Yankees ready for home stand this week

The Yankees opened the week with a quick two game series against the Colorado Rockies. The first game was a game of pure offense. Colorado’s thin air was at full effect as both teams combined for a total of 30 hits and 23 runs. Unfortunately for the Yankees, the Rockies got to them early. The Rockies were up six runs through five innings and nine through seven. The Yankees almost made one of the best comebacks all season, when they scored seven runs in the eighth inning, but it wasn’t enough. The Yankees fell short 13-10.The second and final game was a 6-3 loss. Starting pitcher Ivan Nova, was doing a decent job up until his final where he gave up four runs including a two run shot from home run leader, Nolan Arenado. Nova would finish the day with ten hits and five runs giving up through five innings. As for the Yankees, both Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks did what they could getting two hits and an RBI each, but it couldn’t compensate for what was done.The Yankees then went over to Target Field to take on the last place Minnesota Twins. The Yankees started the series with good momentum, taking the first game. C.C. Sabathia was solid once again, as he gave up only one run through six innings, as well as acquiring seven strikeouts. The Yankees were able to capitalize in situations where there were runners in scoring position, which resulted in them winning the game 4-1.Things continued to click the next game also. The Yankees jumped out early scoring eight runs through the first four innings, and never looked back at that point. Starting Pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka, got the job done, going for eight innings and only allowing just one run. The offense was good as well as Carlos Beltran belted his 17th home run of the year. The Yankees would win this one by a score of 8-2.The offense was strong once again for the next game. Starting Pitcher Michael Pineda did as people may expect of him by giving up four runs (three earned) and still getting himself nine strikeouts. With the help of Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez, and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees would end up rallying in the later innings putting themselves in a good position to win. Closer, Aroldis Chapman almost blew it, however, giving up two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Luckily the Yankees were victorious, winning by a score of 7-6.The Yankees failed to get the four game sweep with a 7-4 loss. Twins starting pitcher, Ervin Santana was able to pull out a pretty good performance, only giving up three non impactful runs through 7 ⅓. On the other side, Nathan Eovaldi’s struggles continued. He would give up four runs and be charged with his fourth loss of the season. It seems to be as one pitcher steps up another pitcher steps down. Nathan Eovaldi was very solid last year, but now it seems his dominant performances have been replaced with C.C. Sabathia’s, as he is starting to realize the pitcher he has become.Batter of the Week: Didi GregoriusGM – 6AVG – .370AB – 27H – 10HR – 2RBI – 9Pitcher of the Week: Masahiro TanakaGM – 1IP – 8.0ER – 1K – 7BB – 0W – 1This week the Yankees will again face the Colorado Rockies as well as the Minnesota Twins. Both series will be at home this time around and the series against Minnesota will only be three games. The Yankees are only 6.5 games back for the division lead and are 4.0 games of a Wild Card spot. A solid week here can prove to be very beneficial for the ball club.Pitching Matchups vs Colorado:Game #1:Ivan Nova (5-4) vs. Chad Bettis (5-5)Game #2:C.C. Sabathia (5-4) vs. Jon Gray (4-3)Pitching Matchups vs. Minnesota:Game #1:Masahiro Tanaka (4-2) vs. Ricky Nolasco (3-4)Game #2:Michael Pineda (3-7) vs. Ervin Santana (2-7)Game #3:Nathan Eovaldi (6-4) vs. Tyler Duffey (2-6)NY Yankees Weekly Report by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com

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