Homers, Nix lead Yanks to win over BoSox

Game 119: Finish Them
Update: Heathcott, Romine & Adams ticketed for Arizona Fall League


Source: FanGraphs

This one didn’t really have the feel of a typical Yankees-Red Sox game, mostly because it didn’t take four hours to complete. The two sides traded leads in the middle innings, but ultimately the Bombers came out on top. It’s their ninth win in their last eleven games. Let’s recap…

  • Bombs Away: Three of the first seven Yankees who stepped to the plate hit a solo homer off left-hander Franklin Morales, who own eight of the eleven homers he’s surrendered this season. Nick Swisher did the honors in the first, then Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin went back-to-back in the second to give New York a three-zip lead. Derek Jeter tagged Morales for a fourth solo homer in the fifth to tie the game.
  • PFPhil: Obviously a lot happened in between the second and the fifth, specifically a four-run third inning for the Sox. Phil Hughes shot himself in the foot by throwing away a double play ball with one out and a man on first, and it snowballed into a disaster inning capped off by a three-run homer by Dustin Pedroia. Outside of that one inning, Phil allowed just two of 20 batters he faced to reach base. He threw a ton of changeups, I’m talking 29 out of 106 total pitches (27.4%). That has to be a career-high. None of those four runs were earned (laughable, but whatever), and otherwise Hughes threw a surprisingly solid game.
  • NY Nix: Jayson Nix has done a lot of very nice things for the Yankees this season, including a number of big hits. His latest was a piece of beauty, a two-out, two-strike single on a slider away that he reached out and just poked to right with men on the corners. Clayton Mortensen had come in and thrown nothing but sliders to the first two men he faced, so nice job by Nix to make the adjustment and put the ball in play. The single gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead in the sixth.
  • Leftovers: Swisher tacked on an insurance run with a solo homer in the seventh, the 12th time in his career he’s gone deep from both sides of the plate in the same game. That’s the second most in baseball history behind Mark Teixeira (13), and has a lot to do with starting pitchers staying in the game until their arms fell off back in Mickey Mantle’s day … outside of a Carl Crawford double off David Robertson (literally), the bullpen was flawless in their two innings. Fourteen of the final 15 Red Sox to bat made outs … every starter had a hit except for Robinson Cano and Ichiro Suzuki while Swisher and Grandy were the only ones with two hits … Jeter’s homer was his tenth of the season, giving the Yankees ten players with double digit homers, tying a franchise record. Nix is the next closest at four so don’t expect an eleventh guy with 10+ homers … ready for this? In their 12 head-to-head games this season, the Yankees have out-homered the Red Sox 28-9. 28-9!

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The Tigers beat the Orioles, so Baltimore is now seven back in the loss column. Assuming the Rays beat the Angels, they’ll remain six back. Boston is a full 14 games back. The Yankees will look to further bury the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon, when David Phelps gets the ball against Jon Lester in the FOX broadcast matinee. Check out RAB Tickets for some last-minute ticket deals.

Minor League Report
I don’t have the time for a full blown DotF tonight, but I will provide you with links to the box scores: Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Low-A, Short Season, Rookie GCL. 2B Corban Joseph, CF Melky Mesa, 1B Luke Murton (two), C Gary Sanchez, 3B Dante Bichette Jr., and DH Peter O’Brien all hit homers. RHP Dellin Betances got hammered for seven runs in four innings.

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Game 119: Finish Them
Update: Heathcott, Romine & Adams ticketed for Arizona Fall League
  • Get Phelps Up

    It seems like 80% of the 4 hour Yankees-Sox games are at Fenway. Could just be me, though.

    • Steve (different one)

      And all of them are Sat Fox games…..

  • stuart a

    I got only 1 thing to complain about. the martin ab against mortenson take the walk..

    the yanks are getting some timely hits which is a change.

    jeter is a freak. 38 and still playing at a high level…boston probably has had 10 SS since NOmah…………………..

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Only 1?? What happened to you? A-rod hasn’t had an RBI in weeks!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Someone’s going soft.

        • Deep Thoughts

          Whoa, you mean NONE of those runs was earned and his ERA is still 4.23?

          I am more impressed by the “9” part than the “28” part of the 28-9 in twelve games. Despite their injuries the offense hasn’t been Boston’s problem this year.

    • http://p The Truth Comes Out

      Hey Stuart…. Your buddy already outed you as an idiot troll so why bother anymore? Go back to wearing your mothers panties and shut the fuck up already.

  • 28 this year

    Hughes did make a couple mistakes but overall, unlike everyone else, i was really happy with the way he pitched tonight. He attacked hitters well and used that change up. He’s got to throw that more often just to develop it a bit because nothing in the bullpen compares to pitchign in a game. I hope this is a step forward in his evolution, he’s behidn the curve in that he only has a year to free agency but he’s got a lot to prove and I hope he takes it and runs with it. He kept the Red Sox off balanced especially those first two innigns with that fastball change up routine. Absolutely had the Red Sox off balanced.

    • Laz

      I think Hughes could be a very very good pitcher in the right park. I’ve always liked him, and wanted to keep him around, but if he were in somewhere like safeco his hr tendencies would really disappear.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice to see Granderson showing some signs of life. Hopefully he can get a hot streak going now.

    Yankees last 49 games w/RISP (since June 24): 125-393, .318 AVG
    The 49 games before that w/RISP: 72-386, .187 AVG

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Jered Weaver: Overrated or hugely overrated?

    • Havok9120

      Holy crap. Was that inning as huge a massacre as it looks in the box score?

    • Richard Leo

      he cann’t always leave all the flyballs in the park.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      There’s only 17 starters with a better FIP than him and only one Yankee and that one is obvious. And to clarify it’s CC Sabathia, not Hughes.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        “There’s only 17 starters with a better FIP than him”

        Not after tonight.

        Not saying he’s bad, just overrated.

        Most of his level of success this season is from his home park advantage and pitching to a relatively weak schedule.
        He’s thrown only 23.2 IP against top 10 (R/g) offenses this year (and pitched to an over 6 ERA against them).

        • Laz

          I never really liked him, but Until 2 weeks ago he would have won cy young for me. His road era was still better than price and verlander. Last 2 games he played himself out of it.

  • JonS

    Mesa is tearing up AAA.

    • billbybob

      He has 22 strikeouts and 3 walks. He is not tearing it up.

    • Richard Leo

      he still strikes out a lot

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Since when is .210/.246/.468 considered tearing it up?

      He’s not walking much, strikes out too much and although he’s hit 4 home runs, his other statistics are very below average. It’s still just a small sample size, but he’s certainly not “tearing it up.” Not even close.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    While it’s annoying that the Rays keep winning, it’s pretty awesome to see the supposedly mighty Angels continuing to struggle. And seeing Weaver get rocked is cool too.

    • Brian S.

      LOL at them missing the playoffs after trading their top prospect for a rental. Also Mike Trout can’t win the MVP if his team doesn’t make the playoffs. Ask Jose Bautista.

      • Billion$Bullpen

        Mike Trout is a lot better than Bautista (was / is), but I get your point and wish the award was called “best everyday player award”.

        More importantly I hate ANYBODY related to Jeff Weaver. His mom, dad, brother… does not really matter. I do not hate a lot of people but all of them I do.

        • bobtaco

          Scott Boras

        • Laz

          It stupid if people don’t vote because you don’t make the playoffs. Its Most valuable player, regardless. At this point Trout should win it, imagine the shithole the angels would be in without him. That is valuable player.

      • Jimmy james

        Sure he can Brian….. Just ask Alex about winning the MVP on a non playoff team.

        Damn you stinky.

  • ramon from colombia

    nobody has talked about how great Soriano has been for this team, 30 saves!!!

    • Brian S.

      The number of saves he has isn’t as important as his save percentage, which is even better than Mo in a typical year.

      • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        If he was the closer all year he would be among the leaders in MLB

      • Get Phelps Up

        His 93.75 save % is 5th best in MLB and 3rd best in the AL out of closers with at least 20 saves.

    • Richard Leo

      yeah,he will opt out!

      • Laz

        They are hoping so, thats why Joe tries to get him every save chance possible.

        • Havok9120

          Yeah, that’s it. Its not because that’s what he does with every “closer” he gets. Instead, its a conspiracy to try and get Soriano to opt out.

    • gc

      Actually, people talk about it quite often around here.

  • Havok9120

    For those at all interested, the Over the Monster game thread was great tonight, especially if you hang out over there enough to know some of the inside jokes and the reputations of the commenters.

    • Get Phelps Up

      They majorly screwed up on their recap too.

      http://www.overthemonster.com/.....-run-derby

      • Havok9120

        You know, I saw that recap when it was posted and didn’t notice that the title had been messed up.

    • JohnnyC

      Pretty tough talk for the fans of a team that in 50 days will have missed the post-season three years in a row, all while spending almost 500 million dollars in payroll and charging the highest ticket prices in the sport.

      • Brian S.

        *540 million.

      • Havok9120

        They all like to pretend that they’ve given up on the season, but only a handful of them actually have.

        We’d be the same way if the Yanks were that bad.

        • OMG! Bagels!

          I liked their voting on commentors idea. At least they amuse themselves. But I think we should do the same thing here.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I do hang out over there and find them amusing most of the time. I read them almost every day, not just when they’re playing the Yanks. The regulars are real baseball guys and pretty damn funny. I’m not sure I get their hatred of Nick Swisher, though.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      I read it every time the Sox lose. Sean O is hilarious.

      • Havok9120

        There was a thing in their last game thread of the Orioles series where he said something like “Its amazing that I made an enormously pessimistic guess of what our record would be at the end of the year, but I’m still going to be way off. Because Sean O was too optimistic.”

        It was fantastic.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Weaver 9 earned, chased in the 3rd. Rather see the Rays in the playoffs than the Angels

    • Laz

      I’d rather see the Rays make the playoffs any year. I hate the Angels, something about them knocking us out everyyear it seems 5 years ago.

  • DERP

    OT, but Mark Reynolds just went ham on the refs

    • DERP

      refs? lol I meant umps

  • Keith Evans

    30 saved games? Wow. Let us think about saving for a second. When I “save” a person, it has to be the case that the person is in danger of something — drowning, getting hit by a train, going home with a crazy/ugly girl, etc. When you save someone or something, you, by way of your valiant effort, prevent him/her/it from being victim to some bad sequence of events, which, were it not for your valiant effort, would indeed have happened. Ergo, when we say a baseball player “saved” a game, it must be the case that the game was in danger of something unfavorable — being a loss for the player’s team. Therefore, if the baseball player had not been there to save the game with his valiant effort, it would indeed be the case that his team would lose. Therefore, the Yankees would have lost 30 more games without Soriano. He has made a massive difference. Forget about the Red Sox, they would be dead last in the division.

    • Brendan

      This is just one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever seen… using a literal definition to apply to a statistical definition and then literally using it to define your opinion. come on man.

      • Keith Evans

        Thank you!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      What the hell? I’m assuming this is some strange joke.

      …just in case it’s not, clearly another reliever on the Yankees would have saved a lot of those games if they did not have Soriano.

      That’s like saying, without Robinson Cano, the Yankees would have gotten a .000/.000/.000 batting line out of their second basemen.

  • Kramerica Industries

    At least we are getting to see how much of a paper tiger the Angels really are.

    What frauds. As much as I’ve complained about the Yankees 4-12 5-12 home record against Boston in the last two years, the 3-11 mark Anaheim has against the Rays is even worse.

    1-7 overall this season against them as well.

    As usual, the Angels are good for absolutely nothing.

    • sangreal

      I stopped caring about records like that in 2009. Remember how the Yankees couldn’t win in Anaheim?

  • stuart a

    the orioles got ripped off tonight versus the tigers. they overturned a correct call and then hit a 2 run homer i think.

    the yanks may be playing well because of arod who has not driven in a run in about 4 weeks……

    swisher, chavez, jeter, and martin have been playing well the last 2 weeks.

    hughes only threw 7 curves tonight, WOW

    • Kramerica Industries

      That blown call ended up having no impact that inning, actually.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Good job keeping up with the jokes we make about you. You’re a good sport.

      • Havok9120

        At least we know he reads some of the comments. That’s something I suppose.

        Still, we need some entertainment out of it. I read (most of) every post anyway; they only stand out if they’re outrageous, stupid, or make me angry.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Hughes with 12 wins. He’s an ACE.

    – Michael Kay

    • CUYanks

      6 times better than Cliff Lee.

    • realest201

      i actually do believe hughes will be an ace before all is said and done he is only 25 this could be a little bias cause he is my fav non position player

      • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        Yeah. I don’t know about an ace, but I can see him being very good for a few years during his prime.

        Also, Hughes turned 26 in June. Just letting you know.

        • Laz

          Same age as Phelps, and he is just coming up. I think that hughes would really thrive in a big ballpark, fewer hr.

    • sangreal

      At least Kay finally conceded tonight that the Red Sox are not good

  • Brian S.

    How underrated is Corban Joseph?

    • Brian S.

      He could start next season. For almost any team in the majors.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        At third? Because from what I hear he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near second base in the majors.

        • Brian S.

          I want him on the Yankees next year. And this September.

          • Brian S.

            And forever.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

        You must be the biggest CoJo fan in the world.

        • Havok9120

          CoJo, maybe. He also seems to be one of the “we must get younger!” crowd. Which is fine, I just think we may be starting to get carried away with it.

    • Richard Leo

      he has to rely all on his bat.
      he is a poor defender.

      • Laz

        and his bat really isn’t all that good. I’d give him a shot maybe in september, depending on the situation.

        • Brian S.

          Have you seen what he has done this year? ~135 wRC+ combined across AA and AAA as a 23 year old.

  • JohnnyC

    Just for the record, the Sox released Mark Prior to make room for Pedro Beato, who they got from the Mets for the immortal Kelly Shoppach. Seems his K/BB ratio was 1:1.

  • Rich in NJ

    I have no idea why Hughes hasn’t used the change more before now, or why the catchers (or manager or pitching coach) haven’t forced him to; it’s been frustrating to watch; but better late than never.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I totally agree! I remember back in the Texas game when Phil struck out Tex on 3 straight changes before he got hurt and made him look totally stupid. If he can deflect that attention away from his fastball then he should continue to be much more effective and hopefully eliminate the homer problem.

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        Anyone with a changeup can strike out Teixeira.

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

      Because up until this game he had very little success with the change up. I think it had cost him multiple runs this year before tonight.

      • captain kiwi

        i want to say there was one game this year where he killed with the change-up and someone brought up that same point. i just can’t recall exactly… maybe one against detroit?

      • Evan3457

        He still has to use it and use it and use it, or it’ll never be an effective pitch, and Hughes’ curve and fastball, given his wavering command, are nowhere near dominating enough to be an effective 2-pitch starter in the AL East. If he can’t rely on the change, he must develop some other 3rd pitch. But let him give the change a real chance. It might work out fine.

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

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he should just dump his change…unless he develops another pitch he does absolutely need it. I’m just saying outside of tonight, it hasn’t exactly been an effective pitch for him. I feel like a lot of the homers he gives up are on change ups that don’t drop and just kind of hang there. That’s an eyeball thing, I have no actual data to back it up.

  • sangreal

    Are we going to get a Swisher appreciation post? You were down on him at the break, but he has been on fire lately

    • Laz

      Swish is still below his normal season averages in obp/ops. He needed this tear to bring him up to what was expected.

  • captain kiwi

    was hughes really that bad? i wasn’t even a quarter through the game thread before people started to go off the wall. move phil before nova? wat

    • Havok9120

      No, he wasn’t. People flipped out because of the error, but he was actually pitching pretty well tonight. He tossed a couple of meatballs, but most guys do that once or twice a start. It snowballed hugely on him when he actually did make a mistake, but the other six innings were decent to pretty good.

      People are acting like he’s supposed to be an ace and get ticked off when he isn’t. Game Threads when he pitches are poison, even when he pitches well.

  • fin

    My favorite comments are those that proclaim Hughes would be better in a big ball park. Is there a pitcher that is better in a smaller park?

    • Havok9120

      No, but you know (you must know; you aren’t stupid) that they mean he’d benefit more than most guys do in a move to a bigger park. He’s a major fly ball pitcher with a grotesque HR/FB% that hasn’t struck out a huge number of guys except in outlier performances.

      Everyone would be better in a bigger ballpark, but Hughes would gain more than most. That’s all anyone seems to be saying.

      • fin

        I am too stupid! FU for saying otherwise.

        IS there some sort of stats to back this up? SUch as…is he giving up alot of cheap YS3 HRs or is this just speculation. It seems to me most of his HRs got out anywhere.

  • Hammertime

    I went to Brooks FX site & looked at Hughes’ pitch line. Can someone tell me how you can determine the quality of his change-ups? Is it the linear weights?

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

      Yeah, the linear weights. The bigger the negative number, the better. Positive numbers are bad on Brooks, they have the scale opposite of FanGraphs.

      • Hammertime

        Thanks, so apparently, his change-up was his best pitch & the fastball not so great.

  • Tags

    Was in Trenton last night and Betances looks lost, wild again walking guys on 4 pitches. Some balls were really hard hit. Seems to have lost touch of all his pitches, not sure where they go with him next?