Aug
29

Offense goes wild in 12-9 win

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For the second straight night the White Sox scored nine runs. But instead of another discouraging loss the Yankees hit John Danks hard, driving him from the game in the fifth. They scored 12 runs in all, including four home runs. That’ll get them a win just about every time.

Biggest Hit: Jorge extends the lead

The Yanks went ahead early in this game thanks to three two-run home runs, but by the end of the fourth the White Sox had hit a few homers of their own. The game was 6-5 when Danks started working the fifth. Nick Swisher Drew an eight-pitch walk. Four batters later, after a Robinson Cano single, Jorge Posada drove a double to right. It was deep enough to score both Swisher and Cano, extending the Yankees’ lead to three. They’d tack on two more before the end of the inning.

(AP Photo/John Smierciak)

The rally coincided with CC’s revival. From the fifth through the seventh he faced 11 batters and struck out five of them. He looked generally good earlier in the game, but Jones and Konerko took advantage of hittable pitches. That will sometimes happen. Thankfully it happened on the right night.

Learn from Mo, for Mo is wise

(AP Photo/John Smierciak)

As he so often does, CC pitched a solid seven which, with the aid of 11 runs, should have meant an easy job for the bullpen. The Yankees used four relievers in the final two innings, and the first three of them gave up runs. Well, technically only Joba and Robertson gave up runs, but Logan allowed both of his inherited runners to score so he’s not so innocent. It wasn’t encouraging, but again it came on the right night.

Mo picked them all up at the end. Robertson had created a save situation, and since he hadn’t pitched in a week it was as good a situation as any to use him. His first order of business was to get rid of that pesky baserunner, which he did by busting Carlos Quentin inside and eventually inducing a ground ball double play. He then toyed with the White Sox for a couple of batters before finishing the game.

Nunez’s big day

(AP Photo/John Smierciak)

A lefty started the game, which meant that Eduardo Nunez took his turn in the uninspiring A-Rod replacement platoon. Both Nunez and Ramiro Pena can field the position with ease, but neither has a bat that remotely approaches a diminished A-Rod. But there are some games when that light hitting player can go on a tear. Pena has done it before. Last night it was Nunez’s turn.

He started the festivities in the second with a two-run homer, the first of his career, extending the lead to three. It was the third straight fastball from Danks, and it actually looked pretty inside. Nunez got around on it and lined it out to left. He then came through in the seventh with a bases loaded single that put the Yanks up by five. In the eighth he singled to lead off and eventually came around to score on a Swisher single. Finally, in the ninth he picked up his first big league walk.

The career evening raised his line from .250/.250/.300 to .333/.360/.500.

Graph and Box

That’s how I like my away game graphs. Nice and towards the bottom.

More at FanGraphs. And there’s also the box score.

Up Next

The Yanks get Gavin Floyd tomorrow at 2 p.m. Ivan Nova gets his second major league start.

Categories : Game Stories

37 Comments»

  1. Brad Toughy says:

    The last time the Yankees lost on August 28 was 1996. Since then they are 12-0 and have outscored opponents 92-35, including tonight’s game.

    Obscure Stat Of The Night

  2. BigBlueAL says:

    Safe to say the wind was blowing out at Cellular Field tonight.

  3. Carlosologist says:

    I saw the end of this game and needless to say it got ugly in the game thread. Hopefully we can take out Floyd tomorrow, who really hasn’t been all that hot this month (4.91 ERA).

  4. Currambayankees says:

    Why do guys on River Ave Blues hate Nunez? I’ll take Stick’s and Singleton’s opinions over yours any day and they both seem to think the kid can be a good player.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Then don’t come here? The only form of hate we see is through Mike and he’s probably joking half the time. One great day at the plate doesn’t change much.

      • currambayankees says:

        What’s the matter Joba have a problem when people express their opinion? Oh, maybe Kay and Singleton aren’t scouts but the master mind of 90′s dynasty was Stick so yes I will value his opinion over yours and anyone here because guess what Stick was a player, scout, manager and General Manager. You are what a want to be scout… If Stick likes what he sees in a player then I’ll pay attention to that player because he just might turn into something special.

    • Tom Zig says:

      No one hates Nunez. Mike just doesn’t think he’ll amount to much.

    • Zack says:

      Because announcers say it must be true? They also love Cervelli and Pena, so they liking Nukes means nothing

      • nsalem says:

        Actually they finally started noticing this week that Cervelli has been playing like he belongs in Trenton. Better late than never. Before I go to sleep, I pray for world peace, an improved economy and Cervelli not being on the playoff roster. I am hoping that Cashman can get something done by Tuesday night to
        remedy this situation. A serious injury to Posada (who unfortunately is the Yankee most likely to be injured) would
        spell doom (capital letters, underlined and bold) for the 2010
        season if an upgrade over Cervelli is not found.

        • Zack says:

          Only took them five months.

          And there is no upgrade available to get, no one will make it through waivers for the Yankees. Unless you claim a guy like Kendall who has a year left on his contract, which wont happen

  5. Brad Toughy says:

    Oh, and look. The Yankees hit a two-run homer in the first inning and didn’t lose.

    It’s as if scoring runs in the first inning is a GOOD thing.

  6. larryf says:

    Great game by Nunez and he also mastered the all important underhand toss to CC who likes to catch the ball in his pitching hand after the ball is thrown around the infield. Superstition I guess…

  7. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I hope Robertson is just hitting a small (very small) rough patch with his last two appearances. I really have no complaints about the Joba-Logan-Robertson trio last night because they’ve been so good for a while now, but with our shaky rotation, the last thing we need is for our bullpen to wear down.

    Tip of the Hat to Eduardo Nunez for an excellent game all around, and an honorable mention to Marcus Thames because he’s a beast and I’m clearly a Thames fan-boy. Also, Pat on the Butt to CC for keeping the team in the game after two mistakes to Konerko and Jones.

    I would have very much enjoyed to see CC’s ERA drop into the 2′s last night, because I know the baseball writers love that shit. But, oh well, his ERA sits at a very sexy 3.14 to go along with that 18-5 record. Couldn’t ask for more.

    • Ana says:

      I’m still expecting CC to finish the year with 21-22 wins and an ERA in the 2.90s.

      Boom.

    • Pasqua says:

      They were Robertson’s first runs allowed in almost two months, I believe. I would call it regression to the mean, an averaging out, or just a blip of bad luck before calling it something more worrisome.

  8. dan says:

    will cc win the cy young? I think the yankees are capable of beating texas or minnesota, but not so sure about Tampa. They ‘ve already been to the playoffs. It’s going to be tough to match up against their rotation with exception of CC Sabathia. Also what the latest on the ivan nova, de larosa investigation did this guy take stuff in all likelyhood.

  9. dan says:

    will joe girardi be back next year. Will manny bauelos be held on to by the yankees as well as bryan mitchell, and chris cabrera.
    Does anyone see banuelos pitching in the playoffs for the yankees next year! Please Reply!

  10. nsalem says:

    What do you think would have been the result last nights game, if AJ or Javy were pitching and they had let a 6-1 game become 6-5 in the early innings? How would they have performed after being rocked for two long
    home runs and watch their lead evaporate so quickly?

  11. paulb says:

    I’ve been as big a DJ fan as anyone, but it’s getting painful to watch. Between K’s and double plays he’s killing the offense.

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