Same teams, different day, different cities, same result: Yanks lose to O’s in extra innings

Staten Island shuts Brooklyn out in Game One
Mailbag: Darvish, Felix, Nova, Wang, Banuelos

It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours for the Yankees, who played deep into the night/morning on Tuesday, lost an extra innings day game in Wednesday, then traveled to Baltimore for a day game on Thursday. Although they started the season 9-1 against the Orioles, they finished the last eight games of the season series at 4-4. That’s pretty frustrating, especially against a terrible team.

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One Foot In The Batter’s Box, The Other On The Plane

The game started out pretty well for the offense. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the first, pushing three runs across thanks to an Eric Chavez infield single and a Derek Jeter two-run single back up the middle. Alfredo Simon was very wild, walking six guys in just four innings, and the Yankees scored another run in the third when Chavez singled in Mark Teixeira. With a 4-1 lead in the third inning, the offense got a head start on the flight to Southern California and went right to sleep.

After the Simon left the game, the Yankees put exactly two runners on base. Curtis Granderson got hit by a 3-2 pitch to lead off the seventh, and Alex Rodriguez drew a two-out walk in the tenth. That’s it, no hits and no runners past first base. Between this game and Wednesday’s extra innings loss, the Yankees picked up just four hits, three walks, and the one hit-by-pitch in a dozen innings against the Baltimore bullpen, striking out 14 times. This is the same bullpen that came into the game with a 7.42 K/9 (24th in MLB), 1.27 HR/9 (29th), 4.20 ERA (27th), and a 4.36 FIP (28th). You can’t win if you don’t score, and the Yankees didn’t score after the starter left the game two days in a row.

Eighth Inning Guy

Despite their offensive ineptitude and Ivan Nova‘s struggles (more on that a bit), the Yankees still maintained a 4-3 lead into the eighth inning. David Robertson had made two appearances in the span of about 13 hours the day before, so he was understandably unavailable. No big deal, big money setup guy Rafael Soriano was available and he came into to bridge the gap to Mariano Rivera. No problem, right? Wrong.

Mark Reynolds opened the inning with a single that turned into a double because Brett Gardner had a rare defensive miscue for the second day in a row. The ball bounced in front of him and he just missed it on the hop. Nolan Reimold flew out to right, but then Chris Davis singled to center. Granderson came up throwing and gunned Reynolds down at the plate, Frankie Cervelli‘s second home plate collision in as many innings (more on that in a bit). Davis advanced to second on the throw, but the lead was safe. At least until Robert Andino singled one batter later, allowing Davis to score.

The game was tied, and the inning ended when Andino stupidly got thrown out trying to steal third. Soriano faced five batters in the frame and retired just one on his own, Reimold on the fly ball. The second out came on the play at the plate, the third on Andino’s caught stealing. Rafi’s allowed at least one baserunner in his last eight outings and in ten of his last eleven, and there’s been a number of loud outs lately.

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The Great Wall of Cervelli

The Orioles did eventually win the game, but they would have won it a whole lot sooner if it wasn’t for a pair of plays at the plate. The first came in the seventh inning, after Aaron Laffey walked leadoff man Nick Markakis and Cory Wade retired Adam Jones. Wade left a pitch up to Vlad Guerrero (who was raking all game) and he crushed it to dead center. Granderson made a nice play to cut the ball off before it hit the wall, and he fired to the infield. Robinson Cano fielded the ball as the cutoff man and made a perfect relay throw to the pltey. Markakis came in hard and laid Cervelli right out, but the Yankees backstop held onto the ball for the out. It was a pretty rough collision, Cervelli took a shoulder right to face, but he stayed in the rest of the game.

Because one collision wasn’t enough, there was the second play at the plate in the eighth inning thanks to Davis’ single off Soriano. The second collision with Reynolds wasn’t as hard as the first one, not even even close really, but it was still a great play by all involved, not just Cervelli. Neither Markakis or Reynolds even touched the plate, and after the game Frankie said he was a dizzy, but “that’s my house, man.”

Death By Bullpen

Nova was off pretty much all game, showing little ability to command his fastball and get it down in the zone. That’s why nine of the 14 non-strikeout outs he recorded were in the air. He just wasn’t right, and Vlad tagged him for a solo homer in the second and a double off the right-center field wall in the fourth. Nova did wiggle out of some jams and pitched into the sixth, but he was clearly not at his best. Once the bullpen got involved, things got really messy.

Boone Logan came in to face Davis with a runner on second in the sixth, and for some reason he threw the whiff machine just one slider in a seven-pitch at-bat. Davis turned a 3-2 fastball right around for a run-scoring double, ending Logan’s day. He’s now faced 102 lefty batters this season and has given up eleven extra base hits (six doubles, a triple, and four homers). Last year he gave up just one extra base hit (a triple) to the 91 same-side hitters he faced. Logan’s overall strikeout (10.2 K/9) and walk (2.4 uIBB/9) numbers are fantastic, but his job is to get lefties out and he’s been pretty bad at it this year (.261/.314/.478 (.478!!!) against).

Luis Ayala replaced Logan and did his job, getting the two men he faced to end the sixth without anymore runs scoring. The Laffey/Wade stuff happened in the seventh, Soriano happened in the eighth, and then Scott Proctor escaped certain doom in the ninth before coughing things up in the tenth. An infield single (Reimold), a walk (Davis), and a single (really a double under normal circumstances) past a diving Chavez down the left field line (Andino) ended the game. Pretty terrible effort by the pitching staff in this one.

Leftovers

There’s really nothing else left to recap, which I guess is good. It is worth mentioning that Nick Swisher was seen flexing his left (throwing) arm/hand basically all game after making a throw in the fourth, but he stayed in the game. Ken Singleton mentioned during that sometimes your arm will cramp up after a big throw, so hopefully that’s all it is.

The Rays were idle on Thursday, so the lead on the wildcard dropped half-a-game to nine games. The magic number for a playoff berth remained at 12 games. The Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays again, so the lead in the AL East remained at 2.5 (three in the loss column) with 20 games left for the Yankees and 19 for the Boston.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Box Score

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings.

Up Next

The Yankees are going going, back back, to Cali Cali. A three-game series against the Angels in Anaheim starts at 10pm ET on Friday night, when former Halos ace Bartolo Colon takes on current Halos ace Jered Weaver.

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Staten Island shuts Brooklyn out in Game One
Mailbag: Darvish, Felix, Nova, Wang, Banuelos
  • Nick

    Really hope this isn’t the start of a third straight awful September. Yeesh.

    Also a few weeks ago they made Marco Scutaro look like Babe Ruth and did it again this series with Robert Andino. Gotta get scrubs out.

    • well you know

      19-9 in September 2009. I don’t recall any complaints.

  • Jetrer

    Hopefully Swish is OK. A bit concerning that he came out of the game, but hopefully it was just precautionary.

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

      I think he just came out for defense as usual. It was the seventh (maybe even the eighth, I forget) and they were up just one run.

      • Jetrer

        ok, that makes sense. I wasn’t sure exactly when he came out. Hope that’s all it was.

        • Avi

          I just watched the condensed game on MLB.com and it looks like Swisher is having difficulty throwing. Anyone else notice this?

          • Avi

            Ah just read it in the recap. Commented before reading the whole thing.

  • Kiko Jones

    Frustrating couple of days…ugh.

    Btw, The Cisco Kid–(c) John Sterling. Al Rights Reserved–has been whacking the ball of late and Thursday afternoon he put on a couple of spectacular plays at the plate. Seems like Frankie is letting his fellow countryman know he won’t go down without a fight.

    Looked like Swisher’s left arm/hand was sore after he made the throw to 2B on the Vlad double…

  • Brian S.

    But seriously, how do you not get a run in off of Jo-Jo Reyes?

  • Avi

    I love to hate Cervelli but after a couple homers, taking hits blocking home plate, and being called Latin by a Red Sock it’s becoming difficult to do so. I’m going to miss my Yankee punching bag.

    • MannyGeee

      that is THE BEST PART about ‘LatinoGate”… Cervelli’s Italian! Sure, he grew up in Venezuela, but he’s kinda not of South American decent.

      good times

      • Sitting Bull

        Sort of like, if you’re not Native American, you’re kinda not of American descent.

  • Pat D

    The Yankees are still in danger of missing the playoffs though, right?

    Like, for example, if they suddenly become a .500 team, meaning they finish at 97-65, the Rays would have to go 19-1 to tie them.

    Obviously, both are distinct possibilities.

    • MikeD

      The 2010 Red Sox are still in it.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Brilliant.

      • Jorge

        The 2009 Yankees are still in it.

  • Charles

    I was at the game and I don’t understand why Proctor was left out to dry in his 2nd inning of work, he was hitting 93-96 consistently with a great slider, but as he got up to 34+ pitches he lost a lot of velocity.

    • Jorge

      Girardi wasn’t going to Mo/DRob, which left Valdes/Kontos/Brackman in the pen. Even the Scott Proctor we knew and loved wasn’t a shutdown guy, but I thought he had a reasonable chance to finish that inning, while who knows what the others would have brought in that situation.

  • Hot Dong

    The reason to carry Cervelli next year? He’s willing to take a shoulder to the face?

    It feels really dumb that they’ll carry three catchers. But then Girardi was worse than Cervelli and he was the starter. Montero will be lucky to get 60 starts behind the dish.

    • MikeD

      It seems dumb, but it’s not if Montero takes Posada’s roster spot, but serves not just as a DH, but also part-time catcher. The team will need a third catcher at that point and they can easily carry a third catcher in that scenario. It’s rare for a team to carry a third catcher, yet it’s also rare to have the Yankees probable catcher/DH rotation that we’ll probably see next year.

      • Avi

        Keep Montero at his best position: the batter’s box. The whole catching thing is silly and has just slowed down the progress of his elite bat.

        • MattG

          This is not true. His elite bat would need to be on an Ortiz level to warrant no defensive value. At 21 years old, it is not the time to expect that sort of offense, or give up on any defensive contributions. File this comment away, and dust it off again when his bat has become elite, he has proven he can’t handle a defensive assignment, or both.

          • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

            This. You give him every opportunity to succeed in the field before you relegate him to DH.

            But probably not until next year.

      • MannyGeee

        Montero has the ceiling of a mad scientist version of Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. Catch some, play 1st some, DH a bit & hit like a motherfucker.

        I’ll take that.

  • dkidd

    the yankees schedule is unfair

    /josh beckett’d

    • Steve

      the yankees schedule is unfair

      /every poster on RAB including the authors’d

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

        We (the authors) have never said the schedule is unfair. I’ve bitched about it because all the makeup games this month sucks, but I never said it was unfair. The schedule is what it is, it sucks for every team.

  • blue balls

    its official, ian kennedy > hughes.

    • blue balls

      8th inning throwing 94 – by then hughes would be throwing 86 with his noodle arm.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      He has definitely taken big steps forward this season. It will be interesting to see if he can duplicate it next yr. With that being said there are some Yankee fans that would still take Hughes over Kennedy.

      • jsbrendog

        id still take granderson over kennedy.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          You wouldn’t be wrong in choosing that.

      • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

        No one on this board is arguing that they would take Hughes over Kennedy right now

        We’re arguing that at the time of the trade, it was at the very least fair, and at most flat out logical, to give up the guy who hadn’t had success at the ML level and had just had an aneurysm and missed an entire year, so that you could keep the guy who’d shown that he could handle himself in the AL East(at the time).

        Hindsight is 20/20. Texas to Arias over Cano in the A-Rod trade. You lose some, you win some. And as jsbrendog said, I would rather have Granderson than Kennedy.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          No one on this board is arguing that they would take Hughes over Kennedy right now

          ————————-

          If you go back a couple of months ago there were fans on this site that said they would still take Hughes going forward.

          Besides this isn’t about Kennedy vs. Granderson it’s about Hughes vs. Kennedy in terms of their career. Granderson has paid major dividends for the Yankees.

          • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

            With that being said there are some Yankee fans that would still take Hughes over Kennedy.

            You didn’t say a few months ago. You said still, as in, right now. Which is what I replied to.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Proposal for new commenting rule: Nobody is allowed to the use the word “UNACCEPTABLE” to describe the actions of a player unless that said player gave up hits to both Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis in the same inning. I mean, really, Soriano?

    • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

      Enough with this, people.

      Mark Reynolds is a good hitter. Miserable in the field, but he’s got a .804 OPS, and a 116 wrc+.

      Giving up hits to Mark Reynolds is not unacceptable.

      Chris Davis, on the other hand…

  • first time lawng time

    Whatevs. I’m already over it.

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

    These losses will be irrelevant when they’re holding up the World Series trophy in October. And if you don’t know, know you know…

    /Biggie Smalls’d

  • Jorge

    That game actually counted?

    No issue with yesterday other than Soriano blowing a win for Nova. I thought Girardi made the right move resting the big guns and trying to get a second inning out of Proctor. Torre would have had him mowing his lawn between innings. It happens. Move on. Bring on the halos.

    • DF

      Torre would have had him mowing his lawn between innings.

      IETC

  • jsbrendog

    rafael soriano SUCKS and i hate him.

    • MattG

      I’d sooner have a beer with AJ Burnett, Carl Pavano and Ed Whitson.

    • JohnC

      I bet he feels the same way about you. Shut up and go to sleep!

  • http://twitter.com/JimIsBored JimIsBored (Jim S)

    Meh. We lost an irritating game on short travel against a team I’m sick of seeing where we didn’t use our two best relievers and our ground ball pitcher got almost no ground balls, yet kept us in the game.

    Moving on.

  • Yank The Frank

    That late night rain delayed game really seemed to throw the Yanks off their stride. Nothing like a no travel day, west coast trip to put them on track.

  • MannyGeee

    frustrating to lose 2 games in a row in extra innings, especially in strange circumstances(11PM first pitch & a 1 game series in respect to Flanny), ESPECIALLY to the Fightin Showalter’s. but meh, it is what it is.

    • Alibaba

      Showalter must be happy now. He made up ground toward AL East lead…