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SWB Game 4-11 Betances
2 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2012 - 5:43PM #1
BigGuy
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SWB  AAA  Yankees  Game  4-11-12

The SWB Yankees were pounded by the Buffalo Bisons at Buffalo's home opener by a 12-3 score.  The loss drops the Yanks record to 1-5.

Pitching:  Dellin Betances made his 2nd start of the year, after a very good first start his first time out he had a lot of issues in this game.  Betances gave up 2 runs in the 2nd inning on a solo homer, walk, and double to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead at that point. He worked out of trouble in the 3rd inning after issuing 2 walks.  In the 4th, he got rocked for 7 more runs featuring 2  2-run homers, a single, and his 6th walk of the game before he was taken out with 2 runners on base that eventually scored.
Betances' line:  3.1 IP,  8 runs,  7 hits (3 HR),  3 K's--6 walks

Jason Bulger came on in relief of Betances and immediately gave up a 3-run homer (2 runs charged to Betances) to give Buffalo a 9-3 lead.  Bulger was touched up for 1 run in the 5th to up the Buffalo lead to 10-3, on 2 walks and a deep rbi sac fly that Chris Dickerson made a great diving play on.  Dickerson slid head first into the wall on the play and had to leave the game. 

Mike O'Connor came on to pitch the 6th.  Buffalo scored a run on a Brandon Laird error and 2 singles to give Buffalo an 11-3 lead.  Buffalo made it 12-3 with a run in the 7th on a walk and double.

Juan Cedeno came on in the 8th to stop the bleeding by striking out the side, but not before he gave up a double.

Offense:  Jeurys Familia got the start for Buffalo. The Yanks had a threat going in the 2nd on singles by Brandon Laird and Ramiro Pena, but they were stranded.  SWB took a shortlived 3-2 lead in the 3rd on a 3-run homer by DeWayne Wise after walks to Francisco Cervelli and Jack Cust.  In the 6th Laird singled and Pena walked, but they were stranded.  The Yanks didn't get another hit until 2 out in the 9th when Doug Bernier doubled.  Buffalo pitching struck out 11 Yankees. 

Notes:  Francisco Cervelli went 1-3 with a single, walk and  strikeout to raise his average to .111  There was another stolen base against him.  Buffalo's 12 runs was the most scored for an opening day at Buffalo's Coca Coca field.
"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2012 - 5:45PM #2
BigGuy
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Posada throwing first pitch on Friday


Jorge Posada is coming back to Yankee Stadium.


The five-time all-star will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Fridays home opener, becoming the 11th former Yankees player to throw an opening first pitch. Posada also will be honored with the “Pride of the Yankees Award” at the Homecoming Dinner on Thursday night.


Also planned for the home opener: Jeremy Jordan, one of the stars of the Broadway musical Newsies, will sing the national anthem, which will be followed by a Navy F-18 Super Hornet ceremonial flyover. A giant American flag will be unfurled by 75 West Point cadets, while the West Point Color Guard will present the colors. During the seventh-inning stretch, Paul Nolan, of the Broadway show Jesus Christ Superstar, will perform “God Bless America.”


Regular lineup tonight


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


LHP CC Sabathia

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2012 - 5:50PM #3
BigGuy
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Hughes in the 'pen? Possible



Apr 11  5:37  PM ET




With the Yankees short on relievers, it is possible that Phil Hughes could come out of the bullpen.

"If we get in a crazy game, we might have to," Joe Girardi said. "Let's just hope we don't have to. We have to cover our bases so would it be Hughes? Maybe."

Girardi said he definitely won't have David Phelps or Cory Wade against the Orioles on Thursday night. He probably won't have David Robertson, but that wasn't definite. Girardi planned to check in on Mariano Rivera's availability. As for Rafael Soriano's split middle finger nail, Girardi said Soriano would play catch during the pre-game to determine if he could go.

The Yankees have an off day on Thursday so they never really considered making a move to bring someone up. The easiest solution could be to just lean on starter CC Sabathia.

"Hopefully, we get some distance out of CC," Girardi said.

Hughes is scheduled to start on Saturday so this would be a regular bullpen day for him.
"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2012 - 6:03PM #4
yanksbombers
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Well we just have to win by 10 runs or CC pitches a complete game. 

2 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2012 - 6:36PM #5
BigGuy
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Apr 11, 2012 -- 6:03PM, yanksbombers wrote:


Well we just have to win by 10 runs or CC pitches a complete game. 




I'll take either way.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2012 - 7:16PM #6
BigGuy
Posts: 47,869


Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images



Behind their ace CC Sabathia, the Yankees are looking for the road sweep of the Baltimore Orioles tonight. A win would put the team at .500 entering their home opener, a somewhat successful result for a road trip, and a dramatic improvement over their 0-3 start. Facing the O’s last year, Sabathia had a 1.69 ERA and 9.00 K/9 over 16.0 innings. Pitching for Baltimore is right hander Jake Arrieta. The 26 year old faced the Yankees 3 times last year, and held the team to a 4.24 ERA through 17.0 innings despite an abysmal 6.0 BB/9.

LHP CC Sabathia v. RHP Jake Arrieta
Yankees Orioles
Derek Jeter SS Nolan Reimold LF
Curtis Granderson CF J.J. Hardy SS
Robinson Cano 2B Nick Markakis RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B Adam Jones CF
Mark Teixeira 1B Matt Wieters C
Nick Swisher RF Mark Reynolds 3B
Raul Ibanez DH Ronny Paulino DH
Russell Martin C Wilson Betemit 1B
Brett Gardner LF Robert Andino 2B

The game starts at 7:05 PM EST on YES. Go Bombers!

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2012 - 7:39PM #7
BigGuy
Posts: 47,869



April 11, 2012


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



YANKEES SURRENDER SEVEN RUN FIFTH ON ROUTE TO 12-3 WIN


Yankees drop to 1-5 on the season in loss to Buffalo in Bisons home opener 


Buffalo The Buffalo Bisons hit four home runs off Yankees starter Dellin Betances, including three in a seven run five hit fourth inning as the Bisons won the opening game of the three game series by a 12-3 score.


Betances had great control in his 2012 debut againstLehighValleywalking one opposing hitter in 5.0 innings in a no decision.  Wednesday afternoon the right hander walked six and allowed seven hits on route to giving up eight earned runs, a season high for a Yankees pitcher.


Zach Lutz hit a pair of homers forBuffaloon the afternoon, a lead off homer off Betances in the second inning and a two run homer in the seven run fourth inning off SWB reliever Jason Bulger.  Jordany Valdespin and Valentino Pascucci also homered off Betances who was lifted with one out in the fourth inning after throwing 89 pitches on the afternoon.


The Yankees lone runs came on a Dewayne Wise homer that gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a short-lived 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning.  Wise hit a towering shot down the line in right field offBuffalostarter Jeurys Familia for his second homer of the season.


Colin Curtis and Chris Dickerson had four game hitting streaks ended on the afternoon.  Dickerson was lifted from the game in the bottom of the fifth inning after crashing into the right center field wall.  He was replaced by Ray Kruml but was able to walk off the field under his own power.


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues their three game series Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field inBuffalowith a 1:05 PM first pitch against the Bisons.  Left hander Manny Banuelos (0-1, 10.80 ERA) makes his second start of the season for the Yankees, while the Bisons will counter with right hander Chris Schwinden (1-0, 0.00 ERA).


-SWB YANKEES-

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  Apr 11, 2012 - 11:45PM #8
dixieyank
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I keep seeing these game reports on the two B's......and after losing the 3rd B, I have to wonder if it will be the overhyped B's that become "B"ums.....while the second tier guys like Warren who nobody ever really mentions, that will become the true keepers......


2 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 5:31AM #9
BigGuy
Posts: 47,869

Apr 11, 2012 -- 11:45PM, dixieyank wrote:


I keep seeing these game reports on the two B's......and after losing the 3rd B, I have to wonder if it will be the overhyped B's that become "B"ums.....while the second tier guys like Warren who nobody ever really mentions, that will become the true keepers......





Unless they get their control it could be trouble for both of them.  Warren by the way got crushed the other day too.  6 runs, 3 walks in 3 innings.  Pitching was supposed to be the strongpoint of this team.  DJ Mitchell did pitch a gem the other day though. 1 hit shutout for his 5 innings, 6 K's-1 walk. Ramon Ortiz pitched really well on Monday but the game was suspended after 4 innings due to rain. 

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
2 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 5:33AM #10
BigGuy
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Swisher’s homer powers Yanks to sweep of O’s


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The Yankees had all of four extra-inning wins in 2011, and they got halfway to that total over the last two nights. Despite a depleted bullpen, they pulled their season record even at 3-3 with a 6-4 win in ten innings on Wednesday.



(REUTERS/Patrick Smith)



Battlin’


In the first inning, CC Sabathia looked sharp. He retired the side in order with two strikeouts, but then came the 38-pitch second inning. The Yankees took a two-zip lead two batters into the game on Curtis Granderson‘s homer, but Sabathia gave it back in the second on Robert Andino’s two-strike single. His pitch count sat at 74 after just three innings, and things weren’t looking good given the thin relief corps. The Orioles took a one-run lead on Mark Reynolds’ two-run double in the fifth, when Sabathia was closing on the century mark. He managed to throw a perfect sixth inning and finished the night with 112 pitches.


Anecdotally, it seemed like Sabathia struggled most when he had to pitch from the stretch. He seemed to be fine from the windup, locating his fastball and slider well, but with men on base he was just … off. That said, most pitchers are out of a game like this in the second or third inning. Even when Sabathia’s bad, he still goes six innings. The guy doesn’t get enough credit for keeping the Yankees in the game on his off-nights, like these first two starts of 2012. By the way, this was the 62nd straight start in which CC went at least five innings.


The Big Hit



(Rob Carr/Getty Images)



The Yankees have been pretty awful with runners in scoring position so far this season, but on Wednesday night they seemed to get over the hump. They went 4-for-10 with men on second and/or third overall, the biggest blow being Nick Swisher‘s two-run homer off Kevin Gregg with two outs in the tenth inning. He struck out looking with a man on third and one out in the eighth, so he did well to redeem himself.


Granderson had two of those four hits, including his homer in the first and game-tying opposite single in the seventh. Brett Gardner dunked in a bloop single that loaded the bases but did not score a run given it’s bloopiness. The Swisher homer wi” get most of the attention and rightfully so, but the Yankees did a pretty good job of turning base runners into runs in this game, or at least a better job than they had been doing.


Binderball


The first six games of the season have featured some adventurous calls by Joe Girardi, but I think the intentional walk to Nick Markakis in the ninth inning of this game has been the worst. The O’s had runners on first and second with two outs, and Rafael Soriano was instructed to walk Markakis and pitch to Adam Jones. It forced a runner over to third, meaning a walk, wild pitch, passed ball, hit-by-pitch, whatever would have ended the game.


Naturally, the move worked. Soriano blew Jones away on four pitches, getting him to swing and miss at three explosive fastballs. That doesn’t mean the intentional walk was the right call though, it was a bad move that luckily led to good results. Never put the winning run on third base, there’s just so much that can go wrong. After all those years of bad bunt calls, it looks like this is the year of the intentional walk.



So this happened.



Leftovers


Tonight’s unsung hero? My vote goes to Boone Logan, who replaced Sabathia and retired all five men he faced, including four right-handed batters. Soriano got four outs including the Jones strikeout, and Mariano Rivera threw his usual scoreless inning for his second save in as many days. Over the last two games, the bullpen has thrown 11.1 scoreless innings with just four hits, four walks, and 16 strikeouts. Just can’t say enough about how great those guys have been early on.


Eduardo Nunez really is amazing. He pinch-ran for Alex Rodriguez late in the game, then had a Johnny Damon moment by stealing two bases on one play as the ball got away from the defender. Nunez then nearly threw a ball away an inning later, and in the tenth inning he got picked off first following a one-out single. To be fair, replays showed it was a bad call and he was actually safe. Still, this dude is a human blooper reel.


Derek Jeter led off the game with the double, his fifth leadoff hit in their six games. The Cap’n has been the Yankees’ best hitter early on, and he’s been putting the pressure on right at the top of the first inning. Very nice to see. Every player in the starting lineup reached base at least once except for Robinson Cano, who took an 0-for-5. Jeter (double and walk), Granderson (homer and single), Mark Teixeira (single and double), and Raul Ibanez (two walks) each reached base twice.


We’ve heard an awful lot about the shift this last week because of the Rays, and the Yankees had the shift on Reynolds in the second inning. There’s nothing wrong with that, but they kept feeding him soft stuff away. That doesn’t work, those pitches are going to be slapped the other way not pulled. The shift isn’t just about positioning, you have to pitch to it as well. The Yankees are terrible at that.


Someone really, really needs to get on Sabathia about sticking his bare hand out at bats in play. He took a one-hopper off his left hand in the second and although he was fine, we really could have done without the scare.


Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings


MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the other stats, and ESPN the updated standings.



Source: FanGraphs


Up Next


The Yankees are off on Thursday, then they’ll open the home portion of their schedule against the Angels on Friday afternoon. It’ll be Hiroki Kuroda against Ervin Santana, and Jorge Posada is going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. If you want to attend, check out RAB Tickets.

"Jay Z got him a big raise, but he also got him a 30-day vacation – it’s called October," --Pete Rose
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