Aug
28

Colon strong, but bats disappear in loss to O’s

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The first game of the post-Hurricane Irene era ended the same way as the last few games of the pre-Hurricane Irene era, meaning the Yankees lost, but it didn’t really look the same. Let’s recap…

  • For the first time in what feels like forever, the Yankees’ starting pitcher was fantastic. Bartolo Colon was dominant and efficient, cruising through the first six innings on less than 75 pitches while allowing just two baserunners (both hits). He held his velocity late into the game, pumping 94 mph gas to the last hitter he faced, and his two-seamer had its usual wrinkle and was effective to batters on both sides of the plate. Colon did give up a pair of runs, one each in the seventh and eighth innings, but two runs in 7.2 IP is plenty good in my book. No blame gets assigned to Big Bart this afternoon, and his effort was clearly a good sign for the future.
  • The offense though, where did it go? The Yankees did have five hits (three by Mark Teixeira) and a walk, but they didn’t get a single runner as far as second base the entire game. That’s the first time that’s happened since the Bryan Bullington game last year, which I’m sure you remember. Two double plays and Frankie Cervelli getting thrown out at second on a bloop single (not his fault, just an unfortunately play) will do that to an offense.
  • There’s really not much more to add here. Boone Logan retired the only batter he faced to clean up Colon’s mess in the eighth, and John Hirschbeck’s strike zone was huge but consistent for both teams. That’s pretty much it. Here’s the box score, here’s the FanGraphs’ stuff, and here’s the updated standings.
  • The Yankees have lost four of five games to the lowly A’s and O’s, and they’re 9-9 in their last 18 against mostly weak competition. That’s not getting it done, they needed to pad that wildcard lead during the last two weeks and didn’t do it at all. Tampa housed the Blue Jays, so they’re six back at the moment.

The second game of today’s doubleheader will begin at 7:35pm ET. For those of you worried about blackouts and what not, it’s been confirmed that the game will be available on both YES and MLB.tv. WFAN 660 has the radio call, remember. Anyway, that game will feature Ivan Nova against Brian Matusz, and hopefully the offense shows up this time.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Will

    Now I know how the Mariners feel. What a pathetic showing by our offense. I’m hoping this horrible Orioles series doesn’t send us into a tailspin like last year’s did.

  • Bronx Byte

    It make the game against Oakland with the grand slam outbursts seem insignificant. Feast or famine.
    The good Yankee teams won their share of come from behind wins and walkoff wins.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Kay in the postgame closing comments:

    “Colon is pitching innings and months that he’s ‘never’ pitched before.”

    i’m convinced he doesn’t think before he speaks.

    • Jorge

      I overheard that and thought he was talking about Nova. Insane.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      I love how he says stuff like that constantly, then berates fans on his show for panicking.

  • Kiko Jones

    And on top of losing yet again to another lowly team this week, there’s this:

    MLB.com: The Orioles’ scheduling drama surrounding this weekend’s set with the Yankees continued Sunday morning, when Baltimore’s manager

    Buck Showalter called New York’s public frustration over not playing a doubleheader Friday an act of “hypocrisy”.

    “First of all, I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful to Flanny, quite frankly,” Showalter said when asked about the Yankees’ outrage over this weekend’s scheduling.

    I guess he’s STILL not over the Yankess not bringing him back in ’96. Also, using the death of one of their beloved figures in this argument is tacky to say the least. I would expect this from a knucklehead fan, not the manager. Ugh.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Buck is trying to get a once great, moribund for a decade franchise to give a shit. I understand what he’s trying to do, and frankly applaud his efforts. I’m tired of playing a team 19 times a year that looks like they’re beaten before they take the field.

  • BigBlueAL

    Unfortunately looks like the 2nd game wont be shown on Extra Innings.

  • Bob Michaels

    A-Rod Should return to the DL so the Yankees could start to win again

    • Will

      +1

  • Rich

    There are times when I have to think that this team just doesn’t care.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Seriously?

      What times would those be?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        whenever they lose. duh.

        • Jorge

          Whenever he decides to post under some generic name after a loss.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      It’s hard to imagine someone could be a fan of this site, and post comments like this. Massive disconnect somewhere.

  • Sean C

    This loss is all Alex Rodriguez’s fault! The Yankees are a better team without him! Blah. Blah. Blah. Get back out there and win one tonight so people don’t jump off of bridges because the Yankees happened to lose in ugly fashion today. It happens to several teams each week. Just chalk it up to being our turn.

  • Roland Deschain

    The Rays are 7 back in the loss column. They go 19-9 again and we go 14-14 and they’re still 2 back with 2 or 3 to play. I just don’t understand all this panic about the Rays. The Rays play Texas 6 more times, Red Sox 7 more times, us 7 more times. Even if they play out of their minds against that schedule down the stretch they’re going to run out of games.

    • Kramerica Industries

      The Yankees have gone 1-4 against two of the worst teams in baseball while the Rays have played their best ball of the season.

      The Yankees could’ve made that all irrelevant with a couple more wins. As it is, they STILL haven’t knocked the Rays out entirely. With the head to heads to be played, the Rays are still relevant.

      That’s why some might be frustrated. The Rays could play unbelievable ball, and still be worthless in the playoff race if the Yankees had done what they were expected. But they haven’t, and the race is still on.

  • Dino Velvet

    It’s really, really frustrating how the bats go cold when facing a pitcher who has little experience.

  • Flavius

    Are our advance scouts underwater on Cape Hattaras or something? This lineup does too many team swoons for a true contender.

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

      Spoken like someone who never really watches other teams play.

      • Flavius

        Wow, you really zinged me there…

  • Kiko Jones

    I can’t speak for those on the ledge, but give ‘em this: it hurts to lose to a lowly team, 25 games out of 1st place, managed by a petulant and tacky little man, whose bitterness and spite—like Hurricane Irene—can be seen from space.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Irene is a bitch.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      There’s a “Me, Myself and Irene” reference somewhere around here.

  • Zach

    If we don’t win tonight and tommorrow, we will be in trouble. The Rays aren’t going away folks..nor are the angels.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Stop obsessing with the Rays. They. Are. Not. Going. Anywhere.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Wow, you still think the Rays and Angels are still in the Wild Card race? Sad, sad, sad.

      • Jorge

        The type of freefall which would need to occur for the Yankees not to get the Wild Card is not something I’d put any sort of money on happening.

        Yes, you play to win the bigger prize, and this could much more difficult quickly if they don’t get it together in Fenway, but the chances of October baseball in the Bronx remain sky high.

  • Jorge

    I guess Zack Britton learned something from last time.

    Frustrating game. Brian Matusz is another young guy with huge potential who has crapped the bed this year. Let’s hope he doesn’t put the pieces together for seven innings tonight like Britton did today. A three-game hole before going into Fenway, and things going the wrong way there, could make the division look mighty different.

  • Bronx Byte

    The burning question :

    What would Burnett have done today ?

    • Jorge

      Not brought his patio furniture and/or baseballs indoors and busted his neighbors’ windows?

  • Brian S.

    Low point of the season?

    • Kiko Jones

      No, that would be getting swept by the Red Sux. This comes close for different reasons. But still, at least 25 teams would kill for these low points.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Nope. Low point was the 6-game losing streak in May.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      No, that comes every 5th day when Allan James takes the mound.

  • Dan

    I haven’t listened to a game lately but isn’t it on 880 like always?

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

      No, 880 has hurricane coverage today.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      They wanted to cover the hurricane that virtually completely missed us, so they gave the Yankee game to their sister station.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    I get that some fans are just Yo-Yos, but is anyone else upbeat about the fact that Bart threw the ball better than he has in close to a month? To me, that was the most important thing that happened today.

    • Kiko Jones

      Yes. Worth keeping in perspective.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      How could he have pitched well? He lost!

      Kay’d

      • hogsmog

        He’s 8-9 yank him from the postseason rotation for Novaaaa!

    • radnom

      Yes. At this point, getting individuals on track is generally what I look for.

      Hughs sucks but the Yankess win? Meh.

      Colon is awesome but the Yankees lose? Pretty happy with that result.

      Its not time to gripe about losses yet, but these types of (win/loss) results can’t continue for too much longer before that time comes. Right now the lead is still pretty comfortable;

    • Tom Zig

      It was the Orioles though.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....=news_milb

    We might get AAA baseball in Staten Island next year? For real?

    So I can go watch Dellin and Manny-Banny live?

    • radnom


      next year……So I can go watch Dellin and Manny-Banny live?

      Yes….at Yankee Stadium. (I hope!)

      • Debbie Downer

        That seems unlikely to happen.

        First there is the issue with YSII seats not selling as anticipated. Than, Scranton would become even more of a ghost town than it already is.

        SI is being used.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      wow, for some reason I thought the decision was already made to do home games at Rochester. would be very cool to have them play a lot of games in S.I.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        According to the story, decision hasn’t been made yet and won’t be until 9/20. But if you read through it, SI seems to be the heavy favorite.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    So, doesn’t look good for MLB Extra Innings carrying the game. If you get MLB Extra Innings Cable Package, you probably don’t have MLB.Com subscription so, doubly screwed is what I am. Hope to find a free FAN link or … thrice screwed.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Strangely enough I have both. That’s because I was out of town for a bit and I bought the one month deal on MLB.tv

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Let’s try to be positive here people. I have my money on the Yankees winning the next two games. That means they’ll be 1.5 back, then if/when they win 2 of 3 in Fenway they’ll only be .5 back and we’ll forget all about this Orioles series.

    • Kiko Jones

      From your keyboard to the baseball gods’ ears.

  • woody brosnan

    Cano should hit cleanup until Alex gets his stroke back. He hit some pathetically weak grounders today with Tex on base.

  • Reg

    Fyi the game IS blacked out on MLB.tv. God damn it!!!