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Yankees finish with winning road trip

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 28, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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It didn’t always feel like a winning road trip, but that’s exactly what this nine-game journey through middle American turned out to be. With tonight’s 7-4 win against the Cardinals, the Yankees took two of three in St. Louis and went 5-4 on the trip. They’ll have an off day tomorrow before returning to Yankee Stadium on Friday. The Yankees lineup had just one extra-base hit, but five straight reached base in a four-run third inning, they had three straight hits in a three-run fourth. Jacoby Ellsbury finished with three hits and drove in three runs, the starting infielders had two hits apiece, John Ryan Murphy had two RBI in his first career start as the No. 5 hitter, and Brian McCann played an error-free game in his first career start at first base. Hiroki Kuroda allowed nine hits, but he didn’t walk anyone. Three runs through 5.2 innings was good enough for his first road win since July 25, 2013, breaking a string of 11 winless starts away from Yankee Stadium.

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51 Responses to “Yankees finish with winning road trip”

  1. Hankflorida May 28th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    The Bronx Banjo’s showed the power of clutch hits when they keep the line moving with contact hitting. The Bronx bullpen showed the efficiency of their power arms, but alas the poor starting pitching, I have known them well from last year as they exit the stage well before their final curtain. If ever there was a time to get some length from our starter with a 7 to 0 lead, this was the night with a Daley to finish the game, but our big guns still had to come out to hold the line. With Toronto looking like our Murder’s Row of a few years ago, will our bullpen not wilt in the dog days of summer to keep us in the game?

  2. bruceb May 28th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    So you’re ecstatic about the victory then Hank!

  3. austinmac May 28th, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Good series win. Ellsbury is swinging well again. That sure helps.

  4. ScottinSJ May 28th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Toronto is really surprising. Not only can they mash, but they’re getting solid pitching too.

  5. EliasInNH May 28th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Good to bring home a winning road trip. Ellsbury indeed is swinging well again. This is a good sign.

  6. jlyanks85 May 28th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Blue jays will revert back to reality soon enough. Every team can have hot streaks every now and then.

  7. UnKnown May 28th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I don’t think we hit a bomb all series and still took it. Me Likey.

    2 out of 3 is impressive.

  8. Tyler May 28th, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Only being 3.5 back of a Blue Jays team that is on fire is pretty great considering the Yanks injuries. Really don’t think the Yanks have played anything close to their best ball yet. They have holes (as every team does) but they have as much as potential as any team I’d say. The lineup is the biggest concern but I think a healthy Beltran is the key.

  9. bruceb May 28th, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I’d have settled for 5-4 before embarking on this road trip…winning 2 out of 3 in St Louis was a pretty good effort, especially with the lineups we put out.

    The one thing this team seems to do well is bounce back from a bad defeat. It’s just what you’d expect from the Yankees.

  10. ScottinSJ May 28th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Starting pitching is at least as much of a concern as the offense. With Kuroda now a 5 – 6 inning pitcher (and a mediocre one at that), there are 4 starters in that 5 – 6 inning range. This is going to kill the bullpen eventually.

  11. Tyler May 29th, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I think more length will come in time with the starters. They’ve really been pretty decent outside of a couple starts (which haven’t exactly been helped by the team behind them). They’ll get Pineda back eventually who is a huge x-factor. It’s definitely not ideal but I’m worried about them scoring runs.

  12. JimK May 29th, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I am perfectly happy with a 5-4 road trip; in fact before the St. Louis series began, I said I would be ecstatic if the Y’s won 2/3.

  13. Hankflorida May 29th, 2014 at 12:21 am

    bruceb May 28th, 2014 at 11:46 pm
    So you’re ecstatic about the victory then Hank!

    I was glad to see Cashman’s vision of a contact team make it with RISP; since I am a Bronx Bomber guy who dwells in the past, I am still open to the New Age of computer baseball and want him to succeed. If Cashman is diffusing the bomb, at least he should give us at some arms who can go the distance and keep our bullpen rested.

  14. CCBiggs May 29th, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Is it a coincidence that the Yankee lineup scored 7 runs on a night in which Jeter was on the bench? I don’t think so. Jeter in the Number 2 spot is a terrible waste and it can’t be justified except on sentimental value. Time to drop Jeter to 8th or 9th where he belongs and see what the offense can do without a dead spot there.

  15. Barry May 29th, 2014 at 12:27 am


    Jeter was in all the other games — you know — those our team won.

  16. Hankflorida May 29th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    They’ll get Pineda back eventually who is a huge x-factor.

    Tyler, the problem is that Pineda will be on a pitch count and may still wear out the pen. This problem must be addressed before it gets too late.

  17. bigdan22 May 29th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Gosh, I don’t how this game got to be so tough to watch after the Yanks took a 7-0 lead but it certainly was. Could it be that Kuroda was not much better than, umm, well you fill in the blanks. Maybe it was another dose of what seems like an endless barrage of bad infield defense. Or yet another game without a home run. Or how Gardner once again manages to strike out in an important spot. Or how Girardi used all his best relief pitchers to save a game with a three run lead. Or was it a five run lead. I can’t remember.

    A few other thoughts:

    –Kuroda looks bad. I mean bad. Pitches up. Few strike outs. Everyone taking big swings. Batters looking too comfortable. He is not the Yanks No. 2 starter. Anymore.

    –Another game. More bad infield defense. More zero impact. At least three misplays and errors tonight. Not even one extra run out of it. Yet further support of my theory that is really really hard for bad infield defense to affect a game result or even significantly matter. But that doesn’t mean I have to keep watching this crap do I? Can Roberts field and throw anymore? Ok, he had a nice day at the plate, but he just seems to get worse and worse in the field.

    –Is Brandon Ryan a better hitter than Jeter now? Sure looks like hit. Now he just needs to learn how to field a ground ball and we might have something.

    –Did Girardi have to use all those guys tonight?

    –Best game by Ellsbury in I don’t know how long.

    –Gardner still strikes out way too much.

  18. pete22 May 29th, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Heres thanks to MLB schedulers who have given the Yankees 17 of their first 52 games (almost 1/2) against NL teams, and not very good ones for the most part. This has allowed the team to tread water over the last month despite the injuries, and hopefully has not give the FO false comfort. With a tougher schedule coming up for the last 2/3 of the season, with fewer off days to rest aging players, things will get tougher.

    Hopefully Tex wrist is nothing serious, and Beltran is being honest with the Yankees about how well his elbow feels and is not simply postponing the inevitable to a time when getting a replacement will be more difficult. Pineda sounds like he should be back soon, and maybe the budget will be loosened to allow the addition of Morales. And maybe Solartes slump is just a slump

  19. pete22 May 29th, 2014 at 12:56 am

    thats 1/3 and not 1/2

  20. pete22 May 29th, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Sobering that a winning road trip has cost us 4 games against the jays. However, we have seen the Jays with good records at the end of May before, and they tend to falter as the season progresses, much like the Red Sox used to. I still think the Red Sox are the team to beat and we did pick up a game on them over the last 9 games. They will be a much better team when Drew joins them, especially against RHP’ers, although their pitching is an issue at the moment

  21. 4TrainNorth May 29th, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Imagine if the Jays were getting more production out of Reyes — that would be scary. I just don’t believe their pitching can keep this up.

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