Guthrie shuts down Yanks; KC takes opener 5-1

Venditte returns to the mound in GCL win
Derek Jeter's return may be closer than we think

Well, this important seven-game stretch against losing teams at home leading into the All-Star break didn’t exactly get off to a great start. The Yankees couldn’t score early before the bullpen let things get out of hand late, resulting in a 5-1 loss to the Royals.

(Mike Stobe/Getty)
(Mike Stobe/Getty)

Offensive Offense
It wasn’t until Lyle Overbay came off the bench to a hit a pinch-hit solo homer with two outs in the seventh that the Yankees had a man reach second base against Jeremy Guthrie. That’s the same Jeremy Guthrie who spent 59 minutes on the bench waiting out a rain delay in the middle innings. It’s also the same Jeremy Guthrie who came into the game having allowed 35 base-runners and 19 runs in his last four starts (22 innings). Gross.

The Yankees did put against some futile rallies against the bullpen, squandering a first-and-third opportunity in the seventh and a first-and-second opportunity in the eighth. They also had the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth and failed to score as Greg Holland struck out Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner, and Zoilo Almonte. Robinson Cano, the number three hitter, was left standing on deck when the game ended with the tying run at the plate. It was so awesome when he was batting second earlier this year.

Vernon Wells and Luiz Cruz had two hits apiece and were the only Yankee with multiple hits. Wells is actually off to a nice little 8-for-17 start to the month. The Bombers did have some chances late for sure, but the lineup just isn’t good enough to extent rallies. Two many weak bats to sustain anything, especially against power arms with big fastballs. One run at a time is the Yankee way of late.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Leftovers
Phil Hughes allowed two runs in four innings of work, surrendering the #obligatoryhomer to Billy Butler. The other run scored on doubles poked to the opposite field. He struck out two and walked zero, only throwing 62 pitches. Phil’s night ended early because of the lengthy rain delay. Such is life.

After throwing a total of five pitches in the last 18 days, Adam Warren allowed one run in 3.2 innings after the rain. He looked surprising sharp considering the layoff. The same can not be said for Preston Claiborne, who was roughed up for two runs on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He’s now allowed seven runs on 14 base-runners in his last eight innings. The bloom came off that rose rather quickly.

Brett Gardner went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout, his 16th consecutive game with a strikeout. That’s a new franchise record, breaking a tie with Alex Rodriguez (2005) and Stan Bahnsen (1968). Bahnsen actually did it in 17 straight games spanning 1968 and 1969, so Gardner has the single-season record.

Overbay’s homer was the team’s first by a non-Robinson Cano player in eleven games. Think about that. It also spared the New York from going homerless in five consecutive home games for the first time since 1996. Overall, the Yankees have score two runs in their last 20 innings.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
For the box score and video highlights, go to MLB.com. For some extra stats and the standings, go to FanGraphs and ESPN, respectively. With the Orioles losing and the Rays winning, the Yankees and Orioles are both one game back of Tampa for the second wildcard spot in the loss column.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
CC Sabathia and Jamie Shields is your pitching matchup in game two of this four-game set on Tuesday night. Doesn’t it feel like those two square off every time their teams meet? Believe it or not, this will be only their fifth head-to-head matchup since Sabathia got to New York. Seems low. Anyway, check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the game.

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Venditte returns to the mound in GCL win
Derek Jeter's return may be closer than we think
  • JohnnyC

    Girardi just told Feinsand in the post-game “I’ve seen a couple of Guthrie’s starts…he’s throwing well.” Guthrie 13 ER in last 15 innings, leads league with 20 homers given up. That’s a clown answer, Joe. Just stop the bs. Every one knows this team can’t hit…anyone.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I totally understand that being a ML manager means you give bullshit answers in the postgame presser, but Girardi has elevated disingenuousness to an art form. There are ways he could have answered that question that wouldn’t have been flat-out lies. He chose lies.

      • JohnnyC

        The truth I imagine is that Girardi thought he had a gimme tonight. Guthrie’s been pitching like shit and he figured it’d be a good day to give off-days en masse. He can’t admit he was excruciatingly proven wrong.

        • WhittakerWalt

          When he throws such an embarrassing lineup out there like that, I stop trying to defend him. I know the Girardi-bashers can be pretty insane, but nights like this I have nothing to say in his defense. There simply aren’t enough talented bats in this lineup to play that kind of cutesy bullshit. Win with your best, if at all possible.

        • Evan3457

          Stewart can’t play everyday, he played all 3 games of the Orioles’ series.
          Being cautious with the fragile Nunez, hence Gonzalez and Cruz.
          I have no friggin’ idea what they’re doing bringing Ishikawa in, but Overbay’s played 20 games in a row, and started 19 or them, and he’s, what?…old? Well, some players can fly in and play on little sleep, but obviously, Ishikawa couldn’t.
          Gardner may need another day off, but Ichiro’s 39…well, no, I can’t explain why he sat Ichiro, who didn’t start on July 4th.

          Maybe Ichiro should’ve played instead of Gardner. Maybe they could’ve given Ishikawa another day. Other than that, it’s the players on the roster, not who got put in the lineup.

        • Evan3457

          Oh…and no game is a gimme if Phil Hughes is your starting pitcher.

          • JohnnyC

            Going into last night’s game Hughes had the lowest ERA of any Yankees starter in the last 8 times through the rotation (3.44). So, yeah, finely detailed analysis on our part.

      • forensic

        The worse the offense gets, the more absurd his answers get.

    • trr

      JohnnyC, your comment is spot on. All managers indulge in Manager-speak from time to time, but this comment careened into absurdity

  • Crime Dog

    Eh, crappy game. Have a feeling CC’s gonna have one of his days where he goes vintage CC on us. With the lineup the way it is, don’t you just have to stack your best hitters at the top? So, Gardner, Cano, Hafner, Almonte, Ichiro? At least with those 5, you have a chance of getting a couple of runs early. Or you can just leadoff Cano and hope he hits a leadoff homer and you win 1-0… kidding of course.

    Here’s to hoping Granderson gets going soon. His home runs are gonna look foreign to this team.

    • JohnnyC

      Even with that lineup, with the way Gardner and Hafner aren’t hitting, they’re punchless. There just aren’t enough quality major league hitters on the team right now.

    • ChrisS

      I’m not sure I would include Almonte in there. Better than Romine and Adams? Sure, but he’s been pretty MIA since his first week.

  • your mom

    Ishikawa had an excellent debut.

    • forensic

      I don’t understand that move one bit. Makes zero sense to me.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Wasn’t Ishikawa the first baseman on the 2010 champion Giants?

        Totally justified then. No questions asked.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He was, wasn’t he? I knew there was somewhere I should remember him from.

          Just one Aubrey Huff away from an improbable championship.

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

        It works if you hum “Nearer My God to Thee” as we make all these pointless, lateral at best moves.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Ishawaka > The backup first baseman we didn’t actually have.

          • trr

            Still the wrong move, and glaringly so

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Getting a guy off the scrap heap is the “wrong move?” I don’t think it’s ever possible for that to be the wrong move. You give the guy a tryout. If he sucks, you put him right back on the street corner you found him. Reid Brignac probably left some sort of care package for him there.

              Now if you mean “they should have focused on trading for this other guy instead,” who says they can’t still do that, or weren’t planning to do that all along?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Same synopsis, different day. The interesting Gardner stat is made even more so considering that Bahnsen was a pitcher.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    CC needs to be great tomorrow.

  • Pro

    KC’s closer balks on every pitch. He takes the ball out of the glove and puts it back in. Wouldn’t have mattered but I don’t know why he is allowed to do that.

    • JohnnyC

      Maybe if someone from the other dugout pointed that out to an umpire? Love how Yankees’ coaching staff catches every little detail. Showalter’s a bit too anal but he sure would’ve brought it up.

    • geo

      Where do you get that what he’s doing is a balk? He’s started his motion. He doesn’t put the ball back in his glove; he taps the glove with the ball for timing after he’s started. That’s not a balk, and there are other pitchers who do it.

  • forensic

    At least everyone will be well rested for their all-star break.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yeah, Nuney really needs a breather. Get the Attorney General in there!

      • forensic

        Ichiro too. He started a whole 6 straight days.

        He hasn’t started more than 6 days in a row since the middle of May.

    • trr

      well, they certainly didn’t wear themselves out running around the basepaths

  • Kramerica Industries

    CC Sabathia and Jamie Shields is your pitching matchup in game two of this four-game set on Tuesday night. Doesn’t it feel like those two square off every time their teams meet? Believe it or not, this will be only their fifth head-to-head matchup since Sabathia got to New York. Seems low.

    Disagree. It always seemed like Sabathia faced Price, not Shields. I do remember in July 2011, though when Shields and C.C. faced each other twice in the space of three starts. Otherwise, I don’t really remember any Sabathia/Shields encounters.

    Yankees have now lost 11 of their last 21 home games. No surprise there. They haven’t been able to score runs for shit at home all season, and they’ve only scored ten runs in the first four games of this homestand, too.

  • dkidd

    once more i’ve boomeranged from “i can’t believe i was stupid enough to write this team off!!!” to “i can’t believe i was stupid enough to believe this team could compete!!!”

    the only good thing about tonight was the guy who threw out the first pitch

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

    For those who care:

    Godspell is going to be performed Friday. I just designed the programs and sent them in to be printed, and will be picking them up tomorrow. Tech week has started, along with dress rehearsals.

    Almost there.

    • dkidd

      break a leg!

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

        I want to link to threads several months ago where I was still talking about finding a theater to use and openly questioning if this project was even possible. Pretty pumped that we;re really going to do it.

        • Bob Buttons

          Took the liberty of finding those dating back to last November. Got too lazy to go beyond the 160th page.

          http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....nt-5143405

          http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....nt-5861215

          But yes I remember a time when you were quite uncertain.

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

            Ha! Now that’s dedication. Thanks.

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

            Oooooh, apparently I missed vicki bizarrely accusing me of…something? I’m not sure. It still annoys me now, since I just discovered it.

            Fun stuff.

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

              …In related news, man I’m petty.

          • forensic

            Wow at the nest of comments in that second link.

    • Bob Buttons

      GLHF.

      More emphasis on have fun. You seem to stressed a lot over it, so you deserve you enjoy it.

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

        Thank you, it’s been pretty crazy. I’ve actually only been to a couple of rehearsals (I’m producer, not director), but I can already tell we have an ultra-talented cast. They’re young, were nailing every song, and they’re funny. Really looking forward to visiting the dress rehearsal on Thursday.

        In the meantime I’ll be going around to retirement homes tomorrow trying to stir up interest. Not quite showtime yet.

        • Bob Buttons

          Haha producers for stuff really don’t get enough credit. We can name loads of directors but really, how many pure producers can we name? And they seem to do a lot of grunt work behind the scenes that will never get due credit.

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

            Absolutely. I’m also, of course, one of the founders and chairmen of the company, which is donating all profits to two charities raising money to helps teens struggling with issues stemming from depression, self-harm, and suicide.

            Producer work is non-glamorous, but at east as important as the director’s work. Without us, no show.

            Of course, as designer of the program, I added an address from the producers ;-) .

    • forensic

      Friday? You’re missing a game against the Twins. They may actually have some offense and win.

      That’s poor scheduling. ;-)

  • Jay

    Really, people are writing this team off again after two straight losses? The first of which they were 2 outs away from winning.

    • your mom

      Yep, this team is a joke.

    • forensic

      The first of which they were 2 outs away from winning.

      That goes both ways. They’re also 2 outs away from having lost 3 of 4 games.

      • Kramerica Industries

        And despite having a six game streak mixed in, this team is still 6-7 in their last 13 games.

  • Bob Buttons

    In other major league games, Swisher totally endears himself to Tigers fans.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/0.....he-tigers/

    • Kramerica Industries

      As if being on three teams that lost to the Tigers in the playoffs hadn’t done the trick already…

      • Bob Buttons

        Probably figures to make up for his inability to be on a fourth.

  • Chiggie

    The Bronx Bloopers at work again.

  • forensic

    Watching the Mets-Giants game which is now in the 15th inning. I just want to know who Pablo Sandoval ate? Boy is he fat now.

    • forensic

      Other random thoughts as the game is in the 16th inning with the Mets trying to hold on after scoring a run on a Brandon Crawford error on a routine groundball to short:

      – Bruce Bochy made a pitching change in the top of the 16th inning and had the incoming pitcher intentionally walk the first batter he faced. I’ll never understand the point of that, all you’re doing is getting the pitcher out of his normal rhythm and putting him in a ball-throwing mindset.

      – The Mets defense with a man on 1st and no outs just had their RFer literally standing at the warning track. Is there really a point to that? Is he playing to catch a ball 10 rows deep in the stands?

      – Brandon Belt just struck out to make his line in this game 0-8 with 5 K’s. That hurts.

      – The seagulls/birds out there sure are annoying. They’re constantly flying through the camera view and now they’re hanging out on the OF.

      Meanwhile, Parnell has 2 men on and 1 out while trying to close out the game and Barry Zito just starting warming up.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Yeah. Lineup was bad. I’d like to thank those of you who provide nighltly reminders that the lineup is, in fact, bad. We wouldn’t have noticed otherwise, and to NOT point that out means a complete endorsement of said lineup.

    You’ll have a brand new left side of the infield to bitch about soon. They’re too old and steroidy and stuff. Where’s Miguel Cabrera and Ozzie Smith?

    I don’t like Guthrie. Never have. Not surprised that he would live up to that and give me reasons to not like him more.

    • jsbrendog

      god, jeter let’s EVERYTHING go through to his right!!

      man AROD way to strike out twice in one game, this team sucks.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Someone WILL call for Luiz Cruz the first time A-Rod stands there and just looks at a called third strike like it was the most beautiful pair of tits he’s ever seen. I’m calling it now.

        I’ll also slightly excuse it, since there is no worse sight in baseball than that.

        • JohnnyC

          Tedious.

    • JohnnyC

      Tedious.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Ibanez with 22 HR’s for Seattle.

    Unreal…

    • jsbrendog

      he would’ve torn his acl if he had signed with the yankees haha

    • Kosmo

      instead NY has Travis Hasbeen, Vernon Oh Wells, Byle Undertow, Kevin Pukilis and a roster full of “who are these guys´´?

      excuse me for my mini rant.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Would you have predicted that? I certainly wouldn’t have. I’d have defended letting him go before he turned into a pumpkin a million times over and finding this year’s version.

      Would have been nice, though, wouldn’t it?

    • Kosmo

      strangely enough Ibanez is a potential deadline candidate to be traded.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        *Tazes Mikey O’Brien one more time*

        Dear God, what would a 1987 Papa Bear have done here? We’d have to have hidden Gary Sanchez in a cold, damp place.