Harrison grounds Yanks on record-setting night

Game 12: Jackie Robinson Day
Would Batting Ninth Help Gardner?
(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

For the second straight night, the Yankees watched almost helplessly as their young starter dug them quite a hole. And for the second straight night, the bullpen tossed up zero after zero and gave the offense a chance to get back in the game. Unfortunately they were unable to complete the comeback on Friday, but they did bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Let’s recap the loss bullet-point style…

  • Ivan Nova … not good dude. Five walks and a hit batter is just too many free baserunners against that Rangers lineup. He really needs to figure out how to get outs once the lineup turns over, because he’s not giving the Yankees any length in his starts. When the other team has more runs than hits, then you’ve got to point the figure right at yourself. Walks and wild pitches/passed balls killed them.
  • Six, six freaking double plays! Some were turned with great defense, others were completely routine. That’s the new franchise record by the way, no Yankees team had ever grounded into six double plays in a nine-inning game before tonight. Crazy.
  • Lance Pendleton kicked off his Hall of Fame career in style, eh? Struck out the first two men he faced and gave the team three perfect innings. He’s the first pitcher in team history to fire three perfect innings in his debut. How about that?
  • Curtis Granderson hit his third homer of the season, and all three have come off lefties. Once he starts putting them over the fence against righties, he’ll really be in business.
  • Two hits for Derek Jeter and two hits for Nick Swisher, so they were productive at the top of the lineup. Alex Rodriguez doubled in the ninth and drew a walk earlier in the game, continuing his assault on AL pitching. I hereby proclaim his new nickname: wOBA-Rod.
  • Three walks for Jorge Posada, and now 20 of his 43 plate appearances (46.5%) have ended in a walk, strikeout, or homer this season. Three-true outcomes baby. Eric Chavez with a pinch-hit single, the one he should have had in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game if Brett Gardner hadn’t been allowed to bat for himself.
  • Here’s the WPA Graph, and here’s the box score. The double plays are frustrating, but for whatever reason this loss doesn’t bother me. I guess that by the end of the ninth, the GIDP’s were more comedic than anything else. Oh well. These two clubs will get back at it tomorrow afternoon, when Sweaty Freddy Garcia takes on Derek Holland. Assuming it doesn’t rain, of course.

Here’s a quick recap of the night in the minor leagues.

  • Triple-A Scranton won. Jesus Montero picked up three more hits to bring his season line to .471/.471/.647. He has 15 hits in his last 30 at-bats. That’s really good. Justin Maxwell doubled twice, and Adam Warren allowed three runs in six innings. He also struck out five and walked two.
  • Double-A Trenton won. Austin Krum reached base four times while Austin Romine, Cody Johnson, Ray Kruml, and Bradley Suttle each picked up two hits. Graham Stoneburner allowed one run across six innings, though he struck out just two and got nine ground balls. Kei Igawa picked up the save with three scoreless innings.
  • High-A Tampa won. Rob Lyerly, Luke Murton, and Zoilo Almonte all went deep to highlight the offense. Jose Ramirez struck out six and walked three in four innings work, allowing three runs. Mark Prior allowed two runs in an inning, but Scottie Allen resorted order with three scoreless innings. They need to get that kid in the rotation, stat. He’s being wasted in relief.
  • Low-A Charleston won (walk-off style). Slade Heathcott went 2-for-4 with a whiff, and Anderson Feliz finally got off the schneid with two hits of his own. J.R. Murphy singled and doubled, and Rob Segedin not only homered, but he had the walk-off hit-by-pitch. Ramon Flores reached base only once (on a walk). Kramer Sneed struck out five in 5.1 innings, allowing three runs.
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Game 12: Jackie Robinson Day
Would Batting Ninth Help Gardner?
  • Steve Garrison’s Roster Spot

    Just a disappointing game all around. Nova was Nova and the offense did a horrible job of grinding out at bats. It seemed like every inning they were swinging at the first or second pitch, giving away at bats (which is never cool!). I know K-long is a beast at mechanics and such but how about encouraging patience at the plate. SHEESH! Well at least the baby bombers won. Pendleton was one of the few positives from this game and the only one who didn’t seem afraid to throw strikes!

    • bakekrukow412

      At least Boston lost. Again.

  • BklynJT

    Has anyone investigated why nova breaks down so much the third time through the order? Is it that the hitters are used to his stuff or is he tiring and not pitching (missing spots, lowere velocity, general fatigue) as well?

    • Steve Garrison’s Roster Spot

      It’s completely mental. I get the feeling that he doesn’t have good baseball/pitching IQ to be successful. He just throws pitch after pitch without really having a gameplan/strategy.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        His stuff just isn’t good enough, and he has no deception whatsoever in his delivery. There’s probably a mental component as well, but it’s not completely in his head.

        If it was just a game plan thing, then assign some blame to the catcher and pitching coach.

        • Steve Garrison’s Roster Spot

          You’re right Mike. I personally was never a fan of Nova anyway. I’d rather see Nova skipped and let Noesi start. At least he has a track record of control and has decent secondary pitches.

        • ZZ

          This is not true. Nova’s pure stuff is plenty good to get through a lineup multiple times. The problem is that he gets out of whack mechanically very easily which leads to poor location.

          Nova’s issue is repeating his delivery for 6-7 innings at a time. He needs to work on finding that consistency, which will be difficult but is something he can definitely improve upon, especially now that he has better instruction at the major league level.

          However, to say his stuff isn’t good enough is not even remotely true.

          • Midland TX

            We should call him Nova Chamberlain.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

            to say his stuff isn’t good enough is not even remotely true.

            This statement is too extreme, as well. There is most definitely a “stuff” component to this. Nova throws hard, but doesn’t miss bats and that’s an issue when you have to roll over a lineup more than once. There’s a mental side to it, for sure, but I think the combination of stuff-ness and what you said about the mechanics make up the biggest part of Nova’s struggles.

      • Now Batting

        I have no experience on the subject but it seems dumb to think a rookie is in control of his gameplan/strategy. The responsibility would seem to lie with the pitching coach and catcher.

    • Mister Delaware

      I wonder if teams ever do pattern analysis on their pitchers. Seems like Nova’s stuff is too solid to just fall apart like he does.

  • danimal

    did I read Montero’s line right?? He has yet to draw a walk?

    • boogie down

      If the combined total of Montero’s walks and HBP’s equals the number of sac flies he has, he’d still have an identical AVG and OBP. In fact, a player can have an OBP less than his AVG: since sac flies are counted against OBP but omitted entirely from the AVG calculation, a player who has more sac flies than combined walks & HBP’s will have an OBP that is less than his AVG.

      Montero’s MILB page, however, says that he does not have any walks. I guess what I did above was purely academic.

    • NC Saint

      Yes, he hasn’t drawn a walk, but given the rest of his line, that’s nothing to worry about. He’s only struck out four times, against 16 hits, four of them for extras.

      With all due respect to Bret Gardner, there’s no need to take pitches just to prove you know how if everything they throw at you is hittable.

  • squishy jello person

    Flores was HBP in the second, so he reached base twice.

  • FachoinaNYY

    We
    Need
    Andy.

    Im suprised this hasnt been a big topic here, with all our rotational struggles, and no real trade prospects that are appealing, we need to push andy hard to make a comeback.

    Through a big prorated contract at him and get him ready asap.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      I think Andy’s enjoying retirement. I’m hoping for a collapse from the Angels or Cards so we can get either Dan Haren (I won’t let go of this ever) or Chris Carpenter.

      We can improve the rotation with a) a new and improved Phil Hughes after the DL stint ends and b) moving pieces around the deadline to secure either of the aforementioned pitchers or someone else who is available (maybe James Shields if he can stop giving up the long ball).

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        The Angels won’t give up Haren, but we could possibly get Weaver.

        I’m a bit weary of Carpenter at this point due to some injuries he’s had recently. But I’d love to have him anyway.

        There’s always Brett Myers. But knowing Drayton McLane and Ed Wade they’ll convince themselves that they’re still in it even though they are 30 games back of the division come July.

        • Sabermetrically Challenged

          myers doesnt throw hard enough to pitch in the AL East. throwing 88mph 2 seamers/sinkers won’t do much here

    • Dale Mohorcic

      I can’t wait for suzyn waldman’s reaction on that day. Oh my goodness gracious.

  • Ori

    Just waiting for a trade…

  • RollingWave

    Free Joba, k thx bye

    • The Big City of Dreams

      +1

  • Ori

    At least Boston is 2-10

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    The bad news: We grounded in 6 double plays

    The good news: That requires an asinine amount of bad luck and almost likely will never happen again this season. We also may get some good luck later on in the year and some would be DPs will get botched.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Gambler’s fallacy?

      • MONTERO IS AWESOME

        You betcha.

    • Dr. O

      A couple of them don’t even count since at this point Jeter is basically a guaranteed double play if there’s a runner on 1st and the ball doesn’t sneak past short or 2nd.

  • Tony S

    Not only is the 6 double plays a Yankee record its an American league record. 7 is MLB record.

  • dean

    Zz is correct. Nova has plenty good enough stuff to get big league hitters out with that sinking fastball and pretty good at times breaking ball. His issue is repeating his delivery and that’s something he doesn’t do very well…it leads to these lapses in command when he gets out of sync mechanically. He is a yoing guy so hopefully he can refine that and get more consistent in the strike zone…to say he’s struggling because his stuff isn’t good enough is incorrect.

  • MONTERO IS AWESOME

    Mike, when’s the chat this weekend?

  • First time lawng time

    The good thing about DPs? We got baserunners! Baby steps!

  • First time lawng time

    The Yanks need to get it together and put together some win streaks. As bad as they look now, at least we’re not Sox fans

    The Red Sox are on pace to win 27 games.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Loogy alert. Sisco kid with 2 scoreless/hitless innings. 6 batters faced.

    Golson thrown out for arguing balls and strikes and Miley thrown out. The SWB Yanks take no crap!

    • Hurling Darvish

      I heard Sisco’s velocity is not up to snuff even though he’s getting good results. That’s why he hasn’t been called up yet. The staff made a good choice in calling up Pendleton.

  • Nogomo

    Sorry, wasn’t it the WINNING run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th? There were 2 men on base for Martin, in my recollection. He jumped on the first pitch I think, and for a brief moment the stadium was electrified, until we realized it wasn’t going out. The balls seemed to die in the outfield air last night.

    Just my 2 cents on Nova. He was throwing straight fast balls almost exclusively, about 91 mph average, I’d say. He threw a lotta balls. Walked the first batter, and that set the tone for his outing. However, he did start to mix in some off-speed sliders on their better hitters, but he missed the strike zone, wasting those pitches. He just seemed to have no command of the strike zone last night.

    I’m surprised more hasn’t been made of Pendleton’s impressive debut. He was throwing mostly high 80s fastballs and I was sure he was gonna get slammed, but here again is evidence that velocity alone is not important. He was getting strike after strike and when they made contact it was never very hard. I don’t remember them getting a hit off hi but he was certainly effective. I can’t see why this wouldn’t shut the debate on Hughes’s velocity! It seems to me good movement, command of location, and unpredictable mixing are the keys to success.

    • mike

      once Pendleton came in they Yanks waved the white towel, and the Rangers did too…

      Id put very little stock in his performance, as the 9th inning/ final score doesnt tell the tale of the game

      • Hurling Darvish

        I don’t believe that for minute. The Rangers would be stupid to give up at bats with a 5-2 lead, the Yanks came back 5-0 the previous day, and overcame a 5 run lead against the Rangers in the ALCS.

        Pendleton simply threw quality strikes, like Colon has this year. Hit the corners, keep the ball down and change velocity, location and pitch type is what leads to success. Mariano, Soriano have throwing the same velo as Pendleton, and they have been pretty good except when Soriano walked 3 batters in his bad outing.

        I’m not saying Lance will be a great pitcher for us, but he should be credited for his fine performance last night.

  • JD

    worried about the lack of XBHs for Montero. Is he swinging defensively

    • Hurling Darvish

      He’s slugging 0.647, no worries.

  • mike

    Nova seems weak mentally, and when guys get on base he folds like a cheap suitcase.

    frankly, sometimes he looks like CMW, but once a guy gets on base it seems that the floodgates are opened….maybe its like others say and his mechanics are screwy when he pitches from the stretch?? and this makes him somewhat useless in the bullpen as well.

    Too bad they have no other warm bodies to put in the spot with Hughes now out – i’d put Nova back in Tampa and let him throw a few starts exclusively from the stretch and see if Connors/Contreras/whomever can find a flaw

  • Poopy Pants

    Can Jesus play LF?

    • Monteroisdinero

      Think of Jesus as Miguel Cabrera. I am a huge fan of his but would not put him in LF. Catcher/DH/and 1B after the Tex era ends if we haven’t traded him by then. Please no.