Just a week and a half ago, the Yanks owned a four game lead in the AL East. They now are 22-20, in 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB. Last night’s 10-9 loss was their eighth loss in their last nine games. Michael Pineda was tagged for seven runs by Texas in the third inning, and the Yanks couldn’t catch up.
Pineda and Didi Gregorius made errors in the third, and Pineda gave up two HRs that inning as Texas jumped off to a 7-0 lead. Prince Fielder would hit two homers and drive in four runs for the Rangers last night.
The Yanks got four back in the fourth, three on Gregorius’ first HR of the season, but Fielder’s second HR of the game made it 8-4 Texas.
An A-Rod single in the seventh made it 8-5. A-Rod tied Babe Ruth’s official RBI total with that, but there is a catch. The RBI became an official stat in 1920, meaning that all of Babe’s RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted in that total. While the Elias Sports Bureau is the official MLB statistician, I prefer Baseball Reference.com, which seems to be a bit more thorough. They have Babe at 2214 RBI, 222 ahead of the “official” tally for the Babe. 222 RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted by MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau.
Anyway, by any means, A-Rod is only 8 RBI from 2000.
While the Yanks tried to catch up, the bullpen couldn’t hold down Texas. Texas got two in the top of the eighth to make it 10-5.
Garrett Jones’ PH HR, his first HR of the season, cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the season (#376 career) cut it to 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth, throwing a scare into Texas, but the Yanks fell just short in their comeback attempt. They had the winning run at the plate when they made the final out.
Teixeira’s HR passed teammate Carlos Beltran on the all-time list and tied him with Carlton Fisk. The way Teix is going, barring injury, maybe he can get #400 at the end of the season.
In his first MLB start, Slade Heathcott went 2 for 3.
Pineda (L, 5-2, 3.59) 6 IP, 7 R, 4 ER (all runs in the third) 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Shreve 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.51
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K 4.61.
Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.