Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Game 82 Wrap-Up: TB 2 NYY 1

(Wasn't his fault.  Courtesy of Getty Images)

I want David Price.  I need David Price.  With CC Sabathia turning into an age-related regression pumpkin and Andy Pettitte retired once and for all, I'm really missing having the big reliable lefty in the rotation and I want that back.  I'm sure Joe feels the same way and he had a front row seat, along with the rest of MLB, for Price's latest start last night in the second game of this Yanks-Rays series.  He was spectacular, as most good pitchers are against the pathetic Yankee lineup, and the Rays took another as the Yanks continued to plunge.

Game Notes:

- Hiroki Kuroda was up to the task of matching Price and they traded zeros through 3.  Price allowed only a leadoff walk to Brett Gardner while Hirok surrendered a couple of singles.

- In the top of the 4th, those couple of singles turned into 3 singles in 4 batters, the last of which by Logan Forsythe pushed a run across and got the Rays on the board.

- The Yanks matched in the bottom half on a throwing error by Ben Zobrist, who hit Jacoby Ellsbury with a throw trying to finish a double play after catching a Mark Teixeira pop up.  Derek Jeter was on third base after leading off the inning with a double and he came home to score on the error.

- The only other mistake Hirok made on the night was hanging a first-pitch curveball to James Loney in the 6th.  It was a back-breaking mistake, however, as Loney crushed it for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning home run.

- Price worked around a baserunner in every inning from the 5th to the 7th, and handed the 1-run lead over to his bullpen.  Jake McGee retired the side in order in the 8th and Grant Balfour avoided trouble with 2 walks by getting a groundout from Yangervis Solarte to end the game.

F*ck Yeahs:

- Kuroda: 8 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.  What more could you have asked the guy to do last night?  You can't get him more than 1 fucking run???

Oh Nos:

- The Lineup: 4-31, 1 XBH, 1 R, 5 BB, 11 K, 8 LOB, 1-9 w/ RISP.  Sad.  Really, really sad.  Jeter had 2 hits, so he doesn't really deserve to be lumped in here.

Next Up:

The Yanks will try to avoid the sweep and avoid dropping below .500 this afternoon when Vidal Nuno gets the ball against Jake Odorizzi.

1 comment:

jay robertson said...

So now you're a comedian, too.

"Vidal to avoid the sweep."

I should have given up after 8, when I saw the Yankees were lined up for Beltran, Soriano, and Roberts.

Says a lot about your team, when you send up a low .200 hitting catcher to PH for your even worse DH.

Awesome display of sucknicity.