Apr
09

Yankees hammer Indians for third straight win

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Offensive problems? What offensive problems? The Yankees pounded a subpar Cleveland pitching staff for the second straight day on Tuesday, walloping the Tribe by the score of 14-1. For the first time in 2013, the Bombers have won three straight games.

(Jason Miller/Getty)

(Jason Miller/Getty)

Two-Out Rallies
After going 13 games without scoring more than four runs, the Yankees have now scored at least seven runs in each of the last three games. They pounded Indians starter Carlos Carrasco for seven runs in 3.2 innings thanks to two homers, two doubles, three singles, and two walks. Ichiro Suzuki (solo shot pulled to right) and Robinson Cano (two-run shot other way to left-center) hit the dingers while Brett Gardner (off the wall to left) and Cano (over the center fielder’s head) had the doubles. Those plays accounted for five of the 14 runs, but they were the first five and gave the team a comfortable lead.

Although the Yankees were banging the ball all over the yard against Carrasco, the best part was that the four-run rally in the second all happened with two outs. Vernon Wells led off the inning with a single but was quickly erased by Ichiro‘s double play. Then, with two outs, the Yankees went single to left-center (Eduardo Nunez), single to center (Lyle Overbay), walk (Frankie Cervelli), two-run single (Gardner), then two-run double (Cano) before Kevin Youkilis struck out. Gardner’s single came with two strikes and two outs, and 12 of the 14 runs overall were scored with two outs. Love it. Those two-out runs are real backbreakers.

(Jason Miller/Getty)

(Jason Miller/Getty)

Slightly Less Dandy Andy
Andy Pettitte pitched well in his second start of the year, but he wasn’t as sharp as he was the first time around. The game had already gotten out of hand by the time Asdrubal Cabrera tagged him for a solo homer in the sixth, but Andy also walked three and allowed five hits, including three for extra bases (two doubles in addition to homer). Yeah, seven innings of one-run ball is pretty awesome, but he was seemed to be behind in the count more than usual and pitching from the stretch a little more often. Not a problem or anything, just one of those nights.

The rotation as a whole has been better the second time around, though it would have been tough for them to be any worse. CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda worked their way through effective starts despite being less than at their best, and Pettitte continued the trend on Tuesday. The bullpen got some much needed time off — Adam Warren mopped up the mess with two scoreless innings — and it seems like every part of the team is starting to move in the right direction. The offense is obviously clicking and now the rotation is coming together. Just need it to keep going, they’re not all the way there yet.

(Jason Miller/Getty)

(Jason Miller/Getty)

Leftovers
Carrasco, who was making his first start after serving a six-game suspension for throwing at Billy Butler’s head (and having Tommy John surgery), was ejected for throwing at Youkilis after Cano homered to make it seven-zip in the fourth. Not sure if it was suspension worthy, but it was obviously out of frustration following the homer. Stupid kids. Youkilis got even by hitting a two-run dinger his next time up.

Overbay (solo) and Brennan Boesch (two-run) chipped in garbage time homers to really make this one a laugher. Gardner had four hits including two doubles, so he’s starting to get it going from the leadoff spot. That is really big, the table-setters had not been doing their job for the last week or so. Cano went 4-for-6 with two doubles and the homer to raise his season line to .303/.381/.667. He had a sub-.400 OPS less than 48 hours ago. Hooray early season stats.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees and Indians will play game three of this four-game set on Wednesday night, but I’m not sure who will be on the mound for the Tribe. Noted jerk Brett Myers was scheduled to start that game, but he instead came out of the bullpen and threw 5.1 innings in this game. I guess former Yankees farmhand Zach McAllister will get bumped up a day — he would be on regular rest — and start tomorrow instead. Either way, Ivan Nova will be on the mound for New York.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Pseudoyanks

    Wow!

  • Blake

    One reason Andy walked 3 and was behind in some counts was because he got squeezed like crazy

    • Nash

      I noticed him getting squeezed as well… The umps have been using a tight zone this year

      • CS Yankee

        He was squeezed on the outside all night…I think mostly due to the Rook’ Ump sitting to close to the batters shoulder to avoid being hit by a foul ball…which also might have led to tossing the stupid kid throwing at Youk’s head; if Youk bails early that Ump is the victim.

        Andy was great, one of those doubles was due to an extreme shift away from 1B…these top three are so much fun watching them grind and I wish some would rub off on Hughes and/ or Nova. If not, maybe Pineda will be our # 4 SP in the ALCS.

      • trr

        it seems that way, but last night was particularly egregious

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees currently lead the AL in HR’s and Runs scored.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Also up to the 3rd best run differential in the AL.

    • CS Yankee

      And just after five games the Padres were the only team worse than the Yankees (runs & diff) and I’m including the Astros…

      nice correction, FTW

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    I was listening to the game today, but it just sounded like your typical Andy Pettitte outing. Maybe he seemed shakier on TV.

    • sangreal

      Looked good to me, just wasn’t getting any calls. I guess you could argue he should’ve done a better job adjusting to the tight zone though

  • Rey22

    Vernon Wells is kinda awesome in Twitter after Yankee wins. Hated the move when it happened, but damn, *knock on wood*, so far so good.

    • YankeesJunkie

      He already has provided the equivalent value this year than he did last year and is close to the equivalent of the last two years. A small sample size, but value provided along with average defense and average offensive production will be considered a success in a Wells bounce back even if part of it is the dead cat bouncing.

  • Bob Buttons

    Take that, doom and gloomers!

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Robbie went 4-6, not 3-5, so he’s hitting .303/.361/.667

  • This Year

    The box score says BG and Robbie each had 4 hits, not 3. All good whatever. Just saying…. Did not have the fun to see the game myself so who knows.

  • forensic

    You need to update those Cano numbers since he singled in the 9th. He was 4-6 and is hitting .303/.361/.667 now.

    • forensic

      Oh, and Gardner too since he also singled in the 9th.

  • Steve

    I think mike missed the 9th inning – Gardner and cano had their 4th hit each.

    • vicki

      game story did pop up suspiciously fast.

  • forensic

    Little surprised he used Warren in this game. I know it’s been a few days since he had pitched but it’s not like the next two starters are overly reliable at this point.

    • Havok9120

      Phelps is in the pen and good to go though. I’d rather have him available for 3-4 innings over the next couple days than Warren and everyone else (except Mo and DRob I guess) needed the rest.

      • forensic

        I know Phelps is available, and hopefully it’s all moot anyway the way the Indians have been playing, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they need long men on both days. I might also kind of like to see Phelps moved ahead of the other middle guys for the time being.

        • Havok9120

          Still though, who would you have rather had do the mop up work tonight? It’d be 4 days straight for Joba, 4/5 days for Logan, and Kelley threw 40 pitches last night. I’d guess he was available if needed, but I think Warren was probably the best option.

          • forensic

            I didn’t say it was easy to get someone else in there. :-)

            But, it would’ve been 3 out of 4 for Joba, not 4 straight. Really, could’ve even given Robertson an inning.

            It’s not the end of the world, just a little bit of odd timing to me.

            • MannyGeee

              Another reason to miss Swisher, he coulda tossed the 9th.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Phelps will replace Warren in a pitcher giving multiple innings and Warren can give 2-3 innings on Thursday.

  • vicki

    these last few days have been a blast and i won’t take anything away from the yanks’ offense, but to call them “a subpar cleveland pitching staff” is to insult subpar staffs through the ages. all that spending, relatively speaking, in the offseason and no upgrades to a terrible, terrible rotation.

    • Laz

      Rotation is very risky for them.

      They need Bauer, Carrasco, Jimenez, and Masterson all to click.

  • forensic

    18 hits tonight. Only had one 18 hit game all last season.

    11 extra base hits in the game was their most since August 21, 2009.

    Both per the post game. Pretty good stuff.

    • CS Yankee

      Myers was throwing BP though.

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      With no Tex, Granderson, Jeter, or a healthy A-Rod. And no Swisher or a big offensive catcher either. I approve.

      • Winter

        No big offensive catcher? I think you’re forgetting Francisco “MVP” Cervelli.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Yanks lead the league in HRs thus far. Can’t make shit like this up.

    AWESOME win. Love it when everything clicks. Hang this one up on your wall as well.

    Cleveland: My kinda town.

  • Kramerica Industries

    You don’t even wait for midnight publishing anymore, do ya Mike?

    Not that I’m complaining. It’s nice to catch a great game and then have a recap all before my massive late-night fatigue sets in.

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

      Yeah, no sense in waiting. I was done writing the recap before the game was over, no point in holding it back for a few hours.

      • forensic

        I like it too. Gives us a nice semi-fresh, semi-open thread for commenting earlier, rather than just adding to the game thread.

  • Havok9120

    So, just to see what was what, I poked my head into the Tribe’s SBN site. Not to post, just to read.

    As you can imagine, it was kinda ugly. Schadenfreude ftw.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Cleveland schadenfreude just isn’t very fun. Those are the poor schmucks of American sports fanaticism.

      • Havok9120

        I know, that’s why I’ve never been to that site. Still, I want to get back into the habit of skimming opposing team game threads. It can be so much fun.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Do they still have Chief Wahoo? If they do, fuck them.

        • forensic
        • Bob Buttons

          I’m guessing that you aren’t a big Blackhawks, Redskins or Braves fan.

          • WhittakerWalt

            You guessed right.

            • Kramerica Industries

              You would also dislike Florida State.

              Therefore, you’re fine by me.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Redskins is the absolute worst. They have an actual racist slur as the team name. In this day and age, that’s utterly unconscionable. It’s not like that word ever meant anything good.

  • Rick

    Cano helps lose me a fantasy week last week, and TOTALLY REDEEMS himself this week.

  • Anthony

    Very satisfying win. Didn’t watch before the 5th inning so I really thought Andy was laying the smack down. Oh well, he got the job done. Lets go Yanks.

  • Get Phelps Up

    These kinds of games are the best. It’s unfortunate that I had to miss it. It had home runs, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano, all the stuff I like. All it was missing was Marcus Thames playing 3rd.

    On another note, how bad is the Angels rotation now without Weaver? CJ Wilson and Tommy Hanson are their best starters now. Their bullpen is also a mess.

    • Jersey Joe

      Andy Pettitte and Robinson Cano = classic Yankees baseball

      On the Angels – remember last year when they had 4 elite SP in Haren, Weaver, Wilson, Greinke. Karma (At least something like it) at its best. I love seeing other teams getting killed by monster contracts.

  • Jersey Joe

    I love it. .500 BABY!

  • JLC 776

    I’m looking forward to wasting about half an hour at work tomorrow morning watching all of those Home Runs again.

    I think I might end up having to bump my confidence score a little if this keeps up!

  • forensic

    Wow, Houston is demolishing the Mariners. 6 runs in the first and already 3 more in the second with just one out.

    • Havok9120

      And already three Ks.

      What’s the record for team Ks in a single season? They’re already at, what 87? 88? Could be fun to watch.

      • forensic

        Geez, 11-0 now with 2 more guys still on base and 1 out in the 3rd.

        Everybody in the lineup except Brett Wallace (who has 2 more K’s already and 15 K’s in 19 AB’s with 1 hit this season) already has a hit and either a run or RBI.

        • forensic

          And there he goes down again. 16 K’s in 20 AB’s. Mark Reynolds’ record could be in serious trouble at this point.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Coming into today, they were on pace for 1898 strikeouts which would shatter the 2010 Diamondbacks record of 1529.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Of course the real win of the day was retaining Clay Rapada.

  • 27rings

    I’ll say it again. Cervelli will be an upgrade over Martin. Easy.

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      That’s a stretch. He’s off to a great start but I don’t know if I’d go that far. I hope so though.

      • Bob Buttons

        Offensively he might well be.

  • The Real Greg

    So the Padres score 9 runs against the Dodgers tonight and the Astros have scored 9 runs in 1.1 innings.

    What is going on here?

    • Evan3457

      I hope it doesn’t mean the Yanks are as bad as the Astros and Padres.

  • hogsmog

    Cano is an absurd baseball player.

  • Eddard

    The offense and CC bounced back nicely this week, now it’s Nova’s turn tomorrow. When Nick Swisher is your best hitter you just don’t have a very good offense. Swish is a 6-7 in the lineup role player, not a 3-4 hitter. Nova should have an easier time tomorrow.

    With the way this offense is hitting it doesn’t matter who is pitching tomorrow for the Indians. Gardner, Cano and Youk are locked in. Tito Francona has his work cut out for him in Cleveland.

    • CS Yankee

      Swish was decent as a 2-hitter as he’ll draw the BB’s, but a cleanup hitter he is not. They are a powerless middle of the order team but have some decent sticks overall.

      Nova for Masterson come the July salary dump?

      • vicki

        haha, but he’s the one they have to keep isn’t he?

  • The Real Greg

    Add the Pirates to the insanity. They scored 13 runs TOTAL coming into tonight. They have 6 tonight against the D-Backs.

    • ClusterDuck

      Insanity reigns. Martin got his first hit.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Cervelli’s average is greater than Martin’s OPS.
        I know that doesn’t mean much at this point of the season but it’s still pretty funny.

    • Havok9120

      And Martin has his first hit.

      • forensic

        Brandon McCarthy should be ashamed of himself…

  • ClusterDuck

    “Carrasco, who was making his first start after serving a six-game suspension for throwing at Billy Butler’s head”

    I didn’t hear the Yankee announcers mention the Carrasco suspension for throwing at Butler. Certainly would explain the quick hook.

    Perhaps I missed it.

    Anybody?

    • Eddard

      Kay mentioned he had just came back from suspension for throwing at a player’s head. Not sure if the ump knew that, maybe that’s what he was thinking about. The ump didn’t handle it well. You either throw him out right away or give him a warning. And if you do throw him out make sure people actually know it, don’t throw him the ball back and then casually wave your arm.

    • forensic

      Yeah, they mentioned it.

    • Havok9120

      The Tribe site was talking about it, as was Fox Indians. Neither of them saw anything wrong with it due to his history with beanings. The Cleveland announcers were outright supportive of the ump.

      And if, as has been posited, he said something to the ump after the ump threw him a new ball that’d only add yet more reason to toss him.

  • DInnings

    The Yanks have only nine games against three teams who finished .500 or better last year the rest of April: Baltimore, Arizona (.500 team), and Tampa Bay (three games vs. each team.)

    They have only nine games against three teams who finished .500 or better last year in May: Oakland, Baltimore again, and Tampa Bay again (three games vs. each team.)

    They don’t face a team who finished .500 or better last year in June until Oakland again June 11.

    14 of their first 17 games in July are against the lowly Twins (seven games) and Royals (four), and 69-win Boston (three.) The three games against an above .500 last year team are yep, you guessed it, the Orioles yet again.

    I consider the Orioles a bad team still until they have another season like they had last year (only one good year out of fifteen years doesn’t mean shit to me – do it again), Arizona a worse team since they don’t have Justin Upton anymore, Tampa Bay a worse team since they don’t have #2 starter/ace on most teams Shields anymore and didn’t improve their hitting, and Toronto a 75-94 team since last year until they prove otherwise (nice offseason moves on paper, but paperball is over), ditto for Kansas City. Oakland can pitch but can’t hit with their 2012 .238/.310/.404/.714 team slashline where their best hitter was a guy from Cuba with zero MLB experience and their only banger besides him was Reddick as they don’t have Carter anymore (16 HR and .514 SLG in 260 PA in 2012.)

    • bobtaco

      Jed Lowrie has started off pretty hot for them.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    The only way this game could have gone better is if one of them broke Brett Myers’ leg on a comebacker in the 9th inning.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Breaking his face would have been more satisfying.

  • forensic

    And from the Department of Redundancy Department, Brett Wallace struck out AGAIN (0-4 with 4 K’s in just 5 innings so far tonight).

    17 K’s in 21 AB’s this season.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Why did my comment get deleted? Is wishing injury on wife-beaters suddenly taboo?

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

      That was my bad. Our spam filter stopped working for a bit, so I was manually deleting some comments and accidentally nuked a few real ones. They should all be back.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        No worries, thanks for taking the time to get rid of the spam.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Kim Jong-Un style.

  • Yesica Toscanini

    Really enjoyed this game. Dont miss Arod and Tex at all

  • Yesica Toscanini

    Ordering a pizza — time to celebrate

  • https://twitter.com/cfrs15 Robert

    I am sure glad Cervelli was on A-Rod’s doctor’s list,

    • WhittakerWalt

      I hope everyone on the team gets some of that Dominican shake that Big Papi uses.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    Offense ftw! Too many homers though!

  • MB923

    I wonder if YES’ radar gun was off. I just watched highlights from Andy and it said he was hitting 92 MPH at times. If it’s not off, then it’s steroids!!!!

  • Jim Is Bored

    I loved the comment(s) in the game thread about how it was refreshing to see a team score without home runs, right before our HR binge late in the game.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Actually Cano’s stat line is .303/.361/.667. Change it or I’ll sue.