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Yankees offense picks up the slack to beat Baltimore

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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These were Joe Girardi’s words pregame: “This is going to be a complete team effort if we’re going to get to where we want to go in October. … If the (starting pitcher) doesn’t have it that night, we’ve really got to pick them up offensively.” It was definitely one of those pick-them-up games tonight. After CC Sabathia struggled — again — the Yankees lineup answered for an 8-5 win that pulled the Yankees within a half game of the Orioles and kept them in the hunt for the wild card. After Sabathia blew a lead in the top of the fifth, the Yankees responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Ichiro Suzuki had a go-ahead two-run home run, and Robinson Cano delivered a two-run single for some breathing room. Mark Reynolds doubled in the inning and finished with his second straight three-hit game. Sabathia, meanwhile, failed to pitch out of the sixth and was pulled after just 86 pitches, having already allowed five runs in yet another disappointing start. The bullpen provided 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, capped by Mariano Rivera’s 39th save of the year.

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34 Responses to “Yankees offense picks up the slack to beat Baltimore”

  1. Captain Clutch August 30th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Reynolds and Romine should be in there everyday. Enough with the manager’s pets and playing guys that stink over guys who should be in there.

  2. meloo August 30th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Captain Clutch August 30th, 2013 at 10:15 pm
    Reynolds and Romine should be in there everyday. Enough with the manager’s pets and playing guys that stink over guys who should be in there.

    ========

    The impeccable Chris Stewart will be in the lineup tomorrow, as it’s a day game. Yay! I can’t even call him ‘Stewie’..he’s so bad he doesn’t deserve a nickname.

  3. mnmboys August 30th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Need to bring up more live bullpen arms 9/1. Starters won’t give us much length.

  4. mnmboys August 30th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Joe sticking up for CC again. Tired of hearing he isn’t as bad as the numbers indicate.

  5. NYY fan in NH August 30th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    CC is the doom and gloom of a potential playoff spot. He’s needed really bad by this team right now and is just failing miserably.

  6. sunny615 August 30th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Huh… who’d thunk the offense could’ve picked up anything.

  7. Captain Clutch August 30th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Girardi has to treat CC the rest of the season like he did tonight. He has been awful this year and he can’t allow him to blow leads after the 5th inning. With the rosters expanding they will be able to handle it. When he leaves pitches over the plate they are homeruns and doubles and they can’t afford that.

  8. randy l. August 30th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    CC needs to skip a start to see if that’ll change the pattern.

    he’s in a bad rut.

  9. implosion August 30th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    CC needs to skip the All You Can Eat Captain Crunch Buffet Line. He is a fat slob and a pig. NOT AN ACE. Would be a number 3 starter on Astros at best. Yankees can not and will not admit mistakes. Red Sox MUCH MUCH better and smarter in that dept.

  10. raymagnetic August 30th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Are they going to skip Kuroda and Hughes as well? Right now 3 of their starters stink and then you have Andy and Nova.

    Just have to hope the offense can carry them and CC and Kuroda can turn it around before it’s too late.

  11. jlyanks85 August 30th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Still believe he’s hiding some type of injury, because even if he had a decrease in velocity, he shouldn’t be this bad, when he was still very good last year. The man isn’t even in his mid 30s yet.

  12. implosion August 30th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    The stink comin off CC as he walks by is enough to make me puke. What a waste of space and money. He also stiffs charities after promising goods in return for favors. There is no worse type of human the Mr. Fat -So. Collects on the favors ie free vacations but does not provide the goods is game worn jersey. Too busy stuffing his fat face. A PIG I tell you a freaking pig.

  13. chicken_stanley August 30th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Randy – a skipped start may be a good thing but who takes his turn? Warren? Huff? Without looking at the schedule, I’m thinking there are no days off for a while so there is no way to work it in normally.

  14. MG August 30th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    implosion August 30th, 2013 at 10:45 pm
    The stink comin off CC as he walks by is enough to make me puke. What a waste of space and money. He also stiffs charities after promising goods in return for favors. There is no worse type of human the Mr. Fat -So. Collects on the favors ie free vacations but does not provide the goods is game worn jersey. Too busy stuffing his fat face. A PIG I tell you a freaking pig.
    ———————
    what are you, 2 years old?

    Grow up, he’s won a ton of games for the Yankees and his having a bad year.

    If you don’t like it, tough s**t.

  15. jmills August 30th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    ” Yankees offense picks up the slack, you’re done, Baltimore!” :) Oy, where is Belanger when you need him?

    Anybody remember, Scott MacGregor?

  16. implosion August 30th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    MG I dont like over paid pigs stiffing charities do you? What are you some kind of scum yourself. He is not a man he is a pig who gets goods and services for free and does not live up to his end of the deal. Need I remind you you dumb ass piece of crapo about how big he showed up in the playoffs against the Tigers last year. You are blind and stupid. You are too stupid in fact for words.

  17. MG August 30th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    randy l. August 30th, 2013 at 10:30 pm
    CC needs to skip a start to see if that’ll change the pattern.

    he’s in a bad rut.
    —————————————
    randy, it seems to me that he’s struggling with something like his arm slot and he has it early in games (at least the last two starts) but then loses it.

    Tonight, from the time when they scored the 1st run on his stuff was completely different than the 1st 3 innings. Flaherty mentioned that his fastball was once again cutting and once he does that he gets hit. Everything else looked flat as well.

    I don’t know that there is a solution other than to have him keep pitching and hope that he can learn to maintain his mechanics for a full game-what are the other options if Hughes is on the shortest of leashes?

  18. MG August 30th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    implosion August 30th, 2013 at 10:51 pm
    MG I dont like over paid pigs stiffing charities do you? What are you some kind of scum yourself. He is not a man he is a pig who gets goods and services for free and does not live up to his end of the deal. Need I remind you you dumb ass piece of crapo about how big he showed up in the playoffs against the Tigers last year. You are blind and stupid. You are too stupid in fact for words.
    —————–
    I was wrong, you aren’t two years old, you are an infant.

    Enjoy your hating, you wouldn’t have the guts to say those things to either CC or me in person

  19. pkyankfan69 August 30th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Nice win and it was a fun game to watch aside from CC’s struggles.., gotta sweep

  20. bruceb August 30th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    There are no other options. You could replace Hughes with Huff but you just keep pitching CC, Hiro, Andy and Nova…and hope for the best. Maybe the offense can pick them up now and again – like they did tonight. But if 4 out of 5 ain’t firing, then there will be no streak.

  21. chicken_stanley August 30th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Good evening Jmills. Belanger? MacGregor? youre bringing back memories of the O’s that I really, really, really pulled against! :)

  22. jlyanks85 August 30th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Where are you getting your info from that CC stiffs charities? I’ve heard nothing but great thing about CC in what he does outside of baseball.

  23. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    It’s water under the bridge now, but remember all those games when the game was in the bag when Girardi would leave CC in until the bitter end?

    Well, that certainly didn’t help his arm.

  24. chicken_stanley August 30th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Andy has pitched well the last couple of starts, Nova seems strong, I really think Kuroda comes around… that leaves Hughes and CC. Both have left something to be desired – hopefully at least one of the two can right the ship. If not, its gonna be awfully hard to make a run

  25. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Captain Clutch,

    You and I agree on how Girardi finds it more than a little difficult to play the hot bat or pull a struggling pitcher. He seems to place massaging egos above wins for the entire team. Ultimately, that hurts all the players and not just a few.

  26. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I too think Kuroda will come around.

  27. chicken_stanley August 30th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Wang. I saw on MLB Trade Rumors that CMW is still in DFA purgatory. Would love to see him to hook on with a team in’14 and contribute.

  28. Hans Davenport August 30th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Anybody remember, Scott MacGregor?

    Didn’t George trade him to Baltimore for Ken Holtzman on the advice of one of his sons?

  29. axel August 30th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    solid W tonight.

  30. chicken_stanley August 30th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Hans – I think you’re right (Hotlzman was definitely on the advice of a son, just don’t remember if Macgregor was involved). There was quite a Yankee- O’s pipeline in the day… Didn’t the Yanks also trade Rick Dempsey and Tippy Martinez to the O’s?

  31. chicken_stanley August 30th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I just looked it up… first of all we are all spelling his name wrong – McGregor. The trade:

    Traded by the New York Yankees with Rick Dempsey, Tippy Martinez, Rudy May and Dave Pagan to the Baltimore Orioles for Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, Elrod Hendricks, Ken Holtzman and Grant Jackson.

  32. Captain Clutch August 30th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    remember all those games when the game was in the bag when Girardi would leave CC in until the bitter end?
    ————–

    A lot of people said it at the time but Girardi treated CC like he is a robot with an unlimited amount of bullets in his arm. It was bound to catch up to him one of these years. I definitely think he is hiding some sort of arm injury.

  33. exiledintampa August 30th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Dempsey ended up catching the most games in O’s history.

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