World War Zoilo: Almonte leads Yanks to 6-2 win over Rays

Katoh, Severino & Torrens have strong debuts in GCL openers
Heyman: Yankees and Cano remain far apart in contract talks

Source: FanGraphs

The Yankees needed a win on Friday night, and that’s exactly what they got thanks to the newest member of the lineup. Outfielder Zoilo Almonte went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in his first career start, contributing to the two-run rally in the fourth and tacking on an insurance run in the sixth. New York hasn’t had a homegrown position player debut and have an immediate impact like this since … well since David Adams a few weeks ago. Gentle reminder to enjoy the great game but not to read much into it.

I only saw bits and pieces of the game on television and caught a few innings on the radio, so I can’t go into too much detail with the recap. I did see David Phelps pitch out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the fourth, a rather big moment in the game. The Yankees are struggling to score runs and he’d already given back two one-run leads, and it seemed like Tampa was getting ready to break things open and put the game to bed. Phelps escaped with two fly balls and offense took the lead for good the next half inning.

Almonte singled twice — including once to load the bases with no outs in the fourth — before hitting that solo homer in the sixth. It wasn’t a no-doubter but it wasn’t a Yankee Stadium cheapie; he hit it into the bullpen beyond the right field wall with a few feet to spare. The hit in the fourth was more important though, as it set the team up for their two-run inning. They needed help from an Evan Longoria throwing error — it was ruled a hit, but lol — but they got the two runs in. The team really isn’t in a position for me to care about how the runs score these days.

Finally, bigs ups to the bullpen for 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of Phelps. Boone Logan struck out the only man he faced to end the sixth with the tying run at the plate, Shawn Kelley struck out two in his perfect seventh inning, David Robertson pitched around a single in his scoreless inning, then Mariano Rivera put a bow on it with a flawless ninth. It wasn’t a save situation, but every win is important right now. The bullpen has had a rough go of it the last few days, so it was good to see the guys get back on track and nail down a much-needed win.

For the box score and video highlights, go to FanGraphs has some other stats, and ESPN is the place to go for the updated standings. The Blue Jays beat the Orioles and the Red Sox won, so the Yankees are two back of Boston, one back of Baltimore, and three up on both Tampa and Toronto in the loss column. These two teams will play game three of this four-game series on Saturday afternoon, when CC Sabathia gets the ball against rookie right-hander Alex Colome. Check out RAB Tickets for last minute ticket deals.

[h/t my pal @GatorLenny for the title]

Katoh, Severino & Torrens have strong debuts in GCL openers
Heyman: Yankees and Cano remain far apart in contract talks
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  • forensic

    Least replied to game recap post ever? You have to assume so. Kudos to jay destro for sneaking in between the extremely long outages all night…

    • Laz

      Site was having problems last night.

    • Pat D

      I broke the site last night.

      At least that’s how it felt.

  • jay destro

    it ain’t easy being a technical consultant bro

  • Eddard

    We needed a win and BGDP got it for us. He didn’t have his best stuff but he fought through. That’s very impressive for a young kid in his first year starting regularly. The difference between Phelps and Hughes is that if Hughes was on the mound we would have been down 7-2 and not had a chance to win the ballgame.

    Zolio should be starting all games in LF. Wells should be platooned and only play vs LHP. Since they currently need a DH vs LHP Wells can fill that role until the injured stars return.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Haha, the grounding reminder of Dave Adams’ debut…funny I had visions of Shane Spencer, and distant memories of Kevin Maas dancing through my head.

    • Kosmo

      Rickey Ledee ?

  • forensic

    Working my way through the game and yeah, Cano does almost look like a dog in the field in this game.

    He’s probably not costing himself a ton of money overall so far this season, but he certainly is costing himself some NY fan support (for whatever little/no bit that’s worth).

  • high heat

    Nice 3-hit game for Almonte. Or, as Vernon Wells calls it, a good month.

  • trr

    Glad to see the big game by Z, even gladder to get the win. But as Mike said, let’s not get too high over this

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    The one sliver lining of the injures is that it has given the AAA guys a chance. Some of these guys might stick some might not, but at least the Yankees will have a better idea going forward of what their needs are.

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

    The Wannabe of the game Zoilo “I’m a keeper” Almonte

    The Has Been of the game Lyle ”I’m just happy to be out of the outfield ” Overbay

  • Jersey Joe

    First good win in quite a while.

    • Wheels

      I thought game 1 of the Dodgers doubleheader on Wednesday was a good win.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Almonte!

  • Travis L.

    The headline of the day comes from The Full ‘monte. Nice. Where is Sterling when you need him.

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Just wondering if Almonte will be in the line-up today.


    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He is!!!!

      And still no Wells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • King George

        Glad Joe is learning his lesson. Getting burned too many times isn’t fun.

  • hogsmog

    Also, don’t look now, but here comes Toronto. I didn’t think this division could be any more of a dogfight, but…