Derek Jeter got 2 hits tonight to go to 3396 for his career. One hit, a double, tied Lou Gehrig for first place on the Yankees’ all-time doubles list at 534.
Unfortunately, the rest of the team got two hits combined and Hiroki Kuroda lost a heartbreaker, 2-1. The Yanks were 1 for 9 with RISP, and struck out 11x.
You hate to keep writing about this and reading about this. It’s the same thing every night. These Yanks don’t hit. You wonder how long hitting coach Kevin Long will keep his job. Let’s face it. The Boss would have fired Long by now. Some reporters hate hearing “if the Boss was alive, etc.,” but it’s true. Unfortunately, I don’t make the ballgame or the reports. The players do. I only report on what they are doing. How I wish the reports were better.
The loss drops the Yanks to 41-41, .500. Worse yet, Toronto and Baltimore both won. The Yanks are now 3 1/2 out.
Let’s face it. I think we all would rather see a .500 team with kids on it with potential to develop rather than a .500 team with a lot of players 35+ who are doing nothing but aging. Something needs to be done, and soon.
The 4th of July is coming soon. Let’s hope the Yanks have some offensive fireworks in them.
Kuroda, (L, 5-6, 4.08) gave up a run in the fourth and a HR to Loney in the sixth that proved decisive. 8 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
It’s difficult for pitchers to pitch thinking they have to be perfect because they are getting no support. This is the second time in less than a week that a Yankees’ pitcher pitched great (Tanaka) only to lose 2-1.
The Yanks only run came when Jeter doubled, Ellsbury singled and Jeter scored when Ellsbury got a SB and there was a throwing error on the play.
David Huff pitched the 9th for the Yanks. 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.99.