Yanks salvage series, win nail-biter over Angels

Sanchez homers, drives in seven in win
Russell Martin tore into umpire Laz Diaz last night

Source: FanGraphs

It wasn’t pretty and it certainly wasn’t easy, but the Yankees beat the Angels by the score of 6-5 on Wednesday night to salvage their three-game set in Anaheim. The win gave New York a 4-2 record on the West Coast trip and … that’s pretty good. I would have signed up for that six days ago. Let’s recap…

  • Big Inning: Ervin Santana was wild and asking for trouble, and the Yankees gave it to him in the third inning. Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer and Robinson Cano followed up with a two-run homer, all before the first out was recorded. Russell Martin (runner) and Derek Jeter (batter) pulled off a perfect hit-and-run to set things up. For the first time in the series, we could all relax and breath a little with a 5-1 lead.
  • One Bad Inning: Ivan Nova managed to escape a bases loaded, no out situation in the first by only allowing one run, but he gave back the four-run lead in the fourth by allowing a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo and a two-run double to Mike Trout. Half of the eight hits Nova allowed came in that inning, but he deserves credit for locking it down after that and taking the ball into the seventh.
  • Take The Lead: Raul Ibanez hit a stand-up triple over Peter Bourjos’ head off a left-handed pitcher with one out in the sixth. Think about that sentence. It’s “you can’t predict baseball” defined. Nick Swisher plated Ibanez with a sacrifice fly, giving his team the 6-5 lead that they held onto for dear life.
  • Relief Ace: The unsung hero of the game was easily Cory Wade. Dude stormed out of the bullpen to strike out Howie Kendrick with men on corners to end the seventh (despite the ump’s best efforts) before chipping in a perfect eighth. Seriously, he was down 3-0 in the count to Kendrick but fought back for the strikeout. That was money right there, just a huge out.
  • Closed Out: Things got a little hairy in the ninth inning, mostly because Rafael Soriano did himself no favors by walking Alberto Callaspo with one out to put the tying run on base for the meat of the order. Albert Pujols reached on an infield single, but Soriano escaped the jam by getting Torii Hunter to ground into a fielder’s choice and Trumbo to fly out routinely to left on a broken bat. It was nerve-wracking, but he took care of business. Nice job.
  • Leftovers: Curtis Granderson doubled to the opposite field in the first inning, already his ninth opposite field hit of the season (he had ten last year) … Grandy and Ibanez were the only Yankees with multiple hits (two each), but everyone in the starting lineup not named Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez reached base at least once … Boone Logan allowed two dinky little ground ball hits to righties to set up that mess Wade escaped in the seventh … anytime you want to complain about Joe Girardi, remember that Mike Scioscia used Hunter as pinch-runner and Maicer Izturis as a pinch-hitter in this game … the Yankees are done with Anaheim, they don’t come back here this season. Thank goodness.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some more stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are off on Thursday and will open a three-game weekend series in Detroit on Friday night. The Tigers are calling up left-hander Casey Crosby to make his big league debut and start that game, but don’t worry, he’s not a soft-tosser. CC Sabathia will be on the bump for the good guys.

Sanchez homers, drives in seven in win
Russell Martin tore into umpire Laz Diaz last night
  • JohnnyBGoode

    Apparently Russell Martin called Laz Diaz a word that sounds like click.

  • Tony

    Jeter definitely lowered his UZR rating in this game, but at least the Yankees came out on top. This was on nerve racking game and my stress level has finally come down

  • JohnnyBGoode

    Per Marc Craig
    “Diaz told Martin that throwing the ball back to pitchers is a “privilege” he had to earn.”

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

      How fucking stupid is that? Martin is a three-time All-Star and he has to earn the “privilege” to throw the ball back to his pitcher. Gotta love the state of MLB umpiring.

    • Need Pitching

      unfortunately, remaining a major league umpire is a privilege that doesn’t need to be earned

      • Bob Stone

        Unfortunately, that is so true.

    • Tony

      I truly hope Diaz gets disciplined by MLB for that. Thats pretty awful. But of course, we won’t see anything happen to him

  • Brad G.

    I said it last night and I’ll say it again even after a win, something needs to be done. Umpiring is getting do bad they’re even doing segments on it in MLB Network. These assholes need to be held accountable. I’m tired of watching games where you can tell the umps are trying to fuck the Yankees. It’s getting fucking old!

    • Bob Stone

      I agree completely. We need Selig to take some action or to retire. I vote for retirement. It’s almost as if he doesn’t realize that viewers haave super High definition TV’s and receive TV broadcasts that show the strike zone and where pitches reaqlly fall into balls and strikes.

  • Tim

    Overlooked in this game was the decision by Cashman on the advice of scouts to sign Cory Wade after he was put on waivers last season by the Tampa Bay Rays. People often bash Cash for the terrible signings and trades that he makes but Wade has been one of his more successful signings. Wade has been everything that the Yankees could have hoped for and much, much more imo. Gotta give credit where credit is due! That was one of the better wins of the season if not the best so far imo.

    • eephus_pitch

      But don’t you know that Cashwoman‘s gotta go?? He never does anything right, and he lets his personal problems cloud his judgment.

    • Now Batting

      I’m a Cashman fan, but critics will bring up a Hawkins, Farnsworth, Marte, Feliciano, or Albadejo for every Wade.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Considering 2009, Marte belongs in the win column. Let’s face it, he probably did us a favor by not pitching at any time other than that.

    • qwerty

      If Cory Wade is making league minimum. Yup, Cashman went out on a limb on that one!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      But every time they take a flyer on someone, you’re bound to see at least one dipshit complain about it, as if he’s not doing his job.

  • Tim

    Overlooked in the analysis of this game was the decision by Cashman on the advice of scouts to sign Cory Wade after he was put on waivers last season by the Tampa Bay Rays. People often bash Cash for the terrible signings and trades that he makes but Wade has been one of his more successful signings. Wade has been everything that the Yankees could have hoped for and much, much more imo. Gotta give credit where credit is due! That was one of the better wins of the season if not the best so far imo.

  • Tim

    Like I said, Cash should be criticized for the many terrible trades and signings that he makes that don’t pan out, but equally congratulated when he makes a Cory Wade like signing and it works out. And boy did it work out for the Yankees last night.

    • qwerty

      The bad and good small transactions cancel themselves out. He should not be congratulated nor panned for making them. It’s the big ones which open game.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        haha. your name is qwerty.

        u iop

  • Kevin

    BTw,Doug Fister went on the DL. That’s the second time for the Tigers. Jack Z ripped them off!

    • Monterowasnotdinero

      CC vs Casey Crosby Friday. An obvious loss for us.

      CC vs never seen before cc….

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Somehow, Cashman failed.

  • Bob Stone

    Last night’s performance was a gritty, gutsy win. It would have been an easy game to lose but the Yanks hung in there. You have to like that. I have faith in this team, even without Mo.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      But can there be faith in a world without Mo?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Did Pedroia win the game for us or something?

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    For as crappy and injured as we’ve been-I like our chances big time for the division. I think we are still missing a spark and a good contact hitter or two for the post-season.

    • The Tenth Inning Stretch

      He’s out with an elbow injury at the moment.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Have to admit: Didn’t watch a second of the game. Way too caught up in an amazing Heat game last night. Thankful to Mike, the recap, and some context. Looks like we had one bad inning from Nova in an otherwise good start. I’ll take a 4-2 trip with one loss on a walk-off and another to Danny Haren. Home sweet 7:05 home.

    • jjyank

      I didn’t watch either. Been too busy packing up my life and furniture shopping that I just wasn’t feeling up to the 10 PM start time. I started to watch, then fell asleep on the sometime in the 3rd inning haha.

      But good to see the Yanks avoid the sweet and go into the off day feeling a bit better. And for all the “we’re teh doomed crowd”, the Yankees have weathered the storms of injury, slumps, and RISPFAIL and sit a mere 1.5 games out of first place. This team will click on all cylinders at some point, and the rest of the league will tremble in fear.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        They banned sweets in the clubhouse?

        Once the inevitable Oriole collapse happens, this division will be anyone’s for the taking.

        • Erica

          Sweets are like our chicken n’ beer!

          And jjyank, I’m with you on being unable to stay up to watch these games. Tired old-young people and all that. It feels weird to not see most of what’s going on, which is why these recaps are SO valuable.

          • jjyank

            Ha I just now saw my typo. Took me awhile.

            RAB definitely makes missing the game easier, for sure. Between Mike’s recaps and perusing the comments, I get a much better sense of the game than I would on MLB.com or the newspapers.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The clubhouse always had the best soft serve. On the other hand, CC is looking pretty svelte lately.

  • pat

    Yanks needed to go at least 7 or 8-0 on this road trip to have any chance of making it to the World Series. Giradi and his binder are dumb.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      1. Incorrectly spelling the name of the guy you think is dumb is always good comedy.

      2. I could make a connection between the english muffin I just ate and breaking the world powerlifting record, believe it to be so, but it doesn’t make it so.

      3. He has a binder and sits in the Yankee dugout. You sit at a computer and, I don’t know, scratch your nuts or something.

      • pat

        Also, it was a 6 game road trip.

        • forensic

          It’s actually a 9 game road trip. Still three in Detroit to go.

      • jjyank

        I think your sarcasm meter needs some adjusting, Mr. Tilapia.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Wait, this was Pat D? Whoops. Apologies, sir.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Can I get some credit for the nuts line, though?

  • http://RiverAveBlues Andy K

    For those of you that didn’t see this article, maybe a little clarity on Cashman.


    • Robinson Tilapia

      This thing derailed at Tyler Clippard. Sorry. A middle reliever is never your biggest mistake.

      • jjyank

        I didn’t read the whole thing yet, but if that was in any way implied, then I won’t read it.

    • pat

      So in other words, some trades were good, some have the potential to be really bad and some were meh?

    • jjyank

      Here’s the thing though: Most GMs in baseball have plenty of “bad” or “meh” trades, especially when employing 20/20 hindsight.

      Doing so can be fun, but it in absolutely no way does it define a GM. Baseball is a crazy sport, thinks happen that nobody can predict all the time. Hindsight evaluation, while somewhat entertaining, doesn’t mean a damn thing.

  • JohnC

    and some of the best are the ones that are not made, such as Cashman’s smart decision not to jettison prospects for Ubaldo Jimenez, who has become an AL punching bag since coming to Cleveland

    • CS Yankee

      I wanted them to make that trade.
      :::hangs head in shame:::

      The Montero trade, I thought was solid as well. If Montero grows into being a catcher though, it will be a heist for the M’s. The thing that seems weird to me though, is the Yankee FO said he was a legit catcher prospect…never used him behind the dish or promote him when due…now he seems to be fairly regular as the M’s BUC. Damn Arod contract.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        A lot of folks here wanted him to make that trade. No shame in being wrong. Now get back out there.

        *pats ass*