Sunday, April 8, 2012

Series Wrap - @ Rays 3/6 - 3/8

Well it wasn't a good start to the season. Game 1 ended with a 7-6 Yankee loss after CC Sabathia's poor start (6IP, 8H, 5ER, 3BB, 7K, 2HR), and a blown save by Mariano Rivera (.1IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 1K). Curtis Granderson failed to reach base after going 0-5 with two strikeouts. Yankee fans did get a bit of a surprise when Raul Ibanez hit a 3-run home run, while Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez had two hits apiece.

Game 2 didn't go any better. Hiroki Kuroda gave the team another poor start (5.2IP, 8H, 4ER, 4BB, 2K, 1HR), followed by a poor relief effort by Clay Rapada (.2IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB, 0K). Mark Teixeira failed to give the offense anything, going 0-4 with a strikeout, leaving 4 men on base. Granderson bounced back from a hitless Game 1, hitting a single and a triple, while Derek Jeter added on two singles. Nick Swisher hit a 3-run HR in the 9th, but the comeback fell short as the team lost 8-6.

Phil Hughes didn't pitch poorly in the third and final game of the series, putting up a line of 4.2IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K. But the offense could only muster 3 hits (all doubles), leaving 11 men on base, thanks to a very well-pitched game by Jeremy Hellickson (8.2IP, 0ER, 3H, 4BB, 4K). All of which led to a 3-0 loss, leaving the Yankees winless so far in 2012.

Jake Taylor Award*
Alex Rodriguez - 3/10, 2 Runs, 4 Walks, 2 Doubles

Gentry Award*
Mark Teixeira - 0/9, 1 Run, 3 Walks, 4 Strikeouts, 8 Left On Base

Rick Vaughn Award*
Cory Wade - 2.2IP, 1 Hit, 0 Earned Runs, 5 Strikeouts, 0 Walks

Kelner Award*
Hiroki Kuroda - 5.2IP, 8 Hits, 4 Earned Runs, 4 Walks, 2 Strikeouts

Next Series
@ Baltimore Orioles 4/9-4/11
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*The awards are named after one of the best baseball movies of all time... Major League.

Jake Taylor Award - Awarded to the most valuable position player in the series. Named after the hard-nose veteran catcher that, despite making the league minimum, was the heart and soul of the 1989 American League East winning Cleveland Indians.

Gentry Award - Awarded to the least valuable position player in the series. Named after the very first man cut from the 1989 Cleveland Indians, #47 Gentry. A man so insignificant he wasn't even given a first name.

Rick Vaughn - Awarded to the best pitcher in the series. This one is, of course, named after the "Wild Thing". The man that made Clu Haywood look silly in the division deciding game.

Kelner Award - Awarded to the worst pitcher in the series. Named after the Opening Day starter for the '89 Indians. Not a good game for Mr. Kelner, as Indians' announcer Harry Doyle famously quipped "thank God" after Kelner left the game. And yet another bad player without a first name.

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