The Yanks reached the halfway point of the season 41-40 after a 4-3 loss in 12 innings.
David Phelps started vs. the Rays and did ok, giving up two solo HRs in 5 2/3 IP, one in the first and one in the third.
The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third when Ichiro was HBP, Gardner tripled and Jeter got an RBI with a groundout.
Phelps 5 2/3, 2 R, 4 h, 3 walks and 4 K. 4.26.
Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 2.70.
Dellin Betances, so great this year, stumbled. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 1.50. He got the first two outs in the eighth, but then a walk, SB and walk made Girardi go to Robertson. Robertson gave up a hit to the first batter he faced to put the Rays up 3-2.
Brian Roberts temporarily saved the Yanks with a HR in the bottom of the 9th (4) to tie the game.
Robertson went 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.93.
Shawn Kelley pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 11th, getting two strikeouts. He went 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 Walks, 2 K (1 HBP), 4.43.
The Yanks’ offense could not put together the run(s) that would put them over the top. Gardner and Teixeira each struck out 3x, McCann 2x. The team was 0 for 7 with RISP.
In the 12th, rookie Jose Ramirez got the first two men out, but a walk, SB and single put the Rays up 4-3 and they held on to win the game.
Ramirez (L, 0-2, 5.40) 1 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
The loss puts the Yanks at 41-40 at the halfway point. June was disappointing, since the team was only 12-15 in that month. Amazingly, they started June 2 1/2 out and finished 2 1/2 out. The only thing is, they started in second place and finished in third. Thank goodness no one is running away with the division. It is still there for the taking, but the team must play better. Most importantly, they need to hit, especially the middle of the lineup.
Jeter got hit #3394 in the loss.
Teixeira is at .243, McCann .221, Beltran .219, Johnson .224, Roberts .236. Soriano is almost a forgotten man right now and at .228.
If all these players make a run at .250 by the end of the year, it means they all would have 1) had basically just an average season but more importantly, 2) they all would have had good second halves… good enough to still, perhaps, propel the Yanks into the playoffs.
Here’s hoping that the second half is much better than the first. We’ll also see what moves are made. Today is July 1st. The deadline is soon. You know something will be done, but what?