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Yankees winning streak comes to an end

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A strange game came to a sudden end when Mark Trumbo hit a walkoff home run in the ninth inning tonight, giving the Angels a 9-8 win that ended the Yankees five-game winning streak. Phil Hughes lasted 5.1 innings, which is longer than the Yankees might have expected after he was knocked around for four runs on five hits in the first inning. He gave up another run in the third and a solo homer in the fourth, finishing with a career-high 11 hits and a season-high seven runs. It was a truly bizarre game throughout, beginning when Angels starter Jered Weaver left after 12 pitches because of a lower back injury. Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher collided trying to catch a fly ball, Mark Trumbo let a fly ball skip off his glove, and Erick Aybar made two bad plays in the first inning, all of which led to runs. After taking a first-inning lead, then falling behind, the Yankees tied it at 8 on Russell Martin’s — of all people — two-out, two-run double in the seventh.

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55 Responses to “Yankees winning streak comes to an end”

  1. TheStraw May 29th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I said 10-9 at the end of the first…I wasn’t far off.

  2. JobaTipsHisCap May 29th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    It’s pretty fair.
    Yanks couldn’t do a thing when bases are loaded. Then LAA hit a walkoff HR.
    They are given the opportunity. Fair enough.

    no complains.

  3. Nilsson May 29th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Andy goes tomorrow. Good chance of starting another win streak. Don’t panic.

  4. Captain Clutch May 29th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I always have a bad feeling in this ballpark in the late innings. The Yanks just made too many mistakes and it seemed like the Angels had all of the luck.

  5. Tyler May 29th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Yanks really should have won that game. Lots of missed opportunities and sloppy play.

  6. TheStraw May 29th, 2012 at 12:51 am

    When your team spots you a three run lead, you can’t just automatically give it back. This has been a problem all year.

  7. Against All Odds May 29th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Against All Odds May 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    randy l. May 28th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    by the way, speaking of watching the game, i hate west coast night games.

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    Welcome to the club especially when they lose on a walk off.

    ————————–

    Mother………. :(

  8. Yank 97 May 29th, 2012 at 12:53 am

    They score 8 runs and still lose. Hughes sucks

  9. JobaTipsHisCap May 29th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    yes, Hughes sucks and he let the team down.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 29th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    “Andy goes tomorrow. Good chance of starting another win streak. Don’t panic.”

    Nilsson, absolutely agree. I’m sure if you wanted to look at games that were potential winners or losers, a lot of people would have given this game to the Angels because Weaver was starting. So at least we got past Weaver’s start.

    :)

    We won’t win them all. But huge credit to the Yanks for battling all night.

    And it beats getting shut out or having to hear people complain about the offense because they’re not hitting, etc.

  11. luis May 29th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    My two cents:

    1) The moment Weaver was out of the game, this became a must win game. That opportunity doesn’t happen very often.

    2) As i commented on the game thread. I don’t think Martin called a particularly good game. In the first inning he failed to adjust when the Angels batters where sitting FB. Then he called those cutters, that pitch should be scrapped.

    3) The game was lost in the 6th inning in my view. You don’t send Epply in that situation with the game so close. Those two extra runs proved to be pivotal in the game. Girardi handles very well the BP, in this case and with all the BP mostly fresh the Eppley call is mind boggling.

    4) Tex keeps on hitting, that’s good news. Martin had one good at bat tonight, it’s a shame that they couldn’t score.

    5) Hughes line is much worse than what it should have been.

  12. TheStraw May 29th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    No DRob and Mo hurt tonight.

  13. TheStraw May 29th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Luis-agree with all your points except the last one. Hughes was throwing meatballs tonight.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 29th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hughes doesn’t suck. He was pitching on extra rest, something that doesn’t work well for him, and he sat out a long beginning of the game. He still got the Yankees into the 6th.

    No pitcher is going to win every start. So he didn’t win this one.

    ONWARD AND UPWARD!

    Night all.

    :)

  15. b_widmer2 May 29th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I completely agree w/ TheStraw

  16. Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:01 am

    It was a good entertaining game. – full value. Sometimes you get the bear…

    Dam, the Angels have a great hitting team. They are going to be right there, in the PS.

    Trout and Trumbo, Pujols and Morales, plus they’re missing Hunter and Iannetta. Kendrick and Aybar having slow starts.

  17. Jerkface May 29th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Hughes doesn’t suck. He was pitching on extra rest, something that doesn’t work well for him, and he sat out a long beginning of the game. He still got the Yankees into the 6th.

    In his career he is better on 5 days rest than 4. The stat is misleading this season because he pitched a lot on 5 days rest when he stank. He did not stink because of 5 days rest, he was stinking because he wasn’t pitching well.

    Career 5 ERA on 4 days rest, 4.5 on 5. This season his last 4 starts (good ones) had 1 come with 5 days rest. His starts before that were not good, and the one on 4 days rest he gave up 6 runs, but only 2 were earned. He still gave up the 6, but the lack of earned runs helped skew his days rest stats into something to peck on.

    The league average on 5 days rest is 4.98 ERA. So hughes being ‘bad’ on extra rest is not an excuse, because he is even worse than the average, and of course in his career he has actually been effective on that rest.

    Just a bad start for Hughes. He can have bad starts, but he needs to limit the damage. AJ Burnett got dumped by the Yankees because his bad starts were just cripplingly bad, even though he was capable of having mediocre or good turns through the rotation.

  18. luis May 29th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Good night Trish.

    Straw,

    He didn’t have his best stuff. But had martin started to call the pitches backwards he would have fared much better. I don’t get why they keep on calling the cutter, he gets punished by it every time out.

  19. Captain Clutch May 29th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    When you have to use Eppley in a 1 run game you know your bullpen is short. Until Robertson is healthy and they find another arm there are going to be more games like this where the bullpen blows it because it’s so short.

  20. Dean Winters May 29th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue May 29th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hughes doesn’t suck. He was pitching on extra rest, something that doesn’t work well for him, and he sat out a long beginning of the game. He still got the Yankees into the 6th.

    No pitcher is going to win every start. So he didn’t win this one.

    ONWARD AND UPWARD!

    Night all.

    :)

    ———————

    Why add anything to it just say he didn’t have it tonight.

  21. UnKnown May 29th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    This is the Angels team that I expected to see all year and why I thought they would actually win the West.

    They are finally starting to hit a good streak now. Winners of 7 straight.

    NYY has to find a way to get at least one of the next two. For as poor as the Angels played on defense tonight it would have been nice to get this first one of the series. But not to be I guess.

  22. UnKnown May 29th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Luis – I agree that the pitch selection was not very good early in the game. But I think Hughes has to take a little blame as well.

    He can shake Martin off till he gets the pitch that he wants to throw. He is ultimately the one chucking the ball and should make the final decision on pitch selection.

  23. yankeefeminista May 29th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Hughes said too much adrenaline early, overthrowing.

  24. Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    To have Trumbo and Trout come up in back to back years is just a great shot for a team.

    There is a marked difference between the two teams. You have see ball, hit ball as opposed to guess ball and wild swings.

    I actually have more faith in Ibanez and Chavez than the heart of our batting order. That at bat that Chavez put together was text book. It was worth staying up for. Guy throwing high nineties and he fought him to a walk. Those were just beautiful in control swings.

  25. igotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Hughes’ last in Detroit I believe he had a 6 inning shutout. Only taken out because the Yankees has a half hour top of the inning

  26. luis May 29th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    UnKnown May 29th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Luis – I agree that the pitch selection was not very good early in the game. But I think Hughes has to take a little blame as well.

    He can shake Martin off till he gets the pitch that he wants to throw. He is ultimately the one chucking the ball and should make the final decision on pitch selection.

    =========================

    I do blame him as well. But if Hughes has a man crush with the cutter, don’t call it. And if you see that they are sitting on his FB it his decision to call for something different. Not getting Hughes off the hook, but martin didn’t help.

  27. igotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    last start*

  28. Nilsson May 29th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Trisha does make a good point about the beginning of the game. It was like a mini-rain delay for Hughes. His fastball usually has swing and miss characteristics, but it didn’t tonight. That’s a key weapon for him. I don’t the know the real reason for not being there, though the long delay could be a possibility. Bottom line, he didn’t get it done today, but it happens. Move on and play the next game.

  29. luis May 29th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I actually have more faith in Ibanez and Chavez than the heart of our batting order. That at bat that Chavez put together was text book. It was worth staying up for. Guy throwing high nineties and he fought him to a walk. Those were just beautiful in control swings.

    =======================

    I wouldn’t go that far Bo. But this two guys did have great at bats. Even Martin had one really good one.

  30. UnKnown May 29th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Right. Yeah under no circumstance should Martin ever call for the cutter again you are right about that.

  31. Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    What is it with Hughes not being able to master a sinker?

    I never understood the complexities of pitching but it would seem to me to be straightforward.

  32. igotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 1:17 am

    had

  33. luis May 29th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Good night everyone. Hopefully we will get them tomorrow.

  34. igotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:16 am
    What is it with Hughes not being able to master a sinker?

    I never understood the complexities of pitching but it would seem to me to be straightforward.
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    Maybe he hasn’t learned one yet. They’re always changing his pitches. So who knows?

  35. jacksquat May 29th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    No excuses for Hughes. Not the “long” first inning, not the days rest. Other guys are pitching on varying rest, and after long innings. And I wouldn’t blame Martin, sometimes Hughes only has the fastball, and his location sucked with that all night. Hopefully it was just one bad start and he can get back on track.

  36. Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Martin is just too bulky. It’s like he’s wearing a muscle suit.

    That and Blake is right again, he doesn’t square up his body to the swing. His head is out there to whom it may concern. I’ve never seen a Major Leaguer pulling off the ball that badly. He overswings on everything.

    Actually the best at bat I’ve seen by Martin this year was that fly out to right field. That was very fine.

  37. RSM May 29th, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Agree with Yankeefeminista.
    Looked like Hughes was overthrowing in the 1st.
    All of his pitches were up.

  38. Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    CJ is right about Hughes. Seven years development program just doesn’t cut it. Hughes is still a work in progress. Bad luck or mismanagement? He’s only now developing at the Majors level.

  39. luis May 29th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    What is it with Hughes not being able to master a sinker?

    I never understood the complexities of pitching but it would seem to me to be straightforward.

    ==================================

    I’ve calling for him to be taught that pitch since ST or early in the season. For two reasons, it would help him to be more economical and it will give the batters a different look of a FB type pitch, preventing them from sitting on his FB like tonight.

  40. jacksquat May 29th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Not to mention a sinker should cut down his very high home run rate.

    But I don’t know about additonal pitches for Hughes when his change was awol tonight, his curve was mostly loopy, and the cutter seems a lost cause.

  41. 86w183 May 29th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Phil Hughes has now made 81 starts in his MLB career. His starter ERA is right at 5.00 give or take and he averages fewer than 6 innings a start.

    At some point don’t we have to acknowledge that he just isnt good enough as a starter? Does it take 90 starts? 100?

  42. Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I’ve calling for him to be taught that pitch since ST or early in the season. For two reasons, it would help him to be more economical and it will give the batters a different look of a FB type pitch, preventing them from sitting on his FB like tonight.

    —————–
    The thing is he didn’t just start here this year. Years have gone by and he’s only now at stage one development into a pitcher. To me a sinker was always a grip and throw the ball. No finesse or spinning the ball. That’s why I don’t understand the situation.

  43. luis May 29th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    jacksquat May 29th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Not to mention a sinker should cut down his very high home run rate.

    But I don’t know about additonal pitches for Hughes when his change was awol tonight, his curve was mostly loopy, and the cutter seems a lost cause.

    =============================

    The few CU he threw got him out of trouble. He threw some good CB’s, but the cutter should be scrapped for good. Last start he didn’t throw a single one, the results are obvious.

  44. luis May 29th, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Good night for real, every time i am about to close the computer i see a comment i fell compelled to answer. Very good posts Bo, JS and Unknown.

  45. CompassRosy May 29th, 2012 at 1:44 am

    “I always have a bad feeling in this ballpark in the late innings. The Yanks just made too many mistakes and it seemed like the Angels had all of the luck.”

    ~
    Considering they may have lost their ace for a time, I think Halos fans may disagree about being “lucky” tonight.

    ====

    You can blame me, Yank fans.
    I was remiss in posting my obligatory “Go, Yanks!” for your non-M, ALW opponent :(

  46. igotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:26 am
    CJ is right about Hughes. Seven years development program just doesn’t cut it. Hughes is still a work in progress. Bad luck or mismanagement? He’s only now developing at the Majors level.
    ——————————

    Mostly injuries and time spent in the bullpen. He hasn’t had a consistent innings build. Most pitchers his age have maybe 200 more innings

  47. theREALkevin May 29th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    It’s too bad they lost, but it was basically Hughes’ fault. He had a poor outing. He was the main reason they lost.

    Another thing though, if they have Robertson, they probably win that game. Their bullpen is just a guy short without him. It really hurt the Yanks tonight having Robertson on the DL.

    There were some positives though. Teixeira is suddenly looking like the 180 million dollar guy they signed, Martin actually had a couple of big hits, Cano still looks locked in. Alex looked awful & Jeter cost them in the 9th, but still, their offense has been much better lately. Of course, it helped a lot that Weaver got injured.

  48. Dean Winters May 29th, 2012 at 1:49 am

    86w183 May 29th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Phil Hughes has now made 81 starts in his MLB career. His starter ERA is right at 5.00 give or take and he averages fewer than 6 innings a start.

    At some point don’t we have to acknowledge that he just isnt good enough as a starter? Does it take 90 starts? 100?

    ————————

    It’s one start after a few good ones so you can’t go too crazy but maybe Hughes is a guy that will be up and down throughout his career. Some games he’ll have his stuff and other games he’ll get hit around. Some seasons will mirror his 18 win season while others will resemble 2011

  49. Dean Winters May 29th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    gotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:26 am
    CJ is right about Hughes. Seven years development program just doesn’t cut it. Hughes is still a work in progress. Bad luck or mismanagement? He’s only now developing at the Majors level.
    ——————————

    Mostly injuries and time spent in the bullpen. He hasn’t had a consistent innings build. Most pitchers his age have maybe 200 more innings

    ———————–

    The time spent in the pen is on him though. They were going to send him down and he fought to stay. Part of the reason he hasn’t had 200 innings is he couldn’t stay healthy.

  50. igotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 1:54 am

    86w183 May 29th, 2012 at 1:36 am
    Phil Hughes has now made 81 starts in his MLB career. His starter ERA is right at 5.00 give or take and he averages fewer than 6 innings a start.

    At some point don’t we have to acknowledge that he just isnt good enough as a starter? Does it take 90 starts? 100?
    ——————————

    If they were 81 in a row maybe. It’s hard to judge. When a handful are great and another handful are bad. When you’re learning a new pitch it seems as you go.

  51. 86w183 May 29th, 2012 at 1:55 am

    It’s not “going crazy” to point out that 81 starts is a pretty significant collection of evidence that the guy is just not all that good as a starting pitcher.

    He’s pretty much a 5+ inning guy who will give up 2-3 runs in those innings. The very definition of mediocrity.

    Three quality starts out of ten… and two of those against Kansas City.

    SeeYa

  52. I Am Winning May 29th, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Why is everyone saying the Yankeea gave the Angels the game? They had 3 errors, played sloppy, and gave the game to the Yankees. This wasn’t a matter of only one team playing sloppy, they both did. It came down to who wanted to lose the game more. And a walk off homer tells me the Yankees did.

    Pettitte is a complete bargain for $2m. And trust, I don’t say that about many people making over 6 figures. He will do the job Hughes could only dream of doing.

  53. igotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Dean Winters May 29th, 2012 at 1:51 am
    gotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Bo knows May 29th, 2012 at 1:26 am
    CJ is right about Hughes. Seven years development program just doesn’t cut it. Hughes is still a work in progress. Bad luck or mismanagement? He’s only now developing at the Majors level.
    ——————————

    Mostly injuries and time spent in the bullpen. He hasn’t had a consistent innings build. Most pitchers his age have maybe 200 more innings

    ———————–

    The time spent in the pen is on him though. They were going to send him down and he fought to stay. Part of the reason he hasn’t had 200 innings is he couldn’t stay healthy.
    ———————————-

    Even I thought he shouldn’t had been sent down. But I thought he would be used for long relief and get spot starts. So he could get over 100 ip. Not become the 8th inning guy. Maybe he thought the same.

  54. igotid88 May 29th, 2012 at 2:23 am

    86w183 May 29th, 2012 at 1:55 am
    It’s not “going crazy” to point out that 81 starts is a pretty significant collection of evidence that the guy is just not all that good as a starting pitcher.

    He’s pretty much a 5+ inning guy who will give up 2-3 runs in those innings. The very definition of mediocrity.

    Three quality starts out of ten… and two of those against Kansas City.

    SeeYa
    ———————————

    I didn’t say “going crazy”. No one’s saying he’s perfect. But he was basically doing all that with 2 pitches. Pitching with injuries and coming back from injuries. And sometimes he has bad starts. Everyone has them. But when your starts come in short spurts. It gets magnified. So then the previous 4 starts don’t mean anything.

    Ivan Nova previous 3 years innings 139.1 2009 187ip 2010 181.1 2011 507.2 total
    David Phelps 151 2009 158.2 2010 114.1 2011 424 total
    Phil Hughes 112.1 2009 192ip 2010 91ip 2011 *including postseason 395.1 total

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