Homers, Nix lead Yanks to win over BoSox


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! 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.


  1. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  2. stuart a says:

    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…………………..

  3. 28 this year says:

    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 says:

      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.

  4. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    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

  5. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Jered Weaver: Overrated or hugely overrated?

    • Havok9120 says:

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

    • Richard Leo says:

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

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      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 says:

        “There‚Äôs 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 says:

          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.

  6. JonS says:

    Mesa is tearing up AAA.

  7. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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. says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          Scott Boras

        • Laz says:

          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 says:

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

        Damn you stinky.

  8. ramon from colombia says:

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

  9. Havok9120 says:

    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.

  10. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

    • Laz says:

      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.

  11. DERP says:

    OT, but Mark Reynolds just went ham on the refs

  12. Keith Evans says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • Angelo says:

      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.

  13. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  14. stuart a says:

    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 says:

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

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

      • Havok9120 says:

        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.

  15. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Hughes with 12 wins. He’s an ACE.

    - Michael Kay

  16. Brian S. says:

    How underrated is Corban Joseph?

  17. JohnnyC says:

    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.

  18. Rich in NJ says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • 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 says:

        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 says:

        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.

        • 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.

  19. sangreal says:

    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 says:

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

  20. captain kiwi says:

    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 says:

      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.

  21. fin says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  22. Hammertime says:

    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?

  23. Tags says:

    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?

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