Two Outta Three Ain't Bad

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Alex Rodriquez whiffs in 0-6 effort versus Tampa Rays on April 29, 2015

Game 22 : But it does sting a bit when the series sweep was there for the taking, and the big hit was nowhere to be found. If great pitching is your thing, this was a game to watch! Both starters — Michael Pineda for the home team and Drew Smyly for the Rays were exceptional, and both bullpens were getting it done until something had to give. The Rays scratched out a run in the top of the 13th inning for a 3-2 victory that avoided their second consecutive sweep at the hands of the Yankees.
New York’s offense was pretty much limited to Chase Headley and Chris Young home runs, and another solid day at the plate for Jacoby Ellsbury (3-6). The trio was responsible for 6 of the 7 hits the team was able to muster.

This afternoon’s heartbreaker shouldn’t detract from what was a successful home stand, on the heels of a successful road trip. The late Oakland Raiders owner and son of Brooklyn, Al Davis once famously said “Just win, baby”. Another son of Brooklyn, former Yankees manager Joe Torre, once said “Just win series”. And that’s what the 2015 Yankees are starting to do. Godspeed, lads!
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Game 22 Notes

  • Micheal Pineda   Another decent start for Big Mike! 93 pitches, 63 stikes. 5 strikeouts and zero walks. As in years past, an occasional dose of heavy lumber in Mike’s start would make a big difference in his won-lost tally, not to mention the AL East standings.

    “I thought he threw the ball pretty well,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Pineda. “They made him work after the first inning pretty hard and his pitch count got up, but he gave up the two runs and he gave us a great opportunity to win.”

  • Chris Young   Weapons-Grade starter/bench support!

  • Alex Rodriguez   A-Rod has cooled off considerably since his hot start, taking an 0-6 collar today while sinking to a .232 BA. Maybe the pressure of career HR number 660 is more than it seems — and it surely would have be nice to get that out of the way before heading to Beantown. Lord forbid he hits it up there — it will be interesting to say the least.

    “I definitely chased today,” Rodriguez said. “I will often talk about — going back to Spring Training — one of the keys for our offense, and me specifically, is swing at strikes and take your ‘A’ swing. Today, I didn’t do that.”



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