Game 117: Win two straight, maybe?

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

The Yankees got a monkey off their back by winning their first series in almost six weeks yesterday, but they still haven’t won back-to-back games in exactly one month now — they beat Royals on July 11th and the Twins on July 12th. That was right before the All-Star break. Everything is set up for them to win that elusive second straight game tonight against the woeful Angels, who are starting a pitcher who was recently a short reliever (Garrett Richards) against staff ace Hiroki Kuroda. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. LF Alfonso Soriano
  7. RF Curtis Granderson
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is Kuroda, who leads the AL with a 165 ERA+. He is coming off his worst start in six weeks and it wasn’t all that bad anyway: three runs in seven innings. Kuroda is like sex — even when he’s bad, he’s still pretty good.

It’s warm and humid in New York, and there might be some showers later on tonight. Hopefully they won’t impact the game at all. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Eddard says:

    This is a must win with Hiroki on the mound. They must win at least 3/4 in this series. Automatic loss on Thursday means they probably have to win the first 3 to do it.

  2. We get Paulie back tonight in the booth. So, aside from Michael and Paulie, hopefully we get someone else.

    (Also, Paulie is my favorite member of the booth anyway.)

  3. Why is stewart playing says:

    Romine must have shit on girardis desk.

  4. RetroRob says:

    No more Kuroda and sex imaging, please.

    That said, two in a row!

  5. Why is stewart playing says:

    Oh god an ESPN the redsox home network game.

  6. Why is stewart playing says:

    Hey curt shilling
    I though Arod would never play for the yankees again?

    • stuart a says:

      watch it else curt will have a heart attack!!

      the brain surgeon lost $75 mill of taxpayers money. he is not as smart as he thinks..

      i only have the angel telecast out here in calif. not as bad as the whitesux but in the neighborhood…

  7. tmoney says:

    Can Nova and Kuroda pitch on 1 days rest like they used to back in the 1800s.

  8. Leg-End says:

    This constant Stewart over Romine thing is starting to grate.

    • Why is stewart playing says:

      Romine is hitting over 300 this month. Stewie 192

      • Leg-End says:

        Cashman should trade Stewart, Billy Bean style.

        “Hatty, not Pena.”

        • Why is stewart playing says:

          Cashman traded for this loser from sf giants last year. He aint admiting his mistake
          Although i though kontos would be a good relief pitcher.

          • D$1184 says:

            Yeah but so Cashman acquired Stewart so he could be the backup to Martin. As a backup, all he has to do is catch the ball and make contact about 3 out of 4 times, the one or two days a week you make a start. The expectations are a little different for a starter. Cashman, for the record, wanted to bring Martin back for this season.

            • D$1184 says:

              So it wouldn’t be like Cashman is “admitting his mistake”. This isn’t the job Cashman acquired Stewart to do. It’s just the job Girardi has, for some inconceivable reason, seemed fit to give him.

  9. vicki says:

    i was going to say, hey, your dh is slugging .374; then i noticed our dh is slugging .371.

    somewhere, johnny damon weeps.

  10. A DH leading off. That’s desperation.

    (Of course, Derek Jeter not included.)

  11. Why is stewart playing says:

    Looks like socia is growing another chin will be his thrid.

  12. Umpiring crew for this series.

    Brian Gorman (HP today) – One of my more respected umpires, shouldn’t be a big issue.

    David Rackley (1B today) – Extremely rookie ump, only here because of Manny Gonzalez’s injury in the Mets series with the Rockies.

    Larry Vanover (2B today) – Tad of an attitude problem, otherwise not problematic.

    Tony Randazzo (3B today) – Not much I can say about him.

    Not the worst crew in the world.

  13. Why is stewart playing says:

    The cuban firstbase man from cuba would be a nice signing the way tex breaksdown.

  14. Laz says:

    For all the Yankees struggles, look at how much worse the Angels have been.

  15. Anderson Silva says:

    why throw anything close to the zone against Hamilton?

    • OldYanksFan says:

      Really…. just thinking the same thing.
      What a waste of talent.
      If the guy just had a few extra brain cells, he could easily OPS over 1.000 every year.

  16. Why is stewart playing says:

    The espn crew is hard to listen too. Really bad

  17. Anderson Silva says:

    overbay with another screwup, no surprises there

  18. Cuso says:

    You know what? Nunez has improved markedly at SS.

  19. SDB says:

    Offtopic, but some FBB advice? I have Starlin Castro as my SS, but someone in my league just dropped Asdrubal Cabrera. Worth grabbing, or at least picking up as a backup instead of someone like Swisher who’s on my bench?

  20. vicki says:

    i hate you, chris stewart.

  21. Anderson Silva says:

    atta boy Gardner!

  22. SDB says:

    Damn Gardy, talk about clutch.

  23. RetroRob says:

    Jeter, Bernie and Donnie Baseball.

  24. nsalem says:

    I don;t hate Stewart, He’s a back-up catcher. I’s not his fault that for some reason Girardi is not using a rapidly improving Romine more frequently. This is a very difficult situation to understand. It’s especially hard to understand because Girardi seems really attentive to resting tired players.

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

      It becomes a lot simpler to understand when you realize that Stewart knows where Girardi put the bodies.

    • vicki says:

      it’s possible to #blamegirardi and #hatechrisstewart at the same time, you know.

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

    Kuroda is just insanely good. It’s nuts.

  26. MannyGeee says:

    Ok fuck these guys who are sitting at the stadium looking for a reason to boo A-Rod. If he’s hitting its cool, but if his Ks or grounds out he’s a cheating no good washed up overpaid hack….

    So he’s got to hit .850 the rest of the way to gain your respect? Fuck off.

  27. nsalem says:

    If Kuroda pitches in the USA next year and he is not in a Yankee uniform, this ownership will take a major credibility hit if they claim they are trying to win in 2014.

    • Alkaline says:

      Unfortunately it’s a 2 way street. Kuroda may prefer a team with a greater chance for playoffs out of the gate.

      • nsalem says:

        Kuroda preferred to stay with the Dodgers in 2011 out of respect to his teammates than go to another team in mid season. I think if he wants to go back to Japan we can’t stop that. I believe he wants to stay in the US we will have the best chance of retaining him unless we dont want to pay him.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Maybe he wants to re-respect his Los Angeles teammates by going back? So… Can’t be blamed if he wants to do that.

          Management cannot be blamed if Kuroda decides to play somewhere else, unless they decide to not offer him a contract.

          • nsalem says:

            I think there are only 3 teammates from 2011 that Kuroda can re-respect. Ethier, Kershaw and AJ Ellis. Everyone else is gone. If he decides to play elsewhere in the US it’s probably because the Yankees are not committed to winning. It’s been a generation sincethe Yankee’s lost people they wanted to keep.

  28. Tom says:

    So was Rick Sutcliffe just speculating that Cano might be struggling because he’s just one away from 200 HR’s?

    This was after some mention of Soriano feeling relieved to get the 2000th hit out of the way – is there a bigger prisoner of the moment “analyst” out there?

    • nsalem says:

      Sutcliffe should speculate about why he struggled and coughed it up in the deciding game of the NLCS in 1984 after being lights out for half a season.

  29. dkidd says:

    cabrera is going to win another triple crown, isn’t he?

  30. Anderson Silva says:

    freaking A-Rod, that was a sure DP

  31. Cuso says:

    A-Rod just wanted to touch Aybar.

  32. Alkaline says:


  33. Wheels says:

    Great pitch.

  34. Wheels says:

    Maybe 1 run will be enough.

  35. Tom says:

    Just put a blank 1 year contract in front of Kuroda and ask him to fill in a # he considers fair.

    Oh and promise him you’ll try to get him some offensive support.

  36. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Cano doesn’t get there.


  37. Cuso says:

    Whatever that Jeter face thing was, it was f$@king creepy.

  38. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    For a second I thought Hirok was throwing a no-no.

  39. nycsportzfan says:

    We should all be thankful that Kuroda has given us to privledge to watch baseball in mid august that still matters. Without him, were buried.

  40. vicki says:

    people who say ‘reticent’ when they mean ‘hesitant’: big pet peeve.

  41. nycsportzfan says:

    Why would anyone cheer AROD anyways? The guy cheated to get millions of dollars and his contract completely hinders our teams flexibility when talking about FA’s and trades and all that.

    • nsalem says:

      Plenty of players cheated apparently. Maybe be upset at Hank for offering it against all professional advice rather than A-Rod signing it.

    • vicki says:

      can we table this discussion until someone thinks of something new to say?

    • Alkaline says:

      You really think back when he signed this contract he was thinking, “oh man, this might hurt the team’s payroll plan in 5 years”?

      He took what they offered. Anyone would.

  42. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Am I the only one noticing the very obvious spot on the top of richards cap?

  43. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Nunez is just awful.

    • Tom says:

      And it’s called a hit so it will go unnoticed.

      He’s not airmailing as many throws but the advanced stats have him slightly worse at SS then he has been in the past. For some reason people around here think he’s been playing better defense though.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        Yeah, I don’t see much, if any, improvement. Fewer throws into the stands, but still poor hands and poor footwork. Frequently lets the ball play him instead of him playing the ball. He’s just really bad defensively.

      • Alkaline says:

        Take what you get.

  44. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Michael Kay doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

  45. Alkaline says:

    You know what’s sad? Regardless of the playoff chances, baseball will be over in 2.5 months.

  46. Wheels says:


  47. Bo Knows says:

    Ignore the fact that the Angels had a better fuckin record than Detroit last year.

    Holy Hell

  48. JonS says:

    Remember when Nunez couldn’t throw to first?

  49. nsalem says:

    Interesting choice coming up for Girardi in regards to his pitcher(s) for the 8th and 9th.

  50. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Richards has something on his cap..that aint sweat..keeps going to it

  51. Cuso says:

    I logged back in to call that shot ” but I was too late!!

  52. Bo Knows says:

    Oh the Grandyman can

  53. Anderson Silva says:


  54. Tom says:

    Typical Yankees stadium cheapie….

  55. Lukaszek says:

    Granderson sucks, they said

    All he does is strike out, they said

  56. Now Batting says:

    Let’s make this the start of something!!

  57. Lukaszek says:

    Uh oh, I have a feeling Mark Trumbo will hit a homerun here

    Hopefully my feeling isn’t gonna come true like in that Mo game…

  58. Darren says:

    Is this the best year a starting pitcher has had for the Yankees since Guidry?

    • nsalem says:

      Good point. Cone 1997 is the only one close that I can think of.

    • RetroRob says:

      Have to see how he ends, but Cone and maybe one of CC’s years, but if it’s not the best, it’s only a hair off.

      • Darren says:

        Maybe Cone, but I don’t recall CC ever putting together this kind of streak, with start after start of domination. He’d usually throw a clunker in there every now and then. Kuroda’s idea of a clunker is 3 runs in 7+ innings.

    • Lukaszek says:

      Last time a Yankee finished with a sub-3.00 ERA was Pettitte in 1997 (2.88)

      Before that was Melido Perez in 1992 (2.87)

      Three did it in 1980-1981, but noone had more than 175.1 innings

      In 1979, Tommy John went 2.96 with 276.1IP and Ron Guidry went 2.78 with 236.1IP.

      Kuroda meanwhile will probably finish with like 215-230 IP. So yeah, you could definitely say this is the best season by a Yankee pitcher since Ron Guidry’s 1978. Although Tommy John in ’79 might’ve arguably been better due to that IP number

      • Lukaszek says:

        Crap, forgot David Cone. He had a 2.82 ERA with 197IP. Not better than Kuroda

      • Darren says:

        Thanks for the info. Melido’s year was really good, but I guess he couldn’t sustain it. 5 inning rain shortened no-hitter too, if I recall.

        • Darren says:

          Oh, he threw the no-hitter against the Yanks when he was still a White Sock.

          In ’92, Melido finished second in strikeouts behind Randy Johnson!

          And Melido is now a mayor of his town in the Dominican!

          • Lukaszek says:

            Kinda sad that he came up for the Royals just a year after they won the world series, and retired with the Yankees the year before they won a world series.

            Man is lucky though, played in MLB, became mayor, and now gets to live in DR full time ;_; I’d gladly choose to live in DR over my giant icicle of Vodka and ice hockey

  59. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    With Kuroda pitching the 8th I wonder if Joe will go D-Rob in the 9th given Mo’s recent struggles.

  60. RetroRob says:

    Bring in Mo for the 9th?

  61. your mom says:

    Kuroda for the 9th or Mo?

  62. JGYank says:

    Why is Grandy batting 7th in this lineup?should be at least 5th

  63. Tom says:

    I hate this pitching visit. The starter is cruising and just because a PH comes up you don’t need to give a scouting report.

    The Yankees (and a lot of baseball teams) do this a lot.

  64. Kramerica Industries says:

    C’mon Hiroki.

  65. SDB says:

    Can we find a way for Kuroda to pitch every day?

  66. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  67. Kuroda says:

    Where is my monument?

  68. Tom says:

    So had Kuroda not gotten that out, Girardi would have brought in Logan to face some righty PH’s with the game on the line?

  69. Darren says:

    We don’t have one fuckin guy who can pinch hit for Stewart? jesus.

  70. Alkaline says:

    2 in a row. Winning streak. This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Ken-…nevermind.

  71. Anderson Silva says:

    Never thought I’d see the day a Yankees team would shy away from using Mo.

  72. YankeeFan says:

    Christ Stewart really crushed the ball tonight guys!

  73. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Why is Boone warming up?

    • Tom says:

      With a bunch of right handed bats on the bench and Mike Trout up 3rd, you want the lefty specialist to close things out.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        Who’s left for the Angels?
        Anyone else?

        • Tom says:

          You know I just looked – I don’t think they have anyone on the bench.

          How many pitchers are they carrying? They only used 2 bench pieces.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            They have 13 pitchers listed on their active roster, with Cowgill the only position player not used yet.

  74. Cy Pettitte says:

    it’s pretty obvious that Joe doesn’t want to use Mo 3 out of 4 days

  75. SDB says:

    Bah. No CGSO.

  76. Kramerica Industries says:

    How about not a fourth straight blown save, ok?

  77. RetroRob says:


  78. YankeeFan says:

    This is hilariously sad.

  79. Anderson Silva says:

    and now we have to trust Logan in a 2-run game against lefties in a season where lefties have crushed him

  80. The Real Greg says:

    That should have been a double but it hit the bag.

  81. Wheels says:

    Oh boy.

  82. BigBlueAL says:

    If Mo is not available thats fine. But why the hell is Logan pitching and not Kuroda or Drob??

    • RetroRob says:

      Kuroda not pitching is the biggest question. He was at 100 pitches, right?…and cruising.

    • The Real Greg says:

      D Rob, I do question him not being in there. Kuroda was at 107. Don’t push him.

      Girardi has done this since he’s been here,

      And he missed one and got one.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Dont push Kuroda?? What the hell are they saving him for?? Its mid-August and the Yankees have to have the mind set that they have to literally win every game. 107 pitches thru 8 is not that big a deal especially since he has been cruising all night. Let him start the inning and if he gets in trouble bring in Drob. Kuroda threw 116 pitches his last start in 7 innings. Has thrown over 107+ pitches in a start 9 times this season before tonight. He couldve started the inning.

  83. Tom says:

    Why not just start the inning with Robertson?

  84. JGYank says:

    You have to go with your best guy and that’s mo. Make them earn it.

  85. Jay says:

    Up steps the best player (not hitter) in baseball…

  86. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Lefties vs. DRob this year: 158/233/213
    Lefties vs. Logan this year: 239/286/431

  87. nsalem says:

    Ted Williams won the triple crown and wasn’t MVP.

  88. Kramerica Industries says:

    Dave got squeezed there.

    I have a really bad feeling about this Hamilton AB.

  89. Anderson Silva says:

    DRob does not look sharp. I have a real bad feeling about this game.

  90. JGYank says:

    Not the MVP debate again.. Btw imagine if Logan was actually our closer!?

  91. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  92. The Real Greg says:

    That’s shitty luck

  93. Kramerica Industries says:

    For fucks sake. This is really gonna happen again, isn’t it?

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

    Oh for fuck’s sake. That’s probably the shortest double I’ve ever seen.

  95. your mom says:

    Fucking offense sucks. Less than 3 runs as usual.

  96. RetroRob says:

    D-Rob will get out of this.

  97. Wheels says:

    Shoulda just left Hirok in.

  98. Cy Pettitte says:

    this team is so predictable.

  99. Jay says:


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

    You know, I just realized that I have absolutely no idea why I’m watching right now.

  101. Anderson Silva says:

    another blown game.. what a joke. If you re not bringing Mo, should have kept Hiroki

  102. YankeeFan says:

    Fans chanting the wrong name. Should have been ‘Keep in Hiroki’…

  103. your mom says:

    Hamilton did not just do the claw.

    Fuck DRob closing next year.

  104. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    What shitty luck. One off the bag and a stupid little blooper.

  105. Anderson Silva says:

    IBB to Aybar so they can face Trumbo? Girardi needs to be fired ASAP

  106. BigBlueAL says:

    Would be nice to have a game where a closer is not needed. Havent won a game by more than 3 runs since July 11.

  107. JGYank says:

    Get up Mo quick.. Drob needs a Houdini..

  108. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Fucking really??

  109. Lukaszek says:

    Oh g-d, there’s pretty much no worse way to lose a game than on a bloop hit

  110. Tom says:

    Ugh… Stupid IBB.

  111. SDB says:

    An IBB to face Trumbo? Their best home run hitter?

  112. SDB says:

    Hirok’s contract offer next year include an extra mill for each time the bullpen has failed to protect a lead of his this season.

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

    Three pitches. Damn.

  114. your mom says:

    Grand slam here would be the final nail in the coffin for this team.

  115. The Other Sam says:

    Robertson making his case for the big job next year.

  116. nycsportzfan says:

    God forbid, arod make a spectacular play for us. This team has to fight pretty freaking hard to even stay in this race on the outside looking in!

    Albet, Trout was K’d in my opinion by Robertson. That last pitch looked like a strike.

    COme on Whoodini robertson, work ur magic!

  117. JGYank says:

    Could be 4 straight blown save for the team. And another wasted outing from kuroda. One more…

  118. The Real Greg says:

    Well blame the ump for that one.

  119. SDB says:

    It’s fucking Chris Nelson. Please just get him out.

  120. Mick taylor says:

    I would trade cc for Hamilton who I bet bounces back next year with a monster year.

  121. Cy Pettitte says:

    and exhale

  122. The Real Greg says:


    And the IBB works

  123. vicki says:

    how bad did chris nelson want it?

  124. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    That was not good for my blood pressure. Whew.

  125. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Thanks for swinging at Ball 4.

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

    That was a lucky k. But then, it was an unlucky double, so it evens out.

  127. SDB says:

    It’s Wetteland all over again.

  128. nsalem says:

    Erich Weisz!!!!!!!!!

  129. itsallhowuseeit says:


  130. Anderson Silva says:

    thank you Nelson!! Swung at ball 4

  131. Tom says:

    I have a feeling there will be a bunch of 9th innings like that next year.

    Nice job though.

    Sutcliffe’s narrative/analysis of Nelson really seeing the ball well was spot on (like most of his comments)

  132. RetroRob says:

    And that was ball four, but it’s what I expected from D-Rob, meaning he would close it out.

  133. nycsportzfan says:

    Well that added a grey hair or 2 to the old Good win!

  134. your mom says:

    Houdini comes through. If he’s the closer next year I will definitely get some significant ulcers.

  135. YankeeFan says:

    Thank Mo!

  136. Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain) says:

    What else would you guys expect from Robertson? He probably does this on purpose to fuck with people.

  137. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Embedded Yankee Chris Nelson

    Cashman didn’t fail.

    This time.

  138. AndrewYF says:

    This team treats winning like pulling teeth.

  139. Get Phelps Up says:

    Can we call Chris Nelson an Embedded Yankee now?

  140. Cuso says:

    I wonder what D-Rob’s entrance music will be next year.

    Gotta be something to do with magic (Houdini).

    Maybe that Ghostbusters song, “I Believe It’s Magic.”

  141. ropeadope says:

    Sterling: Girardi made a lot of great moves in the 9th inning, the intentional walk of Aybar, and Robertson gets the job done with a pitch that miiiiiiiiiight have been a bit high.

  142. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Jeff Quagliata
    Kuroda with his MLB-leading 8th start of 7+ IP and 0 R. Clayton Kershaw & Justin Masterson have 6 each.

  143. Get Phelps Up says:

    For the record, I didn’t really think the IBB was so bad considering how awful and strikeout prone Trumbo has been of late and after him is Chris Nelson.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I usually hate the IBB, but Erick Aybar is exactly the kind of pesky Angels asshole who makes something happen in a big spot like that. Trumbo can be pitched to.

  144. JGYank says:

    What the heck is Kuroda’s era now? Damn another scoreless outing and just missed the complete game shutout. How do we repay him?

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

      Before this game, Hiroki Kuroda with his ERA+ of 165 would have been the 7th highest of all time for a Yankee with over 150 innings. Gotta be higher now.

  145. Fritz Kekich says:

    was that a catchable ball (Hamilton’s ninth inning dink)? I’m not in front of a TV.

  146. Get Phelps Up says:

    Also… We won a game when scoring just 2 runs!!

    Greg should be happy.

  147. JGYank says:

    If we somehow go on an improbable run and make the playoffs, we know who is starting the wild card game. We would have a good chance of winning it too. We have a legit ace this year.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

      If Kuroda could start every game the rest of the way, we might just make the playoffs.

      • JGYank says:

        Yeah or Nova too. It will be interesting to see if Kuroda stays. Maybe if CC can get hot will have two aces and finally have a formidable rotation with Kuroda CC Nova Pettitte.

  148. WhittakerWalt says:

    Swinging at ball 4 was the biggest contribution Chris Nelson made for the Yankees all year.

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