Bats come back to life in second game of doubleheader

Now that’s more like it. This “not getting a runner past first base” business wasn’t going to cut it, so the Yankees went back to doing what they do best in the night cap of Saturday’s doubleheader. They broke out the whoppin’ sticks and pounded the Orioles, which is what they should have been doing all weekend. To the bullet points…

  • Offensive star of the game was Curtis Granderson who clubbed two homers (one a three-run shot, the other solo) and now leads all of baseball with 38 dingers. Both came off lefties too, and his 13 left-on-left homers leads baseball by five. This is a guy that had 16 homers off lefties in his entire career before 2011. Pretty amazing season for Curtis.
  • Because two bombs from Grandy weren’t enough, the trio of Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, and Andruw Jones combined to go back-to-back-to-back in the sixth inning. Brian Matusz gave up Granderson’s first bomb as well as two-thirds of the back-to-back-to-back jobs, raising his season rate to 3.02 HR/9 (14 in 41.2 IP). He’s far too good for that, something’s seriously wrong there.
  • All the homers provided support for Ivan Nova, who was shaky in the early innings. He gave up exactly one run in each of the first, second, and third innings, and only three of the first 14 batters he faced in those three frames put the ball on the ground. That’s not Nova. He settled down and allowed just an infield single and a walk in the fourth through seventh innings before putting the first two men he faced in the eight on base. David Robertson came in, allowed a single to load the bases, then struck out the next three to escape the jam unscathed. He’s quite good at that. Very nice efforts from both guys (ten strikeouts combined), especially Nova after the shaky start to the game.
  • Everyone in the lineup but Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez had a hit (Gardner walked), plus Granderson, Tex, and Cano had multiple knocks. Seven of their eleven hits went for extra bases. Pretty nice rebound following the nonsense in the first game.
  • The Yankees are back to two games behind the Red Sox and 6.5 up on the Rays, so they’re sitting pretty right now. Could be better, but it’s not worth complaining about. Here’s the box score, here’s the advanced stats, and here’s the updated standings.

One more game left in the series, which will be played Monday night. Freddy Garcia will make his (hopefully) triumphant return from the disabled list against Jeremy Guthrie Alfredo Simon.

Jeter out with right knee contusion, he and A-Rod likely out Monday

Update (10:44pm): X-rays on the kneecap came back negative, but Jeter is unlikely to play tomorrow. In other news, Alex Rodriguez was unavailable tonight and is also unlikely to play tomorrow because his sore thumb is acting up again. The Yankees aren’t in a position where they need these two every single game, so let them rest up and get healthy.

Original (7:48pm): Derek Jeter was a very, very late scratch from tonight’s game because of a right knee contusion. He fouled a ball off his knee in the first game of the doubleheader, but managed to finish the game. Wasn’t all that hard to do since he was the DH. No idea on the extent of the injury, but hopefully it’s a day-to-day thing.

Sept. 8th makeup game with Orioles will be a day game

The September 8th makeup game with the Orioles will be played at 1:05pm ET, which is important because the Yankees have to be on the west coast the next day. Of course the Yankees don’t even want the game to be played on that date since it’s their only true off day of the month, but apparently neither the Orioles or MLB care enough to look into an alternative.

Game 131: Right back at it

Bart deserved better. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Yankees lost a rather annoying game to the Orioles this afternoon (didn’t get a runner past first base? really?), but the good news is they have a chance to make it up for it right away in the back-end of the doubleheader. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Brett Gardner, LF

Ivan Nova, SP

Despite ESPN’s Sunday night restrictions, the game will be available on both YES and If you want to listen on the radio, tune into WFAN 660 and not WCBS 880. They’re still covering Hurricane Irene on the usual station. Enjoy the game.

Update: Well, so much for that. Apparently the game is blacked out everywhere but YES. Those jerks.

Update Part Deux: Derek Jeter is a (very) late scratch. Gardner is leading off, Nunez is at short (batting ninth), and Eric Chavez is at third (batting eighth). Jeter fouled a ball off his leg in the first game of the doubleheader, so perhaps that stiffened up on him. I’ll update the post if we find out anything more.

GCL Yanks advance to title series with win

Triple-A Scranton was off because of Hurricane Irene. They played a doubleheader on Friday to make this game up in advance.

Double-A Trenton was off because of Irene. They were supposed to play a doubleheader on Saturday to make this game up in advance, but they only got the first game in. I have no idea when they’re going to make up the second game.

High-A Tampa (15-7 win over Brevard County)
Abe Almonte, CF: 1 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Kelvin Castro, 2B: 0 for 4, 1 R – left out of the party
Ronnier Mustelier, LF: 4 for 5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – 15-for-35 (.429) since coming off the DL
Kyle Roller, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Cody Johnson, DH: 3 for 5, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – those are his 185th and 186th strikeouts of the season (450 PA, so 41.3%)
Mitch Abeita, C: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB
Neil Medchill, RF: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – threw a runner out at second
Emerson Landoni, SS: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
Josh Romanski, LHP: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HB, 4-3 GB/FB – 13-1 K/BB in 13 IP since coming back down
Dan Burawa, RHP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – Clip’d the win, and he knows it
Ronny Marte, RHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GB/FB

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Colon strong, but bats disappear in loss to O’s

The first game of the post-Hurricane Irene era ended the same way as the last few games of the pre-Hurricane Irene era, meaning the Yankees lost, but it didn’t really look the same. Let’s recap…

  • For the first time in what feels like forever, the Yankees’ starting pitcher was fantastic. Bartolo Colon was dominant and efficient, cruising through the first six innings on less than 75 pitches while allowing just two baserunners (both hits). He held his velocity late into the game, pumping 94 mph gas to the last hitter he faced, and his two-seamer had its usual wrinkle and was effective to batters on both sides of the plate. Colon did give up a pair of runs, one each in the seventh and eighth innings, but two runs in 7.2 IP is plenty good in my book. No blame gets assigned to Big Bart this afternoon, and his effort was clearly a good sign for the future.
  • The offense though, where did it go? The Yankees did have five hits (three by Mark Teixeira) and a walk, but they didn’t get a single runner as far as second base the entire game. That’s the first time that’s happened since the Bryan Bullington game last year, which I’m sure you remember. Two double plays and Frankie Cervelli getting thrown out at second on a bloop single (not his fault, just an unfortunately play) will do that to an offense.
  • There’s really not much more to add here. Boone Logan retired the only batter he faced to clean up Colon’s mess in the eighth, and John Hirschbeck’s strike zone was huge but consistent for both teams. That’s pretty much it. Here’s the box score, here’s the FanGraphs’ stuff, and here’s the updated standings.
  • The Yankees have lost four of five games to the lowly A’s and O’s, and they’re 9-9 in their last 18 against mostly weak competition. That’s not getting it done, they needed to pad that wildcard lead during the last two weeks and didn’t do it at all. Tampa housed the Blue Jays, so they’re six back at the moment.

The second game of today’s doubleheader will begin at 7:35pm ET. For those of you worried about blackouts and what not, it’s been confirmed that the game will be available on both YES and WFAN 660 has the radio call, remember. Anyway, that game will feature Ivan Nova against Brian Matusz, and hopefully the offense shows up this time.

Game 130: After Irene

Hurricane Irene passed through Baltimore and NYC already, which is pretty nuts since the original forecasts said it would be a 30-hour event around here. I got off lucky, no power outage, nothing like that. If I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought it was just a thunderstorm. Like I said though, I got off lucky. There’s a lot of people that didn’t and are without power or have flooded basements or worse. Win it for them, Yanks. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Frankie Cervelli, C

Bartolo Colon, SP

The game starts at 1:35pm ET and can be seen on YES. If you’re going to listen on the radio, tune into WFAN 660, not the usual WCBS 880. WCBS is covering the hurricane.