Wells comes through late in 7-5 win over Rays

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Not only have the Yankees now won four of their last six games, they’ve also scored at least six runs in four of the last six as well. Before that they’d gone eight straight without scoring more than four runs and seven of eight without scoring more than three runs. The Yankees are now 25-0 when scoring five or more runs this year, the only team in baseball with a perfect record in such games. Let’s recap Saturday’s 7-5 win over the Rays:

  • Big Vern: Joe Girardi deserves a ton of credit for putting Vernon Wells in a position to succeed when he pinch-hit him for Chris Stewart with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Lefty Jake McGee was on the mound and he’s a pure fastball guy — just 7.7% offspeed pitches this year — which is right up Vernon’s alley. McGee threw fastball after fastball, and Wells eventually got hold of one and lined it into right-center for a bases-clearing fan interference double. It would have been a ground-rule double had it not hit the guy’s glove before completing the hop over the fence. The umpires (correctly) allowed the third run to score with two outs since the runner was off on contact, and the Yankees went from a one-run deficit to a two-run lead with one swing. Huge hit for Wells, both personally and for the team. Great job by Girardi of putting him in that spot.
  • One Bad Inning: For the fifth time in the last eight games, the Yankees’ starter allowed at least four runs. CC Sabathia was cruising on Saturday afternoon until the sixth inning, when he walked leadoff man Sam Fuld (!) on four pitches (!!!). Five batters later, he surrendered a two-out, two-strike grand slam to rookie Wil Myers to turn a two-run lead into a two-run deficit. Brett Gardner almost made a great jumping catch, but the ball hit the top of the wall in right-center and hopped over for the kid’s first career dinger. Sabathia caught too much of the plate with a fastball and that was that. Outside of that inning, CC was great. Unfortunately that inning counts like all the rest.
  • Stranded: Before Zoilo Almonte plated two runs with a two-out, two-strike single in the third, the Yankees blew big opportunities in the first and second innings (men on first and second with one out both times). They also had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth and failed to even put the ball in play — Almonte drove in the only run of the inning with a walk. When you have at least two runners on-base with fewer than two outs in four of the first five innings against a rookie pitcher, you’ve gotta score more than three total runs. You also shouldn’t rely on the kid who’s been in the show for less than a week to do all the work either.
  • Leftovers: David Robertson and Mariano Rivera did their thing in the eighth and ninth to nail down the win without much of a problem … the Yankees drew nine walks as a team, including four by Robinson Cano. It was the first four-walk game of his career and only the sixth 3+ walk game of his career (fourth without an intentional walk) … in his 87th career plate appearance, David Adams drew his first big league walk. Two plate appearances later, he drew his second walk to force in the team’s fourth run before scoring on Vernon’s double … believe it or not, no one on the team had more than one hit. The Yankees also scored seven runs even though Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki (aka the one-two hitters) reached base once in ten combined plate appearances.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score and no highlights, ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees and Rays will wrap up this four-game series on Sunday afternoon, otherwise known as Old Timers’ Day. The festivities start a little after 11am ET. Ivan Nova and Chris Archer will be your pitching matchup once the actual game begins. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the Old Timers’ fun.

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  • sjferrari

    Went to the game today and had a great time. Even when they were down after the grand slam, you had a feeling that something good was going to happen before the end of the game.

    Wells’ ground rule double left my friends and I confused in the cheap seats, as we couldn’t see the fan hitting the ball and no one that we heard announced what happened.

    The nachos are still awesome. Great game!

  • vicki

    vern’s big hit was certainly notable, but i thought cano’s walks would get the headline.

    • trr

      9 walks in the game….sems like a week’s worth..

      • vicki

        no lie. it’s been a long time since we were closer to worst than best in the league bb%. but i still say robbie’s four are the story. (maybe he saw video of himself swinging at sixty-footers thursday night.)

        he came around to score twice after walking (and scored a third run after his single). getting on base leads to runs. revelation.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Unless Boston comes back from 5 runs down w/ 2 innings left (which I guess isn’t out of the question with Detroits bullpen), the Yanks will be only 1 back of first place in the loss column. Not too bad at all.

    • vicki

      insane.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      THIS!!!!

      Seriously taking this team, this division, more then one day at time or one week at time tops will just drive one to madness.

      Lets just hope they have a chair once the music stops.

  • forensic

    Another nice day for Almonte. I think that basically guarantees that Neal will have to pack his bags to be sent out for Nova.

    Unfortunately, that big inning against CC continues his struggles against them. At some point hopefully that’ll turn around.

    Guess Wells’ hit almost certainly sends Ichiro to the bench for tomorrow’s game, even though it shouldn’t.

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Great win and I made through a game thread only hating one commenter.

    Boar’s Head Natural All Beef Hot Dogs Presents Mustang’s Has Been and Wannabee of the Game Awards:

    The Wannabe of the game is Zoilo “I don’t need a translator to play baseball” Almonte

    The Has Been of the game is Vernon “I finally hit the machine” Wells

    • forensic

      Great win and I made through a game thread only hating one commenter.

      Probably because I wasn’t there. ;-)

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        Your not that bad it was a good game thread because there were so many regulars.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You’re not hatable. We know your soft spots. Also, RAB DADZ flags fly forever.

        Look over there! It’s Phil Hughes!

        • forensic

          Should I mention that in my MLB The Show season, Hughes is finally on another team and I got to face him in a game last night? I, and the rest of my team, took great joy in destroying him. :-)

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I wouldn’t want your game to go any other way.

      • vicki

        what, you don’t puke sunshine in the face of statistics? shame on you.

        • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          Never.

          Statistics has it place. Its only when people take the crystal ball made out of Bill James fat ass to predict this game with 100% accuracy that I makes me laugh.

          • vicki

            nobody does that. i can appreciate that some people are blindly positive about this team, even as currently constructed; it’s the jesusfreak arrogance and intolerance of others’ pov’s that annoy. and all the exclamation points.

            • forensic

              it’s the jesusfreak arrogance and intolerance of others’ pov’s that annoy.

              Thank You!

              (sorry for the exclamation point)

            • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

              “Nobody does that”

              Then you haven’t look around because MANY do that. Then if the numbers don’t play out they usually blame it on luck, which is something I never understood since luck is completely unobjective.

              “it’s the jesusfreak arrogance and intolerance of others’ pov’s that annoy”
              Totally agree.
              Like when people are made fun of because they believe in team chemistry, having a feel for the game or in a player’s ability to be clutch.

              ANYTHING taken to an extreme becomes arrogance in time.

              The “blindly positive” is not blind at all it comes from the team’s successful win/lose record the only statistics that really matters at the end.

              Most of us know what this team is but we choose to enjoy it until the other shoe drops with the hope there is a chance that it might not and that we could possibly witness something special.

        • OhioYanks

          Don’t know exactly what you are referring to, but based on your previous comments I am going to assume it is Pythagorean win-loss.

          You seem to be “puking” that stat out without really understanding what it means. It tells you what their record is expected to look like based on how well they have played, but nothing about how well they are capable of playing and very little about how well they will play for the rest of the season.

  • Dick M

    Wells needed a couple of days on the bench. He should have gotten some time off a while go. He’ll be productive again; just don’t parade him out there every day.

    • Scott

      He’s on Year Three of suckitude. No evidence “a couple days on the bench” is the problem. The problem is simpler: he’s over the hill and crappy at playing baseball.

      • vicki

        how did he get his swing so tight in spring training? can he do that again?

      • OhioYanks

        I wouldn’t expect him to get too hot again, but I also wouldn’t expect him to be as bad as he’s been recently all season.

      • WhittakerWalt

        But he’s not actually old. That’s the weird thing.

  • Tom Q

    I’ve come the conclusion it’ll be late September before it’s possible to pass judgment on this team. The way they’ve played the last several weeks, you’d expect them to be off the board by now, but, as you say, there they are a mere one game out in the loss column. The mediocrity of the rest of the division – the real of the AL, honestly (nine teams within 4 games of one another in the loss column) – has kept hope alive, even in Toronto, where they’re starting to believe their burial was premature.

    You’ve got to figure that, barring more lightning bolts from the injury gods, the Yankees before long will be fielding something far closer to a major league line-up (exception: at catcher). If they’ve kept this close with the ragtags, maybe they can actually pull ahead in the style to which we’ve become so accustomed in recent decades.

    Or, maybe they’ll drop to last. I swear: we won’t know till the season’s almost over.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “I’ve come the conclusion it’ll be late September before it’s possible to pass judgment on this team.”

      I’ll up the ante. It may be several years.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        So wait. You’re telling me that we actually have to play the games before we know how they turn out? Man oh man the 2011 Red Sox have something to say about this I think.

    • OhioYanks

      Most teams are going to go through rough patches. It’s human nature to freak out about highs and lows, but 99% of the time one should fight it. It happens over and over, yet most people never seem to learn.

      • vicki

        it’s true that some people never learn – and some yankee fans rode the ledge all the way through 2009, for example – but it’s a little disingenuous to say so in this context. we’re well over the pythag, for good reason (look at the roster!), and expectation of regression isn’t necessarily ‘freaking out.’

        • OhioYanks

          I obviously disagree with you. When they started hot the average comment seemed very optimistic. When they went into a losing streak the average comment seemed not to understand that losing streaks don’t last all season. Even the site’s author was writing articles about how they were out of contention now (he gave 3.5 games out as in contention at a time when they were like 4 games out) and might go into the All-Star break 10+ games out, so they needed to make multiple trades right that moment to have any chance at salvaging their season.

          It was a full-on panic and people didn’t seem to realize that a 2-7 streak or whatever it was is not sustainable. Even the Marlins’ win% is like 100 points higher than that.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Wait, you’re telling me it may take an entire season to judge a team…it’s almost like the League is on to something by making them play the entire season before declaring some teams worthy of the playoffs and other teams not. Who knew?

      (sarcasm not directed at you, but at the people who have already stuck a fork in this season)

      • vicki

        yes, and please copy on the memo the self-satisfied True Believers who thought the season ended on may 25, when the yanks were on a pace to win 101 games.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I don’t think there were many of those, Vicki, to be honest.

        • Jim Is Bored

          I’d love to see evidence of a regular who actually thought we were going to win 101 games.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            According to a few folks, and I don’t think vicki’s one of them, that was probably me.

        • OhioYanks

          There’s a difference between saying that they were on a 101 win pace at that time (a comment related to their play on the season to date) and saying that they were going to win 101 games from there out (a projection). There may have been some comments about going on to win 101 games, but I would bet you are largely confusing those two types of statements.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Shit, I’m just glad Vernon let me off the hook.

    As my hope was, we can all look back at my Wil Myers grand slam comment with a hearty laugh. Because, I mean, damn:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....nt-6440136

    • Pat D

      Dear sir,

      I’m afraid I won’t be investing any money in your company, as I have reason to believe it’s nothing more than a solitary man’s messy apartment that may or may not contain a live chicken.

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

    You know, strangely, I had a good feeling about the Wells AB. Even if you think Vernon is toast (and I do) he’s gonna have good ABs and even good games here and there, and why the hell not right there? Christ knows he was due.

  • Pat D

    I will say that both my dad and I were not exactly thrilled to see Wells pinch hit for Stewart.

    The, of course, my dad thought Wells had hit it out as he thought it was headed more to right than right-center.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    3 walks, stolen bases, attempt at third ?! Whoa ! Somebody had a hard convo regarding effort + patience = money (big time). Lasting ?

  • Bob Buttons

    The MLB.com video people said the Yanks got a break, contrary to what Mike says.
    Can someone find the rule that pertains to this? Couldn’t find any clearly stated rule pertaining to this specifically under double, award or interference.

    • Pat D

      I think that it was a judgment call by the umpires, that it was at their discretion. I guess they figured that Adams would have scored easily without the interference.

      I could see arguments for either outcome. It didn’t end up making a difference, really. Sure you could say, “Oh, well they might have pitched differently with a one-run lead instead of a two-run lead,” but that kind of thought will drive you crazy.

    • Betty Lzard

      Wikipedia:

      When a spectator or other person not associated with one of the teams (including such staff as bat boys or ball girls) alters play in progress, it is spectator interference, colloquially called fan interference. It is worth noting that the latter is also (incorrectly) used to refer to fan obstruction – for instance a spectator running onto the field and tackling a baserunner.[3] The ball becomes dead, and the umpire will award any bases or charge any outs that, in his judgment, would have occurred without the interference.[4]
      —-

      The Yankees were awarded the third run based on the umpires’ judgment call.

      • forensic

        Exactly. It couldn’t have been ruled a ground-rule double because that requires the runners advancing two bases with not umpire judgement allowed. They must have thought that without the interference the ball would’ve come back into play (which is possible since it hit the top of the wall and may have gone straight up instead of out).

        In that case, their judgement on the fan interference was that Wells would’ve had to stop at 2nd when the throw came in and that Adams would’ve scored because he was on the run.

        • ArchStanton

          Yeah, don’t remind me about ground-rule doubles. I still picture that Tony Clark double in the 2004 ALCS hopping the fence and stranding a runner at third.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Ah, oh yeah …, talkin’ Cano.

  • Pat D

    Farewell to the Captain game just finished on Yankees Classics.

    A year and a half before I was born, but watching it still brings a tear to my eye.

    • forensic

      The pre-HD games are good sometimes, but I’ve been so spoiled by HD that it’s hard to watch anything, not just sports, in anything but HD.

      Monday will be the debut of the triple play/Jones dropped flyball game against the O’s from earlier in the season, so that’ll be a good one.

      • Pat D

        I always find it interesting how quickly they turn some games into “classics.”

        Not that that game didn’t have its moments, it’s just…seems quick.

        Do they ever show non-clinching WS games anymore (excluding 2001)?

        • Henry Krinkle

          The choices of classics are still really bad, probably due to cost and they dont want to show losses.I would love to see way more games from the 70s and 80s, such as the one in 77 at Fenway when Billy Martin and Reggie went at it or random regular season games from back then.

          • forensic

            It’s the YES network and they’re trying to draw in some random fans to maybe watch a game they haven’t seen before. Absent some absurd historic moment, why would a game the Yankees lost draw anyone in??? And sorry if you enjoy that timeframe, but constantly playing games from 20-30 years ago isn’t going to draw in anyone given the production quality from that time.

            • Pat D

              I wasn’t referring to games the Yankees lost. I was thinking more along the lines of 1996 Games 3 and 5, 1998 Games 2 and 3, 1999 Games 1 and 2, 2000 Games 2 and 4, 2009 Games 2, 3 and 4.

              I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen any of those on YC.

            • Henry Krinkle

              My main point was more of what I want to see as opposed to what they should show. That said, I don’t know why anyone would care about the triple play game or that people care so much about production quality. They also show a lot of crap like the constant re-airings of Centerstage, so there isn’t necessarily a lot of quality thought put into programming.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Not a lot of original programming to fill the time as well. Re-runs are a necessity.

                I’d like to see more random 80’s games. Hell, I’d like to see some games they lost, like the Hawkins no-hitter.

                • Henry Krinkle

                  True.
                  Jim Leyritz in the outfield was interesting in the Hawkins no-hitter.

              • Kosmo

                check out game 6 of the 1952 WS Dodgers vs. Yanks at Ebbits Field on Youtube. Early TV a bit grainy but you get to see about 9 future HoF , Mantle, Berra, Mize, Rizzuto, Stengel, Robinson, Campanella, Reese, Snider as well as Raschi, Reynolds, McDougal, Martin, Woodling, Furillo, Cox. Mantle batting LH blasts an opposite field HR. Plus Red Barber and Mel Allen. Bob Costas sets the stage.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    CC challenged a rookie and the rookie won. Yanks still came back. Thank you, Vernon Wells. Some more of that would be nice.

    Loved the patient approach on the part of the hitters. Having Zoilo get off to a good start as an MLBer would be an unexpectedly great thing for this lineup. Loved seeing some of this patience rub off on Adams. These guys may not have a high pedigree, but I’ve sat here for years hearing from fans and writers that they could hit. I really look forward to them proving those people right over time.’

    Great win.

    • vicki

      i’m not here to dog cc, but he has to do better than missing with a 1-2 fastball to wil myers – a consensus top prospect – with the bases loaded in a close ballgame. to say he challenged a rookie doesn’t tell the story.

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        Agree 100%.

      • fabricio

        agreed as well i gotta say CC has to learn to not rely on his fastball its not gonna blow anyone away

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Well he has to make his pitch, obviously. Agreed. Wasn’t really trying to tell the whole story there.

        There was a bit of “you don’t throw a fastball to Wil Myers like that” going on in the game thread that I disagreed with.

  • David Brown

    One interesting point that was overlooked, is that Mariano Rivera notched his 26th Save today. He is closing in the Billy Wagner record of 37 Saves in his Final Season, and is putting some distance between himself and Trevor Hoffman (634 Saves versus 601). If he stays healthy, it is realistic to think he is breaking the Wagner record, and will be 50 (or more) Saves ahead of Hoffman (who might be the biggest compiler in Baseball History).

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

      I kinda hate to be *that guy* but I’m not sure I ever saw a worse big game closer than Trevor Hoffman. It just always seemed that if the game had any relevance whatsoever, Trevor was a damned good bet to fuck it up for the Padres. The worst is probably the world series melt down that basically iced it for us, but there was also the game 163 debacle in 2007, various other playoff games, the all star game when it “counted,” it just seems like the bigger the game got the smaller Hoffman got.
      Probably doesn’t help that I only saw him in big games and missed his day in and day out work, I suppose.

      • forensic

        That’s not being ‘that guy’.

        That’s just speaking the truth.

        He almost makes Swisher look comfortable in the postseason…

      • WhittakerWalt

        You’re 100% correct. Hoffman was complete ass under the bright lights. Any big game you can think of, he wilted.
        I don’t like using the word “compiler” very often, because it’s often used by ignorant people who don’t appreciate the skill of longevity, but it def. applies to Hoffman.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        To be fair, the All-Star game is pretty much the polar opposite of a big game. It is literally the single least important game of the year that has any relevance to the season.

        • vicki

          you say that to pete rose’s face.

          • Pat D

            I will.

            And I’ll also say to his face, “You won’t be in the Hall of Fame until after you’re fucking dead, dickwad!”

            • Ray Fosse’s Uncle

              I approve of this!

      • Kevin

        It’s the truth. Yes Mo had his moments (01 gives me nightmares to this day) but overall,you look at his numbers and wow.
        Hoffman blew virtually every chance he got in the postseason and is nothing more than a stats compiler.

  • forensic

    One thing that hasn’t been mentioned yet (I know, god forbid you mention anything bad after a win, but it is what it is). What the hell was the defense trying to do in the 9th inning? Physical errors are one thing and can sometimes be excused. But, that inning had terrible mental errors by Overbay and Nix. Combine that with their baserunning errors recently (which have been mental, not physical) and even guys forgetting how many outs there are, and it’s just really frustrating and bad baseball.

    • Pat D

      Overbay just made a bad flip that was too high. Mo also looked a tad stunned that Myers was there, so I think he might have been able to get there faster.

      The Nix play bothered me more for two reasons. First of all, IMO, if you have to take more than 3 steps to second base, don’t take it yourself. He took about 5 steps. Second of all, it’s Robinson Cano making that pivot at second base. He does it so cleanly and effortlessly pretty much all the time that you don’t generally have to worry about the runner bearing down on him.

      I’m hoping that after the play Cano said something to Nix like, “Don’t you know who I am? I’m Robinson Cano, bitch! Throw me the damn ball!”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I was half-looking during that play. My initial thought was that Mo got beat to the bag, but that clearly wasn’t it. Even made a “lazy” joke about it in the game thread.

    • OhioYanks

      I think that you’re making too much out of those plays. They were not big mental errors, if at all. These things happen on every team, I would imagine you are more frustrated about them because you are frustrated with the team. That’s just human nature.