The streak is over: Braves top Yankees

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All good things must come to an end. After ten consecutive wins, the Yankees lost Tuesday night’s affair to the Braves by the score of 4-3. It was their first one-run loss in nearly three weeks, since the middle game of the three-game set in Detroit.

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Gunned Down

The Yankees had not one, but two runners thrown out at home plate in this game. Nick Swisher singled to right with men on first and second with two outs in the fifth, but Jason Heyward scooped the ball and made a quick throw home to nab Mark Teixeira by a good three or four steps. I didn’t particularly care for the send — it was hit to shallow right and the bases would have been loaded with Tim Hudson’s pitch count at 109 — but I can understand it. Heyward made a very good throw and that was that. The run would have broken a three-all tie.

Curtis Granderson was cut down at the plate with one out in the seventh on the contact play. He was at third and Alex Rodriguez was at second, but Teixeira grounded sharply to third and Chipper Jones had plenty of time to make the throw home. I’m not a fan of the contact play in general but whatever, understandable again. Having one runner thrown out at home is annoying enough, two is just awful.

Not Good Enough

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Hiroki Kuroda‘s night boils down to two bad innings. He allowed a pair of two-out runs in the fourth and it would have been three had Heyward not been thrown out at third before Chipper touched the plate. Walking Freddie Freeman and his .296 OBP to bring Jones to the plate with a chance to tie the game with two outs was the real back breaker, that’s the out Kuroda had to get. Hiroki allowed another two-out run in the sixth when Heyward lined a single off Teixeira’s foot with men on the corners, a run that proved to be the game winning. It was a rocket, far from a routine play even for a stellar gloveman like Tex.

Overall, Kuroda allowed four runs in seven innings of work, not great but not terrible. It was the team’s 19th consecutive start of at least six innings, their longest streak since the days of Dave Righetti the starting pitcher in 1981. He struck out six and got nine ground ball outs, cruising outside of the fourth and sixth innings. It was only the second time Hiroki allowed more than three runs in his last eleven starts.

But 5-for-11! (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

Where’s Andruw?

Jonny Venters has really struggled this year, and the Yankees had him on the ropes in that seventh inning. After Granderson was thrown out on the contact play, Joe Girardi left Raul Ibanez in to face the left-handed sinker baller. Why? Because he was 5-for-11 in his career against Venters. Nevermind that he came into the game a .200/.231/.320 hitter against lefties this year and has struggled against them for years, those 11 at-bats spread across three seasons were enough of a reason to leave him in. Ibanez predictably struck out to end the threat while Andruw Jones — who is on the roster for these exact situations — watched from the dugout. That right there was the biggest mistake of the game, not sending Teixeira in the fourth or sending Granderson on the contact play. There’s no way Ibanez should be allowed to hit against a tough lefty in that spot.

To make matters worse, Andruw eventually did pinch-hit … for Eric Chavez with one out and no one on-base against southpaw Eric O’Flaherty in the eighth. He took a slider to the foot and reached base before being replaced by a pinch-runner. Annoying.


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The top four hitters in the lineup went a combined 1-for-16 with six strikeouts. Granderson singled to open that seventh inning for the only hit, though A-Rod had one walk while Derek Jeter had a pair. Swisher returned from a brief quad contusion-induced hiatus to continue his hot hitting, driving in a pair of runs with a loud double in the second before singling on the play that resulted in Teixeira getting thrown out at home. The Yankees drew more walks (six) than they had hits (five).

Boone Logan threw a perfect eighth inning while David Robertson allowed a single in an otherwise uneventful ninth. It was his second appearance since coming off the DL four days ago. The bullpen is in really good shape given all the innings the starter shave been eating lately.

When Kuroda allowed a run in the top of the third, it was the first time all season he allowed a run in an inning immediately after the Yankees scored. In other words, it was his first non-shutdown inning of the year. Considering that this was his 14th start, that’s pretty impressive.

The loss was New York’s first in eleven games and just their fifth in the last 25 games. They still have a three game lead (in the loss column) over the Orioles and Rays in the AL East. Too bad there are 95 games left and not like, five eh?

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advanced stats, and ESPN the updated standings.

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  • yooboo

    I guess Yanks are satisfied.

    Kuroda is a right man to be the fall guy.

    • Mike Axisa

      Yeah, they probably figured ten in a row was enough and stopped trying.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Who is this ronnie mustiler guy and why is he not in th bronx he can hit.

  • Typical MIT Nerd

    DId you know?: Kuroda means “inconsistent” in Japanese.

    • Knoxvillain

      He’s been pretty good over his past several starts besides tonight. He hasn’t been that bad this year. Sub 4.00 ERA.

    • Brian S.

      Every player is inconsistent.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        Except for CC, who is consistently not an ace.

        • Brian S.


  • Betty Lizard

    1. Fresh new winning streak starts today.
    2. Terrific news about Pineda. Really looking forward to seeing him pitch for the Yankees.
    3. That’s all I got but it’s enough.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    It was a lot of fun. You don’t win 10 in a row by accident.

    Although Mitch Williams still isn’t convinced that the Yankees are the best in the AL.

    • Brian S.

      With Holland and Feliz on the shelf I think we might be. If those two were healthy I would say Rangers.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        I’d still give the Yankees the edge due to the divisions. I’m sure the Yankees would love to get 18 games a year against the A’s and Mariners (and next year the Astros)

        • Brian S.

          Meh. Rangers have a better offense and defense. But without the two pitchers I mentioned I would take our rotation over theirs’ for the time being.

      • G

        You can only go so far with that though. If Holland and Feliz were magically healthy, maybe Mo, Gardner, and Pineda could be too. In that case it’s the Yankees no question.

    • Kevin

      Mitch Williams wasn’t convinced the Yankees were the best team in the AL in 09 either.
      Tampa is the only team that really has a chance to take the divison back from us.
      Boston still has pitching problems and the offense can only mask that for so long.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        And Longo suffered a setback that sounds like will keep him out until August.

        Ellsbury coming back will help the Red Sox, but their pitching is still a mess. The lowest ERA in their starting rotation is Doubront’s 4.17

    • Pat D

      Mitch Williams is a fucking idiot and he shouldn’t be taken seriously as an “analyst.”

      • G

        He has a sort of funnyish southern smartass style I enjoy, but everything he says is wrong. Except when he talks about Cano :P.

        • Pat D

          I’d like to own his vocal chords. So that I might shred them.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Were the trolls out tonight on the game thread?

    • The Troll

      That’s a clown question, bro.

    • mustang

      Let me help:

      They looked old they need to bring up some young guys from AAA.

      They need to fired Cashman because a 10 game winning streak is not enough and he never does anything right anyway.

      If we had Montero…… wait a minute not a good idea to use that one tonight.

      • Monterowasnotdinero

        True Jesus had a poor night at the plate but he still is just 1 point below Ichiro for the best average on the M’s and his catching has been ok-not a detriment to his team. He has caught every starter.

        The M’s can be patient with his development. He needs to be more selective at the plate for sure.

        • mustang

          22 SB with 6 CS that’s a .214 CS% with 5 PB for a part-time catcher is just bad. If you compare him to the everyday catcher in the league he would be near the bottom. I wouldn’t call him a detriment, but he is not “ok”. Put him in everyday and those numbers get real ugly real fast as the Yankees predicted.

          He has bounce back well from a bad May, but he is still very inconsistent. That “1-point below Ichiro for the best average on the M’s” is .265 nothing to write home about. He has had 4HR in April, 3HR in May, and 1HR in June and is hitting .234/. 278/. 402/. 680 at home I don’t think that’s what the M’s trade for.

          But your right the M’s can be patient with his development because they are 30-40 in last place 12.5 games back as compared to 2011 when they were 37-35 in second place and 1 game back on the same date.

          • DM

            I can buy that from an offensive standpoint as he should always be in the lineup — but why not catch him a whole lot more too? It’s strange to spoonfeed development of Montero’s defense in their current context. Why not try to dangle Olivo now? If they believe in Montero, they won’t pick up his option next year anyway.

            • mustang

              I don’t need to tell you the answer you know it already.

        • JohnC

          M’s can be patient with Montero’s development just like Yanks can be patient with Pineda’s recovery.

          • DM

            Of course, but Montero*****dinero can take the digs — since he certainly gives them any chance he gets. Also, I think their 1st pick in the draft speaks volumes as to what they think of him as catcher of the future. I’m sure seeing Montero up close colored that decision.

            • mustang

              Mike Zunino catcher Florida 3rd pick!!!!!! WOW!!!

              Great point! Didn’t even know that.

              But don’t jump Montero*****dinero he is a good commenter who just happens to be in love and as we all know love can be blind.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Don’t tell that to Betty Lizard. To her, Russell Martin is the most beautiful man on earth.

                • Betty Lizard

                  Montero***dinero has baseball love for Montero. That can be blind but not as blind as my “crushes”. I think Martin is sexy as hell and I love his play at the plate (couldn’t have a Baseball Boyfriend with no skills) but the whole point of his being my this year’s Baseball Boyfriend Is to both mock and enjoy my irrational swooning over him.


                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    We are very much in support of your crush, Betty.

              • DM

                I didn’t jump him. But if you’re gonna chirp up for the Montero HR/double 2 rbi games, and Noesi quality starts, that happen once every ten days — you need to be there for what happens in between. Montero needs to do some serious adjusting — since he’s basically telegraphed the idea that he won’t walk to pitchers everywhere, so why give him anything good to hit? Some learn to get over it; others don’t. That’s where the stuff from the neck up begins to count. After 6+ seasons, Delmon Young still hasn’t made that adjustment — and his bat was just as impressive.

                • mustang

                  I totally agree, but once again the man is in love.

          • mustang


            And have we learned anything from the current Yankees success.


            • Robinson Tilapia

              + 1,000,000

              • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

                Wow-had to work and couldn’t get to the push back comments. They never fail me!

                Yes I have baseball love for the 22 year old, 500K a year cleanup hitter for the M’s.

                Ridiculous upside.

                He had good second halves in the minors so we’ll see. Hated the trade and now with the retrospectoscope of our damaged young pitchers-hate it even more.

  • Brian S.

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  • Brian S.

    I think we’ll do well against Hanson tomorrow. Anecdotally it seems that the Yankees have done well this season against right handers that don’t have an offspeed pitch.

  • Bryan

    What puzzles me is why they didn’t have Jayson Nix steal after putting him in to run. Gotta get him into scoring position in that situation and need to stay out of the double play.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    “When Kuroda allowed a run in the top of the third, it was the first time all season he allowed a run in an inning immediately after the Yankees scored. In other words, it was his first non-shutdown inning of the year.”

    That actually shocked me, I mean I usually noticed it during Hughes’ starts earlier in the year, and Nova’s, and even CC’s to an extent…but before we started winning it always seemed like as soon as the offense would score a run or two the following inning our starter would go ahead and give the other team a run or two right back. It was incredibly frustrating, but to me a non-shutdown inning is the most frustrating thing in all of baseball.

  • Deep Thoughts

    With all the bellyaching over RISPFAIL and “OMG the bases are loaded–DOOMED!!” I can’t believe you have the chutzpah to second-guess a send to break a tie at home with two out in the 5th and Eric Chavez at the plate. With a fully rested bullpen. I mean come on.

    • Adam Parker

      Da chutzpah!!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “RISPFAIL” is like “The Binder.” There’s a shred of credibility to the statement, but the way it’s constantly trotted out here makes it be like fingernails on a blackboard.

  • jjyank

    Ah well. It was fun while it lasted.

    And WTF is this day game on a Wednesday nonsense? *quickly attempts to charge phone before going to work so I can follow the game*

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Let’s hope Hughes hydrates well and sticks an icepack down his pants. He’s going to need it.

      • Pat D

        It’s good they’re off Thursday, since it will be hotter.

  • Bubba

    They had to lose this game. A 106 game winning streak is completely unreasonable. By losing this game, they set themselves up perfectly for a 95 game win streak which is much more realistic.

  • coolerking101

    Speaking of RISPFAIL – the Yankees were 2 for 11 when it counted last night. More of the same. Hopefully the bats will wake up before the starting pitching staff comes back to earth.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    I think it was my fault. I was at the game that started the win streak (johan massacre) and at the one that ended it. baserunning was weak, arod needs to step up, he was having a pretty nice season, but the last week does not seem to have been kind to him. i would like an oppo hr from him today, that is all.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    plus i forgot to mention the risp fail, will it ever end? I have no idea if anyone could get this, but I would love to know how many hits the yanks get with risp and don’t actually score, it seems like half, but i am pessimist. also, i wonder how that compare to the rest of the league?

  • ADam

    Ugggggghhhh the bunting. I though GI JOE had gotten all of the NL strategy out of his system this weekend. The Yanks the knife to Atlanta’s throat and let them of the hook. The team is bad enough with RISP, don’t make it easier for the opposing pitcher!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Meh. I get it. It looked like a close enough play at the plate both times. Force them to make the mistake on defense. It didn’t work.

    Tex then boots a play he will otherwise make every time.

    Seems like the recipe for victory was there, but the breaks stopped going the team’s way.

    At least the Heat won.

    Let’s hope the Yanks can beat both the Braves and the insane heat today.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I get why people hate the Yankees when I think of the Heat. You must get a lot of flack being a fan of both. I think OKC is easy to root for….underdog and all.

      I did enjoy the SBs when the Gmen were underdogs and everyone was rooting for them against the Pats.

      But I became an NYY fan (grew up in NYC, Mattingly fan) when they weren’t winning so everyone can stop bitching at me when they are.

      Again, random thoughts. Brain on drip mode this morning.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I lived in Miami when the expansion occurred and never really had a favorite NBA team before that. It was quite easy to embrace the team back then, losing and all.

        I don’t get a ton of grief from people that know me. I find the reasons for not liking the Heat to be, at best, pretty petty. I tend to give people a whole lot more grief with my Knick takedowns than anything else. Even living back in NYC for over 10 years, you don’t go through the 90’s as a Heat fan and forgive the Knicks. Sorry. They’ll always be with the Red Sox in my book. I’d much rather root for my new neighbors and business partners, the Nets.

        It’s not fun to go through your favorite team winning a championship in a city for not everyone shares your enthusiasm. It’s how I spent the late 90’s as a Yankee fan (and why 2009 is forever my favorite championship – first I actually got to experience IN New York), and how I’ll probably spend the first and now, probable, Heat championship.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Sort of random but I think Granderson needs one if not two days off.

    • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

      Or at least not face a high quality curveball like Tim Hudson’s. He did throw out a runner at 3rd. Who is our backup centerfielder now? Jones?

      • Tom

        Probably Wise