Swisher’s homer gives Yankees sweep over A’s

Ramirez whiffs 11 in Charleston loss
Swisher's road trip rebound

It took until the first day of June, but the Yankees finally have their first four game winning streak of the season. They again struck early on Wednesday, taking a lead in the very first inning, but this one was a little less blowout-y than the previous two wins.

Good thing he didn't bunt.

The Big Blow

Joe will have more on Nick Swisher‘s recent hot streak on Thursday, but all you need to know is that he kept it up in this game. Alex Rodriguez led of the fourth inning with an infield single off the glove of the defensively challenged Conor Jackson, after which Robinson Cano drew a four pitch walk. Crazy, I know. Gio Gonzalez was wild as he tends to be, but Swisher squared around to bunt on the first pitch of his at-bat. The pitch was down below the zone, so he took it for a ball. The same thing happened on the second pitch to put him into a comfy 2-0 count.

Swish said after the game that he missed a sign, and that he was supposed to go up there and swing away. That’s exactly what he did on that third pitch, a get-me-over fastball right over the plate. Swish yanked it deep to left field and comfortably over the fence for a three-run homer, turning a one-run deficit into a two-run lead. Neither team would score the rest of the way even if it didn’t feel that way after Swisher’s homer, and I’m sure he enjoyed it a little more than usual since it came off the team that traded him away.

Burnett Settles Down

One bad pitch.

A-Rod gave the Yankees the lead in the top of the first by driving in Derek Jeter with an opposite field double after the Cap’n doubled to leadoff the game. A.J. Burnett gave it right back and then some in the bottom half though, surrendering a two-run homer to Josh Willingham after David DeJesus doubled two batters earlier. It had the makings of a Bad A.J. outing, but to his credit, Burnett settled down.

Following the homer, A.J. walked three of the next nine men he faced, but that was it. Following the third walk, he retired a dozen of the final 13 batters he faced, the lone exception being a two-out triple in Coco Crisp in the fifth. Obviously, he did not come around to score and neither did any of those three walks. Burnett put six men on base in seven innings, striking out five and getting 11 other outs on the ground. Ten of his 103 pitches were changeups, quite a few for him, and another 28 were curveballs,  so A.J. went a little more offspeed than usual. Either way, give him credit for righting the ship mid-game and putting forth a solid effort against an admittedly bad offense.

Leftovers

Curtis Granderson went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, but he’s allowed to do that every so often. In fact, the Yankees only had six hits all game, two by A-Rod  and the rest scattered around. The bottom three hitters in the order went hitless in ten at-bats, though Andruw Jones and Russell Martin each drew a walk. The 3-4-5 hitters saw just 30 pitches in eleven at-bats, with Cano doing most of the heavy lifting (12 pitches for him, nine each for the other two). Not a banner day for the game’s most productive offense, but there will be games like this every once in a while. Just gotta find a way to score anyway. Good thing they can hit some evil homeruns from time to time.

Speaking of Martin, he stole his sixth base (in six tries), and he managed to tweet a thank you for all the All-Star Game support while on base. Ah publicists. The tweet has since been deleted, by the way. For shame, people should have a greater sense of humor with stuff like this. It’s harmless.

Both Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera pitched for the first time in three days, so that was good. Joba allowed a pair of hits but got out of it after turning a line drive comebacker into a double play. David Robertson warmed up as well, which is good because he hasn’t pitched in three days either. You don’t want to run these guys into the ground, but you don’t want them to rust either.

The Yankees have now beaten the Athletics the last ten times they’ve played, and in 24 of their last 28 meetings overall. They’re like the west coast version of the Twins or something. New York has also won four in a row, six of eight, eight of 11, and 11 of 15 since that ugly six game losing streak. Good stuff. It’s still too early to obsess over standings, at least in my book, but they have a nice little three game lead over the Rays and Red Sox in the loss column.

WPA Graph & Box Score

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score.

Up Next

The Yankees are heading to Anaheim, but not before taking Thursday off. Ivan Nova will start against Jered Weaver in the series opener on Friday. Fun fun fun.

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Ramirez whiffs 11 in Charleston loss
Swisher's road trip rebound
  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay for a full recap. I missed the Leftovers.

    • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

      agreed. Bullpoints suck, my resume has a ton of them and i still cant get a job.

  • Esteban

    It’s nice when the Yankees are playing well. And look at that, the Red Sox have lost four in a row. So much for the Red Sox “already had their bad stretch” (forgot who said it) and therefore DOOOOOOOM! That’s why it’s good to keep perspective and not dwell on standings early or particular games in April and May.

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

      I know, it’s so confusing. I was specifically told on numerous occasions that if the Yankees didn’t win THIS MUST WIN GAME that the Red Sox would blow by us and never look back.

      Maybe it’s an internet typo. The Red Sox didn’t just lose their fourth straight, they’ve actually won 35 in a row and currently have a 12 game lead in the division. That’s probably what has happened.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        A four game losing streak for the Sox is like Ron Burgundy’s pleated pants….its just an optical illusion.

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

          Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

  • Pat D

    I remember Mike said during the game thread that Martin just tweeted while he was stealing the base. I honestly thought that was a joke.

    Maybe I should get with the times and get a Twitter account?

    • Monteroisdinero

      I’m sure Posada did it for him. He’s never on base.

  • http://n/a Steven’s Yankees

    Sorry but your’e wrong Tex rules defensivley at 1b and will continue to, A-Gon is overated, give me Tex at 1b any day!!!!!!!!!1

  • RKelly39

    I just want to say that I’m living and working in India. I can’t watch the games. Playing fantasy baseball keeps me connected to the sport. But I really count on the detailed recaps here to keep me connected to the Yanks. Keep up the good work and thanks.

  • Joe

    If you want laughs just read the comments in the link.. Good times…

    http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/m.....qus_thread

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      nothing is more entertaining than a Bosox comment page!

      Pedroia is showing his true colors…whiny miniature be-atch!

  • http://salarydump.com Bartolo Colon

    When the season ends, I’ll tell you how I did it. Promise!

    • Sabermetrically Challenged

      carrots. Lots and lots of carrots
      /familyguyreference

  • dalelama

    Nice to see Swisher finally start to contribute. More good news—Haren may miss his turn this weekend do to back issues. Is it my imagination or do the Yankees perform better when Posada rides the pine or doesn’t start? Didn’t know where to find these stats.

    • Brian in North Hampshire (formerly New Hampshire)

      Agreed on the Swish front. He seems like a real likeable guy who has a lot of fun playing the game and isn’t contraversial on or off the field. You want to root for a guy like that (kinda like people rooting for Cervelli). It helps likeability that Swish has shown us how good he can be.

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

        Swish is a little controversial off the field, though.

        After all, he went to Ohio State. I’m sure he’s got some cars and tattoos that he received in violation of NCAA regulations. What a dirty scofflaw jerkface.

        • Monteroisdinero

          And Jeter went to Michigan (for a short time). Classier.

          Go blue!

          • CS Yankee

            You mean he went to a Michigan football game at least once.

            • Monteroisdinero

              Played short for a semester or two. He goes to lots of football games but hopefully not until November.

              :-)

              • CS Yankee

                Wasn’t he the 5th or 6th overall pick out of High School and would have attended Michigan if he didn’t sign with the Yankees?

                I have never heard of a HS kid that signed AND played college…I’m not sure you can do that. Also if he played a semester or two, wouldn’t that be two years?

                • Clay Bellinger

                  Yes, he was the 7th pick straight outta HS. He was apparently committed to Mich, but he obviously never actually played there.

                  • Monteroisdinero

                    Checked and he went to classes for a semester but didn’t play baseball at U of M. His favorite class was:

                    “How to speak and say nothing to an interviewer at the same time”

                    • CS Yankee

                      You are full of more shit than a Christmas Goose.

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

                Played short Enrolled and took classes after his minor league season had ended for a semester or two. He goes to lots of football games but hopefully not until November.

                Fixed.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Posada has no hits against lefty pitching in 2011-unless I missed one. Yes, the Yankees perform better when he does not start against lefties.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        Granderson needs to teaching Posada how to hit lefties

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

          Step 1: start switch hitting

          • CS Yankee

            LOL

            However, Long has been the deal with several batters and his followers (Arod, Swish, Cano, etc) praise him well & even Grandy (finally) did a few days ago.

            I wonder if the “old guard” guys like Jete & ‘Sada are too proud to really make a wholesale adjustment, or they can’t process what his teachings?

            Step 1: open your mind to the zen of “Long” ball.

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

              It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

  • David, Jr.

    This game is an example of exactly what we need. Grandy, Tex and Cano don’t do much, but somebody else steps up and wins the game. Maybe some day Posada will do that, like 3 for 5 with 5 ribbies. Of course that doesn’t matter, as he is an icon. The key thing is not to hurt his feelings.

    • Monteroisdinero

      He has 13M feelings this year. This makes it harder to hurt them.

      • David, Jr.

        It is the formula for success from the Harvard Business School. Huge expense and no return.

    • CS Yankee

      He had that key double just a few games ago as a pinch-hitter. That was clutch…RF gapper on the first pitch, taking over for Nunez at-bat.

      • David, Jr.

        He may look back on that incredible moment as the key to his assault on the Mendoza line.

        • CS Yankee

          One can only hope…

          I would however take a buck-eighty guy that we had in April that was on pace to hit 50 dingers…not so much a buck-eighty with 15 dingers projection that we have now though.

          He is the anti-Ajax BABIP guy.

          Hope he gets going, or gets going!

      • Monteroisdinero

        Sitting dead red on a first pitch fastball and he got it and he was batting lefty.