The Yankees had a so-so week last week going 3-3 against the Angels and the Tigers. I say so-so because both of those teams are very good and the Yankees were two walk-off losses away from going 5-1 so it wasn’t all bad. They have a chance to go for first place this week though as they face the Rays. They also have the Subway Series coming up and the Mets actually aren’t terrible so that should be fun too.
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Tue: Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 0. W: Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.78), L: James Shields (6-4, 4.27). HR: Russell Martin (5, off Shields).
Where would the Yankees be right now without Andy Pettitte? I would call this a vintage performance, but it seems like the veteran lefty may actually be better than before. He held the Rays to just two hits and racked up 10 strikeouts over 7.1 innings. Dominant.
The Yankees offense got on the board early thanks to shortstop Elliot Johnson’s throwing error which lead to a pair of runs. The big blow came in the 4th though where a grand slam off the bat of Russell Martin made it 6-0. A RBI-double by Robinson Cano in the 5th tacked on a final run.
The Yankees pulled to within half a game of 1st place with the victory.
Wed: Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 1. W: Ivan Nova (7-2, 5.09), L: Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.12), S: Rafael Soriano (8, 1.80). HR: Robinson Cano (9, off Cobb), Mark Teixeira (10, off Cobb).
The Yankees starting rotation is all of a sudden brilliant. Ivan Nova pitched the best game of his career and potentially his entire career as he held the Rays to just two hits over eight innings. He went for the complete game shutout, but back to back triples in the 9th knocked him out of the game instead. Five strikeouts, one walk, and most importantly a 12:6 groundball to flyball ratio.
Alex Cobb was pretty good too and held the game to just 2-0 heading into the 8th. He got tired that inning though and gave up back to back RBI-doubles to Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez that gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead at the time.
The Yankees (31-24) are still half a game out of 1st place despite beating the Rays (31-25) as the Orioles (32-24) are now leading the AL East as they won on Wednesday night too.
Thur: Tampa Bay 7, Yankees 3. W: David Price (8-3, 2.40), L: CC Sabathia (7-3, 3.69). HR: Russell Martin (6, off J.P. Howell).
This was a bad luck game for the Yankees. CC Sabathia pitched well, just 3 earned runs and 12 strikeouts over 7 innings, but an error from Alex Rodriguez led to 2 runs and put the Yankees in an early 5-1 deficit The bullpen didn’t do much to help either. Clay Rapada didn’t have it and Cory Wade even got hit hard as both allowed the Rays to tack on runs.
The Yankees struggled again with runners in scoring position tonight with only Raul Ibanez getting a RBI-base hit. Chris Stewart grounded out to drive a runner in and Martin homered to drive himself in.
The turning point in this game was in the 5th inning, Price loaded the bases with just 1 out and A-Rod and Robinson Cano coming up. A-Rod fought hard in a 12-pitch at bat, but ultimately struck out and Cano weakly grounded to second. The Yankees entire night kind of went like that.
Fri: Yankees 9, Mets 1. W: Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.46), L: Johan Santana (3-3, 2.96). HR: Robinson Cano 2 (11, both off Santana), Nick Swisher (9, off Santana), Andruw Jones (6, off Santana).
Santana was making his first start since tossing a no-hitter, but he did not have it Friday as the Yankees got back-to-back-to-back homers of him from Cano, Swisher, and Jones to break the game open 6-0 in the 3rd.
That alone would have been enough for Kuroda, who carried his own no-hitter into the 6th before Omar Quintanilla broke it up with a double to left. Kuroda only came out of the game after a comebacker hit him on the heel before it popped up for Alex Rodriguez, who caught it to end the 7th.
Sat: Yankees 4, Mets 2. W: Phil Hughes (6-5, 4.76), L: Dillon Gee (4-4, 4.42), S: Rafael Soriano (9, 1.71). HR: Curtis Granderson (18, Bobby Parnell), Mark Teixeira (11, off Gee), David Wright (8, off Hughes), Omar Quintanilla (1, off Hughes).
Sun: Yankees 5, Mets 4. W: Boone Logan (1-0, 2.66), L: John Rauch (3-6, 4.88). HR: Russell Martin 2 (8 off Jon Neise and Rauch).