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Postgame notes: “Everyone here is proud of how we played”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 29, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Remember that five-homer game on May 17? The Yankees have played 11 games since then and gone deep only four times. Today’s game was a pretty good snapshot of what the Yankees offense has become: seven runs on 13 hits, 12 of them singles.

They actually scored the exact same number of runs as they did in that five-homer game.

“That’s pretty good when there’s not a lot of big hits,” Joe Girardi said. “… We’ve got some guys that are banged up. We’re missing Tex and we’ve missed Beltran for, I don’t know, a week or a week and a half (more than that, actually). There’s some guys that we’re missing, but we had seven (runs) on Sunday, seven tonight against a pretty good pitching club. I don’t know how many we had on Monday. Six? We’re scoring some runs.”

The Yankees have actually scored at least six runs in three of their past four games — the exception was, of course, a shutout — and the offense did enough on this Middle America road trip to win five of nine. It was a long trip, and it rarely felt like a winning trip, but it was ultimately a successful trip.

“You always want to have a successful road trip,” Derek Jeter said. “We’ve played some long games and I think everyone here is proud of how we played. We grinded some games out, especially here in St. Louis. They have one of the best teams in baseball, so for us to win a couple games here is important.”

It was important to keep winning, and the Yankees are still doing that.

This team is still in second place in the American League East, still four games above .500, and still a total mystery (at least in my mind). The starting pitching is holding together with a patchwork rotation, the lineup has scored enough but done so with a sub-.300 slugging percentage in the past week and a half, and the bullpen remains a strength as long as the key late-inning relievers aren’t burned out by the All-Star break. There were plenty of times on this trip that the Yankees seemed worn out and easily beaten, but they managed to win more than they lost heading into a much-needed off day.

“I think some guys are tired and we could use the off day,” Girardi said. “And we’ll get back at it Friday.”

Hiroki Kuroda• Dellin Betances was used for just one pitch tonight, and that was by design. Girardi said he had decided he would use Betances for only one out tonight in an effort to keep from overusing him. He used Betances to get out of a jam in the sixth, and that was it. There’s no injury or anything, just trying a little self restraint.

• On a similar note, Girardi said he came into this game planning to use Dave Robertson for four outs if the situation called for it. It wasn’t really necessary tonight, but since Robertson didn’t pitch yesterday and won’t be needed tomorrow, Girardi decided to do it. Robertson allowed two runners in the ninth inning before striking out the side. Each of those three strikeouts was the potential tying run. “I just didn’t get (Yadier Molina) to swing at one of the pitches I needed him to (leading to a walk),” Robertson said. “It made the outing really hard. I had to really bear down to get the last three outs.”

• Hiroki Kuroda had a kind of bend-don’t-break start. He allowed nine hits but didn’t walk a batter for the fifth time this season. He said he came into the game planning to use his two-seamer inside against righties, and he was happy with his execution of that pitch. “I tried to keep the ball down and get enough ground balls,” Kuroda said. “There were ground balls that ended up being hits, but overall it was good.”

• John Ryan Murphy on Kuroda: “I think he was just picking a little bit too much on the edges once he got tired a little bit, but he does what he does. He had a really good plan out there. He was Hiro tonight.”

• Speaking of Murphy, he had a big two-run single that was really the biggest blow of the night. “I saw a lot of pitches my first at-bat,” Murphy said. “So I kind of had a good feel for what they were going to do. And I saw it well out of his hand. It was a good pitch to hit.”

• Three hits for Jacoby Ellsbury, who had his seventh three-hit game of the season and first since May 3. He also stole two bases in a game for the second time this season.

• Brian Roberts has a five-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 tonight. It was his 11th multi-hit game of the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury• Brendan Ryan also has a little hitting streak with hits in four straight games, including all three games in his return to St. Louis. This was his fourth start at shortstop since coming off the disabled list. It was also his second multi-hit game of the season.

• Brian McCann wasn’t tested often, but he made all of the basic plays tonight. “I felt a lot more comfortable than I thought I would,” he said. “I didn’t have many plays hit to me, or anything of that stuff. But I took some ground balls early, and I felt pretty good over there. … With each pitch, I was glad the balls weren’t hit to me. But I’ll get more reps in practice, and in case Tex needs a couple days, I can fill in there, and we’ll go that route.”

• The Yankees have played 17 interleague games this season. No other team has played more than 11.

• After the Cardinals showed a video of Cardinals players talking about Jeter, the fans at Busch Stadium gave a standing ovation and coaxed Jeter out for a curtain call. He said he couldn’t remember ever taking one in a game he didn’t play. “I didn’t know what was happening,” he said. “I was inside stretching and I saw some of the guys saying stuff. I don’t know what was said, so I went out there. I had no idea what was happening, but the fans have been great here in St. Louis. I’m glad I had an opportunity to come back.”

• Final word goes to Robertson: “I look at it as a good road trip. We went 5-4. That’s pretty good. It should have been 6-3 had I not blown the game against the White Sox, but it’s a good trip for us. A lot of tough wins, the team rallied and scored a lot of runs when we needed them to. We’re definitely looking forward to the off-day. We’ll take it. Guys could use it.”

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45 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Everyone here is proud of how we played””

  1. pete22 May 29th, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Next up the Twins. Imagine their ace is Phil Hughes and returning to the park that gave him so many problems.

    Twins got off to a hot start with the bats but in May they have reverted to expectations and have scored fewer runs than any team.

    The Yankee bombers will be glad to return home. Only the Royals have hit fewer HR on the road and they played 4 fewer games (16 HR in 30 road games, 31 HR in 22 home games)

    Nice to see Ellsbury’s bat heating up and hopefully Tex can get some AB against this Twins staff

  2. SweetSpot May 29th, 2014 at 2:49 am

    “Brian Roberts has a five-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 tonight. It was his 11th multi-hit game of the season.”

    Not too shabby for a ballplayer someone here said, “should be cut and removed from the team.”

  3. tomingeorgia May 29th, 2014 at 6:23 am

    That road trip tired me out, so I’m sure the team will welcome the day off. Do we see Hughes this weekend?

  4. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Kudos to the Cardinals for showing restraint regarding Jeter’s last visit. A video board tribute and a standing O, but no cermony or stuffed miniature clydsedale he has to try to give away. Jeter barely ever played in St. Louis so there was no need for all the hoopla. The Cards get it.

    Tom – Phil Yews on Sunday, bring your mitt if you’ve got bleacher seats…

  5. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    The Rockies were in need of a second lefty to finish off last night’s game and turned to Boone Logan to try to get the final out. Utley singles and Howard bombed one and the Rocks were done.

    Logan now sporting a 5.79 ERA / 1.50 WHIP.

  6. blake May 29th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    “Not too shabby for a ballplayer someone here said, “should be cut and removed from the team.””

    They still need to upgrade 2b if possible….5 games doesn’t change that

  7. Doreen May 29th, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Good morning.

    Y’s, the Cardnals did do an on-field presentation. Ozzie Smith and Red Schiendienst were part of it. They gave him a check for the Turn 2 foundation and Stan Musial cuff links.

  8. blake May 29th, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Hope Ellsbury is heating back up because it’s a different offense when he hits……I know a lot of folks thought his struggles were related to him hitting 3rd but I don’t……I think it was merely him cooling off from his torrid start…….time to hit again.

  9. blake May 29th, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I have a lot of respect for the Cards……they are incredibly well ran…..have great fans and are just first class all the way.

  10. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    blake, I like to think of myself as a frist class Jays fan. Granted, I’m relatively new, never had Ted Simmons, but I did get to mess around with, Paul Nolitor :D

  11. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 7:41 am

    * Molitor

  12. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    The Padres are kicking themselves in the Templeton Gary for giving up on Ozzie Smith.

  13. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I come from the age of witnessing Rose’s hitting streak ( and his spot on the Donahue show ), and Carew and Brett’s run at .400 ( they were normal sized people ).

  14. Giuseppe Franco May 29th, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Last season, Chris Stewart, Overbay, and Wells all had stretches where they played well.

    That doesn’t mean they have any business playing regularly for a contender.

  15. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I don’t get Rose not being in the hall. Heck, I’ll even forvive him for helping Philly in ’80. I like Tug though as well and his screwball.

  16. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Thanks Dor, i didnt know there was a presentation. At least it was a check for a good cause and not the miniature clydesdale.

    …of course, derek does need ‘gift bag’ stuffers….

  17. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    My Latin teacher was a big Yankees fan. I remember coming into class after the ’81 Dodgers thing, at least he didn’t take it out on us. He was decent, let us play Latin Jeopardy on Fridays.

  18. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Ys, I’ll take the gift bag stuffers, and figure out the value when I get home ( all those collectible ’50′s ceramics ).

  19. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    True that the Pads would have been better off to keep Smith, but he was a 26 year old who over 4 seasons had posted a .230 avg (.573 OPS). If they knew he’s turn into the .270 hitter he was in St. Louis, they would never have let him go.

    Templeton was a 26 year old .300 hitter for St. Louis and many people at the time thought the Pads had pulled one over on the Cards.

  20. pat May 29th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I used to love Rick Reilly’s writing but somewhere along the way he jumped the shark.

    I just saw his commentary- A letter to Derek’s unborn children. Kind of an odd angle to take on his retirement.

  21. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    morning.

    best FA bargain so far this year, Cruz? Camden may have been a perfect park for a guy like Nelson, but dang!

  22. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    they take that Rilke stuff little too far, dunno what that even means. a letter to Derek’s groupie who did not know she got pregnant last night?

  23. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Can you imagine, the Mets are paying Chris Young $7.25M while the O’s are paying Cruz $8M!

    Young does have 3 HR and 11 RBI though…

    Alderson needs to pack and leave town quietly…

  24. pkyankfan69 May 29th, 2014 at 8:15 am

    The thing is Nelson Cruz wasn’t coming to the Mets to play in Citi field on a 1 year pillow deal. He was going to a launching pad like Camden to build his value back up and cash in next year. The Mets better develop some hitters, I don’t know why any top sluggers would want to play in that park unless the Mets vastly overpay them.

  25. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Ys, I doubt Cruz would have signed with the Mets for 8 mil but regardless, Cruz was a bargain at 8 for contending teams.

  26. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Forget the pillow contract, the Mets should have given Cruz the 4/$60 they gave Granderson (6HR 22 RBI)

  27. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    the impression i get is the Wilpon are still strapped for cash and if Mets were to built base on pitching alone, then there is too much inherent risks involved due to the nature of volatility of pitching in itself.

    cubs and mets should really talk.

  28. austinmac May 29th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    The offense was awful,on the road trip.,this will turn out like last season if we don’t add offense. Smoke, mirrors and four innings of relievers doesn’t work for a full season.

  29. Ys Guy May 29th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I dont think the Granderson contract was terrible, but they should have gone after Cruz, they were desperate for OF.

    It does appear, especially given Alderson’s comments Tuesday, that the Wilpons just don’t have the money to run a NY MLB team though.

  30. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I don’t know if I’m the most refined fan, but I sure do count myself lucky growing up with the radio and Tom Cheek ( hall of famer R.I.P. ), and his sidekick, Jerry Howarth ( still kicking it out ). Both represent class, knowledge, and respect for the game ( opposition included ). Cheek was the American who helped spread baseball across Canada, and I remember him doing winter Jays tours across the country.

  31. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 8:31 am

    mac, i just don’t see any impact hitter available that could be had by the yanks by TD. yanks will have to get very lucky or creative, something that is less likely to happen.

  32. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    oh btw, come on Braves! you could have won at least one game against an RS team that is missing some big hitters.

  33. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    austin, as follow up from the other day, John Gibbons is a gentleman. I know Pete was asking about previous player run ins, but one was with friend Ted Lilly, who for some reason reacted to being pulled after coughing up an 8-0 lead, and the other was with Shea Hildebrand, need I say more? :)

  34. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    The Baltimore Orioles appear to be the “leading team of interest” to land Chicago Cubs right hand pitcher Jeff Samardzija, according to a report from Bruce Levine of CBS Sports.

  35. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    The Cubs apparently want both Stroman and Sanchez here. Forget it.

  36. jmills May 29th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Brett Lawrie stupidly let it slip a bit that he thinks of himself as a third baseman. ” Brett, now you go over to second if told so, I’m sure Cito would have shifted Alomar around when he first got here if conditions dictated “.

  37. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Yanks aint got much of choice, but Ryan might be a better option overall than Jeter against RHP at this point. yet here we are again, money been spent on a massive scale yanks are short on talents in terms of ‘a championship caliber team’ we are pining for other team’s properties and daydreaming about the possibility of acquiring some stud.

  38. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Good morning

    Would the O’s give up Dylan Bundy for Samardzija?

    List of their top prospects:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....prospects/

  39. Yankee Trader May 29th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Peter O’Brien and his grand slam:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....-run-lead/

  40. 86w183 May 29th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Just about every fan in baseball is “daydreaming about the possibility of acquiring some stud”.

    what’s wrong with that?

  41. austinmac May 29th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    The O’s are said to be the most active after Samardzija. I have heard the Jays as well.. Could we have him go outside the AL East?

  42. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    new one.

  43. austinmac May 29th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Morales is, of course, out there. He is a good but not great hitter with 20-25 homers power. He might be our leading power threat if we got him.

    I see nothing indicating any team interest. Seems odd as out two biggest power guys have significant health issues.

    The new team models is the 1963 Dodgers sans Koufax and Drysdale.

  44. 86w183 May 29th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    It was a GRAND night in the Yankees system —

    Peter O’Brien, Zelous Wheeler and Eduardo de Oleo all connected.

    O’Brien now has 19 HR in 185 AB between Tampa and Trenton with a combined .995 OPS.

    Wheeler really should be a consideration for the big club. He has pretty good power from the right side, has an overall OPS of .823 and can play 1B, 3B and LF.

    He’s been in the minors a long time (like Solarte) but his OPS has never been below .750.

    Could he be the Yankees second career minor league “revelation”???

  45. Cashmoney May 29th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    86, aint nothing wrong with daydreaming. but yanks don’t have a lot pieces other desires on a major league level. on the farm, you basically have to unload the entire system to even have teams consider the yanks. so basically, while others daydreams of studs or already have a few (see LAD with similar payroll) , we dream.

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