Yankees win sixth straight game, beat O’s 5-4

Game 87: Make It Six
Saturday Night Open Thread

Source: FanGraphs

For the first time this season, the Yankees have won six consecutive games. They rallied back from two multiple-run deficits to beats the Orioles by the score of 5-4 on a hot and sticky Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. Let’s recap the latest victory:

  • Two Shortstops: With Eduardo Nunez off the DL and Luis Cruz manning third, the Yankees had two natural shortstops in the lineup. The duo came through when the team had the bases loaded with no outs in the second, driving in two runs on a bloop single (Cruz) and a sacrifice fly (Nunez). It could have been an even bigger inning had Lyle Overbay not foolishly gotten thrown out at third trying to advance on the sac fly, but two runs are two runs. I’ll take it.
  • Not So Dandy: For the sixth time in seven starts off the DL, Andy Pettitte allowed at least four runs. Chris Davis hit a two-run homer in the first that just carried and carried and carried … I thought it was a routine fly ball off the bat and so did he based on his reaction. The ball carries on hot days though, even to dead center. Alexi Casilla doubled in a run in the second, then Taylor Teagarden singled in another in the fourth. Those last two are harder to swallow than the Davis homer. Pettitte managed throw 6.2 innings on 100 pitches — he looked done after five — despite allowing the four runs on nine hits. Kinda weird that Andy is the weak link in the rotation right now.
  • Small Ball: The Yankees have made a habit of playing small ball lately, and it led to the walk-off win on Friday night (thanks to two botched bunt defenses). On Saturday they took advantage of bunts not once, but twice. Brett Gardner moved two runs up in the fifth, then both came around to score on Ichiro Suzuki‘s infield single and Robinson Cano‘s flare to left. In the sixth, Cruz moved a runner up so Nunez could drive him in for the game-winning run with a ten-hopper back through the middle. I guess they’re just going to bunt their way back into contention.
  • Leftovers: New York had ten hits and all ten were singles. Overbay had three and Nunez had two in his return to the lineup … Chris Stewart drew a pair of walks while Cano and Travis Hafner had one apiece … the Yankees went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position overall, which is what you need to do when you can’t hit the ball out of the park … Shawn Kelley struck out the only man he faced to escape Pettitte’s jam in the seventh, then David Robertson and Mariano Rivera nailed it down late.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. With the win, the Yankees move passed the Orioles and have sole possession of the second wildcard spot. Their run differential on the year is up to … +1. How about that. Hiroki Kuroda, not Phil Hughes, will be on the bump Sunday afternoon when the Bombers go for the sweep. RAB Tickets is the place to go for last minute deals.

Game 87: Make It Six
Saturday Night Open Thread
  • forensic

    Awesome win! Saw the score at 4-2 while half-conscious and then next saw it when Nunez was getting game-winning hit with Overbay “bowling over” Teagarden. That was certainly better than what I thought could happen following the first score.

    Hopefully Kuroda is really feeling good tomorrow and they get greedy going for the sweep.

    Winning 14 games in a row into the break would be fine with me.

  • BigBlueAL

    The season is getting fun again lol.

  • hey now

    With Stewart coming up next, I didn’t blame Overbay for going there. Being on 3rd w/1 out would have given him his best chance to score in that inning.

    • vicki

      i see that angle. everyone lamented the lack of aggression when adams was on third last night. next time sweep the leg, is all.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I think my favorite part of this game was Mariano completely destroying Dickerson on 3 pitches for the final out.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Wow, just when I was pushing to Sell at the trade deadline ….

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      It’s a l-o-n-g season. Teams play well for a while, then look like crap. It happens every year. Even the ’98 Yanks lost 6 of 9 at one point.

      Can’t make rash decisions based on some crappy play in June.

      • vicki

        remember how staggering it was when the 2010 giants won the series with waiver-claim cody ross hitting clean-up? our offense is worse. miracle mets? ours is worse. those rotations were better too.

        sure, the stars could align. most desperately hope they do. but the crappy play in june (and may) is real. april and the recent streak are the beautiful dream.

        • Now Batting

          I don’t think the way they played in June was real nor is April and July a dream. Their true talent level is somewhere in between – slightly better than a .500 team but not good enough to really go anywhere unless they catch lightning in a bottle.

          • Improbable Guy on a different Computer

            And catching lightning in a bottle is most definitely a possibility, I might add.

          • vicki

            they were 26-29 for may and june. that sounds about right for a team with jayson nix hitting in the 2hole.

            • gc

              It’s a good thing they play games past May and June then.

              • Cool Lester Smootth

                And that we’ve got Jayson Nix out of the 2-hole.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              They’ve been above .500 every month but June.
              June is looking like the outlier.
              Current roster is probably a slightly better than .500 team. And thankfully, the current roster likely won’t be staying that way much longer.

            • Jim Is Bored

              Life is good, Vicki. Smile.

  • Eddard

    Just when people were ready to bury Overbay and Nuney they come through and were the players of the game. Eduardo Nuney is a spark plug. They finally have something resembling an AL lineup, top to bottom, although the power still isn’t there. Stewie’s the only weak spot and even he contributed today.

    Return the sweep with Hiroki on the mound tomorrow. Trot the same lineup out there top to bottom.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Stewie’s the only weak spot

      By any offensive metric, Luiz Cruz is a weak spot. And despite his 3 hits today, Overbay sits at 244/291/424 for the season, which is incredibly weak for 1B.

      I know better than to say something negative about Nunez and his 217/299/289 line.

      • Laz

        Agree. He has gotten some nice hits here and there, but still he is .210/.301/.323 with RISP.

      • Cool Lester Smootth

        Nunie doesn’t even have 100 PA this season.

        From the actual samples we have of him, he’s a 85-95 wRC+ kind of guy, that’s a valuable SS if he learns how to field consistently.

      • sas

        If Cruz is the hitter he was with the Dodgers last year, he isn’t a weak spot. with the amount of hard balls he has hit, he looks a lot more like that guy than the one from this year.

    • 28 this year

      If by top to bottom, you mean just Gardner and Cano, then yes we have some major league hitters in the lineup. Beyond that, they are either unproven (Zoilo) or not good (everyone else). Its a work in progress but its getting better. Jeter, Arod, and later, Grandy along with hopefully a trade or two for bats should make it better.

  • dkidd

    the roller coaster continues. take it one series at a time. i want mo pitching meaningful 9th innings in september

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    To think about a week ago we wondering how this team would stay above .500 now they are one win away from being 10 over .500.
    Seriously anyone who thinks that they can predict this game with any kind of accuracy should be loaded up with Haldol.

    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 Eduardo “I”M BACK!!!” Nunez

    The Has Been of the game is Lyle “I don’t send Tex messages I like to write” Overbay

    Come on, ride the A-ROD train, it’s the choo choo A-ROD train

    2-Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
    I think I can, I think I can
    I think I can, I think I can

    Way deep down south, where we play this game
    It’s them Quad City DJs and you,
    We call it the A-ROD train

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      6-0 on the A-ROD train!!!

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

      Back from the beach after a long hot week and happy to read the awards section :)

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    I love the “I told you so” regarding resurgence and those that might’ve been perceived to be “doubting” the team. Anybody who doesn’t honestly have doubts when it goes “south”, might be disingenuous. It’s fan-dom. It’s natural. It’s ok. We all suffer the lows and exhilarate the highs. Off the bandwagon ? No, just hanging on to the bumper for dear life.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Doubt is fine. Guaranteeing failure and being obtuse enough to think that only negative things can and do happen is moronic.

  • RetroRob

    That’s nice. I flipped on FOX to see who made the AL All-Star squad and knew within 15 seconds. No “drama” build up!

    Adam Jones is overrated as a hitter and fielder. Nice player, but nowhere near what people seem to think he is.

  • trr

    Big win! Where we goin’? I sure as hell don’t know, but I’m sure as hell comin’ along for the ride!

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)


  • Dro413


  • sas

    Sounds like Mike Axisa doesn’t like small ball. Well then I don’t like Mike.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Ozzie Guillen, is that you?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Only 4 back now. Thank’s Angels!