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.


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.

Unknown said...

And probably even worse than that.

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