Apr
18

Sabathia, Solarte lead 10-2 attack against the Rays

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Mike had some dental work done earlier today, and the rest of my day was busier than expected. We dropped the ball on the game thread, but it seemed to be a good luck charm for CC and the Yanks. The erstwhile ace won in Tampa Bay for the first time since 2010, and the Bombers turned a triple play behind him while also knocking out three home runs. It was, all around, a Solarte Party for a team that’s won five in a row.

CC’s Big Day

As Yangervis Solarte, Brian Roberts and Scott Sizemore turned a triple play in the second inning, CC shot his arms up in the air in celebration. The Yanks held a 4-0 lead, and for a minute, it looked like CC would crack. Yet, for the third time in his Yankee tenure, the infield turned a triple play. (The first involved A-Rod, Cano and Nick Johnson while the second was one of the zaniest rundowns you’ll ever see.) For a guy not known for his hot corner defense, Solarte had the presence of mind to head to the bag and flip to second. From there, it was nothing more than a routine play, and CC escaped.

From then on, it was relatively smooth sailing. A passed ball led to an unearned run while CC’s nemesis Sean Rodriguez lofted a home run in the 7th. By then, though, the Yanks led 8-1, and the Rays’ run was harmless. Sabathia again didn’t have much velocity on his fastball, but he hit his spots and changed speeds effectively. He ended the night throwing 72 of 107 pitches for strikes with six Ks.

Big Bats vs. Price

Offensively, the Yanks made tonight’s game look easy. The Rays opted to hold David Price back a day to face the AL East leaders, and it backfired. Price gave up six runs in five innings, and of the ten hits he allowed, six went for extra bases. The Yanks hit two triples in one inning, and Soriano and McCann went back to back in the 5th. After missing three games with a back injury, Brian Roberts went 3 for 5 with a double and a triple, and in the 9th, April superstar Yangervis Solarte lofted a Grant Balfour offering into the right field seats for his first Major League home run. Solarte, who had doubled earlier, is now hitting .373/.448/.569. It’s hard to imagine it will last, but it’s been a fun ride.

Odds and Ends

Carlos Beltran took a nasty spill when he ran full speed over the wall in right field. He seemed OK, but it sure would be nice if the Rays could afford a real warning track…Dellin Betances had a tough time throwing strikes in the 8th inning, but he still struck out three of the eight batters he faced. He threw only 16 of 31 pitches for strikes, but his stuff, when over the plate, is nearly untouchable. He now has 11 strike outs in 6.1 innings but 4 walks too…Derek Jeter is very quietly hitting .295 with a .380 OBP. With a .364 slugging, the power isn’t quite there, but I’ll take the average and OBP with no complaints…These two teams face off again tomorrow as Hiroki takes on Erik Bedard, making his first start of the year.

Categories : Game Stories

112 Comments»

  1. ropeadope says:

    Nice summary Ben. Hope Mike feels better – Ichiro’s o-fer should have him back on his feet in no time. By the way, what’s a gab?

  2. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    Can we just get a new iteration of the Jordan Brink prospect profile from now on as CC Sabathia game threads?

  3. mustang says:

    ” We dropped the ball on the game thread,”

    Its ok the commenter and Jordan Brink pick it up.

    Too funny and too much fun for words.

  4. Erik says:

    Bedard is Erik with a K, not with a C.

  5. TWTR says:

    Solarte is doing his best to glue a putative starter’s butt to the bench.

    • erock says:

      And also end any Stephen Drew talk.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I really hope that he or Sizemore can play SS. I think it’s too early in the season to give up on Roberts, Johnson has been quietly awesome, Sizemore has the opt out on May 1, and Solarte has been great. If Solarte or Sizemore could play even a slightly below average SS, Anna could easily be sent down to the minors when Tex comes back.

      • Yankee$ says:

        Sizemore opt out is only if he isn’t on 25 man roster, right?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          Yeah.

          Now that he’s up in the majors, though, he may not have an issue with riding the shuttle a bit. Who knows.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        I can imagine you’re more likely to see Solarte at short than Sizemore. Sizemore looked pretty good at first yesterday, though.

        In order to preserve this depth as long as possible, it has to be Anna who gets sent down for Tex. We kick who goes for Ryan down the road a bit.

        To me, the team wanted Sizemore to nail down a spot all along, but the 11 ABs in ST necessitated that he start the season in AAA. Of course, no one expected Solartemania to run wild, so we’ll see how that affects things. Sizemore still has more upside than any of these guys and should stay.

        • mustang says:

          “Sizemore looked pretty good at first yesterday, though.”
          I guess you missed the play where he came of first to early, but he looked ok the rest of time.

          I agree on Anna and who knows 2 weeks is long way for the Ryan decision.

          “Sizemore still has more upside than any of these guys”
          Not sure on that one we have to start thinking about Solarte for real even if it’s just a bit. If you included spring training the guy has been hitting pro ball at .350 clips for almost 2 months.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

            I saw the play. I thought his foot was on the bag and, even if it came off, it was still a hell of an effort. Can’t knock him for that one.

        • mustang says:

          I agree on Anna and who knows 2 weeks is long way for the Ryan decision.

          “Sizemore still has more upside than any of these guys”
          Not sure on that one we have to start thinking about Solarte for real even if it’s just a bit. If you included spring training the guy has been hitting pro ball at .350 clips for almost 2 months.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

            Ryan apparently will be starting EXT soon, and it’s said he’ll need something resembling a full Spring Training to come back, meaning probably a full rehab schedule. Could still be at least a month. Lots of time for the chips to settle.

  6. your mom says:

    This game screamed Yankees loss, but somehow the team pulled through. Go figure.

  7. vicki says:

    thanks, ben.

    WPA Graph and stuff
    http://www.fangraphs.com/livew.....eason=2014

    video highlights and box score
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....8;mode=box

    updated standings
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings

    it takes a village.

  8. BrianMcCannon says:

    CC + the Trop = 10 – 2 Yankees win? Who would’ve thought?

  9. BigBlueAL says:

    Safe to say this was easily the most impressive win of the season so far.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Definitely. Even with how uneven CC’s been, this game felt over in about the 2nd inning, as the 5-4-3 triple play slammed the door.

  10. Dalek Jeter says:

    Cano finally hit his first homer this season for the Marniers. I miss seeing that swing on a regular basis…but if that’s the beard Cano’s going with, I’m so happy about the Yankee’s facial hair policy.

  11. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    You throw out a Cuban named Yasiel?

    I’ll raise you a Venezuelan named Yangervis.

    We all remember Vernon’s April heroics.

    But I’m now squarely in the Yangervis court. Give me a .270+ average at the end of the year and I will call his pickup a coup.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Got the guy for as many as nine (!!) years. If he can hit .260-.270 and take the occassional walk while playing passable to good defense at three IF positions, all for the cost of a minor league contract?

      It won’t quite be the Swisher trade or the pickup of Thames/Jones, but it will definitely rate a high mark for the MiLB scouting department.

      • mustang says:

        “will definitely rate a high mark for the MiLB scouting department.”

        I’m glad someone said this it’s early yes, but the Yankees MiLB scouting department needs to get some praise.

  12. Kenny says:

    In case anyone missed it, Aaron Judge hit his first home run of the season

  13. nycsportzfan says:

    I was just saying, that the offense haden’t even tipped the iceberg yet, and there next game, they lay a 10spot on Tampa, in Tampa!lol

    I’m telling yah, special things for this squad.

  14. nycsportzfan says:

    The Core4 FA signings are beasting as well. Tanaka, Beltran, and Ells, while McCann is raking lately.

  15. Get Phelps Up says:

    DoTF for y’all:

    AAA Scranton Game 1: 2-1 win over Buffalo

    Jose Pirela 2B: 1-3, RBI
    Zoilo Almonte LF: 0-3 BB, K
    Adonis Garcia 3B: 1-4
    Austin Romine C: 1-3
    Antoan Richardson CF: 0-3, R, BB, 2K

    Brian Gordon: 5.2IP, 2H, 4BB, 2K
    Matt Daley: 1.1IP, 2H, R, 3K
    Dan Burawa: 1.2 IP, 4BB, 3K
    Mark Montgomery: 0.1IP, K, SV

    AAA Scranton Game 2: 7-2 win over Buffalo

    Ramon Flores RF: 2-4, R
    Jose Pirela 2B: 2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
    Zoilo Almonte LF: 2-4, 2B, 2HR, 2RBI, K
    Corban Joseph 1b: 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB
    Antoan Richardson CF: 1-4, RBI, 3K

    Chase Whitley: 5IP, 2H, 2BB, 5K
    David Herndon: 2IP, 2H, 2R, HR

    AA Trenton: 5-3 win over Erie

    Gary Sanchez C: 1-4, K
    Kyle Roller 1B: 2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
    Rob Refsnyder 2B: 2-3, R,
    Taylor Dugas LF: 1-3, R, 3B, 2RBI, K

    Joel De La Cruz: 5.2IP, 6H, 2BB, 3K
    Aaron Dott: 0.2IP, 3R, 3BB, K
    Brandon Pinder: 1IP, K
    Diego Moreno: 1IP 2K, SV

    High A Tampa: 6-5 win over Daytona in 10 innings

    Jake Cave CF: 3-6, R, 2B, 2 3B, RBI, 2K
    Cito Culver SS: 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
    Eric Jagielo DH: 0-4, R, K
    DBJ 3B: 3-4 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
    Zach Wilson RF: 3-5, 2R, RBI

    Dan Camarena: 5.1I, 4H, 4/2 R/ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
    Kyle Haynes: 2IP, H, BB, K

    Low A Charleston: 8-7 win over Rome

    Tyler Wade 2B: 2-4, RBI, BB
    Aaron Judge RF: 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, BB, K
    Miguel Andujar 3B: 0-3, R, BB, K
    John Murphy 1B: 1-4, R
    Gosuke Katoh DH: 0-3, R, K

    Brady Lail: 5.1IP, 7H, 6/4 R/ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
    Cesar Vargas: 1.2IP, 2H, R, 2BB
    Stefan Lopez, 1IP, K
    Nick Rumbelow: 1P, 2K, SV

  16. Deep Thoughts says:

    Jeter visits the mound, says something to CC, and immediately the triple play happens. I guess the Captain called the play.

    I also love the fact that Sizemore picks a ball in the dirt to complete a triple play in his second inning of playing first base EVER. The legend grows.

    • Mikhel says:

      In one of the angles of the triple play the arm of Jeter can be seen high in the air while he is running towards CC as soon as the ball is getting to second base, like he knew it had a high chance of it being a triple play, pretty cool.

    • mustang says:

      I also heard that in the club house they ran out beer so Jeter turned the Gatorade cooler into keg of beer simply amazing.

  17. forensic says:

    Jordan Brink should live on forever on RAB!

    All of last season, the Yankees had 7 XBH’s in a game 4 total times.

    Already this season, they’ve done it 3 times.

    Such a more fun offense this season, as if that needed to be implicitly said.

  18. LarryM Fl says:

    I attended the game last night in my usual section. Third deck, box seat directly behind home plate. $22.00, Section 300; rows A-F, the parking cost more than the seat but enjoyable game except the Fxxxxn cow bells.

    CC top 90 one time, The difference between his fastball and change up was 5/6 mph. Price looked absolutely average. I was so surprised to watch the Yankee bats light him up.

    I can not defend Jeter’s range but he made some great backhand stops of hard hit grounders. Solarte made some excellent plays at third on hard hit grounders.

    Beltran’s collision with the wall in RF was scary. He hit and flipped over the wall dramatically.

    If Girardi can keep the old guys fresh with rest and the bench guys sharp with some playing time. This can be a good year for the boys from the Bronx. The offense looks marvelous.

    How long can Solarte play at the level that he is. No one has a crystal ball but its refreshing to see him making the most of his opportunity.

    This team makes me forget last year’s struggle for mediocrity with players that I rather not think about.

  19. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    So maybe, just maybe, CC can harness his location a bit and be just fine in the top to middle of a rotation that could feature two top guys under 26?

    Great game. Nice to see the bats come alive. Nice to beat up on Price every now and then. Those don’t look like the Rays we’re used to seeing overachieve thus far.

    • Mikhel says:

      If Kuroda keeps delivering, I say CC should be #2 with Tanaka #3 and Pineda #4.

      CC has a lot of talent and with his decrease in velocity he could be like an Andy Pettitte in the middle of the rotation facing not so good #3′s and #4′s starters, using his skills to mow down rival teams more with deceiving than overpowering fastballs.

      Tanaka’s and Pineda’s tests of fire will come next week when they face the redsox. Both of them had great games vs the cubbies, but now they’ll be pitching at fenway where Masahiro’s winning streak could end (technically it ended last year in the NPB finals, but leave it to ESPN/FoxSports/MLB Net to say “Tanaka-who? Mighty redsox end Masahiro’s streak”… ugh.

      I have my hopes high in that the game vs the Cubs McCann and Tanaka have finally understood each other and Brian now was calling perfectly the pitches Tanaka should throw, but then it could be that McCann knows the Cubs better than the AL lineups since he faced mostly NL lineups all his career and got to know their weaknesses.

      It would be awesome if that’s the case, but it would also be awesome if the Yanks still had Molina with them, McCann has not shown he can be better blocking the plate in pitches in the dirt than Molina, though he surely is better than R. Martin.

      I don’t feel too great about tomorrow’s game against Bedard, there’s something about pitchers trying to hang onto their last chance to be at the major league level that the Yanks can’t figure out, the last time they faced Bedard I think he had a good game.

  20. Let's Go Rangers! says:

    If by dental work you mean “busy watching the Rangers dismantle philly” then yes, Mike was getting dental work done.

    • Poconos Adam says:

      I was switching back and forth…..luckily I did not miss the triple play. Nice to see both NY teams play so well!

  21. New Guy says:

    Ok I don’t want to be the jerk here, but c’mon what is this? MIke has dental work done so we get a half assed quick summary on probably the most satisfying game of the season so far? And no DOTF on top of that? Isn’t there anyone other than Mike that could do this? “Hey man I have dental work all Thursday could you handle DOTF and the Game summary?” “Of course” I don’t know maybe its just me. I love coming into work drinking a coffee and reading these game recaps, and was obviously looking forward to reading this one… and I get that shit? THanks guys, now I have to go to ESPN and read their terrible, uninformed, and irrelevant articles. Damn you Andrew Marchand. Sorry, just wanted to vent. Hopefully your teeth are good now , Mike.

  22. Rick says:

    You guys really dropped the ball on my game thread, don’t be surprised when you don’t receive my check this month. Unbelievable – classy move to acknowledge there being no game thread when you certainly didn’t have to. Keep up the great work.

  23. Mikhel says:

    If Kuroda keeps delivering, I say CC should be #2 with Tanaka #3 and Pineda #4.

    CC has a lot of talent and with his decrease in velocity he could be like an Andy Pettitte in the middle of the rotation facing not so good #3?s and #4?s starters, using his skills to mow down rival teams more with deceiving than overpowering fastballs.

    Tanaka’s and Pineda’s tests of fire will come next week when they face the redsox. Both of them had great games vs the cubbies, but now they’ll be pitching at fenway where Masahiro’s winning streak could end (technically it ended last year in the NPB finals, but leave it to ESPN/FoxSports/MLB Net to say “Tanaka-who? Mighty redsox end Masahiro’s streak”… ugh.

    I have my hopes high in that the game vs the Cubs McCann and Tanaka have finally understood each other and Brian now was calling perfectly the pitches Tanaka should throw, but then it could be that McCann knows the Cubs better than the AL lineups since he faced mostly NL lineups all his career and got to know their weaknesses.

    It would be awesome if that’s the case, but it would also be awesome if the Yanks still had Molina with them, McCann has not shown he can be better blocking the plate in pitches in the dirt than Molina, though he surely is better than R. Martin.

    I don’t feel too great about tomorrow’s game against Bedard, there’s something about pitchers trying to hang onto their last chance to be at the major league level that the Yanks can’t figure out, the last time they faced Bedard I think he had a good game.

  24. Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

    Love when I have to miss the most decisive win of the year so far. Highlights were fantastic though.

  25. Masahiro Dinero says:

    “Solarte, who had doubled earlier, is now hitting .373/.448/.569. It’s hard to imagine it will last, but it’s been a fun ride.”

    Instead of tagging the obligatory “who knows if he can keep it up” line after every Solarte comment, why not just give it up for a kid who is having his day in the sun.

    It’s like having a friend that was once fat, and then lost a ton of weight, and every time you see them you have to lean over to the person sitting next to you and whisper out of the corner of your mouth “Yeah, she looks great, but you know she was really fat once”

    It just brings the discourse down a peg.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      No no no. It says that she’ll be fat AGAIN.

      Why did we automatically make this mythical friend female, anyway?

      I don’t mind the Yangervis qualifier, FWIW.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

        They had to have a gender because of English’s dumb lack of a word for “he or she”. I didn’t read anything into it. “They” is grammatically incorrect(Don’t cross Mr Dalek Jeter) and “Yeah, he or she looks great, but you know he or she was really fat once” would have been weird.

        I’ll admit though, up until the gender was specified, I assumed it would have been a “he”. I’m not sure that’s any better.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          Oh, I just thought it was funny and, of course, my mind is always going to wander a bit towards gender implications, etc. It’s how my mind is wired (by marriage.)

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

          “he or she.”

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

          “he.”

        • bpdelia says:

          Actually xe and xer are gender neutral pronouns that have arisen out of the sec positive gender studies discipline. It’s a bit annoying that there are two. Since, obviously the ideal gender neutral pronoun would not have any shades of gender specificity.
          As a result they have begun to be used to describe gender switches.

          But the idea is that there are many gender fluid people out there and you can comfortably use xe or xer or xe/xer when referring to that person.

          Sorry. Just figured I’d drop that on ya’ll.

      • Masahiro Dinero says:

        I’m just happy for the kid, like watching him play, and as a person who manages people I don’t like to qualify current success with past performance short comings.

        It’s a matter of framing… by using the phrase “it’s hard to imagine it’ll last” immediately implies a negative, whereas “I hope he can keep it up” connotes a positive. Both statements start with the assumption that the performance is above expected levels, but one carries undertones of future disappointment, while the other carries hopeful optimism.

        Haha, I dunno why the mythical friend turned out to be female… probably because my male friends for the most part don’t gossip, and my female friends *ALWAYS* talk about each other behind each others backs… so it was kinda subliminal.

    • deadrody says:

      Agreed. And I’ve been looking at his stats in the minors and they really don’t indicate that this is some crazy aberration.

      He had a fine year his first and only attempt at AA and then in his first year at AAA, was hardly bad. Good numbers, though maybe a year older than you would want for a “prospect”, but never outmatched.

      I don’t see why he can’t keep it up. Once you get going, its not always pre-ordained that will slow down. The real question would be, can he do it after a winter off ?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        No one is saying he can’t do just fine as utility player, and it’s completely within possibility that he could establish himself as an average regular on a team with no other choices.

        However, we’ve seen this movie many, many times, and this could go in a whole lot of different directions. I don’t see how acknowledgement of that brings down the discourse of the conversation.

        He’s hitting .373 this April. He is going to come down from that. If he doesn’t, and winds up winning the batting title with that line, no one is ever allowed to say a bad thing about Brian Cashman or Yankee scouting EVER again. EVER. I’ve got my goons ready.

  26. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    I just saw the highlights on Quick Pitch. They played Sterling’s call for Solarte’s HR.

    Oh. My. God.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

      Dare I ask?

      • Poconos Adam says:

        If you ever hear a “it is high it is far” call when Solarte was up, immediately turn the radio down, or stuff wads of old NY Post into your ears for 30 seconds.

        Yeah, that bad.

        • I Voted 4 Kodos says:

          It’s even worse than that.

          It’s the type of thing that I can never unhear. It almost makes me wish that he never goes yard again.

          Almost.

      • Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

        Something like, “Yangervis…never nervous!”

        Then he started to sing “Volare,” but with the obvious substitution of “Solarte.”

        The scary part about the latter is that I just found a YouTube clip where Benigno suggested that’s what Sterling do.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          Why do that, when you could just go full-on Greedo? Now THAT would be home run call. Either than or go full-on Jabba the Hutt.

          Or Chewbacca really. “It is high, it is far, it is gone! *Chewbacca grunts*”

        • Looser Trader Droids Kenobi FotD™ says:

          FotD™: Sterling sings the cancan and Suzyn dances it after a McCann home run

          • ropeadope says:

            Suzyn immediately placed on the 60 day DL.

            • Looser Trader Droids Kenobi FotD™ says:

              The scary thing is that he *does* sing the cancan. I can’t imagine what goes on in that booth, unseen over the radio waves.

              But man that Solarte call was epic. It’s now my ring tone.

  27. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    I was never really one to kick last year’s team too much when they were down but, seriously, is this not night and day right now? Every goddamn player on this team is so much more likeable and gives you the impression that better days are still ahead. Kudos to the organization. The always-maligned MiLB depth signings could turn out to be the best they’ve ever done. What a great team to watch thus far. They will have their losing streaks, I’m sure, and moments where they look about as bad as they look good now, but I really appreciate what I’m watching right now.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

      I know it’s early and SSS bla bla bla, but if this continues, I’m going to be insufferable to anyone who was a relentless negative nancy before the season began.

      After the world series hooplah dies down, of course.

      • Looser Trader Droids Kenobi FotD™ says:

        If it continues then we will have had a 2013 Red Sox-like level of good fortune and everything breaking right.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

          We can win the world series without a 2013 red sox like level of good fortune.

          I meant winning, more than the individual performances.

          • Looser Trader Droids Kenobi FotD™ says:

            Well we’ll have to disagree. If we win the WS we will have had literally everything break right for us this year.

    • Hawkeye says:

      And just to pile on (SSS acknowledged), there are now 9 Yankees with OPS’s higher than the Seattle 2nd baseman- including Gardner, Sizemore and Ichiro, even though the Seattle player hit his 1st HR last night. Good to see both Jeter and Roberts hitting and running well last night, McCann going opposite field and Soriano and Solarte continuing to hit.

  28. I'm One says:

    I’ll second (counts comments) eighth this. :-)

  29. @therealCC says:

    Hey Eddard -

    How about that game I just pitched?

    Shove it up your ass, hater.

  30. Axis of Mike says:

    I’m beginning to wonder seriously about Beltran’s vision. Did you see that shirt he was wearing in the interview?!

  31. will says:

    Delin was being squeezed in multiple at bats, check the pitch fx,

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