The Yanks’ bats stayed cold last night, and it cost them first place as they lost 2-1 in Cleveland.
It is their sixth loss in the last seven games, and their fifth in a row. Four of those six losses have been by one run, and another was 2-0. Three of the losses were by 2-1 scores. One 2-1 loss was in 10 innings, another (a 5-4 loss) in 16. In the last seven games, the Yanks have scored just nine runs.That is 1.29 per game in that stretch, and remember, one game was 10 and another 16 innings.
If only for one big hit.
They are now 61-51, and 1/2 game behind the Blue Jays in the AL East.
Toronto 63-52 —
Yankees 61-51 – 1/2
Tampa Bay 58-56 -4 1/2
Baltimore 57-56 -5
Boston 50-64 -12 1/2
The Yanks managed only four hits last night, their sole run coming in the second on a Brian McCann HR (19). They had chances, like 2nd and 3rd, one out, and couldn’t score with Didi and Young at bat. A-Rod grounded into double plays twice. The Yanks struck out 11x.
Hopefully the bats wake up soon.
CC Sabathia pitched well, as have most of the Yankees’ pitchers in this stretch, but as this recent stretch has gone, received little support. He gave up solo runs in the fifth and sixth.
Sabathia (L, 4-9, 5.23) 6 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.97
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 3.86.
Because of the 16 inning game on Tuesday night, the Yanks needed pitching help, and brought back Chris Capuano and Nick Goody. Capuano had cleared waivers after being DFA’d and was back at AAA. To make room for the two, the Yanks sent Brandon Pinder back down to AAA and DFA’d Garrett Jones again. Jones was DFA’d just a couple weeks ago, cleared waivers and re-signed with the Yanks when Dustin Ackley got hurt. I doubt if Jones will come back this time.