Yanks outlast Nats in 14 innings, win 8th straight

Trenton lineup explodes in big win
Joba, Aardsma getting closer to return


Source: FanGraphs

There were a lot more Yankees fans in Nationals Park on Saturday than the day before, likely because a bunch came down after work on Friday. Lots of cheers for the road team and lots of groans when Mark Teixeira doubled in two go-ahead runs in the 14th. The Yankees won 5-3 and outside of one Cory Wade meatball, got some pretty fantastic pitching. It was a great win. Really was. Here are some miscellaneous observations…

  • First thing that stands out to me: Bryce Harper looked just awful. Andy Pettitte completely manhandled him early, and overall the wunderkind went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts. He saw 24 pitches total, swung and missed 11 (!) times, and grounded out weakly to end the game on the first pitch he saw from Rafael Soriano. That’s about as bad as a player can look in a single game.
  • The Yankees almost got no-hit by Washington’s bullpen, which threw seven hitless innings from the start of the seventh through the end of the 13th. The Brad Lidge meltdown was as predictable as it gets — he has been unbelievably terrible this year — but Teixeira was their last hope in that 14th inning. The pitcher’s spot was behind Robinson Cano and he wasn’t going to see a hittable pitch again all day.
  • New York’s bullpen was pretty awesome as well, with only four hits allowed — one being the game-tying homer by Ian Desmond in the eighth — to go with five strikeouts and a 10/4 GB/FB. I thought it was only a matter of time until someone hit a walk-off once Freddy Garcia entered the game, but give it up to him, dude threw two nearly flawless innings despite making just one appearance in the last 25 days.
  • I haven’t seen a replay yet but frankly I don’t want too. The home plate ump called Tyler Moore out at the plate on Dewayne Wise‘s throw in the eighth and that’s good enough for me. I had no idea Wise has that kind of arm, he got the ball to Russell Martin on the fly.
  • Derek Jeter had the loudest 1-for-7 ever, he scalded three line drives right at defenders for outs. Eric Chavez was also hitting the snot out of everything and even made a few standout defensive plays at the hot corner. Outside of the two homer game at Fenway, this was probably his best game of the season.
  • Nice little game for Jayson Nix, who came into the game as part of a double switch and had the dinky little infield single that started the 14th inning rally. He also stole a big base that inning, got down a sac bunt when asked earlier in the game, and made one nice play defensively in left. Most utility players are terrible, but I definitely think Nix has been a notch above that during his brief time with the Yankees.
  • Pettitte gave up five hits and how many were on broken bats, at least three right? Jesus Flores’ two-run double to the wall was clearly the most annoying only because Jesus Flores has no business hitting the ball to the wall in the first place, broken bat or not.
  • I was surprised to learn that this was only the Yankees’ third extra-innings game this season. The other two came in Baltimore during the second series of the year. Also, I have to admit I’m kinda disappointed they won despite not hitting a homer. Part of me was hoping to see them win 95 games and go 0-30 when not hitting one out. Woulda be … unique.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees have won eight straight games and that’s kind of a big deal. They’ve also won 11 of their last 12, 13 of the last 15, and 18 of the last 22. I mentioned this last game, but this might be the best baseball they’ve played since 2009. Ivan Nova gets the ball against Edwin Jackson on Sunday afternoon, hoping to give his club their third consecutive three-game series sweep.

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Trenton lineup explodes in big win
Joba, Aardsma getting closer to return
  • JohnnyBGoode

    Giardi Y U NO PINCH HIT WITH SABATHIA!?

  • dkidd

    why i love baseball:

    as a 19-year-old wunderkind, bryce harper faces veteran andy pettitte
    as a rookie, andy pettitte pitches to veteran eddie murray
    as a rookie, eddie murray is teammates with veteran brooks robinson
    as a rookie, brooks robinson faces veteran bob feller
    as an 18-year-old wunderkind, bob feller pitches to veteran lou gehrig

    • FIPster Doofus

      Very cool.

    • Ana

      *round of applause*

      • dkidd

        crap. misread the game logs, robinson never actually faced feller

        don’t care: i still love baseball!

        • Brian S.

          Sorry, you can’t love baseball after that.

        • CTRob

          Cool either way, nice job. I enjoyed reading it. Kudos for finding your own flaw. I wouldn’t have checked it. The era’s are close.

        • MannyGeee

          You get a pass on the misinformation, for you may have hit the apex total baseball nerddom coolness. Mozeltov!

    • Jesse

      This is awesome.

  • mt

    Random thoughts:

    Replay did show Moore was safe at plate – folks on MASN broadcast were going crazy (calls for replay, etc.) Not sure what YES did.
    ESPN also did slo-mo of the play as part of the Sportscenter game recap and commented he was safe (of course). I think ump missed it because he was moving as tag was made.

    I was so sure that Garcia was going to give up a walk-off homer that I stopped watching – silly me. Cory Wade has been great all year but he has given up 3 absolute bombs – all to righthanders within the last month – Trumbo, Cabrera, and now Desmond.

    A lot of umps would have thrown out Harper for his antics at plate after striking out I believe the fourth time – he slammed bat against the plate. Also seemed to be having running dialogue with ump during strike-out against Garcia.

    I hope Grandy gets a day off soon – my wife who only tangentially watches baseball when I have Yankee baseball on TV looked at him on screen today and said he looked unusually thin – I couldn’t agree since I watch every day but I can’t understand why someone like Girardi who is so careful with Jeter and Arod is so cavalier with Grandy. Dewayne Wise is not good but it is just one position for a day off.

    We should rename Soriano Rafael Wetteland – I was praying that Harper did not redeem his awful day with a 3 run walk-off bomb.

    Also Eppley and Rapada both have been great recently, even getting opposite side batters out.

    YCPB – who would guess that Yanks would win their first non-home run game in a game in which they go 2-18 with RISP and were no-hit for seven innings in the middle of the game?

    This team which is looking so good right now would be even scarier if they were just slightly below average in RISP situations as opposed to being one of the three or four worst teams in baseball.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Best record in the AL and one of only 3 teams in MLB with an over .600 winning percentage. Still worried?

    • Knoxvillain

      Not for the regular season. But I fully expect them to get swept in the ALDS because they won’t score any runs in the postseason. Not trying to be a downer, but it’s just how it is.

      • Jesse

        I have a hard time believing that they “won’t score any runs” in the playoffs… CC, Andy, and Hirok is a good front 3 (better than last year’s anyway), so, in theory, they won’t need to score as much.

      • Sean C

        We can worry about the post-season if/when we get there. The Yankees still have 90-some games to play. Just enjoy it when your team of choice is on an 8 game winning streak and own the best record in the AL. PLUS, if they make the ALDS, there’s no way they score zero runs through three games (as you have indicated). You sound like you don’t enjoy Yankee success. Stop being such a pessimist and enjoy baseball.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        You obviously can’t give up the season when they’re on a hot streak, so you’d like to give up the post season. Why be a fan at all if you give up this early about anything?

        Not trying to be a downer? Obviously. There is no try. Must come naturally.

        • Kevin

          Do you see the 2009 ALDS and ALCS..take away game 1 of the ALDS and game 4 of the ALCS and the Yanks were horrific with RISP.
          But the pitching staff made sure the other teams were even worse.

      • jjyank

        I’ve never gotten this type of fandom. To each his/her own I suppose, but if I expected the Yankees to get swept in the first round every year, baseball wouldn’t be very fun to watch.

        You know the other day I read some comments from a few 2009 game recap threads out of boredom, and a lot of people said the same thing you just said. Perspective, dude.

  • Havok9120

    I loved this win. I watched as much as I could, but had to go to work after Rapada struck Harper out.

    Good God did the Game Thread get silly. I get that the home team has an advantage in extra innings, but c’mon folks….

    Anyway, good stuff. I’ve got Father’s Day off, so I’ll actually get to watch an entire game (hopefully).

    • MannyGeee

      If you’re a father, there is no way in hell you will be able to watch a game through and through…

      Case in point: I have not been able to get through these comments without stopping for chocolate milk, an iPod question and to ‘help’ a rubber duckie that wasn’t squeaking.

      Enjoy your day, dads!

      • Havok9120

        Well….I’m not one. But I have one two rooms away.

        Happy Father’s Day to you, MannyGeee.

  • Christopher

    I’ve never been to a road game quite like this: it felt like a home game there were so many Yankee fans there. I bet there were twenty thousand Yankee hats, shirts, and voices raised in chants. The locals were reduced to boos when some of those rally chants broke out. The park was okay, a little utilitarian for my taste. It was amazing watching Andy taking Harper to school bat after bat. From my seat I could see Harper start to flings things around the dugout. The hyped up intros for every National League batter was annoying and the cheerleaders looked pretty bush league, but these guys are trying to build a franchise so they get a pass, I guess. The Yanks looked focused and determined. Great win.

    • Mike

      I was at the game too. Had to have been 50/50 there.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    highlights: Wise’s laser arm and Harper going 0-7 with 5 Ks. That was funny, what was that? Platinum Sombrero? Made me smile.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    First time at Nationals park and what a game to go to. The park was nice but utilitarian is not a bad way to describe it although I didn’t get to really explore it. I went with some family from here who were Nats fans so I almost felt bad celebrating after the game, but it was awesome. The crowd had to be half Yankee fans. Pettitte looked awesome, amazing to see how he looked against Harper. I was convinced Harper was going to get the walk off.

    • Mike

      Was there too. Awesome game to go to. I was also at the Beer Garden right after the game.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Going today and will be there when gates open for bp. Section 204 row F wearing white Yankee cap if anyone wants to meet and chat.

  • Kmax

    Can we get a recap on the after party?

    • Havok9120

      This.

  • DERP

    Girardi said that his decision to take out Jones on the double switch was a “gut feeling.” I hope this satisfies the anti-binder folks.

  • TomG

    First game at this park. Really liked it a lot, I went with my 6 month old nephew and there were more than enough family friendly amenities for us to stick around for all 14 innings without the womenfolk losing it. I never gave stuff like that any thought before yesterday, but it goes a long way towards making the day enjoyable for everyone.

  • Havok9120

    In other news….we apparently just got another pitcher released by his team. Lidge has been DFA’d.

    Boo. Maybe the Orioles will sign him.

    • Monterowasdinero

      At the game with my son who just got Grandy to sign a ball. A great Father’s Day memory.

      • dkidd

        that’s awesome

        happy’s father’s day!

  • Mike

    Wow I thought I’d be the only one there haha.

    Definitely half Yankee fans there

    I was a bit surprised the crowd was not on their feet in the bottom of the 13th. Winning run on 2nd with 1 out (and on 3rd with 2 out). One hit and ball game is over and you’re not standing up getting ready for it??

    Had a great time though. No fights at all near me. Classy fans on both sides.

  • roadrider

    I was also at the game. Could not see the play at the plate in the 8th that well (too many people standing up in front of me) but some dude had a picture e-mailed to him and he was showing it on his phone – Moore was safe (confirmed on TV replays on MLBN). I agree with the commenter on the WWF-style intros for the Nats players – really bush league.

    Yeah, the bullpen did well but only after they blew it for Andy and the Yanks in the 8th. That was some bad job by Wade. HR on an 0-2 pitch then walking the next guy? Logan, a lefty, lets the runner get an enormous jump on him to steal 2B and get in scoring position and then gives up a hit to a lefty (OK, not a terrible pitch but he’s supposed to be able to get lefties in those spots) that actually did score the go-ahead run but was nullified by a blown call.

    They did shut the Nats down the rest of the way but that says as much about the ineptitude of the Nats hitters as it does the Yanks relievers. That ain’t happening against the Texas Rangers or the Tigers.