Yankees’ bats go silent in loss to Cubs

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Ah interleague play, baseball’s annual money and attention grab. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why they do it and why they’ll continue to do it, but I just don’t like it. The novelty wore off a few years ago. Anyway, Friday’s loss to the Cubs was a fairly standard “lack of offense loss,” meaning the Yankees had no answer for a crummy pitcher and couldn’t overcome an early but generally small deficit. Such is life.

Where was that Doug Davis?

Doug Davis? Really???

Pretty much all you need to know about this game is that Davis batted for himself in the seventh inning. A pitcher like that shouldn’t bat for himself in the fourth inning, nevermind the seventh. His slow, slower, slowest approach kept the Yankees off balance until the very last pitch he threw, number 111 that Nick Swisher clanked off the left field wall for a double with one out in the eighth. That was just their third hit off Davis, who walked three, struck out four, and got ten ground ball outs compared to eight fly ball outs. The only reason he was charged with a run was because reliever Sean Marshall allowed Swisher to score on a Mark Teixeira single. I really can’t explain it, Davis threw “fast”balls and changeups and curveballs and the Yankees simply couldn’t do anything. It was pretty gross.


Despite getting shutdown by Doug Davis – I can’t even believe I’m writing that – the Yankees did have the tying run on base in the late innings. Carlos Marmol came out of the bullpen and blew Alex Rodriguez away to end the eighth, but the ninth inning was a little more interesting. Robinson Cano‘s would-be leadoff bloop single (maybe even double) was turned into an out thanks to a great catch by Reed Johnson, but then Russell Martin drew a walk to bring the tying run to the dish. Jorge Posada struck out look at a total meatball (grrrr), then Brett Gardner slashed a single to put the tying run on base. Alas, pinch-hitter Chris Dickerson (who has two plate appearances in the last two and half weeks) struck out on three pitches to end the threat and the game. For shame.

Freddy Settles Down

Two weeks ago we saw Freddy Garcia come out of the gate against the Red Sox and everything was up. It was up and over the heart of the plate, and that predictably led to disaster. Garcia started Friday’s game much the same way, and the Cubs made him pay for it to the tune of three runs in the first three innings. They were up two runs before he even got the second out of the game, and it looked like one of those games where we would see a whole lot of Jeff Marquez. But then Freddy settled down.

After Aramis Ramirez singled in Chicago’s third run of the game, Garcia got on a bit of a roll and retired the next eleven batters he faced before Tony Campana beat out a bunt infield single that was more the product of bad defense than good hitting. Freddy stranded Campana and sat down the side in order in the seventh, so he retired 15 of the final 16 men he faced. Six hits, two walks, and three runs in seven innings is usually enough to win with this kind of offense, but it wasn’t meant to be on this day.

Robinson Cano: Also good at baseball.


Swisher, Tex, and Gardner were the only Yankees’ batters to reach base twice. They each had a hit and a walk. Cano, Martin, and Eduardo Nunez each reached once in some form or another, and Garcia had two sacrifice bunts in his two plate appearances. The three pinch-hitters – Posada, Dickerson, and Andruw Jones – all struck out. Sad face. Robbie did make a great defensive play on a ground ball though, flipping it to first with his glove. That was pretty cool.

Great exchange during the fourth inning…

John Flaherty: “I like [NL baseball], this is exciting.”

Doug Davis takes called strike three right down the middle.

Ken Singleton: “There’s your excitement.”

Excellent, go Kenny. In a related note: Am I the only one that can’t stand Michael Kay’s manageable/unmanageable game stuff? Who is he to decide if the game was too long or just right? Bah, whatever.

WPA Graph & Box Score

MLB.com has the box score and video, FanGraphs has everything else.

Up Next

Same two teams tomorrow afternoon in a (ugh) FOX broadcast. Those always suck. A.J. Burnett gets the ball against Ryan Dempster at 4pm ET.

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  • Michael Kay

    This game summary was unmanageable. Dont put it on the left side.

    I attract hot babes.

  • ultimate913

    Ugh. A FOX Saturday afternoon and Sunday Night ESPN game. It seems like the Yankees always lose those types of games.

    • http://twitter.com/buckfunts buckfunts

      The fans always lose those games.

      • Clayton

        Fans don’t lose; brain synapse’s lose.

      • Brian in North Hampshire (formerly New Hampshire)

        the fans don’t lose to those of us outside of the metro NY area. Can’t get YES so its the only time I can watch a game. I agree the YES broadcasts are better, especially if you’re a yankee fan, but there are a lot of us outside the YES network so we take all we can get.

        plus ESPN and FOX pay big bucks for these games so that means more money for baseball, more money for the Yankees, and the ability to sign better players.

  • dkidd

    loved that singleton line

    also liked jack curry implying that flaherty is a drunk

  • bonestock94

    Pretty much the only part of the game I was able to watch today was that exchange. Apparently it was the best part of the game. Oh well, win the next two.

  • It’sATarp

    honestly i fell asleep by the 3rd this game…it was pretty goddamn boring

  • Pat D

    Michael Kay has been doing that manageable/unmanageable shtick since he was on the radio.

    Will miss tomorrow’s game since I’ll be at a graduation party. That’s probably a blessing in disguise.

  • Phil

    The Michael Kay schtick was manageable but overbearing on the radio side. Now on the TV side, it’s just STOP IT Michael; can you manage that? Sterling the shill w/Susan on the radio side, & Kay hosting most of the TV side, now THAT’S unmanageable — or should be.

    The last time I really enjoyed listening to a Yankee radio broadcast was back in the 1980’s when Hank Greenwald and Tommy Hutton did the honors for the Bronx Bombers. I mean “Holy Cow,” actually fun & intelligent dialogue on a Yankee broadcast that didn’t talk down to the audience and actually took for granted there was a very well informed listener base following the games.

    On the TV side, I go back to the days of Mel Allen, Red Barber, the Scooter, & Jerry Coleman, & they really were the classic lineup, but I really thought Bill White was great & he’s still missed. You never would have thought it at first, but his pairing w/Rizzuto was brilliant, as he mostly played the straight man to the Scooter’s zaniness (Frank Messer was the third wheel but a very professional voice in the booth). I’d love it if the YES network would invite Bill White back from time to time to sit in, reminisce, & give Yankee fans of that era a chance to thank him for being one of the special voices to broadcast the games & for a remarkable run during a pretty special but increasingly distant era in Yankee Baseball. I’ve even forgiven him for helping the Cardinals beat us in the ’64 WS.

    • MikeD

      I don’t go back anywhere near far enough to have heard Allen, Barber and Coleman, but I do go back to White, Messer and the Scooter. White and Rizzuto did have a nice balance, with Phil providing entertainment, with Bill providing the game knowledge. Messer was the professional voice. You’re right. He was a bit of the third-wheel, kind of overpowered by the personalites of the other two.

      I’d be quite happy if Bill White was added in as a rotating member of the YES booth, even if it was for 10-15 games, but I don’t see if happening. He’s 77 now, which is scary to me, since my mental image of him goes back to when he was in the public eye, so I still see him in his 40s and 50s. My guess is after being NL President, he’s not looking to head back to the grind of the booth, even as a part timer. A guest appearance would be great. I’m surprised Michael Kay hasn’t had him on Center Stage.

  • jim p

    Bill White was outstanding. Like you say the perfect foil for Phil. I miss Jim Kaat, too. Kaat & Singleton made for an intelligent and fun game. And they actually seemed to care that the audience was tuned in for the ballgame, and not for 3 half-innings of Michael Kay prattling about … anything not connected with anyone actually on the field. Men on first and third, 1 run difference in the game, two out, who cares?

  • jim p

    There was that piece about the Yankees not having as many scouts as most teams a few days back. Maybe it’s time to get a dozen or so to see what these junk-ball unknowns throw before we lose another game to one.

  • nycsportzfan

    games like this have occured all season long, and you wonder if this team just flat out lays down on occasion? This stuff happens to often, and i promise you, i gurantee you, the redsox would of lambasted this guy, and that really irk’s me.. Step up every game yanks!

    • SteveD

      Agreed. The yankees should have pounded Davis. Garcia pitched well enough for the win. As for the announcers………..Kay is a bit much. I like Paulie and Singleton.

  • first time lawng time

    Honestly this loss is less frustrating than, say, one in which Ricera blows it or CC chokes away a lead and gives up 7 runs in one inning.

    • nsalem

      when has CC ever given up 7 runs in one inning?

      • Pat D


  • Buck

    Do grown men use the word “gross”? I always thought that was a word for 12-year old girls.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Golson with 2 triples and now tied with Montero at .293. Maybe time to switch him with Dickerson? Also another no error/passed ball game for Montero and he threw out the only attempted stolen base. I tell ya-it’s a miracle!

  • Accent Shallow

    I don’t understand how Davis has a job.

    What an awful loss.

  • Rob

    How can anyone be surprised? yanks have struggled mightily against shitty soft tossing (especially lefty) pitchers.

    • MikeD

      Perception does not necessarily match reality.

  • David, Jr.

    A pile of garbage game except for a decent Garcia outing and a spectacular catch by Gardner, the human highlight reel in left field.