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Yankees let one slip away; settle for doubleheader split

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 18, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Roberts, Starling Marte

An ugly way to wrap up the doubleheader. The Yankees and Pirates played a pretty rough second game, and the Yankees came out on the short end with a 5-3 loss. The Yankees did not have McCann, Ellsbury, Soriano or Jeter in the starting lineup — and Kelly Johnson was batting cleanup — but they still had 10 hits and an early lead. The Pirates were absolutely dreadful early in the game, and the combination of their mistakes and a few good Yankees at-bats had the Yankees in front 2-1 after five innings. Vidal Nuno, though, gave up a two-out, go-ahead home run to Starling Marte in the sixth inning. And after Yangervis Solarte tied it with a home in the bottom of the sixth, Alfredo Aceves gave up a two-out, go-ahead home run of his own, this one to Josh Harrison in the seventh. Former Yankees catcher Chris Stewart drove in an insurance run for the Pirates in the ninth.  Ultimately, it was an ugly game with neither team playing particularly well (though Harrison did make a fantastic catch to rob Solarte of a double and possibly save a run in the eighth). The Yankees will settle for a doubleheader split heading into tomorrow’s off day.

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97 Responses to “Yankees let one slip away; settle for doubleheader split”

  1. Your Name Here May 18th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/sos

    At the easiest portion of the schedule. Can’t let games like these slip away.

  2. JimK May 18th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Repost:
    Absolutely the worst bunt I have ever seen.

  3. ScottinSJ May 18th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Your Name Here May 18th, 2014 at 7:44 pm
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/sos

    At the easiest portion of the schedule. Can’t let games like these slip away.

    This is so true. 4 – 3 against the Mets and Pirates is pretty pedestrian. They have yet to play the AL juggernauts OAK and DET. This one feels like a real giveaway.

  4. Tar May 18th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    It’s never easy to sweep a DH…I don’t care who the team is.

  5. say NO to Cano May 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    when your manager manages the team out of a game, it’s definitely not easy to sweep a DH

  6. pkyankfan69 May 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Thornton has done the impossible… He makes he yearn for Boonie… Thornton still throws hard but that’s it, he is awful.

  7. jmills May 18th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=v.....del=watch#

    Forget about this loss, Sux, suck, let’s enjoy the suffering tonight. Above, is Dave ” Tiger ” Williams and Dave ” the Hammer ” Schultz. Double headers are tough to complete, never liked them particularly.

  8. say NO to Cano May 18th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    we didn’t give this game away to the Pirates. We gave it away to Chris Stewart. Let that sink in for a moment. Chris Stewart came into YS and gave us a L.

  9. austinmac May 18th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Thornton has the worst lefty breaking ball you will see.

    The infield defense looked bad today.

    Glad we have a day off.

  10. tomingeorgia May 18th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Another series won. That’s a good thing.

  11. Yankee Fan 1 May 18th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    It’s really hard to sweep a double header. Really can’t complain about taking 2/3 this series.

  12. JimK May 18th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Don’t sound like we will CC for quite some time.

  13. ScottinSJ May 18th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    say NO to Cano May 18th, 2014 at 7:50 pm
    we didn’t give this game away to the Pirates. We gave it away to Chris Stewart. Let that sink in for a moment. Chris Stewart came into YS and gave us a L.

    LOL Pal, you’ve got to get over your Chris Stewart obsession.

  14. ScottinSJ May 18th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Some good signs, but I guess we shouldn’t expect more when our starting staff is sub-par overall and we have two relievers (Aceves & Thornton) who really are just wastes of space.

  15. JimK May 18th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Again, the positives, the Y’s are still in or near 1st place in what has become a very weak division.

  16. JimK May 18th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Y’s 0-17 trailing after 7

  17. ScottinSJ May 18th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    JimK — True, but the schedule will get tougher and we can’t count on everlasting mediocrity from everyone else in the AL East.

    Would like to see Ellsbury pick it up soon. McCann is off and on of late, but still hitting poorly overall. Gardner simply has too many brain farts on the bases. Solarte is a Godsend.

  18. JimK May 18th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Scott, its possible the AL East is “just” mediocre.

  19. jmills May 18th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    tomingeorgia, the only Avro Lancaster bomber is about to make its way to, Britain. There was an auction to raise funds. Somebody paid 79 thousand plus for the one way trip. Its coming back to Hamilton, thank goddess. I’m not about to let the English keep my plane! The thing was made right here in, Canada.

  20. ScottinSJ May 18th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Jim — You may very well be right. I think 90 wins could take the division. But we need to make hay while the schedule is favorable. The road trip looks like this:

    2 at CHC
    4 at CHW
    3 at STL

    I think they have to do better than, say, 5 – 4. Am I confident they will? No.

  21. Captain Clutch May 18th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    So the Yanks lost because of Aceves and Thornton…again what a surprise. Girardi has to stop bringing in Thornton to face players that aren’t superstars because the opposing manager will pinch hit and it will cost the yanks runs every single time. I am so tired of watching Thornton get tattooed by righties.

  22. jmills May 18th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    When I say ” only Avro bomber “, I mean the only Canadian affiliate, Britain has the other available entry :)

  23. pete22 May 18th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The easy schedule most of this month will(have) mask(ed) a lot of the problems, and may give false comfort. Hopefully there is good news on the injury front come June (CC/Pineda) and the offense starts clicking more consistently instead of just when they face a guy throwing batting practice

  24. ScottinSJ May 18th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    CC — Thornton, alas, has one pitch: a straight fastball. He’s not even as good as Boone Logan. As I said above, he’s a waste of space. Aceves stinks too. He should only appear in mop-up duty.

  25. JimK May 18th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Scott, I think the Cubs, with their SP will give the Y’s a hard time before they even get to the WS, and ST. Louis

  26. ecc16 May 18th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Whenever the b team relievers have to come in everything goes wrong

  27. jmills May 18th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    If you’re going to fly across the Atlantic in a Lancaster Bomber from Avro, you don’t have much choice. Its ten thousand feet not more, and no movies :D

  28. ScottinSJ May 18th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    JimK — probably so. Our 11 – 11 home record is simply not good enough.

  29. ScottinSJ May 18th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Too much baseball in one day. I’m out. Take care all.

  30. chicken_stanley May 18th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Good evening all.

    Off topic: I received Mo’s book for my birthday last week and started reading it on the plane today… One quote made me actually laugh out loud. Mo is describing a tussle Jorge had with the Ray’s Bobby Smith:

    “Jorge jabs the ball into Smith’s side and then they’re at it, bodies tumbling, Smith’s helmet flying revealing the best blond afro this side of Randy Levine”

    :D

  31. Petefromnoha May 18th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Offense needs help Utley morales or drew might help Soriano is terrible

  32. tomingeorgia May 18th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Win two of three, problems solved.

  33. jmills May 18th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0W5nIUdfGrQ#

    chicken_stanley, Wendel Clark is on my team!

  34. rl1856 May 18th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    G2 started and won by Garett Cole, who refused to sign with the Yankees when drafted. Saved by Mark Melancon, a reliever we threw away.

  35. chicken_stanley May 18th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    jmills – cool video; great soundtrack… I like the mix up with Probert and the awesome check just after it

  36. chicken_stanley May 18th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Mark Melancon, a reliever we threw away.

    ——

    was he in the deal for Lance Berkman aka The Big Puma aka Fat Elvis? I just can’t remember

  37. ericHI May 18th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    diaper rash

  38. Mottsx May 18th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Ellsbury needs to lead off. Gotta him out of the three hole. Should bat Gardner 2nd and jeter third since he does make contact albeit first pitch swinging but atleast ellsbury and Gardner and likely already on base.

  39. tomingeorgia May 18th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    My youngest daughter just called to tell me she is engaged to be married. To a professional soldier/spy who’s the head of the military attache school for DOD. Never met the guy, and he’s at least 25 years older than she. Happy, but a little worried. She’ll have an interesting life, though!.

  40. mick May 18th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    tomingeorgia May 18th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    One of my fondest memories is of a yanks-tigers DH at the Old, old stadium, along with about 75,000 of my closest friend, on Independence Day, 1961. Locked in a pennant race with Detroit, Whitey Ford won the first game, then Frank Lary, a Yankee killer if there ever was one,
    took the second game. If I recall, it was a sunny day, temperature about 90, and I brought home one of the worst sunburns of my life. A wonderful day!
    ===============
    Mr Tom

    Was at this game. Maris homered.

  41. tomingeorgia May 18th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Mister mick,
    Did you get a sunburn, too?

  42. Tabbert May 18th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    This was a very winnable game, but make no mistake, Harrison won that game for the pirates in the late inning. A homer, then That play he made to rob Solarte of a extra base hit was a big the turning point of the game. We would have most likely had men on second and third with no outs, or maybe even had scored a run on that play.

  43. mick May 18th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Mr Tom

    Looking at boxscore I see tigers won 2nd game on a triple steal, bases were loaded.
    Maris tied it off Lary in bottom of 8th with 2 run shot. #31, what a season!

  44. Madrugador May 18th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    When is Girardi going to allow Nuno pitch deeper into the game? He had a very manageable pitch count when he was pulled.

  45. I am Brett Godner May 18th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    “professional soldier/spy ”

    The tinker / tailor was already taken?

  46. mick May 18th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    This was a very winnable game,
    ===============
    How does Gardy get picked off at 3rd in the 1st?

  47. Tabbert May 18th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Someone mentioned the offense needing help, and while I agree, it’s not nearly as important as getting the Rotation figured out. Going into Yesterday, The Yankees were averaging 4.61 runs over the last 21 games, which would be on pace for 746 runs in a season, which would have been good enough for 5th best in all of baseball last year. The offense has been clicking ever since Tex got back.

    As far as the ” Weak” schedule goes, There are only Two complete teams in the AL that have virtually zero flaws, and our head and shoulders better than everyone else. Outside of Detroit, and Oakland, all the other playoff contenders are pretty equal. This might be a weak portion of the schedule, but it’s not like we’re going to be running through a gauntlet at any point this season. From now until July 13th, the best teams we will play are the cards three times, and the A’s six times. The rest of the schedule is very manageable and balanced.

  48. I am Brett Godner May 18th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    “How does Gardy get picked off at 3rd in the 1st?”

    It was a good play. Stuff happens. Far more important plays in the game.

  49. Mottsx May 18th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    How does Gardy get picked off at 3rd in the 1st?

    =====

    By Stewie….

  50. Tabbert May 18th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Mick- I have no idea. That was so damn irritating to watch. I don’t remember exactly where the pitch to Tex landed on that play, but I don’t understand why Gardy was halfway down the third base line. The irritating thing is, Stewart had already thrown down to third during the inning to try and throw Gardy out. Just a massive blunder. But Pittsburgh did gift us the run(s) right back the following inning. It was a winnable game, no doubt. However, We mostly likely win that game if it’s not for the amazing play that Harrison made. Sometimes that’s how it goes. Baseball can be cruel. That being said, we seem to be out of our funk, and have played decent ball of late. We got Tanaka going twice in the six games in Chicago, and the Sox are without Abreu, so I think we have a good shot of leaving chitown going 4-2 or 3-3.

  51. tomingeorgia May 18th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Mister mick,
    That summer, my sister and I drove an old Jeepster ( a 1951) out to Detroit to visit her college friend. Yankees were in town, and won three straight, much to the chagrin of her friend’s pop. Tough nougie!

  52. pete22 May 18th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Tabbert May 18th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    “As far as the ” Weak” schedule goes, There are only Two complete teams in the AL that have virtually zero flaws, and our head and shoulders better than everyone else. Outside of Detroit, and Oakland, all the other playoff contenders are pretty equal. This might be a weak portion of the schedule, but it’s not like we’re going to be running through a gauntlet at any point this season. From now until July 13th, the best teams we will play are the cards three times, and the A’s six times. The rest of the schedule is very manageable and balanced.”

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

    Mets, Pirates and Cubs are certainly weak teams. Cards are not very good either. All of them being played this month. They also played the Brewers w/o Braun at a time they were in a bad hitting slump. Yankees have yet to play the 2 best teams in the AL, Tigers and A’s. However, in June they play the A’s 6 times, have a killer 10 game road trip and at the end of the month go back to playing AL East teams. Maybe not an awfully tough schedule but much tougher than this month.

  53. mick May 18th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Frank Lary the Yankee Killer and Charlie “Always on Sunday” Maxwell.
    Kaline.

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