Tex & Russ help Yanks open second half with win

Romine returns in GCL win
Joba strikes out two in latest minor league rehab outing

Source: FanGraphs

Nothing quite like a thrilling late-inning comeback to kick off the second half, eh? The best part is that the Yankees were carried by two guys who they really need to step up their game down the stretch. Let’s recap…

  • HR-iroki: Hiroki Kuroda had his moments, but that back-breaking three-run homer by Mark Trumbo in the seventh really took the shine off his outing. He seemed to be behind hitters all night — I was surprised to see that he threw a first-pitch strike to 14 of 30 hitters faced, thought it would be less — and when you miss your spot against a dude like Trumbo, he’ll hit the ball over the visitor’s bullpen and into the left field bleachers. Hiroki’s been picking teammates up all season despite their lack of run support, so they owed him one.
  • On the Mark: The All-Star break did Mark Teixeira some good, as he drove in five runs thanks to a two-run homer (off C.J. Wilson) and a three-run homer (off Scott Downs). That second homer was the big one; it tied the game in the eighth off a guy who had allowed one earned run all year and had not allowed a homer since last August. It was a terrible pitch, a hanging curveball that screamed “Hit Me!,” and Tex sure did hit it. Here’s to a huge second half, Tex.
  • Russ Bus: You can’t overstate how awful Russell Martin was in the first half, but he opened the second half with arguably his best all-around game of the season. He threw out two attempted base-stealers as well as another runner trying to advance to second on a ball in the dirt (to end the game!), and also had the game-winning knock. It was just a little excuse-me single that stayed inside the right field foul line, but those are the types of hits he wasn’t getting in the first half. Martin always seems to play better with ample rest, so hopefully he comes out swinging the bat these next few weeks after the four days off.
  • Leftovers: Holy RISPFAIL were they bad in those spots (2-for-11), most notably stranding Curtis Granderson on third after a leadoff triple in the sixth … Robinson Cano extended his hit streak to 16 games with a single … Derek Jeter (single and double) and Teixeira (two homers) were the only Yankees with multiple knocks, but Granderson (triple and walk), Nick Swisher (double and two walks), and Martin (single and walk) reached base multiple times as well … Rafael Soriano nailed down the save but allowed his first hit since the near-disaster against the Indians, when he almost walked in the tying run (a span of five appearances) … Chad Qualls got the win because Swisher was nice enough to rob Trumbo’s near-homer to end the eighth, love how that works.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles lost, so the Yankees now have an eight game lead (!) in the division. The Rays and Red Sox are nine and ten games back, respectively. That just blows my mind. I don’t remember the last time any team had a lead that big in this division at this point of the season. The Yankees will look to expand that lead on Saturday afternoon, when Freddy Garcia and Jerome Williams square off in the middle game of this three-game set.

Romine returns in GCL win
Joba strikes out two in latest minor league rehab outing
  • VT Yankee Fan

    Nice win tonight. It disappointed all of the ledge jumpers. Ha-ha

    I’m making the looong drive to see the new stadium for the first time on Sunday. Any tips on the best places to park, eat, etc around the stadium.

    • RI$P FTW

      Don’t eat there if you want good food. Seriously, don’t order a burger. Cardboard. Get fries if they’re Nathan’s. Otherwise, forget fries.

      • David N

        The garlic fries are pretty good.

        But do prepare to spend an arm and a leg for food and drink. I’d eat beforehand, but I don’t know the area around the stadium that well, perhaps there’s decent stuff around there.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Don’t listen to RI$P FTW. Get a Lobel’s steak sandwich right off of the main hall down the left field line, and some garlic fries. It’s expensive, but delicious. As for parking, I usually park in the parking deck right across the street from Gate 7. If your eating outside the stadium, there’s a bunch of great places right on River St.

      • http://riveravenueblues.com mart l

        river street? RIVER AVENUE. :)

      • Steve

        Expensive is an understatement. It’s $20 for a sandwich and a drink. It’s good but not exactly big. Get a hotdog for 1 dollar right across the street before you go into the stadium

    • Brian S.

      Don’t listen to RI$P FTW or Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Riddle. Find a way to simultaneously not do what either of them said.

      • Evan3457

        Don’t listen to any of these guys, just listen to the voices in your head, especially your mother telling you to….uh, never mind.

        But do listen to Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle, for he knows whereof he speaks.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Thanks all. I’m sure we’ll figure something out.

    • johnnybk

      Do your drinking at stadium pizza 157th just off river. 3 beers for 10 bucks, not nearly as slammed as the 8$ plastic cup of bud light joints on river, and comfortable. If you happen to favor full bodied Dominican women, even better.

  • Dela G

    Wow I love this division lead

  • Rich in NJ

    They really need this kind of production from Tex. It’s great to see.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Expecting a high scoring game tomorrow, since both pitchers aren’t all that good.

  • RI$P FTW

    “You can’t understate how awful Russell Martin was in the first half”

    I’d go with overstate instead of understate. I think. Mind-fvck.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle
    • Ted Nelson

      You predicted that a team with a .616 winning percentage would win a game?

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        when their win expectancy was only around 23.7%

        • Ted Nelson

          Still going to be right 1 in 4 times

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Yes, but I predicted it when they were down 4-2, had just given up the homerun to Trumbo and had men in scoring position to open two consecutive innings failing to score either time. When everybody else was calling this game a loss.

        • Jimmy

          OK smart guy, who do you have winning the 5th race at Monmouth Park today?

          • Hoss

            I’d go with Glow Worm in the 5th. And stay away from the garlic fries.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Best win of the second half so far.

    • Evan3457


  • David N

    This is the kind of game we’d lose to the Angels all the time. A tight pitcher’s duel, somehow the Angels get the big hit, and then we can’t catch up against the Angels bullpen. Glad to see it worked out differently tonight, and I hope there are many more of these sorts of wins to come down the road.

  • Adam Parker

    Didn’t Jeter have a double?

  • Get Phelps Up

    It’s a too bad that crappy pitchers like CJ Wilson and Scott Downs won’t be pitching in the playoffs.

    • vicki

      i do think this is funny. but you know it won’t be 88 degrees in october.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        fortunately, that applies to the opposition as well

  • stuart a

    Only saw up to the Trumbo bomb. Was on a plane when I landed and saw they won I was suprised nd happy.

    SOunds like Arod is dominating per the usual. Lucky they are batting Cano 5th, do not want to take AB’s away from Arod…

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)


      • Pat D

        Uh, let’s not go there.

        • OMG! Bagels!

          WE WERE ONLY UP TO “R”


          • Pat D

            No, I meant it would have been better to pick a name other than “Rose.”

            I think most long time commenters here will remember all too well who Rose was.

            • Rick in Philly

              I preferred the Axl era.

              • Pat D

                He did make things entertaining.

    • Alex Rodriguez

      Sorry I didn’t have a good game but I was really tired after banging your mother all break long.

      • Havok9120


        This is what we’re going with?

      • Anthony


    • rogue


      You guys keep making fun of Stu, yet Alex continues to suck.

  • Tom Zig

    Why would you bring in a lefty to face Jeter, Granderson, Tex, & Arod. All 4 of them crush lefties.

    • Brian S.

      Because Scott Downs is not a LOOGY. He’s a legit setup guy that just happens to be left handed. Don’t you remember him in Toronto?

  • dkidd

    trumbo is ridiculous

  • Jose “I hit like Enrique” Iglesias

    Martin actually had a 3rd caught stealing.

    Unfortunately Laz Diaz said after the game that Martin had not earned the respect of getting to throw out a runner at 3rd, so he didn’t allow it.

  • Greg

    They were 2-1 with RISP? Man that will increase their average.

  • Ted Nelson

    I think one can overstate how bad Martin was in the first half, and that most spoiled Yankees fans are doing it with all their incesant whining.

    Ws and Ls are useless as an individual stat, but it works both ways. If Swisher boots a routine pop-up allowing a run to score, Qualls is on the hook for an L.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Kuroda would have been on the hook.

      • Ted Nelson

        My point wasn’t about that specific situation. If the R was charged to Qualls and a fielder makes a crap play, he gets the loss. I have no use for Ws and Ls as an individual stat, I was just saying that this sort of P luck runs both ways.

    • bpdelia

      Exactly what i thought re wins. Yeah they are a bad stat for relievers but if you scan down the wins list for sps youll have a pretty good idea who is a good sp. Anyhoo o remainextremelyconfident arod has a great season left in him.

  • pat

    I probably hate the Angels most out of all our rivals purely because of RevHalo so it ached my bones to see how awesome Trout is. Fucking kid does everything. My only hope is that he already looks bulky and hopefully he’ll outgrow playing a stellar CF because otherwise Mickey Mantle comparisons are going to be abundant.

    • RetroRob

      He’s from the tri-state region. He grew up watching the Yankees. Derek Jeter lent him his luxury box so his family could come and watch Trout. I expect Trout and Harper to be joining the Yankees about five years down the line, whenever they’re free agents. Well, that’s my dream.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        We’re Yankees fans. We don’t dream, we demand!

        • TomH

          Or whine.

      • Skip

        He was a shortstop up until his senior year of HS when he moved to CF, so he was a big admirer of Derek Jeter. But he’s from South Jersey and was a Phillies fan growing up.

        • Bartolo’s Colon

          i think he’s from vineland which is in the middle of nowhere. i had to go there for work to visit a chicken processing plant, i’d recommend never doing that if you can help it

    • Ted Nelson

      More than the Red Sox?

  • RetroRob

    The Yankees have a big lead on the Rays and the Red Sox, but the addition of the second Wild Card means both teams are only a couple games out and could make the postseason and be a pain.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      This is why I don’t like at all.

  • Kevin

    Upon further research,it should be noted that the 25th pick would have simply gone to the Brewers instead of the Angels if Tex hasn’t signed with the Yankees.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    It’s not just that we say, “Hey, this guy would look good in pinstripes.” A lot of players think, “I’d love to put on the pinstripes.” Even if they don’t admit it.

    Trout: Hey Yankees, look at me now!
    Yankees: Don’t make us hate you, kid. Tone it the fuck down.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      reply fail. sorry.

  • dalelama

    Nice to see Old Purple Lips make his usual big game contribution.

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

      Big game?

      • dalelama

        Sure, playing our biggest nemesis to start the series and second half, as far as regular season goes it is relatively big.
        Don’t worry Arod will continue to under perform on bigger stages.

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

          You have incredibly low standards if you thought this game was big.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    I’m going to nominate myself for worst fan of the game. After the rispfail, the trumbo bomb and the additional tack on run, i left the stadium. i wasn’t really feeling all that great, but it was still weak. what is odd, is that over the last two season ive been to about 25 games and i only once left early, during a blowout. i checked my phone as soon as soon as i got off the subway just in time to see tex hit the bomb. i got to my apartment in time to see soriano close the door. i’d like to think that the only reason they actually won, was to spite me for leaving. if so, you’re welcome everyone