Sunday, April 20, 2014

The New York Yankees lose big in Tampa then lose Ivan Nova to injury



The New York Yankees were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.  The game took place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and the final score was 16-1.  Ivan Nova started and pitched very poorly and then left with an injury.  Matt Daley who was just called up from AAA made his season debut and pitched poorly also.  It got so bad for the Yankees that backup shortstop Dean Anna had to pitch.  Kelly Johnson drove in the only run of the game for the Yankees. 

Nova pitched four innings giving up eight hits and eight runs.  He walked one and struck out four and suffered his second loss of the season.  The bigger loss is that he is hurt now and the Yankees wait word on how bad and how long he will be out for.  Daley pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up five hits and six runs with four of them being earned.  He walked two guys, Dellin Betances pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up no hits and no runs with two walks and three strikeouts and Anna pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs.  It was the first time Anna ever pitched in a game. 

Chris Archer won his second game of the season pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up three hits and one run with four strikeouts.  Riefenhauser pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings and Lueke pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. 

Jacoby Ellsbury, Alfonso Soriano and Kelly Johnson had the only hits for the Yankees.  Johnson had the only RBI and the Yankees were 0-1 with runners in scoring position and left one man on base.  Ellsbury was caught stealing and Yangervis Solarte committed an error. 

Ben Zobrist had three hits, Matt Joyce had two hits and drew a walk and Evan Longoria had two hits and four RBI.  James Loney had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk, Wil Myers had three hits, four RBI and drew a walk and Yunel Escobar had a hit and drew a walk.  Ryan Hanigan had three hits, six RBI and drew a walk.  Joyce, Zobrist, Loney and Myers each hit a double and Myers also hit a homerun.  Longoria hit a homerun and Hanigan hit two homeruns.  The Rays were 5-11 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. 

The Rays scored runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth.  The Yankees only run came in the fifth inning.  This one quickly got out of hand for the Yankees.  The two teams will play their fourth and final game of the series on Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees will look to split the series and the Rays to take three out of four.   

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New York Mets avoid a no hitter but are one hit and shutout by the Atlanta Braves



The New York Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 6-0 Braves.  Jon Niese started for the Mets and pitched well, Gonzalez Germen out of the pen not so well.  The Mets offense only managed one hit from David Wright. 

Niese pitched six innings giving up four hits and a run with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Niese lost his second game of the season.  Carlos Torres pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one, Germen pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up four hits and four runs with a walk and Scott Rice pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit.  Jeurys Familia pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run. 

Aaron Harang pitched seven innings giving up no hits and no runs to earn his third win of the season.  He walked six and struck out five.  Luis Avilan pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out two and Jordan Walden pitched an inning striking out one. 

Eric Young Jr. drew a walk, Wright had a hit and drew a walk and Lucas Duda drew a walk.  Travis d'Arnaud drew a walk, Ruben Tejada drew a walk and Niese drew a walk.  The Mets were 0-3 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. 

Andrelton Simmons had a hit, B.J. Upton had two hits and drew a walk and Freddie Freeman had two hits and two RBI.  Justin Upton had a hit, an RBI and drew two walks, Evan Gattis drew a walk and Dan Uggla had two hits.  Chris Johnson had three hits and an RBI, Jordan Schafer had a hit and an RBI and Johnson hit two doubles.  Uggla, Schafer and Freeman each hit a double, Freeman hit a homerun and the Braves were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. 

In the second Johnson hit an RBI double giving the Braves a 1-0 lead.  In the eighth Freeman hit a two run homerun, Uggla hit an RBI double and Schafer hit an RBI double giving the Braves a 5-0 lead.  The Braves would complete the scoring with a Justin Upton sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.  The final score was 6-0 Braves.  It was the first of three games and the two teams will play again on Saturday afternoon. 

The New York Yankees lose to the Tampa Bay Rays as the bullpen implodes



The New York Yankees were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.  The game took place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and the final score was 11-5 Rays.  Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and pitched ok, the bullpen was terrible.  Scott Sizemore had three RBI and Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits to lead the offense.   

Kuroda pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up three runs on seven hits.  He walked  two and struck out two.  David Phelps pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run, Matt Thornton pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run and Adam Warren took the loss, his first of the season.  Warren pitched an inning giving up four hits and three runs with a walk and a strikeout.  Cesar Cabral didn't record an out and gave up three hits and three runs, he hit three guys in one inning and Shawn Kelley pitched 1/3 of an inning. 

Erik Bedard pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up six hits and four runs with a walk and three strikeouts.  Brad Boxberger pitched two innings giving up two walks and he struck out two, Jake McGee pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits and a run and he won his first game and Joel Peralta pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Brandon  Gomes pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts. 

Brett Gardner had an RBI, Derek Jeter had a hit and Ellsbury had two hits.  Alfonso Soriano had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Brian McCann had a hit and Yangervis Solarte had a hit and drew a walk.  Kelly Johnson drew a walk, Sizemore had a hit and three RBI and Ichiro Suzuki had a hit.  Sizemore hit a double and the Yankees were 3-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Ellsbury had a stolen base. 

Sean Rodriguez had a hit and two RBI, Ben Zobrist had two hits and Matt Joyce had a hit and drew a walk.  Desmond Jennings had a hit and an RBI, Brandon Guyer had a hit and an RBI and Evan Longoria had three hits and drew a walk.  James Loney had two hits and four RBI, Wil Myers had three hits and three RBI and Logan Forsythe drew a walk.  Yunel Escobar had a hit, Ryan Hanigan had a hit and Loney and Hanigan each hit a double.  Rodriguez hit a homerun.  The Rays were 8-14 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.  Escobar committed an error. 

The Yankees jumped on the board first in the second inning.  They took a 4-0 lead on a Sizemore three run double and a Gardner RBI groundout.  In the fourth Loney hit a two run double to cut the lead to 4-2.  The Rays got an RBI single from Myers in the sixth to make it a 4-3 game.  In the seventh the Yankees extended the lead to 5-3 on a Soriano RBI single.  The Rays scored three runs in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.  Jennings hit an RBI single and Loney hit a two run single.  In the eighth Rodriguez hit a two run homerun, Guyer hit an RBI single and Myers hit an RBI single to make it 11-5 and that would be the final score. 

The two teams have split the first two games of this four game series.  They will play game three on Saturday night and finish the series on Sunday afternoon. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The New York Mets earn a series sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks



The New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday evening.  The game took place at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and the final score was 5-2 Mets.  Dillon Gee started for the Mets and pitched very well.  The bullpen threatened to blow it but they didn't.  Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Andrew Brown and Anthony Recker all had a couple of hits. 

Gee pitched seven innings giving up three hits and no runs.  He walked none and struck out three and earned his first win of the season.  Kyle Farnsworth pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and struck out one, Scott Rice retired the only batter that he faced and Jose Valverde pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a strikeout. 

McCarthy started for the Diamondbacks and pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and three runs with three walks and five strikeouts.  McCarthy took his third loss of the season.  Thatcher pitched to one batter and struck him out, Oliver Perez pitched one inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout and Ziegler pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Addison Reed pitched an inning giving up two hits and two runs with one of them being earned. 

Eric Young Jr. had a hit and drew a walk, Murphy had two hits and an RBI and Wright had two hits and an RBI.  Ike Davis had a hit and drew a walk, Brown had two hits and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had an RBI.  Recker had two hits and an RBI, Ruben Tejada drew two walks and Gee had an RBI.  Brown and Recker each hit a double and Recker hit a homerun.  The Mets were 2-13 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base.  Young, Wright and Murphy each had a stolen base and Nieuwenhuis had an outfield assist. 

Gerardo Parra had a hit, Aaron Hill had a hit and an RBI and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and an RBI.  Martin Prado had three hits, Tony Campana had a hit and Prado and Goldschmidt each hit a double.  Hill and Goldschmidt each hit a homerun.  The Diamondbacks were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Reed and Montero each committed an error. 

Recker hit a solo homerun in the second inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.  Nieuwenhuis hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.  The Mets extended their lead in the sixth on a Gee RBI groundout.  In the ninth they added their last two runs to take a 5-0 lead.  Murphy and Wright each hit an RBI single.  In the bottom of the ninth Hill and Goldschmidt hit back-to-back solo homeruns to make it 5-2 but that was the final score. 

The Mets swept the three game series.  They also completed a nine game road trip with a 6-3 record and will now return home on Friday to take on the Atlanta Braves.  The Mets will have a day off on Thursday.  They will play three against the Braves then four against the Cardinals and three against the Marlins in a long home stand. 

 

The New York Yankees sweep a doubleheader and have a shutout of the day



The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs twice on Wednesday.  They played a day night doubleheader which took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.  The Yankees won game one 3-0 and game two 2-0.  It was a great day of pitching for the Yankees with Masahiro Tanaka dominating in game one and Michael Pineda pitching very well in game two.  The Yankees bullpen was able to close out the games without an issue.  The Yankees offense wasn't great but they were able to do enough. 

Tanaka in game one pitched eight innings giving up two singles, no runs.  He walked one and struck out ten and earned his second victory of the season.  Pineda in game two pitched six innings giving up three hits and no runs.  He walked one and struck out three and earned his second win of the season.  In game one Shawn Kelley picked up his fourth save of the season giving up a hit and striking out one in one inning.  In game two the Yankees used David Phelps, Matt Thornton and Adam Warren.  Warren picked up his first career save after walking one in one inning.  Thornton gave up a hit and had a strikeout and Phelps gave up a hit and a walk in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. 

The Yankees offense in the night game had two hits each from Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki and Scott Sizemore.  Sizemore also had an RBI.  Brett Gardner had a hit and an RBI, John Ryan Murphy who was just called up had a hit.  Derek Jeter in his return had a hit, Yangervis Solarte had a hit and drew a walk and Beltran hit a double.  The Yankees were 4-12 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.  In the fourth Gardner had an RBI single and in the fifth Sizemore had an RBI single to complete the scoring. 

In the first game the Yankees only managed five hits.  Gardner had a hit, Beltran had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and Jacoby Ellsbury had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Brian McCann had a hit, Solarte drew two walks and Kelly Johnson had a hit.  Dean Anna had an RBI, Ellsbury and Gardner each hit a double and Beltran hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Ellsbury had a stolen base.  Beltran hit a solo homerun in the first to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the fourth Anna hit a sacrifice fly to increase the Yankees lead to 2-0 and in the fifth Ellsbury grounded out and a run scored.  It was a very odd play as their was catcher interference and at first Ellsbury went to first and Gardner went back to third.  I didn't even realize that there was a rarely used rule 8.02 c.  It states that if the ball is put in play the manager of the offense has the right to refuse the interference and accept the action of the play.  This is basically like in the NFL where you can decline a penalty, the Yankees did that in this case and a run scored in sacrifice of the out.  I would of done the same thing because in a low scoring game who knows if they would have scored that third run.  They didn't end up needing it in the end but you never know. 

The Yankees completed their home stand at 6-3 and with a record of 9-6.  They have won four games in a row and are in first place in the AL East.  They will head to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays in a four game series beginning Thursday night. 
 

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