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Postgame notes: “One of the struggles that we’ve had”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Pick which one you want to focus on, the bad luck or the bad at-bats, because the Yankees had a little of both tonight. Nick Swisher probably had the best 1-for-4 I’ve ever seen. Robinson Cano had one of the worst 0-for-5s.

“We just weren’t able to break through,” Joe Girardi said. “A good part of that was their defense. Their defense kept us from scoring runs tonight. We’ve got to keep it going, we’ve just got to find a way to salvage a game tomorrow.”

Part of it was the Angels defense, but part of it was cleanup hitter Cano striking out twice with the bases loaded. Swisher (2-for-4), Mark Teixeira (1-for-3) and Chris Stewart (1-for-1) are the only Yankees hitting better than .143 with the bases loaded this season, and Cano has been particularly bad, going 1-for-10 with a grand slam.

Tonight, Cano had at least one runner on base in four of his five at-bats. With the bases loaded, he struck out looking against Dan Haren in the third inning, then went down swinging against Ernesto Frieri in the ninth.

“You’ve got a guy throwing 95, 96 mph,” Girardi said. “I didn’t see him go out of the zone. … We’re going to have plenty more chances, so let’s see if it irons itself out. We haven’t done very well this year, and we’ve been very good in the past. It’s just kind of what we’ve went through this year, one of the struggles that we’ve had.”

Swisher, on the other hand, hit the ball on the screws four times tonight. His weakest-hit ball might have been the RBI single that drove in the only Yankees run. Otherwise, he nearly homered in the second inning (Mike Trout made a terrific leaping catch at the wall) and he hit sure doubles to the gap in the seventh and eighth only to have speedy Peter Bourjos track them down.

“What are you gonna do, man?” Swisher said. “I felt like it was one of my better games, I felt like I really swung the bat super well. We don’t get nothing to show for it. You get frustrated but what are you gonna do? You come back tomorrow and get ready to bang on somebody tomorrow.”

• The final line is pretty bad — seven innings, nine hits, five runs — but I actually thought Andy Pettitte pitched pretty well tonight. Mistakes to Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo really cost him. “I felt like I threw the ball well, just made some mistakes,” Pettitte said. “Any time you give up a crooked number, three runs there, it’s going to hurt you, especially when Dan (Haren) was throwing the ball as well as he was.”

• Pettitte was positively disgusted with himself over the pitch that Pujols hit out. “I was trying to go in and just left a ball too much on the plate,” Pettitte said. “I jammed him his first at-bat. I was up in the count. I left a ball inner half. He’s not going to want to get jammed again. It’s just a stupid pitch by me and didn’t get the ball in like I wanted to far enough.”

• Pettitte had the opposite reaction to the pitch that Mike Trout hit for an RBI triple two batters before the Pujols homer. “It was a pretty good pitch, he took it off the ground,” Pettitte said. “For me, too, it’s a learning lesson. I’ve never faced him before, and he’s a free-swinger, that’s for sure. Dead low-ball hitter who handles the ball down there really well. I knew that on the report, but you don’t think he’ll get to that one. Obviously he did.”

• After a lot of talk today and yesterday about Pettitte’s cutter, he said the pitch let him down a little bit tonight. “My cutter wasn’t as sharp tonight as it has been,” Pettitte said. “I was trying to force it a little bit. When you’re out there and you’re throwing it, you’re trying to make the adjustments, you’re trying not to force it. … I was trying to not bury it quite as much as I had been. I was starting the ball where my fastball was starting, so I was just trying to get them up a little bit more with a little more depth.”

• It was a cutter that Trumbo hit for his home run. “Just a horrible pitch,” Pettitte said.

• Swisher did a pretty good job of explaining each of his three hard-hit outs: “First at-bat, two strikes, Haren is throwing nothing but breaking balls and splits,” Swisher said. “He threw me a fastball and I got a hold of that one. Second one, just a first-pitch breaking ball, looking for something away. He hung a breaking ball, felt like I got pretty good wood on it. (Third one), 3-1, Downs, he’s a sinkerballer and he’s going to throw that ball down and away every time. I was looking in there and felt like I put a pretty good swing on it. Bourjos is just throwing it in his back pocket. What are you gonna do? I wish I had a better answer. That’s all I’ve got.”

• Derek Jeter had another two-hit game for an even 70 on the season. He leads the American League in hits and has a hit in 18 of his past 21 games. This was his 20th multi-hit game of the season.

• The Major League leader in hits, by the way, is Melky Cabrera.

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35 Responses to “Postgame notes: “One of the struggles that we’ve had””

  1. Nick in SF May 30th, 2012 at 2:19 am

    So the “NEW POST” program is still in its Beta stage?

    Stealth anti-Iranian-nuclear-proliferation virus?

  2. igotid88 May 30th, 2012 at 2:21 am

    They need to do a suicide squeeze next time the bases are loaded.

  3. Nick in SF May 30th, 2012 at 2:29 am

    They’re prohibited from attempting a suicide squeeze when such a large percentage of the fan base is on suicide watch. :neutral:

  4. luis May 30th, 2012 at 2:34 am

    luis May 30th, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Yankeefem,

    I am sorry, every time i mean to say good night to you i write it wrong, please accept my excuses…. Good night my friend.

  5. Nick in SF May 30th, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Every time you say goodbye, I wonder why a little.

  6. luis May 30th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    :D Good night Nick for real this time

  7. yankeefeminista May 30th, 2012 at 2:50 am

    luis, your goodnight and song for Nick in previous thread. ;) Also responded to Pat M. there. ‘Night.

  8. igotid88 May 30th, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Nick in SF May 30th, 2012 at 2:19 am
    So the “NEW POST” program is still in its Beta stage?

    Stealth anti-Iranian-nuclear-proliferation virus?
    ————————–

    Are you talking about telling people there’s a new post with the arrow?

  9. Nick in SF May 30th, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I’m referring to someone who was posting as “New Post” which was represented as some new alert feature but now appears to have been a hoax.

    yankeefeminista, I apologize for whatever I did that offended you enough to post the Natalie Cole version and not the Elle Fitzgerald version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGNLLJz4Ajw

  10. theREALkevin May 30th, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Cashman’s pitching acquisition woes started early:

    “Twenty-six days after the end of the (1998) season, the Yankees traded for (Dan) Naulty. He was a full-blown alcoholic by then.”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    Seriously though, interesting article….

  11. Pat M. May 30th, 2012 at 3:36 am

    The signing of CC and Mark Texeria back in December 2009 was to extend the Jeter / Core Era a few more years and bring back 2 World Championships before things as we’ve known it be would be a thing of the past…..October baseball was no longer going to be a given….And this 2012 season could signify that this time as come…..The blueprints drawn up sometime in 07 were designed to make the Yanks a pitching rich rotation of young power arms Wang, Hughes, Kennedy , Chamberlain and import CC Sabathia…….Mark Texeria has yet to deliver a MVP( close in 09 )……..Granderson was a expensive yet a key trade, now find a Chuck Knoblauch type outfielder to energize a largartic outfield……Keeping the SS NY Yankees afloat is growing and proving to be a huge undertaking……Fannies in the seats in October are a must…..A dark Stadium October can cost the Suits 30-40 million dollars…..Some reports are higher…..Rebuilding has a large cost, a huge cost….Product declines, YES Advertising dollsrs wain and the spiral spins downward…….Trim and streamline cost and operations and sell the golden goose for baseball’s next generation

  12. sunny615 May 30th, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Blah blah blah. Same ol Girardi BS.

  13. raymagnetic May 30th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    After reading about how stupid Phil Hughes is as a pitcher and how much he can learn from Andy it’s amazing to read Andy talk about how stupid he pitched yesterday.

  14. blake May 30th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Win tonight and its still a 4-2 west coaster and thats never really bad…..

    Thought Andy was ok…..didnt have his command and made a couple of location mistakes that the Angels capitalized on……and Haren was really good.

    You guys know I hate cap tipping to pitchers when they dont deserve it but Haren would have been tough on any lineup last night with that split he had going……Mondays game bothers me a lot more because that shoukd have been a W when Weaver went out in the first.

    Dont think its a coincidence that the Angels started turning things around when they brouht Trout up……hes special…..hes the kind of young player that can breathe life into a ball club……the Yanks need one of those badly.

    Hopefully Nova can build on his last start and salvage a game in the series…

  15. sunny615 May 30th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    “I didn’t see him go out of the zone. … We’re going to have plenty more chances, so let’s see if it irons itself out. We haven’t done very well this year, and we’ve been very good in the past. It’s just kind of what we’ve went through this year, one of the struggles that we’ve had.”

    All year long. This isn’t a one time thing or a streak. This is a season long team issue and there are no signs that it’s going away. They just can’t seem to break out of this funk. They’re all hitting like crap with RISP. And some are just hitting like crap period.

  16. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    They had video of Trout in the dugout giving Hunter a hug, just playing around. I think his youth, enthusiasm and flat-out talent have definitely helped get their team fired up. We don’t have anyone like that right now.

    Instead, with our aging lineup, management decides to go out and sign the oldest dinosaurs they can find because they want the “valued veteran”. (Don’t just blame Torre for the veteran myopia — it’s the Yankees theme in general).

    I’d go on to mention Montero here, but some posters might explode.

  17. Against All Odds May 30th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I’d go on to mention Montero here, but some posters might explode.

    ————————–

    This is what I don’t get how is it that if you trade Montero there are no other highly touted ML ready position players? What has Cashman been doing these past few yrs?

  18. willwill May 30th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    So with all the high finishes and playoffs for the angels, how do they come up with a 330+ hitting trumbo and trout?

    Where is our trumbo and trouts?

  19. Hassey May 30th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    What are the chances Detroit continues to struggle when our smoking, bloated RV creaks into their driveway this week?

  20. Against All Odds May 30th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Damn Trumbo was an 18th round pick.

  21. Hassey May 30th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Here is our Trumbo and Trout-

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....yers/7595/

  22. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Against All Odds May 30th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    This is what I don’t get how is it that if you trade Montero there are no other highly touted ML ready position players? What has Cashman been doing these past few yrs?

    Spending too much time with the floozies perhaps… But this is an excellent question.

  23. jacksquat May 30th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’d go on to mention Montero here, but some posters might explode.

    About 75% of the blog last night was thinly veiled references to Montero the Saviour so why not?

  24. jacksquat May 30th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Trout is the new Salmon. ;)

  25. Against All Odds May 30th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Against All Odds May 30th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    This is what I don’t get how is it that if you trade Montero there are no other highly touted ML ready position players? What has Cashman been doing these past few yrs?

    Spending too much time with the floozies perhaps… But this is an excellent question.

    ————————-

    I understand some guys got trade before Jesus like Ajax and Tabata but that was 2 and 4 yrs ago respectively. Where the hell is everyone else? We’re sitting hoping kids in A ball making it through and what happens if they don’t.

  26. Bo knows May 30th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Spending too much time with the floozies perhaps… But this is an excellent question.

    ——————–

    What no Girardi is an idiot, fire Cashman today?

    Snark and cheap shot instead.

    That should make for a fun morning.

  27. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Chad-

    Good summary of the Yankees failures last night. Let me add one more problem:

    Since A-Rod hit his 2nd homer off Wee Willie Smith in KC, he is 7 for 22, a .318 average. That’s good, right? However all 7 hits are singles. He has 1 RBI on a sac fly and is 2-for-7 with RISP.

    I don’t know where the Yankees rank amongst AL teams with RISP, but it can’t be “pretty.”

  28. Howe Farr May 30th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Russell Martin: 190/333/339/672
    Jesus Montero: 246/283/398/680

  29. Bo knows May 30th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    It’s ironic that the only two teams on Trout were the Angels and Yankees, the Angels used the Teix pick. The Yankees Trout has been injured for three years and should be starting in Tampa shortly.

    But you knew that.

  30. Wang IS Taiwan May 30th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Hi YT!

    Seriously? Wee Willie Smith? ;)

    Generally, the Yanks are just folding when RISP chances come up. It’s been a season-long issue and I don’t see it changing any time soon.

  31. Gary May 30th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    jacksquat May 30th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’d go on to mention Montero here, but some posters might explode.

    About 75% of the blog last night was thinly veiled references to Montero the Saviour so why not?

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Morning, not sure about the savior comments, I don’t think I agree with that. He’s on my FB team so he’s batting around .250 with 23 RBi’s, Martin by comparison .190 with 12 RBi’s so if it’s just a contest on stats Jesus leads so far.

    I didn’t take an issue with the trade and still don’t. But I have to say realistically that the way it has worked out the Mariners got an everyday player who is making a contribution. On the other hand the Yanks don’t have a player out there and there has to be questions about Pineda long term. In the meantime Martain continues to struggle.

    I guess just to summarize, it hasn’t worked out well so far for the Yanks and I’d sure like to have Jesus out there right now.

  32. Gary May 30th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    blake May 30th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Win tonight and its still a 4-2 west coaster and thats never really bad…..

    Thought Andy was ok…..didnt have his command and made a couple of location mistakes that the Angels capitalized on……and Haren was really good.

    You guys know I hate cap tipping to pitchers when they dont deserve it but Haren would have been tough on any lineup last night with that split he had going……Mondays game bothers me a lot more because that shoukd have been a W when Weaver went out in the first.

    Dont think its a coincidence that the Angels started turning things around when they brouht Trout up……hes special…..hes the kind of young player that can breathe life into a ball club……the Yanks need one of those badly.

    Hopefully Nova can build on his last start and salvage a game in the series…

    ________________________________________________________________________

    Blake, hope they can take the last game tonight also. Santana hasn’t been that good but he can cause the Yanks problems.

    I guess I’m not taking that much away from the trip, Oakland isn’t good, they should get beat and we beat them so it’s not a game changer that we did.

    The bigger problem I think is the Yanks inability to beat good teams. You can check my math but in May they played 13 games against teams with winning records and went 3-10. On the flip side they were 9-3 against teams with losing records. Point being your not to go far if you can’t beat the good teams.

  33. austinmac May 30th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Pat M’s 3:36 post sums up my concerns. This team looks old and unenthused. If they fail to improve them, I think think will struggle this year and the years beyond. The money tree will wilt if they lose.

    Why no Trout or Trump? Poor drafting and/or development. They drafted pitching first. Cole not signing hurt a lot. Bichette and Culver, although they may work out, were surprise draft picks. We shall see who outsmarted whom.

    The way the minor leagues generally work is the Yankees will be fortunate if more than two of the Charleston guys see the majors. It is so very far away.

    Again and again I bemoan no upper level offensive prospects. Rather, AAA is filled with 28 year olds.

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