Yanks grab fourth straight win with 7-0 shutout of Athletics

DotF: Opening Day rained out in Staten Island
The Yankees, the Rangers, and different ways of falling short


Source: FanGraphs

Four straight wins! It’s been a while since they’ve done that. Almost exactly a month, in fact. Since the Mets and Pirates series. The Yankees rode a quality pitching performance and some well-timed base hits to a 7-0 win over the powerhouse Athletics in the first game of their weekend series on Friday night. Let’s recap the dubya:

  • Strike First: Early runs have become something of a habit on this road trip. I approve. Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury opened the game with three straight singles for a quick 1-0 lead, then Mark Teixeira followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Just like that, boom boom boom (boom), the Yankees had the lead. A single (Brian Roberts), a walk (Kelly Johnson), and another single (Gardner) led to the team’s third run an inning later. Six of the first ten men they sent to the plate reached base against Sonny Gray.
  • Two-Hit Wonder: David Phelps had some early breathing room, and he must have been real comfortable because he carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Derek Norris broke it up with a single to left. Phelps allowed a double to Jed Lowrie in the seventh to end his night. His final line: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K. Very, very nice. I thought it was the best he looked all season both stuff and location wise. The Yankees have been getting some very good starting pitching of late and Phelps kept it going Friday.
  • Strike Second: Tack-on runs? What is this sorcery? The Yankees scored … ready for this? … four runs in the eighth inning to make a comfortable lead a really comfortable lead. All four runs were driven in with two outs too. Ichiro Suzuki (infield single), Roberts (single), and Johnson (single) had the key hits. These late extra runs are something the club has not been able to get at all this year. It was refreshing to watch the rally unfold.
  • Leftovers: Ellsbury’s first inning single extended his hitting streak to 17 games. That’s the longest by a Yankee since Robinson Cano in 2012 (23 games) … Dellin Betances and Jose Ramirez combined to record the final seven outs (three strikeouts). Hooray for homegrown arms. Include Phelps in that too … Carlos Beltran was the only starter without a hit while Gardner, Jeter, Ichiro, and Roberts all had two apiece … the 12 hits were the team’s most since the middle game of the Twins series at the end of last month. They went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

For the box score and video highlights, head over to MLB.com. FanGraphs has some additional stats and ESPN has the updated standings. These same two teams will play the second game of the series on Saturday night — yes, a 10pm ET start on a Saturday. I can’t wait for California to break off and sink into the ocean — when veterans Hiroki Kuroda and Scott Kazmir get the ball

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DotF: Opening Day rained out in Staten Island
The Yankees, the Rangers, and different ways of falling short
  • RetroRob

    A win Saturday takes the series. If they do that we’ll be greedy and want the sweep, but let’s hope they get there to go for the sweep!

  • Kosmo

    1 more win this weekend would give NY a very good 6-3 roadtrip. After the Oakland series NY has 15 straight games within their own division.

  • Brandon

    Very encouraging start by Phelps tonight. Obviously we’ll need CC and/or Pineda to have any bit of hope beyond the regular season, but Phelps and Whitley could be fine enough at the backend behind Tanaka and a resurgent Kuroda

    • Kosmo

      maybe you´ve heard ? Pineda is out until at least August and CC sometime after the ASG. Yanks can´t count on either to return to form. Better NY find a SP via trade to safeguard against lack of performance and the possibility of another injury to the current starting 5.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      I’m more concerned with getting CC back for the regular season. He isn’t shutdown that I want him first in the playoffs, but he still really sucks up innings.

  • nycsportzfan

    It seems almost every day its a home grown pitching win for the Yanks. You gotta love that.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Looks like we caught the A’s at the perfect time. A lot of their bats are slumping. Hopefully it keeps up for 2 more days and we can get the hell outta Dodge.

    Nice game by Phelps – but let’s not be fooled. The A’s went bat-dead in Anaheim somehow.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    I am also interested in seeing California sink into the ocean.

    • Kosmo

      What a weird statement to make.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Hey man, I like California.

      *playground shove*

  • Paisa

    Missed the game tonight because I was at Dodger Stadium, so I had to settle for the mlbtv condensed game (those things are fantastic).

    Man, this is a different lineup when Jeter is hitting. I’m not sure if the numbers or the logic backs me up on this, but it sure feels that way.

    Also, good to see that Tex is continuing to make solid contact from the left side. Now if only they can get Beltran back up to speed they may just have a nice little lineup that can get on a run.

    Finally, I was a bit surprised to see that Kelly Johnson was in the lineup. I didn’t realize he knew how to play baseball.

    Good win. KeepItRollin’

    • mustang

      “Man, this is a different lineup when Jeter is hitting”

      THIS!!

      • Jimmy

        40 hits behind Yaz & 51 behind Honus Wagner. How cool will that be when he passes those two? Hard to appreciate in the day-to-day context.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          There’s a lot of debate to Wanger’s true hit total. I’ve seen as low as 3,415 and as high as 3,430. Personally, I think it should be 3,430.

          • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

            Haha. “Wanger”

    • TCMiller30

      If Jeter is hitting, it means the other teams pitcher isn’t throwing very well, so the rest of the team should rake as well.

      Mostly kidding, but I do think in general, the lineup would still look better with him hitting at the bottom, but that doesn’t really matter/is never going to happen. Enjoying the win streak!

  • mustang

    Great win these kid starters have really kept the Yankees a float with all the injuries to the rotation. Not bad from organization that can’t develop starting pitching.
    Still once again Jeter’s ego has to take over. How dare he actually start hitting so people here can’t complain about dropping him in the line-up just unbelievable!

    A little sidebar while I was looking at MLBTR:
    “Drew is off to a rough start and is currently sidelined with an oblique injury”
    Enough said!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Must be some other Drew.

      • mustang

        Its’s Jeter fault.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Bat him 12th. Also, they would have scored 84 runs if Kyle Roller was promoted.

          • mustang

            Yes, but the real future of the Yankees is in a test tube combo of Ruth and Mantle DNA.
            Now that team is what we should really be thinking about.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Lies, all lies.

      Haven’t you seen that Boston is now leading the division, and the Yankees are still 7 games behind the Sox, ever since they signed the Magic Drew?

      It’s just a typo on mlb.com

  • Jacoby Eddardsbury

    BGDP was brilliant. There were a lot of people saying he wasn’t a starter and just like Jeter, he proved them all wrong. A Tanaka like performance for BGDP.

    I said they’d go 7-3 on the road trip and it looks like we’re headed for just that, except 6-3 because of the rain out. They would have won that rain out game in KC.

    The team is firing on all cylinders and I thought they would get going out West. This club is better suited to play in these big ballparks out West than YS.

    • Jacoby Eddardsbury

      And I’m on record as saying Jacoby would get his hit streak up to 40 and threaten Joe D. 17 and counting.

  • Bronx Boy

    Got wrapped up in that intense and ultimately heart-breaking double overtime Stanley Cup game. Checking the Yankees 8th inning was a welcome soul balm.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    So do we like them again?

    • mustang

      At 9:01am on 6/14/14 YES

      At 9:02 it might change.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        They’ve both been the most likable, and most unlikable, team to the same folks this year. I just wanted a read of the “do we like them again?” barometer.

  • John C

    Great win and great outing for Phelps. Only downer tonight is Rangers losing. Gave it all they had but Kings were just a better team

  • The Other Matt

    Mike hit on the head, last night was refreshing to watch. Early runs, good pitching, solid defense, and some tack on runs towards the end. Phelps looked pretty good last night, 3 walks in 6.2 IP still isn’t great, but the fact that I’m “complaining” about that show’s that I’m nitpicking and just how good he was last night. Looks like the Captain is really starting to come around again, huh? Some of his hits have been some seeing eye singles with eyes, but he has had some ABs of late where he has hit the ball with, dare I say, some authority. Ells has been on a role for a while, and when you add Gardner getting on base at the top of the lineup it sets the table perfectly.

    I’ll be interested in seeing what the lineup looks like tonight. I know Girardi said he plans to catch McCann all three games of this series, so there’s that. I think Beltran needs a day off. Obviously, he has been struggling for the most part since he’s gotten back – and was struggling prior to going on the DL. But aside from that, he has been in the lineup in every game since he has been back, and I know it’s just the DH spot but I think he can use a day. I figure since Girardi said the RF spot is essentially a platoon spot between Soriano and Ichiro, Soriano will be in the lineup against Kazmir – though his numbers against him aren’t that good, to put it mildly. Ichiro, on the other hand does have good numbers against Kazmir, though I know certain people say take it with a grain a salt because Kazmir isn’t the same pitcher as he was before. If Gardner and Ellsbury will be in the lineup, which I would assume they will be, then I think it would be beneficial to give Beltran the day-off with Soriano being the DH and Ichiro in right.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      The day Beltran gets off Jeter should be the DH.

  • fred robbins

    Is this a mirage, or is it ok to be hopeful again? I noticed KJ at 3rd base and contributing and no errors. I would like to see him at 3rd a little more often, and see what he can contribute with a few more at bats on more consistent basis.

    I think we got lucky with Phelps and the runs- wow, that sure helped out. But, I would rather seem them stick with Phelps before trading one of the younger players like Murphy. A win with Phelps on the hill means things are going their way- finally. It sure is nice.

  • phil

    This is off subject but when Will Nova be back next year? He had TJ surgery in late April. Recovery time is 12 months…how many months after will he need to be back in the rotation? Thinking July 1st?

  • CountryClub

    Great win last night.

    With the not so surprising news about CC and Pineda, I’ll be very surprised if the Yanks don’t make a trade for a veteran pitcher. I’m not even talking about an ace type guy, but just a reliable back end pitcher.

    Whitley has already thrown 60 innings this yr (including AAA). His high in the minors is 91 and that was in 2011. Let’s be conservative and say he gets 18 more starts this yr and that he averages 6 innings per start. That’s another 108 innings. I don’t see them letting him throw 168 innings in his first yr as a starter. Then of course you have the unpredictability of Phelps and Nuno. CC is obviously no sure thing and Kuroda is still a small question mark because of his age.

    They really need at least 1 more reliable pitcher.

    • ChucIt

      Thoughts on last night:
      Was that really David Phelps or was it a “Stepford”Yankee?
      To the “JETER’S DONE” bandwagon- still think so?
      Finally-Heath Bell? Looking to trade from bullpen for a top line starter? Bigtime need even before Pineda mess.

  • Patrick

    Mike’s line about California sinking into the ocean brought back memories of Steely Dan singing ‘My Old School’,circa 1973:

    “California tumbles into the sea
    That’ll be the day I go
    Back to Annandale”

    Good old Bard College.

    ps… Phelps was awesome last night.

    • rogue

      Steely Dan rules!

  • rogue

    No extra base hits. Seven runs. 4 straight wins on the road (all against teams with winning records). This is great baseball!!!

    No more waiting for HRs to generate 90% of the offense. This is the direction I want to see the Yankees take. Is it perfect? No. The Beltran signing looks like a dud. Moreover, they play in a home park that is unsuitable for the current roster. That said, if this team can somehow sneak into the playoffs, they could be dangerous.

  • http://riveravenueblues mississippi doc

    Robertson, Warren, Betances, Phelps, Nuno, Whitely, Ramirez, and Nova all came from our minor league system that can’t produce any major league players. Take that all you naysayers.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Been correcting this ad nauseum. Nuno did NOT come up through the Yankee system. If you’re using the caveat that at some point a player played in our minor leagues, you might as well add Scott Sizemore and Heath Bell.

      We didn’t draft Nuno.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        He’s neither or, though.

        He was signed out of the independent leagues, then succeeded in our system. He’s an example of a lot of things going right, even if he’s not the right example for this scenario.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I think everyone agrees that they develop pitchers pretty well. It’s the position players where they fall short.

  • ChuckIt

    That’s because they trade top position player prospects.