Jun
23

Yanks get blown out in nightcap to end NL trip

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Well, it’s always tough to sweep a doubleheader, but we all wanted the Yankees to get greedy on Wednesday night after taking the afternoon game. It was a game for about six and a half innings, but then the Reds blew it open late and that was that. Ugly end to an otherwise great road trip.

I recommend not throwing anymore slow curveballs there.

Homerun Gordon

It was ominous right from the start. Chris Heisey worked the count full before launching a leadoff homerun in the very first winning, then Jonny Gomes welcomed Joe Brian Gordon to the big leagues with a homer to leadoff the second. Three innings later, Heisey hit another homerun, this one a two-run shot to give the Reds a three run lead. It was obvious Gordon wasn’t fooling anyone because even the outs were hard hit. He had nothing to put batters away with two strikes, which is why he only struck out one of the 20 men he faced. The end result: five hits, no walks, and four runs in five innings on just 74 pitches (49 strikes). Reds’ batters swung and missed just twice.

I’ll stick with what I said after Gordon’s first start: he’s got middle reliever written all over him as a fastball-curveball guy. Yeah, he throws a cutter and a changeup and whatever else as well, but the heater and curve seem to be his only two big league caliber pitches, if you can call them that. He’s got to locate perfectly to be effective, otherwise games like this happen.

Their Last Chance

Johnny Cueto was absolutely cruising when the seventh inning started; he had retired a dozen men in a row coming into the inning and had struck out the last four he faced. Alex Rodriguez broke the streak with a leadoff single, and before you knew it they had first and second with none out following a Nick Swisher walk. Russell Martin struck out after a seven pitch at-bat for the first out, leaving the rally in the hands of Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena.

But Joe Girardi wasn’t having any of that, so he sent up Robinson Cano to pinch-hit for Nunez. I loved the move, that was the biggest at-bat of the game and leaving it in the hands of Nunez’s .290 OBP is asking for trouble. Cano reached on an error, loading the bases. The problem was that Pena grounded out on the first pitch (Joey Votto got the force out at home), then pinch-hitter Jorge Posada did the same thing. Bases loaded man, force the pitcher to throw a strike there. That was the end of the rally, which resulted in zero runs. Not like it would have mattered anyway.

Hector Nopesi.

Hector Bleeds

It took a while, but Hector Noesi finally had his first real disaster inning as a big leaguer. He gave up five hits and hit a batter with the bases loaded in the seventh, allowing the Reds to score three insurance runs while throwing 21 pitches. It happens and it will happen against at some point, but it’s good to get that first one out of the way in a game like this. Welcome to the club, kid.

OH BUT WAIT!

For some reason, Noesi was sent back out for the eighth. Maybe Buddy Carlyle hadn’t gotten to the park yet. He gave up three more hits (including Heisey’s third homer of the game) and a walk while recording just two outs, putting his pitching line at 1.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Ug-ly. That second inning of work was really unnecessary. Oh well, hopefully he shakes it off, learns something from this outing, and moves on. All you can do.

Love me some oppo bombs.

Leftovers

Nick Swisher got the Yankees on the board in the second inning with a solo homer, a shot to left that hit the fan in the front row in a bad spot (right in the hands) and bounced back into the field of play. Those are my favorite kind of homers, opposite field jobs on pitches away. Takes a combination of strength and a good approach, plus they’re fun to watch. The Yankees scored their other run in garbage time, when Alex Rodriguez doubled in Curtis Granderson. Looked gone off the bat, but it hit off the base off the wall instead. Oh well.

Boone Logan retired both Joey Votto and Jay Bruce and the Yankees lost?!? What a waste. He lives to pitch another day, I suppose. Cory Wade finally allowed a baserunner, a ground ball with eyes just beyond Nunez’s reach. I was truly expecting him to be perfect forever.

The Yankees ended with a winning road trip, sandwiching four wins between two losses. They’re now 10-3 in their last 13 games, which works for me. They’re also done traveling to NL parks in the sense that the remaining series at CitiField isn’t really travel. Hooray for only three more DH-less games.

WPA Graph & Box Score

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

Up Next

The Yankees will take Thursday off then reconvene at Yankee Stadium on Friday night to play the Rockies. A.J. Burnett will kick that series off against Ubaldo Jimenez in a matchup that almost guarantees both teams will finish the game with 10+ walks and 10+ strikeouts. If you want to go to the game, RAB Tickets can get you there dirt cheap.

Categories : Game Stories

62 Comments»

  1. nick says:

    “Chris Heisey worked the count full before launching a leadoff homerun in the very first winning, then Jonny Gomes welcomed Joe Gordon to the big leagues with a homer to leadoff the second”

    I think you deserve a good night’s sleep, Mike.

  2. Carl says:

    Winning Road Trip, regardless of this nightcap.

  3. CP says:

    The worst thing about the loss is the off day, meaning an extra 24 hours of whining about the team.

  4. YankeesJunkie says:

    A-Rod keeps raking even though the homers has not been prolific.

  5. Clueless Girardi says:

    How don’t you bunt Martin there in the 7th?!?! Move the runners to 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, then pinch hit Cano for Nunez or hope Nunez hits a sac/single even if he gets out you pinch hit for Pena with Cano and still have runners on 2nd and 3rd with the best hitter on the team at the plate with 2 outs and the tying run at the plate! Even if he singles you make it a 1 run ball game with 6 outs to go!!!…I don’t know what Girardi’s logic behind all of that was. You’d think he’d have an NL mentality since he did coach in the NL…CUETO DOMINATED THE YANKS ALL NIGHT YOU HAVE TO PLAY SMALL BALL IN THAT SITUATION. PROBABLY ONE OF THE DUMBEST MANAGERIAL DECISIONS I’VE SEEN.

  6. Preston says:

    So Gordon looked pretty terrible, Noesi got rocked and Phelps went to the DL, Colon and Hughes need to get well soon.

  7. breich315 says:

    The move that confused me was taking out Cory Wade. The guy has been awesome since coming to NY and he can go multiple innings. It bothers me when Joe G decides to use the entire bullpen when he doesn’t get the appropriate length from the starters. One of the relievers is bound to mess up.

    I can’t kill him for going to Noesi because he’s had some good results (although the peripherals were not great). Just would have like to see Wade for at least the 7th.

    • Rick in Boston says:

      I think it came down to the fact that Wade’s spot in the lineup came up. If the Yankees hadn’t put men on base, Posada would not have pinch hit for Wade.

  8. Kiersten says:

    Great road trip. I know 4-2 doesn’t sound too great, but considering we played 6 games without a DH and the lineups and pitchers we sent out there today, bravo. The Sox have been on a tear lately, and we’re still right there, one game back. Keep it going, Yankees.

    • AndrewYF says:

      Actually, they’re tied in the loss column. People may complain about the Yankee offense being inconsistent, but the Red Sox outscored their opponents 80-32 (!!) over their last 11 games, but only won 7 of them, due to scoring 0, 2, 4, and 1 run in the losses.

    • first time lawng time says:

      I think 4-2 sounds very good. And I agree. The Yankees had weaknesses going into these series and they still didn’t lose. I thought it was a nice little roadtrip.

    • MannyGeee says:

      This. any time you start Nunez & Pena for almost a whole week and still go 4-2 on a road trip, its hard to argue with it.

      • Cris Pengiuci says:

        any time you start Nunez & Pena for almost a whole week and still go 4-2 on a road trip, its hard to argue with it

        FTFY

  9. first time lawng time says:

    I actually would have pinch hit Cano for Peña instead of Nuñez.

  10. first time lawng time says:

    You know, you win some; you lose some. I didn’t really watch the game, but this doesn’t seem like one of those losses that’s hard to digest.

    Hopefully, they bounceback and sweep Colorodo. I think they should be able to at least win that series. COL doesn’t seem too intimidating.

  11. Bavarian Yankee says:

    welcome to the show, Hector Noesi. The Reds beat him like he owes them money :D

  12. Monteroisdinero says:

    Heisey got 3 slow pitches in his wheelhouse in one game and didn’t miss any of them. A career night that won’t happen again. Bad adjustments/location by Gordon and Noesi.

    We win a game with the crappier lineup.

    Pitching is 90% of bezball.

  13. Jorge says:

    The game thread commenters got on Noesi as it he was the first pitcher in history to ever get his ass handed to him. One thing I like about Girardi is that he will put him back out there, if the situation calls for it, on Friday. It happens.

    Agree on Gordon. He’s a 32 year-old rookie, in the end.

  14. Monteroisdinero says:

    Crude stat or not, having Colon/Garcia/CC as 1/2/3 in era is a pleasant thing. 3 months into the season and no regression. Non-regression has been good to our starting pitching.

  15. Bronx Byte says:

    Hughes and Colon should be back in 10 days to 2 weeks. Down goes Carlyle and Gordon. Jeter will be back sooner. Down goes Ramiro Pena. Get Andruw Jones out of the Bronx as soon as possible. Justin Maxwell or Greg Golson can do more good.

  16. MannyGeee says:

    my stoach still turns at the fact that they let Cuento off easy. After a bad throw by Votto and an error charged to him, Cuento was visably shaken up.

    so you know what, lets NOT see how he reacts and take a few pitches. nah, fck it, swing away Pena and Jorgie. go nuts.

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