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Postgame notes: “Five runs should be a baseline for us”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alfonso Soriano

Exactly four weeks ago, the Yankees came to this very same stadium to face this very same starting pitcher. Care to guess how many Yankees were in the same spot in the lineup on that day and today?

Three. Brett Gardner leading off, Robinson Cano batting third and Chris Stewart hitting ninth. The rest of the lineup had been either rearranged or complete reinvented in less than a month.

“I think right now that we definitely feel confident,” Alex Rodriguez said. “I feel like the first day I came in, I felt like five runs should be a baseline for us and then go from there. I think every day gets a little better.”

With another double-digit outburst, the Yankees got their sixth win in eight games. They reached a relatively modest benchmark of four runs for a fourth straight game. Doesn’t seem like much, but this is actually the Yankees first four-game streak of at least four runs since early June.

“We have a lot more power in the lineup (against lefties), and we probably have a few less lefties,” Joe Girardi said. “And right-handed power in this park helps if you’re a pull guy, so it’s a different lineup for sure.”

The Yankees two big blows came on home runs from two of the new right-handed hitters. Mark Reynolds went deep in the second inning, and Alfonso Soriano hit one out in the third. The Reynolds homer was an introduction. The Soriano homer was something awfully familiar at this point.

“When we start winning, we start having fun,” Soriano said. “This game is all about winning. When we’re winning, we’re having fun.”

Robinson Cano, Alfonso Soriano• Soriano went 3-for-4 with four RBI, three of them on his home run. According to Elias, he’s one of six players all time — fourth Yankee — to have 18 RBI in a four-game span joining the Cardinals Jim Bottomley (1929), the Cubs Sammy Sosa (2002), and the Yankees Lou Gehrig (1930), Tony Lazzeri (1936), and Joe DiMaggio (1939). “I don’t consider myself a power hitter, but I’m close to 400 (career homers),” Soriano said. “I like to hit line drives. I think I’ve been blessed with my hands; God gave me quick hands. I’ve put everything together to try to get better. That’s what I try to do every day.”

• Rodriguez describing Soriano right now: “Like playing slow-pitch softball.”

• Reynolds is the 14th player since 1961 to homer in his first plate appearance with the Yankees. The last to do it was Andruw Jones in 2011. “I think my last game I played was August 4,” Reynolds said. “I hit BP and stuff with the Indians before I got designated, but that’s the first live pitching I’ve seen in quite a while. Maybe I just need to sit on the couch and come out and play.”

• Since the beginning of 2011, Reynolds has 11 home runs against the Red Sox, tied with Curtis Granderson for the second-most by any playing against Boston in that time (Jose Bautista has 13). The only team Reynolds has homered against more often since the start of 2011? Naturally, it’s the Yankees (13).

• Robinson Cano has an 11-game hitting streak.

• Say what you will about the guy, but Rodriguez has done a pretty good job of blocking out the boos and playing well in this hostile environment since coming back. “We’re in playoff baseball right now,” he said. “Every game means the world to us. We’re trying to stay very focused and collective in here; stay very united no matter what’s thrown at us. Our focus is to win games, and that’s the only thing we care about right now. The reaction is pretty tame usually.”

• Asked whether his swing is already better than it was late last year, Rodriguez didn’t hesitate. “Definitely,” he said. “Not (like) a day from last year. I was thinking that I shouldn’t have been out there last year.”

Andy Pettitte• Andy Pettitte got his first win since July 11 and his first road win since June 8. It was the 253rd win of his career, moving him into a tie with Carl Hubbell for 43rd on baseball’s all-time list. It was his 20th win against the Red Sox, sixth-most for any Yankees pitcher against Boston.

• Tonight snapped a string of eight straight starts in which Pettitte had allowed a first-inning run. It was the longest such streak ever for a Yankees pitcher.

• Pettitte on his performance: “After the second inning, I felt like I hardly made any mistakes, except in that last inning. I just got a little tired and left some balls in the middle of the zone. It was one of those nights where everything was working and you’d hope you’d be able to get through the game like I did. My curve was working, my two-seamer I was locating that to both sides of the plate. My four-seamer also. Stew called a great game and we scored a lot of runs. It was a good win, a great win for us.”

• The results were better tonight, but Pettitte said his stuff was basically the same. “That’s what was so frustrating about my last two starts,” he said. “I finally felt like my stuff was coming around and I wasn’t cutting my two-seamers. Prior to the starts before that, that’s what I was giving up a lot of my runs on, balls I was trying to throw away and they were cutting back to the middle of the plate. The start against Chicago and the start at home against the Tigers, my balls were doing exactly what I wanted to as far as running away from righties and going in to righties when I wanted to. I wasn’t being successful. So hopefully I can just continue to hold what I’ve got here and hopefully my stuff will be crisp when I go out there.”

• Reynolds was the 50th player used by the Yankees, one shy of the franchise record reached in 2005 and 2008.

• Final word goes to Reynolds: “We battled these guys with the Orioles last year, but this is different. When you’re on deck, I mean, you can’t repeat what the fans say to you, but it’s just a different vibe, a different atmosphere for sure. But all that stuff does is motivate us as players to go out there and perform better. It’s all in good fun, and it’s a great spot to be in, in this rivalry.”

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56 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Five runs should be a baseline for us””

  1. Nick in SF August 17th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    A’s PBP guy: 18 RBIs for Soriano over the past 4 games!

    Ray Fosse: Alex who??? [laughs]

  2. Barry August 17th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    One can only imagine how vulgar and cretinous the fan comments must be that Reynolds alluded to.

  3. yankinvegas August 17th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Been in Arizona the past 5 days. had my second spinal surgery. Laser. The post op pain is pretty intense so I wasn’t able to watch most of the game. This was a great start to a very important stretch of games.
    Scoreboard watching is draining. Let’s win 15 of 19 or something like that and I’ll bet we will be in an advantageous position for the final 4 weeks.

  4. Nick in SF August 17th, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Best wishes for your recovery, yankinvegas, and I agree that winning 15 of 19 would be a very good idea.

  5. Barry August 17th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Yankinvegas — Are you refusing sedation? Please don’t.

  6. long_atbat August 17th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    This team is starting to look like a force to be reckoned with… And we don’t even have our captain yet. Playoff hopes are alive and well!

  7. jmills August 17th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Barry, how r _? :) take care in Dundas and Sherbourne.

  8. Barry August 17th, 2013 at 12:45 am

    jmills– I’m good. Still thinking about Toronto. Fingers crossed. How is life in Canada? Oh, and I like the Jays. Look for them to come on strong but not until next season.

  9. jmills August 17th, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Barry, it sucks up here at la momente
    Go, Foote

  10. Nick in SF August 17th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Did anyone refuse sedation when Joba loaded the bases?

  11. Barry August 17th, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Well, Nick in SF, I didn’t but by the look of hiim, Joe Girardi did.

  12. Barry August 17th, 2013 at 12:59 am

    jmills —

    The name Foote, as in Barry, reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow and the names of her children; Anus and Toenail.

  13. Boston Jim August 17th, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Lets goooo lets efffffffin ghoooooooo!!!

  14. UnKnown August 17th, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Sweet win. Gotta follow it up with another tomorrow.

    Sorry RIB but you logging in as your other blog name and calling me embarrassingly stupid doesn’t change the fact that you are using two names on here. If you come clean Aleeeeex will. :wink:

    Oh and it’s sad that you can’t get through a post without name calling, but not as sad as you having to post under two different screen names. :lol:

  15. Patrick August 17th, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Pete Abe tweeted:
    “Counting the ’04 postseason, the Sox and Yanks have played 182 games the last 10 seasons. The difference between the teams is 5 runs”

    That’s pretty cool..

  16. UnKnown August 17th, 2013 at 1:34 am

    This team is completely different since AL got here. From attitude to production and everything in between. It just comes down to how hot can this team get down the stretch.

    This can happen and I have been saying it all along. In fact I have been saying it WILL happen. It’s time to start getting jacked up about it!!!

  17. Jorge Mexico August 17th, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Barry August 17th, 2013 at 12:19 am
    One can only imagine how vulgar and cretinous the fan comments must be that Reynolds alluded to.

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

    What happened, Barry? I missed that

  18. Jorge Mexico August 17th, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Sorry. I got it.

  19. GregD August 17th, 2013 at 6:32 am

    It’s been fun to watch

  20. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Good morning.

    If the Yankees can avg. 5 runs a game and pitch the way they were early in the season look out.

    :)

  21. yanks61 August 17th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Winning is wonderful, isn’t it!? Once again, I have no idea if they can keep this up, but making other teams sweat is fun.

    I love how losing will make Hal repent – but so will winning! As long, that is, as Arod is throwing him and Levine the finger and leading some mythical player rebellion. Yeah, they’re now playing better just so Hal will cry all the way to the bank, as fans flock to YS and fill up seats that were going empty before the (hopefully continued) turn around. Yeah, that’s sticking it to Hal! As the saying goes, you can’t make this stuff up folks!

    I inadvertently started a whole thread of debate when I commented a week or two back that whatever one thinks of Cash, he’s not the principal party responsible for the current direction of the team. This is Hal and Levine’s plan. Fine, if you don’t agree, but that’s how I feel.

    Best Yankee GM in my lifetime? Gene Michael, without a doubt. George Weiss, for all his assumed success (and I’ll grant him some of that) was working in a different time and had the KC A’s as a farm tea. Meanwhile, he was screwing his players big time left and right and was a racist to boot (possibly costing the Yanks Aaron, Mays and Vic Power (and maybe others?)

    To wax poetic, in the words of a (in) famous poster here, management is ephemeral, the team eternal. I could give a hoot who management is. Many of us here rooted for the Yankees when Topping and Webb was running the team into the ground before selling it, when CBS was a cold indifferent overseer (and Michael Burke, a nice guy and genuine American hero, was totally over his head trying to run a team), and when the Boss was blustering his way to headlines with bombastic declarations and ridiculous trades and signings (I loved his spending money, but not his interference with the BB people. The Bronx Zoo and the circus that went with it, was his show.) By the way, it was Gabe Paul who made the moves that brought the Yanks back from the dead. George’s jealousy that Paul got credit for that got Paul fired.

    None of us knows for sure what’s going to happen next year. Meanwhile, I’m just enjoying the resurgence for as long as it lasts.

    Go Sori ! Go Yanks!

  22. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Congrats Reynolds.

    Way to start you’re Yankee career.

    :)

  23. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    61-

    Bonjour.

    Agree completely. Young Stein and curly-haired baboon are the puppet masters.

  24. RadioKev August 17th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Investing in a guy like Reynolds is a smart play at this point. Sure, maybe he’ll be terrible, or maybe he’ll go on a streak and power us to the playoffs. Worth the shot.

    He hit a few deep flies last night too, that would probably go out at home.

  25. yanks61 August 17th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    This team has been dynamite since Sori came back. Never should have left. We know that he’s not going to hit like this for the rest of his stay, but boy let’s hope he stays hot for the rest of the season. This is a different team since Sori got back!

  26. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    A-rod hit the ball on the nose at least 4 times last night.

    Soriano is hotter than the winner of the greater Dallas wet T-shirt contest.

    Next up. The Captain.

  27. yanks61 August 17th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Et bonjour a toi, Monsieur MTU!

    We’re certainly on the same wave length on that!

    By the way, I’m glad to know the pup is doing better and that you caught that second eye problem before it could become dangerous.

    Have a great weekend!

  28. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Thanks 61.

    Sentiments much appreciated.

    Hope things are as sweet as a fine French Aperitif for you and yours.

    :)

  29. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I’m off to a Native American Pow Wow today.

    Never been.

    Should be fun.

    Fancy dress, dancing and singing, and flute playing.

  30. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    If the Yankees get even close to a WC spot Girardi should get MOTY.

  31. JimK August 17th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Hello to all.
    It’s great to see the Y’s back on the winning track and while the clock is running out there is no reason they cannot put together an impressive run in the remaining games. A number of teams have done that this year, such as the Dodgers and the Rays, and the way the Y’s have been hitting they are a good candidate to repeat the success of the 2 aforementioned teams.
    Admittedly, as recently as 2 weeks ago, I did not believe the Y’s were capable of accomplishing anything this year particularly after the SD, WS debacles and 3 straight blown saves by Mo.
    Unfortunately, I am in FL at the present time and will not return north until the end of the month; I have not watched any games since I left and I use this blog to get my PBP action. However, it seems like the Y’s have been winning since I left so maybe I should stay in FL until after the season ends.

  32. MaineYankee August 17th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am
    If the Yankees get even close to a WC spot Girardi should get MOTY.

    ————————————————————

    And Arod will get the “fickle Finger of fate award”.

  33. randy l. August 17th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Pat M. August 16th, 2013 at 11:38 pm
    “I’m with you Cup on the Wonder what new negative leak is next regarding A-Rod ????”

    well said pat m.
    ” Alex vs. Hal and his suits.”

    this friction between alex and hal and his suits has acted as a catalyst for the resurgence of the offense.

    hal and the suits were totally wrong about what the yankees were all about. so wrong i consider them the enemy.

    as much as the red sox are the enemy. ( this is sports folks, just play hatred)
    battle between the “goverment’ and the “rebel forces.”

    the yankees were not the real yankees. hal had made them unrecognizable . somehow alex rodriguez defying hal set off a change of events and hal is no longer in control the way he was before. this chain of events can’t be proven or disproven, but will keep unfolding.

    i’m expecting the yankees to catch the red sox if alex stays healthy and withstands the onslaught of dirty tricks that hal and the yankee suits throw at him.

    making up 7.5 games on the red sox will be easier than making up 6 in the wild card because there are so many teams to leap over.

    there will be multiple factions rooting for the yankees to catch the red sox. there will be multiple factions with different visions of the yankees at opposition to each other.

    hal and his suits will be doing everything they can to sabotage alex which will undermine the yankees chance catching the red sox. this dysfunction will be at the heart of the battle .

    fans like ysguy and trisha will rally around hal and the suits. fans like me, j.a.pru, and sometime tar will be throwing hand grenades at hal and the suits. blake , mtu, and doreen will be watching objectively as the battle unfolds not sure where their allegiance lies.in the end they will pick a side.

    this is not just a battle for first place and a championship, this a battle for the yankees themselves.

    hal and the suits are the enemy.

  34. randy l. August 17th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    “I’m off to a Native American Pow Wow today.

    Never been.

    Should be fun.

    Fancy dress, dancing and singing, and flute playing.”

    did they tell you they needed a white guy to play custer?
    just saying :)

  35. austinmac August 17th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    With some help now, it looks like Cano is no longer trying to homer every time up. That was a heck of a catch.

    I sure do like having some offense.

  36. randy l. August 17th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    “As long, that is, as Arod is throwing him and Levine the finger and leading some mythical player rebellion. Yeah, they’re now playing better just so Hal will cry all the way to the bank, as fans flock to YS and fill up seats that were going empty before the (hopefully continued) turn around. Yeah, that’s sticking it to Hal! As the saying goes, you can’t make this stuff up folks!”

    government propaganda from foreign shores.
    where’s the hand grenades!!!

  37. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Randy-

    I will be playing the drunken spectator photographer Custer.

    :)

  38. randy l. August 17th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    “I sure do like having some offense.”

    won’t take much to get austinmac to join rebel forces :)

  39. randy l. August 17th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    mtu-

    ok, just as long as you’re a willing participant :)

  40. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Randy-

    I’ve been promised I get to leave with everything I came with.

    ;)

  41. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    We must have at least 1 more game.

  42. jmills August 17th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    MTU, great, I get to leave with everything, Prelude included, but apparently not wins in stupid Tropicana.

  43. Benny Blanco August 17th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    What are the chances lackey hits Arod today?

  44. Doreen August 17th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Randy,

    Lol. Ultimately, I want the team to win. That’s the side I’m on.

    Objectively speaking, though, I think ownership would have had a party if there had been a lifetime ban. But since ARod is on the field I’d guess they are hoping that at least he contributes, as in the long run, a productive Alex can only help the bottom lines (wins and, of course, money).

    I am of no illusions that the Yankees wanted Alex back.

    But I do not think they will sabotage him at this point. I think Selig can’t stand ARod enough for everyone.

    Nor do I think they will say anything positive about him.

  45. jmills August 17th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I must win every game remaining which makes ’78′s August and September look easy,……I don’t think its going to happen unless we’re talking suspension in Disney Land.

  46. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Mills-

    AA had a grand plan. I applaud his boldness.

    It simply did not materialize.

    Consider yourself lucky to be leaving that joke of a stadium especially avec Le Prelude.

    Roar on back to Canada in style.

  47. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    A-Rod should let his bat do all his talking from here on out.

  48. jmills August 17th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Bring back Willie, Mr. Rod you shall not pass.

  49. blake August 17th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    RadioKev says:
    August 17, 2013 at 7:58 am
    Investing in a guy like Reynolds is a smart play at this point. Sure, maybe he’ll be terrible, or maybe he’ll go on a streak and power us to the playoffs. Worth the shot.

    He’s already been worth it after one game

  50. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Think Pukelis goes out with Big Sloppy for a milkshake after the game.

    Just for old times sake.

    :)

  51. jmills August 17th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    MTU, double A tried, indeed. ” And I don’t think I can make it, ’cause it took too long to bake it, and I’ll never have that recipe again “. – ” McArthur Park “, brought to you by the hellraiser, Richard Harris…

  52. MG August 17th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Headlines in both daily tabloids about Arod leaking info on other players.

    If he’s a rat he is done in baseball, both his teammates and opposing players will turn on him in ways that you can’t explain here.

    He is denying it but, like everything else surrounding Arod, does he really have a track record that makes you want to believe him?

    I just think of the 500 kids signing a pledge, with him, about not using PEDs and competing clean in 2009.

    I’m not rooting against him, I want the Yankees to win and there are lots of other players on the field who have taken PEDs at one time or another so it’s a reasonably level playing field BUT a rat is a rat is a rat.

    And Arod has done nothing, in my opinion, to give his denials much, if any, credence.

  53. MTU August 17th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    A new one ——>

  54. pat August 17th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    AndrewMarchand
    First Pitch: Will Lackey hit A-Rod? http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....-hit-a-rod

    and will Alex in his postgame comments say, “if Bud suspends Lackey for 211 games for hitting me, I would support him playing while he appeals the suspension.”

    :wink:

  55. jmills August 17th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Arod’s a so called dick, should we care? If this was ’76 we’d have James Hunt ( the Shunt ) and Barry Sheen running around in their seventies’ playground and nobody would be the wiser, in fact, there’d be a general level of concurence.

  56. redsoxsuk1 August 17th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Why are you quoting this douche bag like HE speaks for the team? Please stop, he is an eff’n, uneducated, lying clown and is only on the greatest team in the history of sport because he belongs to a union. If you want to quote him ask him again and again about how and why he cheated after telling the world he wasn’t. THAT’s what I want to read. I want to read about him continuously trying to slip the truth and I want to read about it until he is OUT of baseball. I am ashamed of being a Yankee fan because he is associated with them. He is dog poop on my shoe. Stop quoting this fraud.

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