("I believe I can flyyyy... " Courtesy of The AP)
Well that sucked for 7 innings and then kicked ass for 2. It was a little frustrating to see all those zeros up on the boxscore for the majority of the game, but I'll take 7 bad innings, 2 good, and a win over the opposite any day of the week. CC still isn't nearly as sharp as he needs to be with his fastball, the offense still isn't fully clicking, but a little bit of the late-game magic is starting to trickle back into the Yankees' play right now, and that's not a bad thing.
- I'm not sure what it is with CC that's affecting his fastball command and making him get off to these slow starts, but last night's 1st inning was not good. 3 hits, 1 walk, and a bases-clearing double is never a good way to start a game, and there were fastballs catching too much of the plate and too much hard contact.
- The offense certainly looked baffled by Atlanta starter Mike Minor
early on, which is strange considering he's Mike Minor, owner of a 6.01/5.20/4.53 tripleslash. The few opportunities the Yankee bats were able to generate were snuffed out by more RISP Fail.
- The biggest problem with CC last night was that, unlike a lot of his other rough outings, he didn't really get much better as this game went on. He made it through 7 innings, but he was still giving up hard contact.
- I understand what Joe was trying to do in the 7th, and he got the groundball he wanted, but I questioned the decision to walk more runs on base late in a game where your team is already down 3 runs. The weak chopped that Jason Heyward
hit actually turned out to work to the Braves' advantage in driving in another run.
- Apparently Mike Minor leaving the game was all the Yankees needed to wake up, because they quickly loaded the bases against Jonny Venters
and then unloaded them on Alex Rodriguez
's 8th-inning grand slam. It wasn't high, it didn't go that far, but it was still gone and the game was tied.
- Venters gave up another hit to Cano and then gave way to Cory Gerrin, who promptly gave up the game-winning HR to Nick Swisher
in what was easily the most dramatic offensive inning the Yankees have had this year.
- Give a call to Clay Rapada
for working a scoreless 8th in his 4th straight appearance, and also to Rafael Soriano
for his lockdown 1-2-3 9th to save the win.