Yanks pound Indians for sixth win in eight games

Heathcott drives in three in Charleston win
Grounders and strikeouts help A.J. avoid trouble

Fresh off a frustrating loss to yet another rookie pitcher, the Yankees showed up to the park on Wednesday with payback on their minds. After a 42 minute rain delay stalled first pitch, Fausto Carmona, the Indians’ All Star representative who is having a legitimately good season (3.59 tRA coming into this game), couldn’t make it out of the third before the Yanks hung a seven spot on him. The final score was as lopsided as you’d expect. Both the Rays and Red Sox won their games, so the lead over those two teams in the AL East remains at two and seven games, respectively.

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Biggest Hit: Take Your Pick

It’s always good when you can’t decide which hit was the biggest of the game from an emotional standpoint. That usually means the Yanks won in a big way. WPA says that Mark Teixeira‘s two run 2nd inning single (through the teeth of the shift!) to give the Yanks a 4-0 lead was the biggest hit of the game, but Brett Gardner‘s run scoring single earlier that inning to make it 2-0 was pretty close, ditto Alex Rodriguez‘s 1st inning single to open the scoring. All three improved the Yanks’ chances of winning by about ten percent.

Tack on runs were provided by Curtis Granderson (triple in the 3rd), Robbie Cano (solo homer in the 4th), Nick Swisher (single in the 3rd), and Gardner again (double in the 3rd). Aside from the score, the big offensive story of the night is how the Yanks simply wore Carmona out. The Indians’ righthander threw just 16 pitches while giving up a run in the 1st, but the Bombers forced him to throw 36 pitches in the three run 2nd inning before making him throw another 21 in a three run 3rd while recording just two outs. The Yanks’ batters were patient, fouling off tough pitches and making Carmona pay when he made a mistake. It was vintage Yankee offense.

Moderately Good A.J.

(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

A.J. Burnett provided five scoreless innings in his last start before an extended rain delay cut his outing short, but he continued to roll right into this game. Even though the leadoff batter reached base in each of the first five innings, just one Cleveland baserunner made it to third base while Burnett was on the mound, and the righty navigated through trouble thanks to seven strikeouts, six ground balls, a pair of double plays, and a baserunner gunned down trying to steal.

It certainly wasn’t Burnett’s best outing – a better team makes him pay for all those leadoff runners – but after a dreadful June he finished July with 11 consecutive scoreless innings and a dead even 2.00 ERA in five starts. He’s certainly not out of the woods yet, but at least A.J.’s going in the right direction now.


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So it looks like Joba Chamberlain‘s new role is 7th inning fireman in blowouts. He entered the game with a man on first and one out in the 7th inning, proceeded to balk the runner to second before escaping the jam on two fly balls hit relatively deep (not to the warning track, though) to right. Joba threw eight fastballs and two sliders, hitting 97 mph three times and 96 twice. Still lots of work to do here, folks.

Sergio Mitre finished things off with two scoreless innings with a quarter of his 20 strikes (32 pitches overall) coming on swings and misses. I’m sure the Indians’ batters were looking to just get this one over with, but that’s still nice to see.

While on the subject of the bullpen, I know it’s been a sore spot all season, but I don’t see why Burnett had to go back out to start the 7th with his pitch count already at 105. Same deal with CC Sabathia last night, who ended up throwing over 120 pitches. It’s okay to take the foot off the gas every once in a while, especially with an eight run lead. Those bullets are best used at another time.

Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher combined to go one-for-nine with a walk tonight. The other seven regulars combined to go 12-for-30 (.400) with six extra base hits and a walk. That’ll do.

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Big ups to Granderson for that great slide hooking around Carlos Santana to get the plate for the Yanks’ second run in the early going. Thing of beauty. Bet you didn’t know the Grandy man is hitting .339/.375/.559 over the last three weeks or so.

Two days later, and Ken Singleton is still calling him “Shin-So Choo.” Grinds my gears. Oh, and speaking of grinding my gears, how about that douche grabbing the foul ball from the kid in the 4th inning? I have no tolerance for that crap, be an adult and put a smile on some kid’s face. You shouldn’t even have to think about it.

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A-Rod didn’t hit his 600th career homer tonight, but he did go 2-for-5 with the RBI single and a booming double. He literally took the base with him on the two-bagger, rolling on his back with the base in his hands (as you can see above). Alex will give the whole milestone homerun thing another go tomorrow.

WPA Graph & Box Score

Solid, I’ll take it every time. MLB.com has the traditional box score, FanGraphs the new age stuff.

Up Next

The Yanks will try to take three-of-four for the second straight series when they send Dustin Moseley to the mound for his first start of the season tomorrow. Based on Mitre’s usage tonight, I assume Chad Gaudin will be Moseley’s caddy. He’ll be opposed by Mitch Talbot. Fitting that the Yanks will face the former Ray before heading to St. Pete for the weekend.

Heathcott drives in three in Charleston win
Grounders and strikeouts help A.J. avoid trouble
  • Carlosologist

    (3.59 tRA coming into this game)

    Even if Carmona used his tRA correctly, the Tribe still would have lost.

  • Steve

    If you’re going to use your blog to call someone a “douche bag” then you too young or too boorish to know how to “behave online”. Having an opionion is fine, expressing it crudely is not.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      Was this in response to something I missed?

      • Carlosologist

        No, it was in response to what Mike wrote about the guy who refused to give a foul ball to a little kid.

    • Carlosologist

      In my opinion, it wasn’t expressed crudely. It was spot on. You have to be a real dick to not give a young child a foul ball.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21


        • KeithK

          Didn’t see the play. But if I catch a foul ball at a ballgame then it’s mine. I don’t care if there’s a half a dozen kids sitting around me. (Not going to rip it out of some kid’s hand though.)

          • forensicnucchem

            I have to agree with you. I’ve never gotten a ball at a game and the only kid I’d give one to if I caught one is my own future kid.

      • LI Kevin

        The guy ended up giving the ball to the kid after the next pitch because he was being booed.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      Never mind. I just saw what you were referring to.

    • Meat Loaf

      Douche bag.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Steve, I’ve been reading this blog from the beginning (but I only commented 5 or 6 times), but I agree: the comments on this site suck.


      • Jersey John

        What the hell?

    • rbizzler

      Hey Steve, you seem a little sensitive. Maybe you should have just let the kid have the ball and you wouldn’t be feeling guilty right.

      • Klemy

        Bah, I was beaten by you!

        Yeah, little bit sensitive Steve. If you don’t like him calling a spade a spade, there are other blogs you could check out. Seriously, take a pill. The fan was an asshat.

    • dalelama

      stop whining, DOUCHE BAG!!!!!!!

    • Klemy

      Well, Steve, you should not have taken that ball from that kid then.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    I think the correct headline should have been “A-Rod chokes under the bright lights of Cleveland.” with a byline of “Stuck at 599. yanks win.”

  • j

    Well considering the Choo is pronounced as Jhoo in Korean, I dont care what Singleton calls him.

    • Chris

      How about Steve? I think Singleton should just refer to him as Steve Choo.

    • nest

      err… it’s pronounced Choo in korean… Choo Shin Soo…

  • Jon in CUO

    Anyone know what the rules say should happen when a runner pulls the base out of the ground, as Arod did? Does play stop immediately?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      No, somebody just slides it right back in and its fine. It was treated the same was as when a play is done and the pitcher walks back to the mound with the ball, nothing happened.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      There’s nothing in the rule book. I’m not certain about “unwritten rules” because Dallas Braden was unavailable for comment. :(

    • jim p

      Technically, I think if he holds it until he runs to third, but drops it right before he touches third, he can’t be tagged out in the meantime.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Now that would be hilarious. I’d love to see what the media did to A-Rod had he tried such a play.

  • Frigidevil

    Well my prediction was wrong. Lame

  • MikeD

    Be nice if AJ can rip off about three months of Good AJ, right through the World Series.

    Unrelated, I saw a tweet from Buster Olney that said the reason why the Yankees have never traded Kei Igawa is because it would cost them a major chunk of luxury tax.

    Does anyone know why it would cost the Yanks more luxury tax? Igawa is on the MLB roster so his salary is already included in the luxury tax calculations, so how would trading him cost them more?

    • MikeD

      Meant to write he’s on the MLB 40-man roster. Whatever, he signed a MLB contract with the Yankees so his salary has to be included. I guess this is why I don’t like Twitter. The character limit is, well, limiting.

      • Dan

        He’s been off the 40-man for a while now.

        • MikeD

          Okay, but they still signed him to a MLB contract, which they are paying. Just trying to figure out how it would cost the Yankees luxury tax money if they traded him.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      I’m fine with one month straight of good AJ as long as that month was October.

    • Ed

      Igawa is on the MLB roster so his salary is already included in the luxury tax calculations, so how would trading him cost them more?

      The luxury tax calculation is roughly the following:

      40 man roster salaries + 60 day DL salaries + obligations to released players + money sent to other teams in trades – money received from other teams in trades.

      Igawa has been off the 40 man roster for 2 years now, so his salary has been exempt from the luxury tax for a while. Trading him would most likely require either paying most of his salary, or taking someone with a bad contract. Either way, they take a hit.

      • MikeD

        Ed, thanks. That makes sense. A bit unfortunate for Igawa since it basically prevents him from ever pitching in the Majors until his contract expires, but there are worse things. I’ll be more than happy to be banished to the Japanses minor leagues for several years if it nets me $20 million!

  • KillaCam

    Why is it our Yankees do so poorly against rookie pitchers? This has been a pattern throughout the later years.

    • B-Rando

      i think your a day late on this one

  • piiax

    Most useless “record”, number or ab’s between hr 599 and hr 600. Where, no WHY??, do they come up with these things!!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack
    • Klemy

      Yeah, really. There is such a small sample of players who have gotten there, that the whole discussion of most at bats without hitting 600 is kind of…dumb.

  • Pete

    I disagree about AJ being overextended. I think you need to get all of your pitchers (or the ones who can, anyway) up to around 115-120 pitches a couple times over the course of the summer, so that if they need 110 or so in the playoffs, it’s not much of a stretch. AJ threw a two inning and then a five inning start in his two previous starts, so I think stretching him out here was a good move.

    • Steve (different one)

      Beat me to it. AJ specifically said after the game that he “needed that”. He threw like 55 pitches last time out.

    • B-Rando

      I totally agree. I think we needed to see AJ keep grinding out there despite his pitch count. I’m sure he wanted to be out there too, at least trying to finish the 7th.

  • dalelama

    Question, if someone hits a fly ball and the runner on second tags up and advances to third does the hitter get credit for a sac fly? It happened last night so it made me curious. Does it matter if it happens with O or 1 out already? Thanx

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      No, it doesn’t count as a sac-fly; just a groundout.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That should read fly out, sorry.

        • dalelama

          Thanks. So the only fly ball that counts as a sac fly is one that causes a run to score?

          • Doug


          • Brien Jackson


          • Pete

            meanwhile, any bunt that advances the runner is a sacrifice. funny things, old-school stats.

  • larryf

    I love the fact that Brett almost always puts the ball in play to the left side with 2 strikes on him but once every 10 games or so he will smoke an inside pitch deep to right. He loves to keep those pitchers honest. The Great Brettsky is the best #9 hitter in the game…..

    • dalelama

      I would feel more comfortable about Brett’s future if I saw him smoke pull a fastball. Last night’s pulled smoker was on a change-up.

      • ZZ

        Are you saying that you don’t think Gardner could get around on an inside fastball and/or he has not done that this year?

        • dalelama

          I personally have watched about 30 Yank games this year and from what I recall (which admittedly may be faulty) I have the impression he has trouble pulling a good fastball. Gardner’s performance this year has converted me from believing he sucked to believing he may be a nice little player whom we have for a really good price. I am just concerned that he won’t be able to keep his performance at this level over an extended period of time as pitchers and defenses adjust.

          • ZZ

            Gardner has very quick hands.

            Pulling a fastball even a good one has not this season and should not be a problem for him going forward. It is all about him recognizing the inside pitch in time, so he is able to make the decision to drive it instead of taking the ball the other way.

            He has definitely unloaded on some inside fastballs this season.

            What are pitchers and defenses going to do to adjust to stop him from playing at a high level?

            • dalelama

              I would pound him inside with fastballs.

      • larryf

        I was going to mention that. “Don’t come inside with that 80 mph changeup dude-I’ll smoke it” I agree with the fact that he can’t pull a fastball but he has been doing pretty well hitting it foul or to the opposite field.

        Why did it take 4 pitches for him to steal second last night with a man on 3rd and Jeter up? Frustrating…

        • MikeD


      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Stupid Gardner, hitting pitches that aren’t fastballs…

  • Chris

    From Olney’s Twitter feed:

    “Heard this: The reason why the Yankees have never traded Kei Igawa is because it would cost them a major chunk of luxury tax.”


    I think the other 29 teams may have a different point of view as to why the Yankees never traded him.

  • Cecala

    If I was Cleveland, I would just throw out a rookie pitcher every time the Yankees come in to play them. They really have nothing to lose since their season was over like 30 games into the season.

  • sleepykarl

    “ow about that douche grabbing the foul ball from the kid in the 4th inning? I have no tolerance for that crap, be an adult and put a smile on some kid’s face.”

    In Texas, there was a HR on the CF hill and a 40 year old hip checked a 8 year old into a chain fence to get the HR ball. It looked pretty brutal.

    • MikeD

      Sorry. I thought he was at least 10 when I hip checked him.