Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Game 37 Wrap-Up: NYM 9 NYY 7

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Where do you even start with this one?  Blown leads early, blown leads late, more guys hurt.  The list of Yankee problems is growing exponentially and a Subway Series-opening loss to the Mets at home last night added fuel to the dumpster fire.

Game Notes:

- The first blown lead came after Brett Gardner tagged a grand slam in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Yanks a 4-1 lead.  People had been calling for him to be more aggressive earlier in the count and he did that here, smoking a first-pitch fastball down the middle.

- Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda made the lead hold up through 4, but he wasn't as sharp as he was his last time out and gave up some hard contact.  A Travis D'Arnaud home run in the 5th was the hardest.

- That is until Curtis Granderson came up with 1 on and nobody out in the top of the 6th.  C-Grand has seen enough of Hirok to know when he's got something good to hit, and he made Kuroda pay for leaving a 3-0 sinker up by hitting it out and tying the game at 4.

- As they've done a lot lately, the offense responded quickly.  A double by Alfonso Soriano, RBI single by Yangervis Solarte, RBI triple by Kelly Johnson, and a throwing error on a steal attempt added up to 3 runs in the bottom half of the 6th.

- Then the second giveaway came.  Joe was short in the 'pen again and nobody he went to could get the job done.  Aceves gave up a HR in the 7th, Thornton a few more hits and runs in the 8th, and Claiborne the deciding runs on a Chis Young 2-run blast, the Mets' 4th homer of the night.

F*ck Yeahs:

- Gardner: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 SB, 2 K.  Did everything he could at the top of the lineup.  Created some opportunities and cashed in on another.

- Solarte: 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI.  Did what he could at the bottom.  These 2 were most of the offense last night and that ain't enough to get it done.

Oh Nos:

- Jacoby Ellsbury: 0-5, 2 K, 4 LOB.  Been in a bit of mini-slump lately.  4-31 in his last 8 games.

- Bullpen: Combined 3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.  Aceves, Thornton, Claiborne.  None of the 3 I would have gone with in a game I was winning, but that's what happens when you overuse Adam Warren.

Next Up:

The final Yankee Stadium game of this series is tonight.  Vidal Nuno and Zack Wheeler are your scheduled starters.

2 comments:

MScott said...

Solarte's hot start and increasing indication that he will be a valuable utility guy is masking the fact that this team does not have a competent major league third baseman.

Last few games: superglove Ryan boots one, Beltran does his Nelson Cruz impression, Solarte shows no range, Ichiro gets his knee? stuck on a slide, Solarte shows no reflexes. Teixiera is obviously limited rangewise right now and Jeter is obviously limited rangewise forever. This is currently a VERY BAD DEFENSIVE TEAM.

Brad Vietrogoski said...

And probably even worse than that.

Seems like they make a bad play that costs them a run or more every game.