Apr
20

Yankees escape Tampa with a split after 5-1 win over Rays in 12 innings

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Source: FanGraphs

After the way things went down on Friday and Saturday, it feels like a minor miracle that the Yankees escaped this four-game series with a split. They needed 12 innings and five (really six counting Vidal Nuno) relievers to beat the Rays 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. The good news is that the Yankees do not return to Tropicana Field until the middle of August, so we don’t have to see this house of horrors for another few months.

I didn’t see any of the game because I was out visiting family for Easter, but I did watch the highlights and flip through the play-by-play. That Dean Anna walk in the 12th inning looked like one hell of an at-bat, so I pulled it up on MLB.tv and sure enough, it was one hell of an at-bat. Nine total pitches, including three foul balls after being down 1-2 in the count. Great job by Anna. I’m so happy intentionally walking the bases loaded blew up in Joe Maddon’s face. By WPA (+.325), the walk was the Yankees’ biggest offensive play of the season by frickin’ far.

Nuno gave the Yankees exactly what they needed in his spot start, twirling five shutout innings and holding Tampa to three hits and two walks. He struck out six. A parade of relievers blew the one-run lead but otherwise held the Rays to three hits and three walks in seven innings. Big ups to Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, and Preston Claiborne for holding down the fort with multiple innings of work. After the last few days, this collective bullpen performance was very welcome.

From what I understand, there was some controversy on a would-be Brett Gardner triple that was ruled a ground-rule double. I guess Wil Myers trapped the ball against the wall, or something like that. I also understand the infield defense was a mess, and the three errors back that up. The Yankees fell victim to the new (and stupid) transfer rule for the first time in the seventh, when Brian Roberts bobbled the potential double play ball. The new rule says the fielder needs to catch the ball and make a clean transfer for an out. Supposedly that will soon change and go back to the way it was, as it should.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Apologies for the lack of an in-depth recap, but family and the holiday. You know how it is. The Yankees are off on Monday — Ivan Nova‘s partially torn UCL will be re-evaluated — and will then head to Boston for a three-game series against the Red Sox. Masahiro Tanaka and Jon Lester will start that series on Tuesday night. Fun!

Categories : Game Stories
  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Folk will talk about Nuno and Anna on here but, really, major kudos to Preston Claiborne, who may have put himself back on the map with this team with one simple appearance. He was starting to get some hard hits that second inning, but kept his composure and pulled through. Hopefully his talking about making mechanical adjustments with Scott Aldred in AAA hold true. Some solid middle relief is needed here.

    • Farewell Mo

      Yep. I think (and hope) the Yanks are gonna be all in on Hanrahan if he looked as good as reported.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        If he looks that good, I hope so. I’m sure there will be competition.

        Very happy to see Claiborne look good, though.

      • forensic

        I still just can’t get excited about Hanrahan. Even before his injuries he was struggling and lost his control. Madson is the one injury-reclamation project I would’ve been interested in, but I guess teams seem to be scared by his medicals (or something, I haven’t checked out MLBTR all that much recently, though I did see the stuff on Hanrahan).

    • nycsportzfan

      +1

  • Farewell Mo

    I can’t understand how Gardner was only awarded 2nd on that play. No friggin way Myers thought he caught that ball so IMO, Gardner ahould have been awarded an inside the park home run since he never stopped running.

    They rewarded Myers attempt at cheating not to mention how the heck can the umps miss that call when the ball clearly hit the wall a foot and a half above Myers glove.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Don’t know about giving him all four bases, but I was surprised they didn’t give him third base.

    • n0exit

      The UMPS missed the call you can’t penalise Myers for that. Also when the ball was caught I think Gardner was between first and second. I doubt he makes it to third if Myers throws it in as he would have if the UMP had called it right. What amazed me was Gardner’s comment that he thought he might be awarded all four bases. It shows how little the players understand about the system.

      • Farewell Mo

        Penalize Myers? I call bullshit if he thinks he caught that ball. He tried to fake out the umps so if he’s caught, it’s his problem. At the very least, Gardner should have been awarded 3rd.

        • n0exit

          He tried to fake out the umps so what? That’s an everyday thing. The ump made the wrong call otherwise Myers would have thrown to the cutoff man. I don’t know how you can award Gardner third, he wasn’t even on second when the ball was caught. It would have been a close play but you can’t expect to be awarded third.

          • dalelama

            Please adjust your dosage Gardner makes it to third easy. What I can’t understand is why Gardner still doesn’t know how to bunt and insists on doing his best Derek Jeter fielding “statue” imitation when on first late in close games.

          • Looser trader droids Kenobi FotD™

            He pulled up when he thought the ball was caught. Did you even see the angle on him? Running normally he makes it to 3B standing up.

      • Pineda Colada

        This! As fans we are kinda blinded by the facts. .If it were a regular play off the wall gardy had a double

        • Common Sense

          Gardner was already on second when Myers faked catching the ball. This isn’t the old system, with replay he knew it would be reviewed and he started running in like the inning was over causing irreparable harm to the Yankees position.

          The fact that he knew it wasn’t a catch, and he ran in, while the ball was still in play, combined with the fact that Garner kept running means at the very least it should have been a triple or HR.

          Because he tried to deceive the system, knowing if the call was overturned, it would create chaos, because that is the one play baseball doesn’t know what to do with yet, means the onus is of the Rays.

          • n0exit

            The ball is not in play once the Ump calls it out. the review system doesn’t get into moral judgments on a players action. If players were penalized for faking out umpires the game would descend into chaos. Also the umps called out before Gardner reached second. Its a fair call, everyone including the players and reporters thought so.

  • hogsmog

    Oh jeez how amazing would it be if Tanaka just laid the Sox out.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I think it could very well happen.

  • nycsportzfan

    We beat Tampa 10-2 and 5-1 around the beatdowns they gave us, and we were in there park. I’d say we leave dead even on the 4game set, which is kinda a loss for Tampa , because it was in there home park.

    Good job Boys.

    • Wheels

      their

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Thus begins tonight’s episode of “how dare u corect my grammer.”

        • Chip Rodriguez

          my grammer would smack Wheels if he corrected her.

        • nycsportzfan

          Thats because nobody cares. Your better speller then me, you win. How about those Yanks?

        • Deep Thoughts
      • W.B. Mason Williams

        Nobody likes you.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Nuno has earned himself another start. BGDP has proved himself too valuable to remove from the pen. Hasn’t given up a run since Toronto. The return of Robertson will move these guys down a slot where they belong. Thorton is the weak link. He doesn’t seem to do his one job, and he only has one job. With the two aces going vs Boston you have to like our chances to take that series.

  • forensic

    Hasn’t given up a run since Toronto.

    This isn’t even trolling. It’s just factually stupid and wrong. He gave one up on Friday.

    • forensic

      Reply fail. That’s what I get for bothering with Eddard…

      • Yangeddard Solarte

        Oh please. He gave up one single and then got hit in the ribs by a line drive so he had to come out of the game. Couldn’t finish his job and Thorton/Warren couldn’t hold it. The guy has been near perfect since his rough outing in Toronto, is that better if you’re going to be a nit about it.

        • nycsportzfan

          No different then Betances though, as hes getting in deep counts alot, and giving up some hits, and Betances is just giving up walks and no hits. Phelps has actually given up like 4walks to go with those hits. He’s been good, no doubt, but hes made things interesting quite a bit.

  • forensic

    The Gardner play wasn’t ruled a ground-rule double. It was ruled a double on the (reviewing) umpire’s discretion. It sucks, but from field level and 200+ feet away, I can understand the ump not quite clearly seeing it. I do think he absolutely should’ve been given a triple instead though. I just can’t go along with the people who say it should’ve been a homer.

    I think most everything else was beaten to death in the game thread, from Girardi’s bullpen management in the 7th to Thomson’s non-send in the 12th, and so on.

    • n0exit

      Based on where Gardner was when the ball was caught can you conclusively say he would have reached third if Myers threw it in. I think it would have been a close play at third and he probably would have made it but its far from certain. Based on that I’m okay with the double.

      • forensic

        He was basically at 2nd base already at the time that the ump would’ve signaled safe and Myers would’ve seen it. Yes, I think he would’ve pretty easily made it to 3rd even with a throw in.

        • n0exit

          If you watch closely you can see that myers is trotting back when Gardner is at second so what you’re saying is that the umps should have given Gardner third on the hypothetical throw. I cant buy that, it was a good call.

        • dalelama

          You are right someone else won’t admit they are wrong. Gardner makes third easy.

          • n0exit

            If your definition of easy is a close sliding play at third then yes you are right. Even Gardner said he expected to be given second. The dosage that needs to be adjusted is yours nor mine.

            • Looser trader droids Kenobi FotD™

              You need to stop. HE PULLED UP WHEN HE THOUGHT THE BALL WAS CAUGHT.

              He makes it to 3B standing up otherwise.

  • Wheels

    Oh Orioles.

  • Mikhel

    Happy easter Mike!

  • Darren

    Man it sucks to have no pitching depth. Not even a Wally Whitehurst at Triple A or anything. Yikes. Maybe Nova can try and pitch through it this year?

    • Mikhel

      “Not even a Wally Whitehurst at Triple A” hahaha 18 years after he played with the Yanks.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There are people actually starting and winning games at AAA, you know.

      • nycsportzfan

        Billings? There isn’t a Nova or Wang coming thats for sure, its a bunch of castoffs mostly.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          That’s what MiLB depth looks like. That’s what #8 starters look like.

          • nycsportzfan

            I’m just saying, not much gonna help, as far as starting pitching at Scranton. Alot of times, you’ll have a couple guys that are at least prospects of some sort, like when Nova,Nuno, Warren,Banuelos(before hurt), were there over the past yr or two.

            Not that its a big deal, just the way it worked out for the time being, but there isn’t even any type of prospect in that rotation, albeit, Shane Greene is there, but I don’t know if hes starting?

            I want nothing to do with Billings.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              How many of those guys were actually 8th or 9th on the depth chart?

              Adam Warren was of help his first major league start? you must not remember that start well.

              Vidal Nuno was about a season removed from the indie leagues.

              Billings has looked very good in AAA. I don’t trust that one bit, but he’s pitching well and probably remains in baseball so that he can make an emergency start and impress. Same with Brian Gordon. Same with Chris Leroux. Sometimes, these guys get a start or two in the majors when injuries take their toll. Sometimes, they actually win that game.

              I don’t think we necessarily get to Billings. I, for some reason, expect this team to be looking outside the org once we get past Nuno and Phelps.

      • TWTR

        Pitching is still the strength of this team. They have plenty of placeholders to be the 5th starter, which is what Nova was at this point, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Banuelos win the spot later on. Yet another reason why I wouldn’t trade him.

        • Farewell Mo

          ManBan just got rocked in A ball and the Yanks are gonna baby him all year long especially now with all these repeat TJ surgeries and James Andrews coming out saying he thinks the post op rehab programs are too aggressive.

          I think the earliest we see him is a cameo in September with a realistic shot at a spot in the rotation maybe all star break 2015.

          • n0exit

            If he gets to 130 innings this year then has a great spring next year he could possibly replace kuroda with some sort of pitch/innings limit like pineda.

          • TWTR

            I will take the under; August of this season. I think/hope that wants he gets some extended IP his stuff/approach will come together more quickly.

            I do agree that the idea that gained some currency a year or so ago, that TJ was becoming no big deal, has been shown to be wrong.

    • Dante’s Inferno

      Because he was pitching so well before the injury…

    • pat

      Didn’t our pitching depth just throw 5 scoreless today?

  • TWTR

    Best win of the season to this point.

    • nycsportzfan

      3-2 Sunday night game to take 3of4 from Boston was biggest to me.

      • TWTR

        That’s fair, but I think big wins gain increasing importance as the season wears on. More specifically, in this instance, I think the win was so important because they won the first game, blew the second game, may have lost a starting pitcher for the season, and then risked losing a series, and that would have forced them to go into Fenway with a three game losing streak.

        • nycsportzfan

          Its close for me, but getting the first right hook to the face of the Bosox by taking 3of4 at are place, on national TV, nips the series ender in Tampa. Taking 3of4 is so hard, let alone, against your nemesis.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Being the “nemesis,” and the game being on television, does not make the game matter more. It’s nice for fans, but whatever.

  • Tanuki Tanaka

    While I kinda wanted to watch the end there watching the whole game probably wouldnt be good for my psyche after the last two games. There were moments where I wouldnt have the guts to look if I was watching.

    sure feels nice to escape with a win there though. not sure what would happen if it went on longer than 12. not too confident in mitchell.

  • Kiko Jones

    How did I know Joe West was involved in that Myers/Gardner play? Ugh.

    Btw…

    There really is no solid explanation. I can’t stand here and say that the Yankees pitched that great. We just did not have a good offensive day.

    I think that’s the definition of “sore loser” Mr. Maddon.

    • mustang

      “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for..”

      Mr. Maddon Jedi Master

      • mustang

        Maybe Joe the reason you didn’t “have a good offensive day’ was because the Yankees pitched great just an idea dude

  • Wayne

    Still don’t like the fact that we put Bryan Mitchell in the bullpen. You can’t expect him to start later in the year if he is reliever for the next few months or weeks. That is the easiest way to hurt a guys arm !!! This is common sense!!! I don’t like the win at any cost mentality and not be concerned for the health of somebody who could be one of your best starters down the road and is only 23 years old and was starting to show dominance in aa especially when you have two aging starters and a third starter who is having tommy John surgery. Girardi’s mentality is shit we got Tanaka And Pineda and we will just sign free agents for everythingelse in the future rotation not to mention our position players are aging and we will Have to sign free agents for that eventually. You know that someone in the rotation is going to get hurt again Bryan Mitchell will be expected to start. Girardi did the same thing to Joba Chamberlain and everybody knows it!!! Vidal Nuno can start or relieve And is 27 And is not a big time prospect They should send Bryan Mitchell back to aa and keep him in the aa rotation. Girardi is stunting this kids growth as a
    starter and will send this guy to Dr. Andrews by seasons end!!!

    • forensic

      Um, you do realize there’s about a 100% chance that he’s sent back down to AA to start on Tuesday when Robertson is activated, right???

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        All the pitchers die young in Wayne’s World.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I still don’t understand how your dumbass schtick goes unnoticed. You should try misspelling every third word.

      • Looser trader droids Kenobi FotD™

        I think it has to do with the lack of paragraphs.

  • Wayne

    If Bryan Mitchell remains a starter for rest of the year I will shave the hair on my legs!

  • Mick taylor

    Another Joe west screwing . If there hadbeen no instant replayon gardner’s ball, yankswould have lost out on that play. Another Joe west umped series yanks did not win

  • mike

    with Tanaka lining up against Lester,it looks like Tanaka is the no. 1 starter

  • LarryM Fl

    I was hoping for a split of the series after games two and three were completed. Its kind of ironic that two lefties who have mostly sub 90′s fastballs but good command of their breaking pitches, won.

    If Nova is done for a protracted period or the season. I would give Nuno a good shot at the rotation spot. He seems to have the batters off stride, balance whatever enough to keep us in the game.

    I hope they are keeping stats on plays that are overturned and the umpire. They probably are but report card will not be forthcoming is my thought.

  • mustang

    Reading some these comments makes me wonder if we all are even watching the same sport let alone the same team.

    • mustang

      Just a few examples:

      “They have no depth pitching…” “the pitching they have in AAA is a bunch of castoffs”

      That non-pitching depth had 14 strikeouts on Sunday. The Rays had to rollout Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos asks them about pitching depth.
      On the “castoffs” has anyone seen the Yankees infield of late?
      “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses
      yearning to pitch and play the infield…”

      • mustang

        “They have no pitching depth…”

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          You forget that unless we have Cliff Lee and King Felix as our #6/#7 guys, Cashman failed.

  • fred robbins

    why is Joe West still allowed to do so many big games? he is a callous and self righteous and indignant and hates the Yankees and he is a lousy umpire. I thought there were videos of all their games now and accountability?

    Has Thorton retired any batter yet? I did see him throw a 94-95 fastball to someone a few games agon- but it seems he gives up hits or walks to the one or two batters he comes in to get out.

    He is the worst of the lot in the pen…how do you trust him to come in and get a big out anymore?

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      “but it seems he gives up hits or walks to the one or two batters he comes in to get out. ”

      Yeah, this is where stats help you. You know, people who watch the game and write shit down instead of just trying to remember everything, often incorrectly as you’re doing here.