Thursday, April 23, 2015

New York Mets winning streak extends to ten games



The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 3-2.  Dillon Gee started and pitched ok and the bullpen was good.  Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores each had two hits. 

Gee pitched seven innings giving up eight hits and two runs with a walk and three strikeouts.  Sean Gilmartin pitched 2/3 of an inning walking two batters, Buddy Carlyle pitched to one batter and retired him and picked up his first win of the season and Jeurys Familia pitched an inning with a strikeout and picked up his seventh save of the season. 

Eric Stults pitched six innings giving up four hits nad one run with five strikeouts.  Cody Martin pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout, Jim Johnson pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run with three walks and Brandon Cunniff pitched 1/3 of an inning. 

John Mayberry Jr. had a hit, Curtis Granderson drew a walk and Juan Lagares had a hit.  Duda had two hits and an RBI, Eric Campbell had a hit and drew a walk, Kevin Plawecki drew a walk and Flores had two hits and two RBI.  Campbell hit a double and Mayberry hit a triple.  Flores hit a homerun.  The Mets were 2-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. 

Eric Young Jr. had a hit, Alberto Callaspo had a hit and an RBI and Nick Markakis had a hit.  Freddie Freeman drew a walk, A.J. Pierzynski had three hits and drew a walk, Kelly Johnson had a hit and Andrelton Simmons had a hit and an RBI.  Jace Peterson drew a walk, Pierzynski hit a double, Young Jr. hit a triple and the Braves were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Peterson committed an error. 

In the second Simmons hit an RBI single to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.  In the bottom of the second Flores hit an RBI single to tie the game at one.  The Braves took the lead back in the fifth on a Callaspo sac fly to make it a 2-1 game.  The Mets tied the game in the seventh on a Flores solo homerun and then took the lead in the eighth for good on a Duda RBI single which made it 3-2 and that was the final score. 

The Mets will go for the three game sweep and the homestand sweep on Thursday afternoon.   

The New York Yankees win second in a row in Detroit



The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.  The game took place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan and the final score was 13-4.  Adam Warren started and after a bad first inning was good.  The bullpen was very good and Chris Young had three hits and Mark Teixeira hit his team leading fifth homerun. 

Warren pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up five hits and four runs with four walks and three strikeouts.  Warren won his first game of the season.  Justin Wilson pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a walk and striking out two, David Carpenter pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out two and Chasen Shreve pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. 

David Price took his first loss of the season pitching 2 1/3 innings giving up ten hits and eight runs with three walks and two strikeouts.  Agnel Nesbitt pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two htis and two runs with one of them being earned.  Nesbitt also struck out one batter, Ian Krol pitched two innings walking two and striking out two and Al Alburquerque pitched an inning giving up two hits and three runs with a walk and a strikeout.  Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect inning and Tom Gorzellany pitched an inning giving up a hit. 

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and an RBI, Young had three hits and Alex Rodriguez had a hit and drew two walks.  Teixeira had a hit and three RBI with a walk, Brian McCann had two hits and an RBI, Carlos Beltran had two hits and an RBI and Chase Headley had two hits and two RBI.  Gregorio Petit had a hit and three RBI and drew two walks, Didi Gregorius had a hit and two RBI and drew a walk and Petit, Gregorius and Young each hit a double.  Beltran and Headley each hit a triple and Teixeira hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 7-17 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.  Gregorius committed an error. 

Anthony Goes drew a walk, Miguel Cabrera had a hit and drew a walk and Victor Martinez drew a walk.  Rajai Davis had a hit, J.D. Martinez had an RBI and drew a walk, Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and an RBI and Nick Castellanos had an RBI.  Alex Avila had a hit and an RBI, Jose Iglesias had a hit and drew a walk.  The Tigers werre 2-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Cespedes committed an error and Iglesias committed an error. 

McCann hit an RBI single in the first, Headley hit an RBI single and Petit hit a three run double to make it 5-0 Yankees.  Ellsbury hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 6-0 all in the first inning.  In the bottom of the first the Tigers came back with four runs.  J.D. Martinez had an RBI walk, Cespedes had an RBI single, Castellanos grounded into a force out and Avila hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 6-4.  In the second Beltran hit an RBI triple followed by a Headley RBI triple to make it 8-4.  I don't know if I have ever seen back-to-back triples and if I have it was a long time ago.  In the fourth the Yankees extended their lead to 10-4 on a Gregorius two run double.  Teixeira capped the scoring with a three run homerun in the seventh and it was 13-4. 

The two teams will complete their series with a Thursday afternoon game.  Masahiro Tanaka will face Anibel Sanchez.  The Yankees will look to take the series three out of four and the Tigers will try to earn the split in the series.  The Yankees will then head home after a long ten game road trip and they will face the New York Mets.  The Yankees with a win could also have a great 7-3 road trip.   

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New York Yankees bounce back with win in Detroit



The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.  The game took place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan and the final score was 5-2.  Nathan Eovaldi started for the Yankees and pitched great.  Chris Young led the offense with three hits. 

Eovaldi pitched seven innings giving up eight hits and a run with a walk and four strikeouts.  Dellin Betances pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts, Chris Martin pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run with two strikeouts and Andrew Miller picked up his fifth save of the season pitching 1/3 of an inning and giving up two walks with a strikeout. 

Kyle Lobstein pitched six innings givign up three hits and a run with four walks and three strikeouts.  He took his first loss of the season.  Ian Krol pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and two runs, Tom Gorzelanny pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run with a walk and Al Alburquerque gave up two walks without recording an out.  Blaine Hardy pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up two hits and an unearned run with two walks and two strikeouts. 

Jacoby Ellsbury drew a walk, Brett Gardner had two hits and drew a walk and Alex Rodriguez drew two walks.  Mark Teixeira had a hit and an RBI and drew two walks.  Young had three hits and an RBI, Chase Headley drew a walk and Stephen Drew had two hits and an RBI.  Teixeira and Young each hit a double and Young and Drew each hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.  Ellsbury had a stolen base and Gardner had a stolen base. 

Anthony Gose had two hits, Miguel Cabrera had a hit and Victor Martinez drew a walk.  J.D. Martinez had three hits, Yoenis Cespedes had a hit and an RBI and Nick Castellanos had a hit and drew a walk.  Alex Avila had two hits, Rajai Davis had an RBI and drew a walk and Avila, Cespedes and J.D. Martinez each hit a double.  The Tigers were 0-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Castellanos committed an error. 

In the first Teixeira hit an RBI double giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the seventh Young and Drew each hit a solo homerun to increase the lead to 3-0.  Gardner stole second base and a wild pitch allowed him to go to third and a run to score to make it 4-0 in the seventh.  Cespdes hit a sac fly in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 4-1.  In the ninth McCann reached on a fielding error and a run scored to make it a 5-1 game.  In the bottom of the ninth the Tigers threatened but only scored one run.  A Davis walk made it a 5-2 game and that was the final score. 

The two teams will play game three of four on Wednesday night.  it will be David Price matching up against Adam Warren. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New York Yankees lose a close on in Detroit



The New York Yankees were defeated by the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.  The game took place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan and the final score was 2-1.  CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and pitched very well.  The Yankees offense was only a Mark Teixeira homerun. 

Sabathia pitched eight innings giving up two runs on seven hits.  He walked three and struck out five and took his third loss of the season. 

Alfredo Simon won his third game of the season pitching 7 1/3 innings and giving up seven hits and a run.  He walked none and struck out seven.  Joba Chamberlain pitched to two batters and retired them both and Joakim Soria pitched a perfect inning to record his fifth save of the season. 

Jacoby Ellsbury had a hit, Brett Gardner had a hit and Teixeira had a hit and an RBI.  Brian McCann had a hit, Chase Headley had two hits and Didi Gregorius had a hit.  McCann hit a double and Teixeira hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.  Gardner had a stolen base and Ellsbury was caught stealing.  Ellsbury had an outfield assist. 

Rajai Davis had a hit, Ian Kinsler had two hits and Victor Martinez drew an intentional walk.  J.D. Martinez had a hit and an RBI, Yoenis Cespedes had a hit and an RBI and Nick Castellanos had a hit and drew a walk.  Jose Iglesias had a hit and drew a walk and the Tigers were 2-5 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.  Iglesias was caught stealing. 

In the second Teixeira hit a solo homerun to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  The Tigers scored both of their runs in the seventh on a J.D. Martinez RBI single and a Cespedes RBI single.  2-1 was the final score as the Tigers induced a groundball double play with two men on in the eighth. 

The two teams will play game two of four on Tuesday night.  It will be Nathan Eovaldi on the mound for the Yankees against Kyle Lobstein.  The Yankees will try to get back on the winning track and ensure at least a 500 road trip with a win. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers series preview



The New York Yankees after getting off to a bad start at home have had a good road trip.  They took the first game in Baltimore before losing the next two but then have won the last three in Tampa.  They will now head to Detroit for the next four games.  Detroit has been a hard place for the Yankees to win and they are off to a great start.  It should be a very tough series for them. 

The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound on Monday night against Alfred Simon.  Simon is off to a good start at 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA.  Sabathia will be in search of his first win as he is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA.  The Yankees keep saying he is pitching better than the results but eventually he has to get on the win column and showing a little more.  Tuesday night Nathan Eovaldi will pitch against Kyle Lobstein.  Lobstein is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and Eovaldi is 0-0 with a 4.35 ERA.  Wednesday night it will be Adam Warren against David Price.  Price has pitched great so far and Warren has struggled.  Thursday afternoon the series will wrap with Masahiro Tanaka starting against TBA. 

If the Yankees can take one they had an ok trip, if they take two good and anymore then that would be a great road trip.  The Yankees bats have come alive, they hit a lot of homeruns and have the ability to come back in games.  The bullpen has been their strength with Miller closing out games and Dellin Betances has gotten back to where he was last year.  He is pitching well now in the seventh and eighth innings.  The starters have been ok and they can also get better. 

The Tigers have been great this season and have been doing everything right.  They have good pitching and a good offense, their bullpen can still be a problem for them and they aren't great defensively although I would say they are better than they have been.  It should be a good series and I think they will split the four games.   
 

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