Getting ready to head to my company outing in a little while, probably won't be around until tomorrow afternoon, so here's some over/under lines for the remainder of this series. If you were a betting man (or woman), what are ya takin' here?
- Yankee Hits w/ RISP Today: 2
- Yankee Runs Scored Rest of Series: 6
- Nova IP Today: 5
- Curtis Granderson HR Rest of Series: 2
- HR Allowed by Yankee Pitching Rest of Series: 4
Saturday, September 15, 2012
(Just admit you're hurt so we can stop speculating. Courtesy of the AP)
- The Yankees didn't get much against Price early, but they did manage 1 run in the 2nd inning. Go figure that it was Steve Pearce coming through with the 2-out RBI single. It's still not good that he's hitting in the middle of the lineup, but at least he produced there.
- After a close call in the 1st, CC worked painlessly and efficiently through the 4th, getting all 9 outs on the infield and 4 on the ground. His command was better and he located his fastball well early in the count. Sabathia was also throwing more changeups, a trend that's popped up recently.
- Things came apart for Sabathia almost inconceivably quickly in the 5th. He gave up a leadoff double to Chris Gimenez, walked 2 batters after being ahead in the count, and allowed a pair of singles. His fastball command went away, he couldn't finish hitters off, and Tampa took a 3-1 lead.
- Curtis Granderson got him back within a run with a solo blast to lead off the bottom of the 5th. It's been a strange few games for Curtis, truly all or nothing, but he got all of the 5th fastball he saw in that at-bat.
- Sabathia got 3 groundball outs in the 6th and looked to be back on the right track, but couldn't close out the 7th inning, giving up a 2-out single to Ben Zobrist that scored a run and put the Rays back up by 2.
- Don't ask me why Cody Eppley was left out to start the 8th inning against a red hot B.J. Upton. In a 2-run game in a playoff race this close it should have been Joba. Upton took Eppley deep to extend the lead to 5-2, a run that would end up being very big.
- With Price out of the game after 7, the Yankees wasted little time trying to make a late run. Derek Jeter singled and Alex Rodriguez homered to pull them within 1 with just 1 out in the 8th. The Yanks drew 2 more walks, but Russell Martin struck out swinging and C-Grand grounded out on the first pitch he saw to end the inning.
- Joe went to Joba for the 9th, and Chamberlain got burned by some bad Eduardo Nunez defense to plate a Rays' insurance run. Fernando Rodney sat the 9th down 1-2-3 and that was your ballgame.