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Surprise! Two hits not enough against Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 27, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alfonso Soriano

Ivan Nova was terrific, but it could not have mattered less. The Yankees ninth shutout loss of the year was a hard-to-swallow 1-0 letdown against the Rays. The Yankees had just two hits — a single by Lyle Overbay and a double by Brett Gardner — and were completely unable to take advantage of Nova’s continued resurgence. Having been demoted earlier this year, Nova allowed one run and struck out eight through seven innings. He pitched in and out of trouble several times and has pitched at least seven innings without allowing more than three runs in each of his past four starts. Make no mistake, Rays starter Chris Archer has been terrific this season. This was actually his second complete game shutout of the month, and he’s emerging as a sort of unexpected Rookie of the Year candidate. But even so, the Yankees have now gone nine straight games without a home run, their longest such drought since a 10-game streak in 1984. For a while now it’s been clear that this isn’t about tipping a cap to the pitcher; it’s about a diminished lineup that seems overwhelmed on a regular basis. Today was no different.

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66 Responses to “Surprise! Two hits not enough against Rays”

  1. eb03 July 27th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    YEAH!!!! ARCHIE!!!!

  2. implosion July 27th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    This is Ali vs Mr MGgoo night after night

  3. egk July 27th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    A couple more weeks of this and they’ll be well below .500

  4. bruceb July 27th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Archer truly outstanding. Yankees truly pathetic.

    Game over. Series over. Season over.

  5. eb03 July 27th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    bruceb, but according to Nicholas in SF, we’re contenders, just not the odds on favorites! team stinks.

  6. Captain Clutch July 27th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    How pathetic. ..

    If Cashman doesn’t make another move for a bat then I really don’t understand the Soriano move.

    The Yanks weren’t 1 bat away from being a good lineup and they could have spent that money better this off season.

    Too many of these at bats are just brutal.

  7. implosion July 27th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    TEAM HAS QUIT AND I DO NOT BLAME THEM.

  8. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Tom in Georgia

    Can’t find anything concrete about “bounce” HR’s by Ruth. A couple of sites said “none” others said, “No way to tell as HR’s were recorded as home runs and were not differentiated as bounce or fly ball.”

  9. JimK July 27th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I don’t recall who wrote it but this was definitely a wasted afternoon and it will be my last wasted afternoon watching the Yankees.

  10. napoleon July 27th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    All those that are not Yankees fans…Get out of this blog

  11. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    benny, they got Archer in the Garza deal; I’ve always liked him. He was one of the Cubs’ very nice pitching prospects who had some control issues. Rays have done a great job developing him. Next they’ll develop Odorizzi who they got in the Shields deal. Rays pitching wins but they actually have some nice bats too (unlike us).

  12. sunny615 July 27th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    PATHETIC excuse for a team. PATHETIC. I cannot believe I’m saying this – but this is a team to HATE.

  13. bruceb July 27th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    It’s like David vs. Goliath when the Rays play the Yanks. A team built on a quarter of our payroll embarrassing us in the Bronx.

  14. DAM23 July 27th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Can’t watch anymore. Time to step away from team for a while. Season is a lost cause and doesn’t even feel like watching major league baseball anymore.

  15. sunny615 July 27th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    these are Yankee fans. If you’re not embarassed by this team then you’re NOT a yankee fan.

  16. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Nova deserved better.

  17. tucker July 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    A smart organization would have been in sell mode, and Soriano would still be a Cub …

    Cano, Robertson and Gardner would kick start the rebuilding process that will be necessary unless they blow through 189.

  18. hardwired7 July 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Pitches seen:

    Soriano 6
    Lillibridge 7
    Overbay 8
    Ichiro 9

    16 ABs, 30 pitches

    That’s not having a plan. You can piss away an AB or 2, but not every single AB. At some point, you have to make him work.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock July 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    “Pitching wins” is a baseball truism that has been distorted by Cashman and his blind followers.

    Pitching does indeed win, but you actually have to have a way of getting some runs to not have pitched well in vain.

    Most people do actually get this.

  20. beedogs July 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    possibly the worst yankee game I have ever seen. soriano really makin’ a huge impact.

  21. Captain Clutch July 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I really can’t understand how Stewart can swing at a 2-0 pitch in that situation. He isn’t a homerun hitter and he isn’t even a good hitter. Don’t these guys have any brains? Totally ridiculous and just plain stupid.

  22. RhapsodyInBlue July 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Rays pitching staff post game celebration on the mound in YS an in your face to this terrible Yankee offense.

  23. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    No one expected good at bats out of Sori. He’s about power with no real on base skills. I just don’t recall anyone really having a competitive at bat. 97 pitches to 29 batters. Exactly 3 pitches per hitter.

  24. mick July 27th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Most people do actually get this.
    ============
    we know you do…

  25. yanks28 July 27th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    What does it take to realize that our general manager is a complete loser? Anyone could see this coming; last year’s playoffs were no fluke. Cashman is aptly named, a company man, a “stats” man, a clown. Fire him. Replace him with someone who knows the game. Gene Michael, perhaps? He actually built the last dynasty, perhaps he can rebuild this sorry excuse for a team. So sad.

  26. bruceb July 27th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Well said, sunny615. Even allowing for all the injuries we’ve had, this offense is one of the worst in all of baseball.

  27. mick July 27th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    waa waa waa…

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock July 27th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Joe lacking his usual effervescence discussing a great outing by a young Yankee pitcher. Wonder why.

    “We had one guy in scoring position all day.”

    That’s why.

  29. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Yanks should have let Alex play today on his birthday. He couldn’t have done worse than the current roster and likely would have done better.

    Derek if he feels good will play tomorrow. Perfect.

  30. mick July 27th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Yanks should have let Alex play today on his birthday.
    ===========
    seriously YF?

  31. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Yep, we need to play small ball. Cut everyone’s swings in half and go oppo. Shave the hairy monsters.

  32. mick July 27th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Haf to DL

  33. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Hafner is going on the DL. No surprises. Youk says, come on down!

  34. mick July 27th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    DJ to SS

  35. RS July 27th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    The Rays are a smart organization. They’ve already gotten equal value out of the Garza and Shields trades with acquiring Archer and Myers, and on top of that they obtained several other prospects in those deals as well.

  36. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Derek to play SS tomorrow.

  37. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I really can’t understand how Stewart can swing at a 2-0 pitch in that situation.

    It’s hard to believe anyone could call most of these guys “tried and true veterans” but I’ve seen that. A few had good careers at one time. But most were never good players at all.
    The few good players can’t carry the bad ones and the young players are not given the chance.
    3 guys one the bench today, all rookies drove in 5 of the six runs last night. Oh well.

  38. tucker July 27th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    The game was blacked out here so I didnt see the location of the 2-0 pitch. was it out of the strike zone or an off-speed pitch?

    I don’t fault a hitter swinging at a 2-0 pitch. Swinging at the first pitch. — ala Vernon Wells — is a mistake. A 2-0 count is when you want to swing … You look for a type of pitch (usually fastball) in a particular location, and if it’s there, you let it rip, even if you’re Stewie. Not going for a HR, but a single or an extra base hit would be nice …

  39. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Anyone who doesn’t have tix for tomorrow and wants to go, had better move on tix b/c prices are about to rise.

  40. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:08 pm
    Derek to play SS tomorrow.

    I’m glad he’s in. That’s like him to be all the way in too. (SS and not DH). Best season by a SS after 35 by any SS not named Wagner.

  41. mick July 27th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    can matsui still hit?

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock July 27th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    No one expected good at bats out of Sori. He’s about power with no real on base skills. I just don’t recall anyone really having a competitive at bat. 97 pitches to 29 batters. Exactly 3 pitches per hitter.
    ///

    The worst thing that can happen is if Almonte returns but is sent down or rides the bench so that 37-year old Soriano can play instead.
    ////

    That looks nothing like Matsui, but I intend to get there when the gates open to ensure I get my ugly little bobblehead :D

  43. bruceb July 27th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Rays are indeed a very smart organization. They’ve taken full advantage of their high draft picks and made some very shrewd trades, always with a eye for the future. You can say it’s much easier for them because they lost for so long but it’s not the only reason they are currently the best team in baseball.

  44. implosion July 27th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    For the 237th time our useless GM was too busy chasing skirt to pay attention to a 220 million payroll. There is not another business on this planet where that type of behavior would not have lead to the termination of the person involved. None nowhere. The fact that he is still employed after this is outrageous. Even if they were in first place his actions were grounds for termination.

  45. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:01 pm
    Nova deserved better.

    Since he’s been a Yankee he has deserved better in more ways then just today.

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock July 27th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    The best was when we got our rings and Matsui got his as a visiting Angel (pun intended). The best moment: his ex-teammates all waiting for him on the mound for the presentation and he had no idea. The Matsui-Jeter embrace was the highlight, as well as Matsui’s pleased/moved/surprised expression….those were the days, my friends…

  47. implosion July 27th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Oh but now I know why. New York is filled with forgiving liberals who don’t give a crap about a persons character. This is the city that up until yesterday has Weiner in the lead for Mayor. Lets not boo, lets not fire anybody. Lets all sing Cumba freaking Ya and get along.

  48. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    That looks nothing like Matsui, but I intend to get there when the gates open to ensure I get my ugly little bobblehead :D

    I got a Nicky Backstrom gnome doll at Verizon Center in DC that looked very much like him.

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock July 27th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Derek to play SS tomorrow.
    ///

    I hope he’s ready for that.

    Let Matsui DH, he could always hit LHP ;)

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock July 27th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Hans, are you a Caps fan??

  51. implosion July 27th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Yankees suck. Clap clap clap clap clap. TRY THAT FOR 2 HOURS AT Sunday’s GAME AND YOU WILL SOME SOME ACTION. OH NO BUT LETS NOT BOO OUR TEAM. THEY ARE GREAT. 1 WORLD SERIESs IN THE LAST 10 YEARS AND THE LAUGHING STOCK OF mlb.

    Yankee BASEBALL IS DEAD.

  52. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    bruce, they got both Odorizzi and Myers and two other prospects for Shields. Definitely have to like the way the Rays reloaded by trading by Garza and Shields.

  53. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Hans, are you a Caps fan??

    Yes I am Al.

  54. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    trading *both

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock July 27th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Hans, are you a Caps fan??

    Yes I am Al.
    ///

    Awesome, another puckhead on the blog. I am a ‘guins fan :twisted:

  56. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Pruf, I’m on board with having that kind of quality AB’s RE: our 2009 lineup vs. LHP.

    I’m pumped to see Matsui. His parents are also going to be there for the occasion. We’ll get to see him sign the contract and retire a Yankee. #Priceless.

  57. luis July 27th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Well… a very frustrating loss… Nova pitched very well yet again… his delivery much more simplified and consistent… A pity that he doesn’t have an offense to back him up… Good sink on the FB, nasty CB and a very good slider and CU as well… More importantly, he adjusted rather quickly to the Rays batting approach and had them baffled for most of the game.

    Next comment in new thread :arrow:

  58. yankeefeminista July 27th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Nova threw about 50% CB’s and had 12 whiffs on the curveball.

  59. comnsnse July 27th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    O.K. folks, do any of you still want the “Suggestor in Chief” to attempt any more trades?

    Does anyone still believe this roster is competitive with the three division rivals for the wildcard?

    The only thing that makes any sense at this time is as of 8-1 throw in the towel, dump all the detritus and play the best prospects in the system, letting them get their feet wet at the MLB level.

    Trades? Only if you get value that is on the cusp of ML at any position except catcher.

    If you can’t bring back starting pitching don’t trade Hughes, this is a must if both Pettitte and Kuroda retire.

    I would also caution about trading Joba since Mo is also retiring and there is no one right now in our pen with the physical equipment Joba has. (No eating jokes please!)

    Lastly and redundant but necessary, clear up the FO mess which has Cashman stating in no uncertain terms.

    “I am a well paid eunuch”, review him based on accomplishments and if found wanting off with his head!

    What I don’t get is if he is so well respected as the writer believes, but admittedly is also powerless vis a vis the secret committee.

    Then how does one respect a eunuch, history tells us only as a servant!

  60. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Awesome, another puckhead on the blog. I am a ‘guins fan :twisted:

    Ha, Ha! I take that rivalry about as serious as Yankees/Boston. When I find myself worrying about another team losing more then I care about mine winning I’ll pack it in.
    Actually I was born in Blackhawk country (still the best jersey), moved to Bruin country but never took an interest. It was my daughter that got me interested in the NHL and hockey in general.

  61. Hans Davenport July 27th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    “I am a well paid eunuch”, review him based on accomplishments and if found wanting off with his head!

    Great work if you can get it.

  62. ahrmonn July 27th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    So this is what it feels like when doves cry : (

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiQnwiATK0E

  63. JRC July 27th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    We are doomed, stick a fork in it we’re done. Sabathia has become useles, Pettite is up and down, Hughes useless most of the time. Trades and pickups have been horrible. Now Hal wants to destroy the team, great, this is heartbreaking.

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