Aug
06

Yankees lose battle of the bullpens, fall 4-3 to Tigers in 12 innings

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Source: FanGraphs

Bah, that was an annoying loss. The Yankees simply ran out of good relievers in the 12th inning — really the 11th inning, but they survived that — and dropped a very winnable game to the Tigers after holding a multi-run lead. No fun. The final score was 4-3. Let’s recap with bullet points since I got home late:

  • One, Two, Three Runs: David Price was making his first start for the Tigers, but the Yankees have seen him plenty of times before, so there wasn’t much “facing the new guy” hype. The Yankees got to him for one run in the second (Brian McCann solo homer), the third (Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in Brendan Ryan), and the fifth (Martin Prado solo homer) before Price settled down and retired 14 of the final 17 men he faced. He struck out ten, walked none, and allowed the three runs on eight hits in 8.2 innings.
  • Out of Gas: It seemed like Hiroki Kuroda flat out ran out of gas in that seventh inning, when the Tigers rallied to tie. He gave up a quick run in the first on two singles and a sac fly, then settled down and retired 14 straight until Andrew Romine took him deep leading off the sixth. The seventh inning rally was an infield single (Victor Martinez) and two outfield singles (Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila) to tie game. Kuroda allowed three runs in seven innings and was gone after only 91 pitches. Given his recent history of late-season fades, that’s not exactly encouraging.
  • Battle of the Bullpen: Hands down, my favorite moment of the night was Dellin Betances vs. Miguel Cabrera. Miggy got ahead in the count 2-0 but Dellin got him to swing and miss at the next three pitches, the last a 100 mph heater on the outside black. I needed a cigarette after that. It was wonderful. Betances, Shawn Kelley, David Huff, and Esmil Rogers combined to allow just one base-runner in 3.2 innings. Rich Hill hit the only batter he faced and eventually Matt Daley served up the game-winning homer to Avila. He’s allowed four homers in 14.1 innings this year. The bullpen has been worked very hard of late and at some point the crack in the dam was going to break open. It happened in the 12th. That’s life.
  • Leftovers: So how about that infield defense? Chase Headley made several excellent plays, Brendan Ryan and Derek Jeter both made nice lunging catches (Ryan bobbled his but still caught it), and Mark Teixeira made a few nice scoops at first. The defense is so, so much better than it was earlier in the year … the Yankees didn’t have a hit after Carlos Beltran‘s leadoff single in the ninth. They had two runners reach scoring position in the final seven innings (Prado’s leadoff double in the seventh, Ichiro Suzuki‘s stolen base with two outs in the ninth) … Prado and Ellsbury each had two hits while Brett Gardner, Teixeira, and Headley went a combined 0-for-14. Headley hit a ball to the wall off Joe Nathan in the 12th. I thought it was gone off the bat, but alas.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights — go watch the highlights if only to see Dellin fan Miggy again — while FanGraphs has some other stats and ESPN has the updated standings. The Orioles beat the Blue Jays and both the Mariners and Royals won, so the Yankees are six games back in the AL East and one game back of Toronto for the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs has their playoff odds at 19.1%. Chris Capuano and Justin Verlander will be the pitching matchup on Wednesday night, in the third game of this four-game set.

Categories : Game Stories
  • BKamm

    Chamberlain got 4 outs, 2 K’s and hit Jeter. He had a good night.

  • Yanks101

    will there be a dotf tonight mike?

    • BKamm

      Man, I always enjoy that.

  • Argenys

    Unless Esmil is pitching for Phelps I don’t understand removing him from the game considering how he was pitching and the fact that he pitched 3 innings last time out. Damn the binder.

    • n0exit

      Many questionable pitching calls today from Joe. Really disappointed with his management this year after a great year last year he’s made quite a few mistakes this season.

      • nycsportzfan

        Joe Girardi is probably Manger of the Yr in the AL this yr. Hes been brilliant.

        • Argenys

          Overall yes, we owe our record to him, we have outplayed our peripherals. But he has made some mistakes to cost us games, but he’s made more good decisions than bad.

          As a separate note it’s frustrating knowing that every loss since the all-star game was easily winnable.

          • bbb51

            Outplaying peripherals doesn’t automatically mean it’s due to good management.

          • TWTR

            We owe our record to Tanaka.

        • n0exit

          Hahah what? Manager of the year? No way. More like most disappointing manager of the year.

          • Deep Thoughts

            You obviously don’t watch a lot of Mariners games or Angels games or Dodgers games or Diamondbacks games.

            • n0exit

              No I think you misunderstand. He’s not bad. Certainly not that bad. But he was so good last year and this year I can recall several games, some where he gave up the dh for little gain, others where the weirdest bullpen decisions were made and questionable lineup decisions were made that were just weirldy below his standard of management. He’s better than this. Hence disappointing not necessarily bad.

        • pete22

          I think Joe does a reasonable job with the pitching, although how much credit goes to him or Rothschild I do not know. As for filling out a lineup card and batting order, I can’t say he has done a very good job. Also, he loses points if Robby Thomson is his choice for 3B coach

  • Dalek Jeter

    Well, I didn’t think we’d sweep a four game series against the Tigers…so come back and win tomorrow and Thursday and I’ll be more than okay with losing against an 8 and 2/3rds inning against price.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Obligatory “Thornton wouldn’t have given that up.” comment.

    • pete22

      Thornton might have got a few outs and delayed Daleys entry into the game.

  • tj

    So now u have to log in to comment? Anyhow Sanchez and judge and bird all homered tonight

  • TWTR

    Turn the page.

  • Yanks101

    So is there gonne be a dotf thread or not? and if not what happened? besides them homering

    • n0exit

      Omg, if you’re this committed go check out the box scores. Milb.com has all the info, otherwise, just check back tomorrow.

      • Yanks101

        wow no need to be a douche I like reading mikes thoughts and commenting with other bloggers on the future of the yanks

        • Argenys

          I think he only had that tone because you requested the same thing within 20 minutes as a separate new comment. Basically unnecessary.

  • RetroRob

    The advantage of being on the other side of the Atlantic this week is I avoid seeing painful losses, only have to read about them in the morning!

    As for logging in, I thought maybe it was because I was on a mobile device. I guess not. Seems some people have been bad boys and girls.

    • pete22

      On the wrong side of the Pacific these painful losses ruin my mornings and lunch

  • nycsportzfan

    Aaron Judge , Jagielo, and Bird all went yard for baby bomber affiliates.

  • dkidd

    tough loss, but the team is a thousand times more entertaining than a month ago

    • Argenys

      No question, feels like we always have a chance now. We are playing better defense and have a lengthened lineup, with a dominant backend bullpen.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Seriously. Lots less “sigh….guess it’s Nuno’s start tonight,” or “sigh…we gave them four outs again.”

      • pete22

        Main problem has been the offense all year. Some good signs there, but pitchers like Scherzer and Price masking them.

    • pete22

      Sigh, but that team had Tanaka

  • ZachA

    Kuroda’s dominance in the third inning continues.

    ERA by inning

    1st: 4.70 ERA
    2nd: 3.52 ERA
    3rd: 1.57 ERA
    4th: 5.09 ERA
    5th: 4.91 ERA
    6th: 3.79 ERA
    7th: 4.91 ERA
    8th: 5.40 ERA

    • Argenys

      All those first inning runs are getting frustrating.

  • Joe Stretch

    Sucks they couldn’t pull this one out. Beating Scherzer and then Price on back to back nights would have been a nice thing to have.

    What the hell, Joba?

    • TWTR

      If it’s the beard, let McCann grow his back.

      • pete22

        I do believe some players feel emasculated when they must shave the beard off, especially those with double chins.

        Have some grooming standards so you don’t have messes like Joba and some of the Red Sox beards last year, but lighten up on a policy that seems to have little value.

        Not a beard fan myself though so no hair off my chin if they don’t.

  • bbb51

    Girardi left Kuroda in too long. He looked great early but you could see him losing it. Betances should have been soft tossing when the inning started. Girardi knew the pitch count. He’s 39 years old. They for the most part don’t have pitchers that can often go deep in games. If they can find more good relievers they should get them, they will be needed.

  • ropeadope

    Michael

    Thank you much for your help tonight, I know you got in late.

    As to the game, obviously a frustrating loss. But good signs even in a losing effort. Corner infield defense is eons better with Headley’s arrival, and Tex back in the lineup. Offense is more competitive. We faced two of the toughest pitchers in the universe the last two nights, split the games, and were right there in the one we lost. If the pitching holds up until Pineda and (hopefully) Tanaka return, I see October baseball for the Yankees this year.

  • vicki.

    i really wanted these first three v. the tigers; for all the obvious reasons, but also because i had “cy’s doesn’t matter” queued up.

    very disappointed.

    • Tom

      That’s a good enough line that if they win tomorrow and take 2 out of 3 in that stretch it’s probably worth whipping out (so to speak)

    • ropeadope

      lol lol lol

      I saw the comment before the name and knew it could only be one person. Only you Miss V. I’m losing my innocence quickly hanging out here.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Well, we can always have the joke “2 out of 3 will say ‘cy’s doesn’t matter.'”

  • pete22

    41 of the last 50 games against playoff teams or teams who are within 5 games in the loss column from the 2nd WC

    6 if the 9 losers games against the Red Sox who always seem to play us tough

    If a team like the Mariners who have 16 games against losers goes on a run, nothing we can do since we don’t play them. Fortunately they have 13 games against the A’s and Angels

  • Farewell Mo

    Gotta say I’m a little concerned throwing Capuano against this offense.

    • blake

      Best hope is that Miggy was so excited to face Cap that he couldn’t sleep last night and he has to sit out due to fatigue

    • MTU

      Maybe his slop will throw them off Jamie Moyer style.

  • blake

    Martin is keen? Come on Sterling……you can do better than that

  • MTU

    Once the Yanks failed to capitalize before their pen ran out you pretty much knew what the result was gonna be.

    That said, I’m seeing a different Team out there now.

    A much tougher Team.

  • http://Riveraveblues austinmac

    I have never been a Thornton fan, but Daley is far worse. That loss is at least partially attributable to the desire to cut the payroll. Why weaken the best part of the team?

    • trr

      Question is, why was Daley the call up?

  • Jayfoot

    Still baffles me how in the ninth inning, in a tie-game with a runner on first (Beltran) and the defense playing that massive shift against McCann that he doesn’t just turn in the box and drop a bunt.

    The SS was playing 15 feet from second base – if you cannot just turn and give yourself up and bunt down the third base line why play a team game.

    Shame on McCann, Shame on Giradi.

    • trr

      Jay, bunting is one of the nuances of the game that have largely disappeared.

      • Jayfoot

        I realize that but as the game progresses and you see these huge defensive shifts and teams daring people to just bunt…you know what teams should do…JUST BUNT.

        Get in the batting cage and start practicing bunting…100-500 times a day. Just like everything else in baseball it is a skill that can be improved.

        Runner on 1st and the defense overshifts – bunt and make it runners on 1st and 2nd, let the guy behind you do the damage.

        If McCann had squared to bunt and Beltran had taken off to steal there is a good chance we are looking at 1st and 3rd with no outs. You force teams to make plays and that is when an error is most likely to happen.