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
  • nick

    “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.

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

      That bad, eh?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Joe Gordon? I thought his name was Dee Gordon.

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

        Janet Jackson? … looks more like Freddie Jackson.

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

          I’ll call you. Just as long as you don’t EVER EVEREVEREVEREVEREVEREVEREVER….EVER….come by here!

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

            Smokey: Older the berry, the sweeter the juice.
            Craig Jones: Man, it’s the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice.
            Smokey: Yeah, well, she blacker than a muthaf#$%a too.

            • MannyGeee

              Every time I come in the kitchen, you in the kitchen. In the goddamn refrigerator. Eatin’ up all the food.

              All the chitlins… All the pig’s feet… All the collard greens… All the hog maws. I wanna eat them chitlins… I like pigs feet.

  • http://www.carlsyankeedugout.com Carl

    Winning Road Trip, regardless of this nightcap.

  • CP

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

    • FIPster Doofus

      Who would whine about the Yankees winning a series in which their three starters were Nova, Garcia and Gordon? Honestly, I went into it expecting to lose two of three.

  • YankeesJunkie

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

    • It’sATarp

      He’s been just missing some shots that have gone to the wall or hit off it.

  • Clueless Girardi

    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.

    • CNight_Up

      They did give up 10, count them, 10 runs. Bitching to bitch. Yankee fan way!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

      And if my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle!

    • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

      I was going to say that for a bad blowout loss, I’d actually seen a minimal amount of silly whining and irrationality. But, welp.

    • Tim

      Wow. And you call Girardi “clueless”.

      • Clueless Girardi

        So you’d rely on the slumping Russell Martin, who hasn’t been productive since April?

    • jsbrendog

      oaktag

  • Preston

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

  • http://twitter.com/#!/billreichmann breich315

    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

      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.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/billreichmann breich315

        Ahhh Makes sense. I wasn’t paying too much attention since I had just gotten back from the gym. Sorry Joe G!

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    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

      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

      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

      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

        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

  • first time lawng time

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

  • first time lawng time

    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.

  • Bavarian Yankee

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

  • Monteroisdinero

    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.

    • http://theredlegsreview.blogspot.com/ Redlegs Review

      That this Reds offense for ya. They go three or four games lying in the weeds scoring just a few runs and then once or twice a week they just explode for 10+ runs. It’s very deceiving to outsiders.

      • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

        That’s baseball for you. It’s not deceiving for anyone.

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

          Pretty much.

          This should be instructive, Yankee fans who bemoan our vaunted offense being inconsistent: Every team’s offense is inconsistent. It’s the nature of baseball.

          If you want consistency, day-in and day-out, go watch badminton.

          • MannyGeee

            all told, Johnny Cuento may be the best pitcher no ones heard of.

            what cha gonna do.

            • MannyGeee

              sorry Cueto….

          • Jim S

            Woah woah hold up, where’s the proof that badminton is so consistent?

            • Cris Pengiuci

              Yeah, I wanna see the link to the Fangraph’s-equivalent data to support that statement!

      • Kosmo

        No offense but that´s why at this time the Reds cannot be considered frontrunners. Although Votto is having a good season he´s not enough to propel the Reds offense.Stubbs has already SO 100 times . Reds are looking around for another bat. Ludwick ?

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

      We win a game with the crappier lineup.

      Ya know, Suzyn…

  • Jorge

    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.

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

      If Colon only needs the minimum 15 days, he’d be available to come back on the 28th, which would be the earliest possible scheduled start for Gordon. So that might have been Flash Gordon’s last pinstriped start in any event,

      The Rockies weekend series will be Burnett-Sabathia-Nova, so after the off day on Monday the 27th, you can pick either Garcia-Colon-Burnett (to keep Freddy on regular rest and give Bartolo an extra day) or go Colon-Garcia-Burnett (if Colon is 100% ready to go, giving Garcia an extra day) for the midweek Brewers series.

      • nsalem

        Not getting overly optimistic about Bartolo returning so soon. Short DL stints are not exactly his M0. Just like Duque as long as we have him healthy in October I will be happy.

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

          According to the AP (via Bryan Hoch), Colon started a throwing program [Tuesday, June 21]. He should be back near or at the minimum 15 days if his hamstring holds up OK.

          http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....ano-50859/

  • Monteroisdinero

    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.

  • Bronx Byte

    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.

    • Kosmo

      FYI Maxwell is done for the season. Golson ? Not so sure about Golson contributing much on the offensive side.

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

        Not so sure about Golson contributing much on the offensive side.

        Golson would hit less and strike out more than Andruw Jones. But he’d do it all without ever smiling, so we should assassinate Jones and promote Golson at once.

        Smiling in baseball is worse than AIDS, the Holocaust, and Rebecca Black combined.

        • Kosmo

          Good to know .

    • Clay Bellinger

      “Get Andruw Jones out of the Bronx as soon as possible. Justin Maxwell or Greg Golson can do more good.”

      No, they cannot. What exactly does Golson bring to the table?

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

        What exactly does Golson bring to the table?

        Unobtanium?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Rich

      Couldn’t agree with you more about Jones. He’s fat, lazy and
      and never hussles. More dead weight—bring up Golson.

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

        Fat, lazy, “hussle”-free veterans who can hit the ball >>>>>>>> svelte, spry, energetic youngsters who cannot hit the ball at all

      • Clay Bellinger

        The number of people that want Golson, a player with almost no skill set and zero track record of success, on this team amazes me.

        • Monteroisdinero

          Runs well, throws well (best OF arm in system), defends well is not “almost no skill set”. He is not the worst hitter in our triple A lineup. Just turned 25 so I guess he is done.

  • MannyGeee

    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.

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

      C-U-E-T-O

      • MannyGeee

        like I said before, best pitcher no ones heard of…

        my bad, Cueto got let off easy.

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

          No, people have heard of Johnny Cueto.