Weekly game thread: August 13 – 19

The Yankees were actually above .500 last week, but will have a tough time keeping that going as they lost CC Sabathia for at least two starts and have to face the Rangers and the Red Sox in seven games. Joba Chamberlain also hasn’t been much help at all to the bullpen as batters have hit .409/.458/.591 off him since he returned to action.

Check back here for updates and graphs throughout the week.

Mon: Yankees 8, Texas 2. W: David Phelps (3-3, 2.53), L: Ryan Dempster (1-1, 8.31), S: Derek Lowe (1, 5.34). HR: Nick Swisher (15, off Dempster), Eric Chavez (13, off Dempster), David Murphy (10, off Phelps).

The Yankees won an easy game 8-2 behind a solid start by rookie David Phelps, a great performance out of the pen by Derek Lowe, and a rude welcoming to the AL for Ryan Dempster.

Phelps was making an emergency start for the injured CC Sabathia and did a solid job considering he was on a 75-80 pitch count. He held them to just two runs over five innings even if he needed two pickoffs to help him do it.

He gave way to Lowe in the 6th innings and he was phenomenal. His sinker was darting and he was able to command the pitch in the strike zone. For four innings he was dominant as he picked up his first save since 2001.

Dempster fell apart after a solid first two innings. He gave up a 5-spot in the 3rd inning and frankly was lucky that it wasn’t an 8-spot as the Yankees were hitting the ball hard and stranded two runners after getting into a bases loaded and one out situation. The Yankees continued to abuse the career-NL pitcher, but only managed three more runs against him.

Source: FanGraphs

TueYankees 3, Texas 0. W: Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 3.06), L: Matt Harrison (13-7, 3.24). HR: Nick Swisher (16, off Alexi Ogando), Mark Teixeira (23, off Ogando).

Hiroki Kuroda took a no-hitter into the 7th inning against Texas on Tuesday night and barely even gave the Rangers any chance at all to score as the Yankees beat them 3-0 behind back-to-back 7th inning homers by Swisher and Teixeira.

The Yankees offense has struggled during Kuroda starts all season so it was nice to see them able to pick him up in the 7th just after he lost the no-no.

Harrison did a good job shutting down the Yankees, but they made him work and got him out after a Derek Jeter single to lead off the inning. Then Alexi Ogando, who had been having a good season out of the bullpen this season, gave up the back-to-back shots to the first two batters he faced and that was enough for Texas to lose the game.

Source: FanGraphs

WedYankees 3, Texas 2. W: Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.68), L: Scott Feldman (6-8, 4.63), S: Rafael Soriano (29, 1.71). HR: Josh Hamilton 2 (34, both off Garcia).

Source: FanGraphs

ThurTexas 10, Yankees 6. W: Tanner Scheppers (1-0, 5.16), L: Boone Logan (4-1, 3.86). HR: Andruw Jones (13, off Derek Holland).

Source: FanGraphs

FriYankees 6, Boston 4. W: Phil Hughes (12-10, 4.23), L: Franklin Morales (3-4, 3.67), S: Rafael Soriano (30, 1.68). HR: Derek Jeter (10, off Morales), Nick Swisher 2 (18, off Morales and Craig Mortensen) Curtis Granderson (31, off Morales), Russell Martin (13, off Morales), Dustin Pedrioa (10, off Hughes).

The Yankees hit five solo home runs to power the Yanekes to a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox.

Swisher started the fireworks with a shot to left in the 1st. In the 2nd, Granderson and Martin hit back-to-back shots to make it 3-0. The Sox then took a 4-3 lead when an error by Hughes lead to a 4-run inning capped off by a Pedrioa 3-run shot.

The Yankees tied it in the 5th on a Jeter homer and then took a 5-4 lead in the 6th when Jayson Nix drove in a run on a RBI-single. Finally Swisher homered again in the 7th for a final tack on run.

Besides that 3rd inning, Hughes was very solid. He finished with 7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. It’s good to see him pitch well following a couple of stinkers. D-Rob and Soriano pitched a couple of shutout innings to close the game out. #untuck

Source: FanGraphs
SatBoston 4, Yankees 1. W: Jon Lester (7-10, 5.03), L: David Phelps (3-4, 2.69), S: Alfredo Aceves (25, 4.01). HR: Curtis Granderson (32, off Lester), Adrien Gonzalez (14, off Phelps).

David Phelps probably made a better start than he has all season, but was a bit unlucky and didn’t get support from his offense as the Yankees dropped the second game of the three game series.

Boston scored a run off Phelps in the 1st inning when A-Gon took a pitch away and out of the strike zone into the left field stands to make it 2-0. Phelps went into shutdown mode after that until the 5th inning where Nick Punto doubled to right to drive in Pedro Ciciaco, who has killed the Yankees this season, and put the Sox up 3-1. They got another run in the 9th off Cody Eppley thanks to a wild pitch that allowed Scott Podsednik to score to make it 4-1.

The Yankees scored their only run when Granderson hit a solo shot in the 4th to make it 3-1 at the time. They had a few opportunities off Lester with their biggest in the 1st inning when they had two runners in scoring position for Casey McGehee who struck out. Lester wasn’t great, but kept getting groundballs when he needed it.

Source: FanGraphs

SunYankees 4, Boston 1. W: Hiroki Kuroda (12-8, 2.96), L: Josh Beckett (5-11, 5.23), S: Rafael Soriano (31, 1.64). HR: Ichiro Suzuki 2 (7, both off Beckett), Adrien Gonzalez (15, off Kuroda).

The Japanese took over Yankee Stadium on Sunday as Ichiro powered the Yankees with a pair of homers behind a brilliant 8-inning, 1-run performance by Kuroda.

Curtis Granderson got the Yankees on board in the 1st with a RBI-double that drove in Derek Jeter to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. They made it 2-0 in the 3rd when Beckett allowed Jeter to score on a double steal and then a wild pitch. That’s when Ichiro went on a power surge with solo shots in the 4th and 6th to make it 4-0.

A-Gon homered in the 7th, but the solo shot was too little too late as Kuroda completely shut the Red Sox down. They really never threatened as he held them to just four hits and one run over eight innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Soriano pitched a perfect 9th for the save. #untuck

Source: FanGraphs

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6 Responses to Weekly game thread: August 13 – 19

  1. uyf1950 says:

    If Phelps could only get his pitch count down and develop that 1 "knock out" pitch. He could be really good instead of just good.

  2. uyf1950 says:

    Got to hand it to Cashman, Lowe could wind up being the best find of the trade deadline since he signed Kerry Wood a couple of years back.

    • I don't know. Casey McGehee (who is a perfect platoon player with Chavez) for Chad Qualls (who was going to be DFA'd in a day or 2) was a great move. Not flashy, but perfect for the Yankees.

      • uyf1950 says:

        Rob, maybe. But I think it ultimately comes down to who you think will contribute more in the final 7 weeks of the season: Lowe OR McGehee? For me I think it's Lowe. Because once A-Rod comes back say Sept. 1st there really is no spot for McGehee. At least I don't think there is. Yes, they certainly can keep him with the expanded rosters come September but how much playing time will he actually get, that's the question.

        • Once A-Rod comes back then both Chavez and McGehee will be back on the bench. Between them that will be solid options. The thing is, Lowe has been subpar for at least 4 years now. One great game is fine, but it doesn't change the fact that he's 39 and probably won't be that good most of the time. We'll see though.

          • uyf1950 says:

            I'll keep my fingers crossed that Lowe does do well. Because the middle inning relief for the Yankees over roughly the past month has been a bit disappointing. Maybe Lowe can catch lightening in a bottle like both Colon and Garcia did in 2011 and as I said Kerry Wood before that. I might try and cross my toes as well.

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