Sunday, May 20, 2012
NEW YORK—CC Sabathia carried a lead to the mound and couldn’t hold it, serving up three seventh-inning runs as the Yankees dropped a 5-2 decision to the Reds on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia had blanked the Reds over six strong innings and was staked to an advantage by Raul Ibanez’s two-run blast off Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto in the sixth, but the left-hander came undone in the decisive seventh.
Another tough loss for a team that’s just not playing that well of late. Cueto was nasty all game, with a changeup that looked like a screwball and a 94-95 mph fastball that had pretty good movement, but when Ibanez homered it felt like the Yankees had the game in hand with CC looking strong. Then came the seventh.
The Reds are a pretty good team, but losing 2 of 3 at home to them is a tough pill to swallow. At this point I don’t know how good this team is, but I’ll re-project them some time here in the next couple of days to see if we can get a sense of what the rest of the season should look like.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
NEW YORK—The eyes that claim ownership of the most recognizable stare in Yankees history were flickering with intensity, even with seven zeroes already on the scoreboard. Andy Pettitte wasn’t done yet.
Needing few words to convey that his vintage form had returned, the left-hander completed eight scoreless innings for his first victory in 22 months as the Yankees defeated the Reds, 4-0, in the opener of Interleague Play on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
“Big league W’s are precious,” Pettitte said. “It’s a good feeling any time you get a win. It’s what we’re playing for, to win games and help this team to win. I didn’t come back not to help us win. I just feel like I’m doing my job, really.”
I wasn’t able to see the game as I’ve been hopping flights all over North Carolina today. But apparently Andy looked good and gave this team something they desperately needed. Maybe I’ll just stay down here and they can rip off a few more wins. Actually, in a couple of days I will be leaving the country for a week, so expect the Yankees to take over first place by Thursday.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
“Jorgie got a huge hit for us,” manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s a big lift for us. We’ve been able to give him some at-bats, but it’s tough when you play all these Interleague games in a row.”
The blast by Posada provided right-hander Freddy Garcia with enough support to log his sixth victory of the year. Garcia’s soft-tossing arsenal limited the Reds to two unearned runs and three hits over seven innings.
Unfortunately, the night cap didn’t go so well.
CINCINNATI—Brian Gordon’s feel-good story took a few dents on Wednesday. The rookie served up three homers—including two of Chris Heisey’s three homers—as the Reds defeated the Yankees, 10-2, splitting a day-night doubleheader.
Under the lights at Great American Ball Park, the Yankees were held in check by the impressive right-hander Johnny Cueto, who limited New York to Nick Swisher’s second-inning solo homer in a two-hit, seven-inning performance.
I’m happy with a 4 of 6 road trip using silly non-DH lineups. The Yankees picked up a game on Boston (and lost a game to Tampa Bay) over a stretch where they had a slightly more difficult schedule, and that’s a good thing.
Monday, June 20, 2011
CINCINNATI—The Yankees have looked hopefully at Ivan Nova’s lanky build and easy arm action, and they can sometimes envision the rookie right-hander serving as a reliable part of their rotation well down the line.
It is performances like Monday’s that allow them to do so with more regularity. Nova allowed just four hits in one of the sharpest outings of his young career, helping the Yankees defeat the Reds, 5-3.
That was by far the best game I’ve seen Nova pitch. I’ve harped on his BB/K ratio as a reason to be skeptical about his long-term outlook, but you can’t do much better than he did tonight.
The issue has not been Nova’s value to the team, which has been more than adequate. The issue was how sustainable his value would be as long as he was walking as many batters as he struck out. There’s little question he’s got the arm and pitches to be a solid MLB starter.
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