Weekly game thread: July 30 – Aug 5

The Yankees were 3-3 last week and are 3-7 in their last 11 as the offense has struggled a bit without Nick Swisher and Alex Rodriguez. They aren’t losing games by a lot though, Swisher is back and Joba Chamberlain will be back soon to help out in the bullpen.

A couple of series against the Orioles and Mariners will hopefully do the trick to getting the Yankees back on track though.

Check back here for updates and graphs throughout the week.

MonBaltimore 5, Yankees 4: W: Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 4.46), L: Freddy Garcia (4-5, 5.10), S: Jim Johnson (31, 3.63). HR: Raul Ibanez (14, off Gonzalez), Eric Chavez (9, off Gonzalaez), Ichiro Suzuki (5, off Gonzalez), Wilson Betemit (12, off Garcia).

The Yankees had chances to tie the game in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, but couldn’t pull off the comeback even though Chavez and Ichiro made it interesting.

Garcia started and was not nearly as good as he was in his last outing, but he was solid and did enough that he should have gotten the Yankees a win. Unfortunately, Boone Logan has continued his very poor run in July and pitched poorly in the 7th as the Orioles scored a pair of tack on runs that ended up being the difference.

Gonzalez did a good job keeping the Yankees offense in check as he struck out eight in 6.2 innings. He tired in the 7th and allowed back-to-back homers and Russell Martin hit a shot to the deepest part of the ball park just in front of the warning track to keep it from being three in a row.

The biggest problem offensively in this game was the fact that Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Robinson Cano went a combined 0-for-11 from the 2-3-4 spots.

Teixeira left the game in the 7th inning with a hand or wrist injury after diving while trying to make a play defensively. No word on the severity yet.

Source: FanGraphs

TueBaltimore 11, Yankees 5. W: Chris Tillman (4-1, 2.70), L: Ivan Nova (10-5, 4.53). HR: Robinson Cano (23, off Tillman), Nick Markakis (10, off Clay Rapada), Chris Davis (18, off Nova).

The Yankees jumped out to a bit lead early, but unfortunately Ivan Nova pitched the worst game of his career as the Orioles ended up trouncing them 11-5. The Yankees have now dropped nine of their last 12 games and four in a row.

The Yankees scored five runs in the first and batted around in part thanks to a 2-run shot by Robinson Cano, RBI-singles by Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin, and an error by the pitcher Tillman. That was it though as they were shutdown the rest of the way.

Lately a five-run lead is safe with Nova, but not on Tuesday as he quickly gave back the lead with a seven-run 2nd that made it 7-5 O’s. A RBI-double then RBI-single by Wilson Betemit in the 3rd and 5th made it 9-5. Markakis tacked on his two-run blast in the 8th off Rapada to add insult to the injury.

The one positive to take away from the game may be that Boone Logan pitched well, striking out two in one inning. Hopefully he can get back on track after a terrible July.

Source: FanGraphs

WedYankees 12, Baltimore 3. W: Phil Hughes (11-8, 3.96), L: Zach Britton (1-1, 8.38). HR: Curtis Granderson (29, off Britton), Robinson Cano (24, off Kevin Gregg), J.J. Hardy (15, off Joba Chamberlain).

The Yankees beat the Orioles 12-3 in a blowout at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday that featured a 7-run 3rd inning powered by a Cano’s grand slam that put the O’s away for good.

It all started very quickly for the Yankees with Granderson hitting a 1st inning homer to give them a 1-0 lead. Andruw Jones made it 2-0 shortly after that thanks to a sac fly. The O’s got one back in the top of the 2nd, but the Yankees answered that with RBI-singles by Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher to make it 4-1.

The fireworks really started in the 3rd inning when Jayson Nix drove in one with a double, Jeter singled in a pair more, and then Cano topped it off with the Yankees 8th grand slam of the year.

From there it was just a matter of Phil Hughes getting through the rest of the game, which he did, but not very efficiently. In total, Hughes allowed 11 base runners through six innings. Fortunately he was able to limit the damage with two double plays and no home runs as he left with a 11-1 lead.

Joba Chamberlain made his not so triumphant return after that as he allowed a homer on his second pitch of the year and then surrendered another run in the 8th. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s hard to expect greatness after a layoff of over a year. In such a big blowout, it was OK for him to struggle.

Source: FanGraphs

FriYankees 6, Seattle 3. W: CC Sabathia (11-3, 3.57), L: Kevin Millwood (4-9, 3.90). HR: Eric Chavez (10, off Millwood), Dustin Ackley (8, off Sabathia), Casper Wells (7, off Sabathia).

The Mariners might have scored three runs in this game, but aside from two bad pitches CC allowed homers on he was absolutely dominant as he lead the Yankees to victory in the first game of the series.

CC started the game by retiring the first 10 batters he faced. Then he left a pitch over the middle of the plate to Wells, who then hit it into left for a homer. CC retired the next 12 batters in a row after that until the 8th inning when Miguel Olivo doubled to left field. A leadoff walk and a homer in the 9th lead many to believe Joe Girardi would pull CC, but he was left in and he got the final three batters for the complete game.

Offensively, the Yankees got on the board 2-0 with a two-RBI single by Curtis Granderson in the 3rd. Chavez hit a cheap Yankee Stadium home run by hitting the top of the wall in the 6th for a two-run shot that made it 4-1 at the time.

The Yankees then got a couple of tack on runs in the 7th when Carter Capps, who looked like he might puke on the mound he was so nervous in his MLB debut, and Oliver Perez were ineffective. Robinson Cano drove in the first run and Raul Ibanez another. By then it was 6-1 and the Mariners were done.

Source: FanGraphs

Sat: Yankees vs Seattle, 1:05 pm, YES Network and MLB Network. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 3.28) vs RHP Felix Hernandez (9-5, 2.79).

Sun: Yankees vs Seattle, 1:05 pm, YES Network. RHP Freddy Garcia (4-4, 5.10) vs Hisashi Iwakuma (1-2, 4.56).

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