from Andruw Jones. Warren quickly gave those runs back in the 2nd on a Pierzynski homer, a Gordon Beckham 2-RBI double, and a RBI-ground out by Kevin Youkilis to make it 4-4. The White Sox continued to hit the ball hard off Warren in the 3rd when Konerko homered and Pierzynski singled in another run.
The Yankees came back and tied the game at 6-6 in the 4th on a Jayson Nix 2-RBI double, but David Phelps couldn’t hold it this time as he allowed runs in the 5th and 6th and left trailing 8-6.
Then came Wade and his brutal night. Trying to save the bullpen, Joe Girardi used him for 2.1 innings and would have used him even longer had he not allowed six runs. In the end Dewayne Wise, yes Dewayne Wise, had to come in and get the final two outs.
Sat: Yankees 4, Chicago 0. W: Hiroki Kuroda (8-7, 3.17), L: Jake Peavy (6-5. 2.96). HR: Curtis Granderson (23, off Peavy), Robinson Cano (19, off Peavy), Dewayne Wise (2, off Peavy).
Kuroda is the Yankees defacto ace with CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on the DL and he lived up to his billing by shutting down the White Sox on Saturday behind a 7-inning, 11 strikeout performance.
Peavy was solid too, striking out 11 himself, but he was victimized by the home run. Dewayne Wise continued his hot play with a home run and RBI-double. He is not hitting .375/.400/.750 over his last 11 games.
Sun: Yankees 4, Chicago 2. W: Phil Hughes (9-6, 4.29), L: Gavin Floyd (6-8, 4.91), S: Rafael Soriano (18, 1.78). HR: Robinson Cano (20, off Floyd), Eric Chavez (6, off Floyd).
Another day, another home run by Robinson Cano. After a slow start he has 20 now with slightly more than half a season left to play. His 2-run shot in the 3rd gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead that they would not lose.
Hughes made sure that the lead stood up. He actually started out very poorly in this game, getting hit hard in the 1st inning as the White Sox jumped out ahead 2-0. However, he settled in very quickly and only gave up three more hits over the next seven innings while striking out eight.