May
09

Yankees take rainy series finale 3-1 over Rockies

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Source: FanGraphs

The two hour and seven minute rain delay didn’t exactly mix well with my schedule, so I was only able to watch the first four innings of the Yankees 3-1 win over the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. CC Sabathia allowed just one hit in the four innings before the rain, striking out a pair and throwing a first pitch strike to 12 of 14 batters faced. He allowed a run in the first inning but retired the final 11 men he faced.

The Yankees scored a run in the first when Vernon Wells singled in Jayson Nix, and three innings later Chris Stewart plated Chris Nelson with a sacrifice fly. Robinson Cano hit a solo homer for the third run, which was also his 1,501st career hit — an infield single in the third inning was career knock number 1,500th hit of his career. He is one of five Yankees — Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, Lou Gehrig, and Don Mattingly are the others — who recorded his 1,500th career hit before their 31st birthday according to Katie Sharp. That’s some company.

Five relievers combined to pitch five shutout innings following the rain. The tying run seemed to be on-base at all times in those five innings, but Adam Warren (1.2 innings), Boone Logan (0.1 innings), Preston Claiborne (0.2 innings), David Robertson (1.1 innings), and Mariano Rivera (one inning) closed it out. Cano and Wells had two hits apiece, the rest of the team two hits total. This was the first time a visiting team scored six total runs in a series at Coors Field and took two of three. It was the fourth time the Rockies were held to two runs or fewer in all three games of a home series. There definitely was a lot less offense than I expected this week.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are off to Kansas City for a three-game weekend set against the Royals. Phil Hughes and Wade Davis will open the series on Friday night, which is fitting since both right-handers are former top prospects who have failed to live up to their full potential despite being competent big leaguers.

Categories : Game Stories

65 Comments»

  1. Bob Buttons says:

    In honor of Vernon Wells again, here’s another commercial of his back when he was considered a key player.

    http://www.clipjunkie.com/Seri.....d1825.html

    Blue Jays sure sucked for years, but their ads certainly aren’t the worst thing.

    • GreenArm says:

      HAHA!

      If you’re ever bored, go back and watch all (well most) of the Mariners commercials throughout the years. They’re pretty damn good.

      (Random thought. Are the Mariners the only ballclub to never retire a number? (save 42, obviously) Is there a reason behind this? Or am I missing something?)

      • Bob Buttons says:

        I’m guessing that it’s because Griffey (and Randy Johnson) only retired recently. I mean, it took the Yanks several decades for a lot of people. With the Ms there really isn’t many all-time greats or solid life-timers (like what we got in Howard).

    • vicki says:

      hey, bob, i’d suggest that vernon wells has never been more key in his career than he is right now.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      I laughed harder than I probably should have. Thanks for posting.

  2. your mom says:

    Good series win. Not much offense but I’ll take it.

    Two things I had no idea of:

    A) The ugliest man alive, John Lackey, is pitching again.

    B) The Angels suck 11-22……wow!

  3. trr says:

    2/3 with everything against us – I’ll take that!

  4. forensic says:

    I know, everyone says they don’t care at all about any standings right now, but should the Orioles and Red Sox scores hold, the Yanks would technically be tied for 1st place.

    • fabricio says:

      yessssssss agreed i’ve been like a vulture checking both games for the red sox and orioles lets go twins and royals win so we can be tied! and once were tied for first watch everyone say oh I never expected to see the yankees in first place

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Screw standings, all I want is Yanks to have a seat in post-season.

    • Evan3457 says:

      Technically ahead by percentage points because all of their rainouts means 1 less win and 1 less loss, and therefore two fewer games played at .500. And since all three teams are above .500, that means the Yanks WPCT is higher.

  5. Jim Is Bored says:

    Every win with these lineups are in the bank. Winning has felt different this year. I’m not sure if it’s better or worse, but definitely different.

  6. Pat D says:

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/.....riminatory

    Now this is getting beyond ridiculous. Ortiz thinks he’s being discriminated against because of something the curly-haired idiot Dan Shaughnessy wrote. Has no one explained to him that Shaughnessy has never written anything of consequence?

    • Bob Buttons says:

      A lot of writers covering big market teams are trolls. They write negative criticism (as opposed to constructive) and hope a player falls for it and speaks out and their name makes the front pages.

      Not that I’d advocate giving attention-whore Dan his fillings, it is understandable that Ortiz, as a minority, regardless of whether he’s being over-sensitive or not, speaks out against public slandering of an entire nationality, not to mention his own integrity.

      • Pat D says:

        The problem is that Sideshow Dan is an attention-mongering troll, but Ortiz isn’t really much more sympathetic because he’s done nothing but whine about everything since he became a star player.

        • Bob Buttons says:

          One’s a whiner, the other will do anything to spread his name. One fateful day, the two cross paths.

          Seems like a movie plot.

  7. pat says:

    F*ckin grubbing for wins right now like a smack addict. I love it. Girardi is like Jared Leto selling his mom’s TV to scrounge up some change for his next fix.

  8. The Real Greg says:

    Sox and O’s lose. Yankees are in a virtual 3 way tie for 1st place.

  9. Tom Q says:

    Normally I’d be super-cautionary at this point — noting the extreme luck in 1-run games, the fact that the few series the team has lost have been to the teams with the better records. But I’ll pass on that because I’m so surprised the team is where it is right now, given how many of the all-stars are down in Tampa rehabbing.

    I think it was the Baseball Prospectus suggested it was possible the Yankees could have an October team that was 95-win level, but might only have 88 wins because of what had been missing in April/May. The great good fortune of these first six weeks means that may not be the case: luck now + the full team in the second half could = a record good enough to make the playoffs with margin for error.

  10. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Loved this game. Great pitching all around and just enough from the rather shitty lineup. True Yankee status all around…..well, almost.

  11. Get Phelps Up says:

    20-13
    21-14
    21-14
    16-18
    13-23

    I bet if you saw these standings 2 months ago, you would NOT think the Yanks would be at the top. That’s why they play the games people.

  12. forensic says:

    More umpire brilliance: Bo Porter just brought in a reliever (Wesley Wright). Mike Scioscia countered with a pinch hitter. Then, when Wright finished his warm-ups, Porter came out to bring in another reliever (Hector Ambriz) without having Wright be forced to face anyone.

    10-15 minutes of arguing and discusssions later, the umpires let it stand, apparently completely ignoring the rule that a pitcher has to face at least one batter when he’s brought into the game.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      That rule doesn’t apply when there is a pinch hitter.

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        Never mind, that’s only for starters.

      • forensic says:

        I don’t think that’s right:

        (b) If the pitcher is replaced, the substitute pitcher shall pitch to the batter then at bat, or any substitute batter, until such batter is put out or reaches first base, or until the offensive team is put out, unless the substitute pitcher sustains injury or illness which, in the umpire-in-chief?s judgment, incapacitates him for further play as a pitcher.

        • Bob Buttons says:

          So… in plain English, does that mean all you need to do is to get a non-inning ending pick off to switch? Or do you need to pick off batters until the inning ends?

    • Ethan says:

      The only reason the second pitcher might have been allowed to come is if the first reliever injured himself during warmups. Maybe that happened?

      • forensic says:

        Not according to anything the radio announcers said. And it’s the Astros announcers (the team who made the change) I’m listening to, and they were as baffled at the whole thing as everyone.

        Scioscia is protesting it, so maybe we’ll get an answer afterwards.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Billy Martin would probably want to punch umps in the face every single week if he was alive and managing.

    • forensic says:

      And after all that, it backfires on Porter. Ambriz got through the 7th inning, but in the 8th allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs to end up losing the game.

      Hopefully we’ll still get an answer to the 7th inning situation though.

  13. mustang says:

    Horrible win:
    1- They didn’t score 4 runs or more in any of the 3 games. What’s going to happen with that all important team average runs per game.

    2- Why didn’t they sweep? They are the AL East Division Champs vs. NL West team it doesn’t matter that the Rockies are good they should have swept.

    2 out 3 just not good enough if they won all 3 they would be alone in 1st place instead of tie for 1st with the O’s and Sox again a total disgrace.
    Let’s hope they can do much better in KC

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      Ah, but they ARE alone in first. Winning percentage-we’ve played less games due to rainouts. Ergo, given that, we have the higher winning percentage, and are thus alone in first.

      And thus, we can all happily say, “Wow, I never thought the Yankees would be in first place by May 10!”

  14. Laz says:

    So Yankees have the best winning percent in the division, and tied 3rd best in baseball. All with 6 former all stars on the DL.

  15. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    All of you, admit it: The Yankees are doing better than any of you in your wildest dreams could possibly have expected.

    And if you don’t admit that, I don’t believe you. Especially after the 1 and 4 start.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Record-wise? Yes. Standing-wise? No. I expected them to make the playoffs. If you don’t believe me, feel free to check around the off-season open threads and such.

      Though it is obviously unfair to expect us to expect a .606 winning percentage before Tex and Grandy came back.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

        Sure, I expected them to make the playoffs too. Even after the 1-4 start. But a .606 winning percentage and first place before any of our injured players come back (in fact, we actually lost a couple more)?

        If you’d told me this back in February I wouldn’t have believed it, let alone after a 1-4 start.

        • vicki says:

          i didn’t panic after 1-4; would’ve, had you told me then youk and brains would go down well before any of the all-stars returned. oh, yeah, and joba.

          this team really isn’t good. they just aren’t. they will be when the brokens are fixed. meanwhile, lovin’ that oriole magic.

  16. forensic says:

    Getting caught back up on the post-rain delay part of the game and boy did Girardi sure screw the pooch with his pinch-hits, non-pinch-hits, and double-switches.

    Good thing the bullpen bailed him out because he sure bombed out big time there with some really bad decisions.

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