Yanks take early game behind Garcia, homers


Source: FanGraphs

I gotta say, that was a pretty solid win. The Yankees hit well, they pitched well, and they played defense well. What more could you ask? Let’s recap…

  • Back-to-Back: The Yankees have scored multiple first inning runs in four of their last five games, and on Saturday afternoon they did it courtesy of a three-run Nick Swisher homer –breaking an 0-for-17 skid — and a solo shot by Andruw Jones. Robinson Cano took a pitch off his right hand with two outs, which really caused the inning to snowball a bit on Franklin Morales. The Yankees don’t miss fastballs, it doesn’t matter how hard you throw, and Boston’s lefty put a few right in the happy zone.
  • Back-to-Back Part Two: Because one set of back-to-back homers wasn’t enough, Jones and Jayson Nix doubled up on solo shots in the fifth. Andruw’s was a little wall-scraper but Nix’s was a legit blast like the two first inning jacks. All four dingers came on Morales’ fastball and they collectively tripled his season total of dingers allowed.
  • Right Sweat Fred: How many innings out of Freddy Garcia would you have been happy with coming into the game? Five? That seems reasonable given the Fenway Park factor plus the fact that it was only his second start out of the bullpen. Freddy instead turned in 6.2 innings of one-run ball, going above and beyond all expectations. He struck out five (including at least one on his mystery pitch), walked two, and got lots of weak fly balls. It works for him. Unlike Hiroki Kuroda on Friday night, Garcia made the big early lead hold up. Major, major props to him. Star of the game.
  • Leftovers: Not only did Andruw hit two homers, he also made a great leaping catch at the wall and was able to double David Ortiz off first base in the sixth inning. It was a vintage 2005 game out of him … Alex Rodriguez and Swisher both got picked off first base in the third inning, killing a potentially huge rally. A-Rod was nabbed on a set play with the first baseman sneaking behind him, but outs on the bases remain the worst outs … Robinson Cano’s nine-game RBI streak came to end … Derek Jeter (three singles), Swisher (homer, single, two walks), and Jones (two homers) all had multiple hits … scoreless relief from Cody Eppley (four outs) and Chad Qualls (three outs) spared the big bullpen guns heading into tonight … the only real negative is that the Yankees allowed Justin Germano to throw 5.2 scoreless innings, so Boston’s bullpen is in good shape for the nightcap.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The win guarantees that the Yankees will leave this series having lost zero ground to the Red Sox int he standings, so now it’s time to get greedy and pad that lead. These same two clubs play again tonight, when Phil Hughes gets the ball against Felix Doubront. That one starts a little after 7pm ET. See you then.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Greg says:

    Hail to the Chief! And now there is absolutely no pressure on the Yankees to win the next two games. Although they should do their best anyway.

    Well done

  2. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Brutal double header coming up. Given Hughes’ struggles in Fenway and the depleted bullpen the next seven hours could be rough. My advice is to watch Sonnen/Siva II instead.

    • jjyank says:

      Depleted bullpen? They just used Eppley and Qualls, everyone else should be good to go.

      • forensic says:

        I’m wondering about the double header that is still up coming and how 7 hours will be rough. One game is already gone and the next 3 hours should be pretty easy.

        Maybe jimmy just bought a delorean?

    • whozat says:

      …Depleted bullpen? Everyone had a day off two days ago, will have 4 days off after tomorrow, and didn’t pitch this afternoon.

      Every reliever, except maybe Eppley and Qualls, is available.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        They lost Rivera and Joba for probably the season…that’s kind of a lot out. Soriano went four outs, and they used three other relievers last night. Robertson, Logan, and Soriano also warmed up, although that could just be them getting their pre-game work in.

        • whozat says:

          Ok, either the Joba (who is about to start his rehab assignment, and missed most of last year as well) and Mo thing is irrelevant, or you go into every game feeling like the bullpen is depleted. So let’s set that aside.

          The other relievers all pitched one out of the last two days and will have four days off after tomorrow. If they’re in a position to win tonight, none of the big guns will be offlimits.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            The other relievers all pitched one out of the last two days and will have four days off after tomorrow. If they’re in a position to win tonight, none of the big guns will be offlimits.

            The bullpen’s been getting quite a bit of work, and while I’m sure they’re all getting use if needed I still question how effective they might be.

        • CP says:

          Do you pay attention to the news about Joba at all?

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          LOL that you’re saying the pen is depleted because of losing Mo and Joba. If thats the case, then they’ve been doing just fine with a depleted pen. As for Soriano and DRob they looked more like they were just tossing, in case of a major meltdown.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            They’ve been getting quite a bit of work lately, and while they’ve been doing well for now you gotta question how much longer the Logan/Epply/Rapada show will continue to go well.

        • jjyank says:

          And they all had Thursday off. Even without Rivera and Joba, the bullpen has been a strength. Soriano, Robertson, Logan, Rapada, Wade, and Mitchell are all available for the night game. That’s not depleted at all.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            Forgot about the off day thursday…that’s a good point.

            • jjyank says:

              Plus they have the All-Star break after this series, and all of those guys will get a nice break. Yeah, they’ve been working a lot lately with all the close games the Yanks have had recently, but it’s not like these guys have pitched 3 days in a row and are in the middle of one of those 15 day in a row stretches.

    • 28 this year says:

      Your idea of a depleted bullpen is ridiculous. You’re questioning everything as if the whole season hasn’t happened and thus, no questions have been answered. Regarding how long Logan/Eppley/Rapada can last, i dont think all three are going to fall off a cliff right away. One, Logan has a decently track record, at least for a middle reliever and Eppley and Rapada have shown nothing to suggest that they dont have it anymore. They have their warts but they are middle relievers and they are supposed to suck. The other guys haven’t shown anything why they can’t be good, i.e. Robertson and Soriano. Even more, the Yankees are playing with house money, who gives a goddamn damn shit as to whether this game is a victory. On top of that, the offense is there, consistently scoring 4-5 runs a game and even more other days. All is good in Yankeeland, glass half full man.

  3. Brian S. says:

    Fuck Boston.

  4. Jag says:

    Well done Freddy and great job to the Yankee hitters.

  5. Get Phelps Up says:

    Big overlooked moment: Freddy getting Ciriaco with 2 on in the 5th and Ortiz on deck. The Red Sox could have made some serious dents in the lead if Ortiz got to bat there.

  6. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’ve always wondered if rich people ate McDonalds and the like but apparently the entire team is right now.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Seriously, they can’t get a better spread over there in between a doubleheader??

      • RetroRob says:

        The only other place nearby serves chicken and beer. They passed.

        I mean, are they really eating McDonald’s? WTF. Pay players millions of dollars and they put McD’s in their bodies?

  7. Rich in NJ says:

    It’s kind of strange how Stewart just puts the ball in play and gets hits.

  8. Who remembers two months ago when this team wasn’t even going to get one of the two wildcard spots, let alone win the division?

  9. Tom Zig says:

    Yankees have the same amount of wins now as they did in 2009 going into the ASB

  10. BK2ATL says:

    Remember how some people wanted Fredy gone??? Remember the nervous Nellies around here worried about Fredy in Fenway???

    Funny how 6 & 2/3 innings of controlling their offense in that ballpark vindicates what Fredy means to this team in 2012.

    Same with Andruw Jones. One great game and everyone remembers what he brings to this team.

    I’m greedy. I want Hughes to do the same now. Except I want him to go 7-8 innings. And I want Cano, Granderson, Tex and A-Rod to beat up on Doubront.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      He faced a triple AAA team. The only hitters he had to face were Ortiz and half of an AGon.

      • BK2ATL says:

        Were they not in Boston Red Sox uniforms??? Not his fault. No need to diminish his performance.

        Plus, we also rolled the likes of Darnell McDonald, Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart….as well as Cody Eppley and Chad Qualls….again in Fenway.

      • Greg says:

        The park negates that.

      • RetroRob says:

        You mean the Red Sox team that has scored more runs than the NY Yankees is a AAA team? The team that had a winning record entering this series, playing in the AL East, that had a run differntial of +50, third best in the AL, and the team that scored eight runs last night, knocking around the Yankee starter with the best ERA? Is that the AAA team you’re referring to, the one that plays in Fenway Park, one of the top scoring environments in the game?

        Yup, they’ve had their problems this year, and their offense is weakened right now, but more driven by their staters and their bullpen, but let’s not suddenly decide their a AAA team because of your self-acknowledged hate of Garcia. If you’ve been watching baseball long enough, you know that even weak hitting team will knock around starters who are off their game. It’s why they’re major leaguers.

        If you’re a Yankee fan, be happy with the win. Are you happy?

    • forensic says:

      Remember when people knew how to spell Freddy? But anyway, this was a AAA lineup he basically faced. There were two full-time major leaguers in it, one of who he completely pitched around (rightly so) everytime. He pitched fine (as far as I could tell on the radio) but you have to take the competition into account and not just assume it’s a great offense because they’re wearing Red Sox uniforms.

      And A-Rod won’t be playing tonight.

      • BK2ATL says:

        You’re just a hater. GARCIA let you down and actually pitched well in Fenway, which ruined your narrative. Caught out there.

        Any Yankees’ fan should be ecstatic at any 6-1 win in Fenway. Or should the win just not count because….you think they fielded a AAA team??? Let’s get that straight.

        If A-Rod’s not playing tonight against a lefty in Fenway, Girardi’s not thinking straight. What? Jayson Nix at 3B? Chavez vs. a lefty? Pretty backwards thinking.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          Chavez isn’t playing. Tex is DHing with Swish at first.

          I agree with you though, and think they should DH A-Rod.

        • forensic says:

          So, if you judge their lineup based on the players and not the uniform, then you’re a hater? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

          I thrilled with the win, but that doesn’t change the guys that Garcia faced. He doesn’t control that and he did his job against the lesser lineup, but that doesn’t mean he gets credit for having done it against their top lineup.

          With the morning lineup, Girardi had already said that A-Rod wouldn’t play tonight. And now the lineup for game 2 is posted and Nix is at 3B with Tex DH’ing, Swisher at 1B, and Jones and McDonald in LF and RF respectively.

          • BK2ATL says:

            A win is a win, no??? Or, should an asterisk get placed next to it, since the opposing team showed up less than fully-loaded.

            Are you discounting the Yankees’ offense against Morales, who is really a scrap-heap reliever passing for a starter in Boston’s unlucky season?

            Last I checked, Yankees’ have won 2 games in Fenway (unless last night’s 10-8 win doesn’t count either), Boston is still an AL East rival, and Garcia kept that offense down to 1 run over 6 & 2/3 innings. They’re capable of scoring 8 runs against us.

            • forensic says:

              Nowhere did I say it doesn’t count or it deserves and asterisk or anything about last night. Garcia pitched well against who he had to face, but he shouldn’t get credit for beating their best offense when it wasn’t their best offense he faced.

              Morales isn’t a great pitcher either (at least not when he isn’t facing the Cubs or M’s), so no, it’s not like they beat a top-flight pitcher today (yes, they beat a much better one yesterday, in theory at least). They were also shut-down by Germano for 5 innings which kind of sucked, but at least they already had the runs and Garcia, and the relievers, did his job against their lineup.

              I’m not punishing him or the lineup for things they can’t control, contrary to you trying to put words in my mouth, but I’m not giving them extra credit for beating or shutting down people they didn’t face.

              Nothing changes the two very nice wins on the board for the team (since that is when the uniform is all that counts) so far in the series, but when you’re judging individuals you need to take more into account than just the uniform.

              • Fin says:

                I have to agree with you. Freddy pitched very well, but the fears people had of Freddy facing the Sox in Fenway were based on a lineup which included the players we are all familiar with not this AAA version of the Redsox. I had no fears with Freddy going into the game because of the lineup the Sox were putting on the field. I would still be afraid if Freddy were to face the real/healthy Sox lineup in Fenway.

              • RetroRob says:

                So the world you live in is focused on not what went right, but everything that went wrong? Must be painful to be your skin.

                Garcia is the sixth man in the rotation, filling in to CC comes back. After that, he can see if he can hold his own as the 5th man and if not than Phelps can see if he can hold down the 5th spot.

                He did his job today. If April Freddy took the mound today, he would have been knocked around like batting practice, as he was earlier this season.

                I don’t know what you’re looking for from Garcia, but I know what I’m looking for, and he’s done it his last two times out. Glad he’s still here.

                • Fin says:

                  Seems Freddy has his Mojo back, and should be a fine replacement until Petite gets back. Barring more injuries he could even make it a tough decision if he is the one replaced.

  11. jjyank says:

    Sox tied for last now, depending on what Toronto does and how the night cap goes. I freaking love this.

    Somehow, growing up in New Jersey, there always seemed to be a couple of Red Sox fans in my middle and high schools. One of my parents’ good friends was also inexplicably a Sox fan. And then I went to undergrad in Red Sox territory. For me, the suffering of the Red Sox is like 80% as good as the success of the Yankees. Go for the sweep boys. Let’s bury these fools.

    • BK2ATL says:

      If we sweep this weekend, get the popcorn, chicken and beer out and head over to overthemonster.com for the epic meltdown.

      They’ll be in last place of the AL East, over 10 games out of 1st place, under .500, swept at home by the Yanks, and fielding their worst team in a decade at mid-season.

      • jjyank says:

        If the Yanks win tonight, I will be spending my evening at OTM for sure. If Toronto wins and the Yanks beat the Sox, they’ll be in last tonight. Should be good reading.

        • BK2ATL says:

          Hahaha. Should be pretty entertaining over there.

          I’ll probably just check out the Silva-Sonnen fight after the game.

  12. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So how’s Hughes going to pitch today but still be ready for his start on Monday?

  13. JScott says:

    With the Red Sox now sitting at .500 (42-42), tonight’s game will put an end to the run of 30 straight games vs +.500 teams. The Yankees went 22-8 in those 30 games. Very inpressive, really.

  14. Monterowasnotdinero says:

    Excellent game but since Kelleher does nothing except take equipment and pats on his head from Jeter-can we blame him at all for 2 veterans getting picked off 1B? Probably not but we need an in depth analysis on our 1B coach and the job of the 1B coach and who is the best 1b coach in the game.


  15. Monterowasnotdinero says:

    An interesting (off topic) note from today’s Wash. Post:

    The 84 year old baseball has been sitting in Elizabeth Gott’s drawer for years, but she’s hoping it will pay off her son’s medical school debt. New York Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig smashed the ball into the bleachers for a home run during the 1928 World Series against the St. Louis CArdinals. Gehrig hit the homer off HoF pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander while teammate Babe Ruth was on base and called it his most significant home run at the time.
    Hunt Auctions plans to sell the ball Tuesday at the All-Star FanFest in Kansas City and predicts it could fetch $100,000 to $200,000.

  16. BK2ATL says:

    Interesting tweet from Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN
    “J.Upton is just 24 years old w/98 career HRs, 2xAll-Star. There is concern among rival teams about whether he’s got chronic shoulder issue.”

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