Daily Archives: May 24, 2011

Minor Night-Cap 5/24/11

SWB W 5-1

HR: Vazquez, Jo (17, 1st inning off Gallagher, 1 on, 2 out). Leads all of AAA
TB: Krum, A; Pena, R; Montero, J; Vazquez, Jo 4; Maxwell 2; Laird; Russo 2; Brewer.
RBI: Vazquez, Jo 2 (43), Laird 2 (12), Russo (11).
2-out RBI: Vazquez, Jo 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena, R 3; Molina.
SF: Laird.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Russo (4, 2nd base off Gallagher/Toregas), Brewer (4, 3rd base off Boyer/Toregas).
PO: Krum, A (1st base by Toregas).

E: Russo (2, throw).

Warren (W, 3-1) 8.0 3 1 1 1 4 0 3.57
Sanit 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.67

Trenton W 5-2

2B: Mesa 2 (12, Kissock, Ellis), Johnson, C (7, Ellis).
HR: Johnson, C (6, 3rd inning off Hyatt, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Kruml 2; Joseph, Co; Romine; Johnson, C 6; Mesa 5.
RBI: Johnson, C 3 (16), Romine (25), Mesa (13).
2-out RBI: Johnson, C 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maruszak; Sublett.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Mesa (8, 2nd base off Hyatt/Gosewisch).
CS: Kruml 2 (5, 2nd base by Hyatt/Gosewisch, 2nd base by Diekman/Gosewisch).

Tampa L 5-4

2B: Higashioka 3 (8, Schuld, Stillings, Pugh).
3B: Almonte, A (2, Schuld).
TB: Almonte, A 4; Murton; Higashioka 6; Grote.
RBI: Grote (14), Almonte, A 3 (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Medchill; Lyerly; Ibarra, W 3.
SAC: Castro, K.
SF: Almonte, A.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.

E: Ibarra, W 2 (4, fielding, fielding), Murton (9, throw), Medchill (1, fielding), Castro, K (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Grote (Romero at home).
DP: (Grote-Higashioka).

Charleston – Off Day

Toronto vs NYY 5/24/11

Update: (In the thank you to the little weasel Randy Levine department) via Lohud Soriano is going to see Dr. Andrews (never good when you have to see him)

and here’s the lineup

Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez SS

Sabathia P

Sabathia's Turn vs Bautista

Morning Bits 5/24/11

tuff loss yesterday.  Yankees are back at it again tonight to turn it around.

Here are your morning links.

Joe Girardi rests Nick Swisher for second straight game hoping to help Yankee slugger out of slump

Soriano to test elbow in bullpen session

Successful owners know when to pull plug on fading stars

Colon Falters in the 6th, in 7-3 Loss

From MLB.com’s Thomas Boorstein:

NEW YORK — With two outs and nobody on in the top of the first inning, Bartolo Colon challenged Jose Bautista and paid the price. With a runner on second and no one out in the top of the sixth, Colon and the Yankees elected a more passive approach against Bautista. Other Blue Jays made sure the Yankees paid an even steeper penalty.

After Bautista burned Colon with a first-inning home run, the Yankees acted more carefully and intentionally walked the slugging right fielder in the sixth. But their new approach didn’t work any better. That walk helped fuel a big inning that turned what had been a taut pitchers’ duel into a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday.

“I went out there and told him what I wanted to do, and he said, ‘Whatever you want to do here, let’s do it,'” manager Joe Girardi said of his mound meeting with Colon. “And we [had] a ground-ball pitcher on the mound. We took a shot, and it didn’t work.”

Hoping for a double play that never came, the Yankees instead saw the Blue Jays produce five runs in the inning on only three hits. Following Corey Patterson’s leadoff double, the Yankees put Bautista on first. Yunel Escobar then sacrificed the runners to second and third. With first base open, Girardi again elected to issue an intentional walk, this one to Juan Rivera. Colon (2-3) helped that decision backfire by allowing a go-ahead ground-ball single to Aaron Hill, a four-pitch bases-loaded walk to Eric Thames and a three-run double by J.P. Arencibia.

“I was trying to throw a pitch outside so that he could hit a ground ball for a double play,” Colon said through an interpreter about his approach to Arencibia. “Sometimes it happens so quick that you don’t even notice. So all I [can] do is think about the next outing.”

“He’s a tough out,” catcher Russell Martin said of Bautista. “Every at-bat it seems like he’s zoned in. It probably seems like everything is slowing down for him at the plate. He’s a tough out. He seems like he’s on everything. He’s definitely a guy that you don’t want to beat you.”

Bautista had opened the game’s scoring when he deposited a Colon fastball into the visiting bullpen in left-center. It was his Major League-leading 19th home run — and his third in six games against the Yankees. Colon allowed two more singles in the first but then gave up only one hit during the next four.

Bautista, who popped up in his final two at-bats, has now reached base in 14 of his 27 plate appearances against the Yankees. Since the beginning of 2010, he has nine homers and a .463 on-base percentage in 108 plate appearances vs. New York.

“I don’t want to say they did us a favor, but they put extra baserunners on for us,” Bautista said. “And J.P. really came through for us with that double.”

The Yankees (25-21) drew even in the fourth inning. Curtis Granderson, second in the Majors with 16 home runs, drew a leadoff walk. He advanced to third on a Mark Teixeira single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Cano, who knocked in all three Yankees runs.

Toronto’s Carlos Villanueva, making his first start since Oct. 3, 2009, when he was with the Brewers, held the Yankees in check with his curveball and changeup. Derek Jeter, Granderson and Teixeira all struck out in the bottom of the first, and the Yankees didn’t do much after that, managing only one run on two hits in five innings before Villanueva made way for the Blue Jays’ bullpen.

“He did a good job of keeping guys off balance,” Brett Gardner said. “A lot of guys, when you’re 2-0, 3-1, you’re going to get a heater, and he did a good job of throwing offspeed pitches in hitters’ counts.”

Through the first five innings, it looked as though Colon would continue his surprising run, which began with a start against Toronto on April 20. After the trouble in the first, the right-hander pounded the strike zone. He struck out eight overall, but the walks — both unintentional and otherwise — proved too much to overcome.

“[He] wasn’t quite as sharp as we’ve seen him,” Girardi said. “When you measure up against his last start, that’s about as good as you can get. He really kept us in the game, and we had a hard time scoring off Villanueva.”

“One batter, one time,” Martin said of Colon’s sixth inning. “It’s going to happen. He pitches like he’s a machine out there. One tough inning can happen.”

As for the decision to put Blue Jays on base in that decisive sixth, Girardi doesn’t feel the need to second-guess himself.

“You can’t, because it’s thought out,” he said. “And it’s a situation where you do get the ground ball, it just happens to be in the hole.”


Jeter, SS 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .261
Granderson, CF 2 3 0 0 3 2 1 .260
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .249
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .289
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 3 0 0 1 .274
Martin, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 .263
Posada, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .176
Gardner, LF 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .274
Dickerson, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .333
Totals 34 3 6 3 3 10 21 .252
Colon, B(L, 2-3) 6.0 7 6 6 4 8 1 3.77
Noesi 3.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.29
Totals 9.0 9 7 7 4 8 1 3.67