Game 29. Boston 5, Yanks 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

David Ortiz hit 2 of Boston’s 4 HR as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-1 Sunday night.

I have been screaming for years for pitchers to grow a pair and back him off the plate. No one ever does. I mean, the guy has 52 HR against you, beats you like a drum and you just let him dig in and get away with it?

I never see the Yanks—or ANYBODY—back him off the plate. Pitching inside is part of the game. You have to nail that inside corner, and if that means backing someone off the plate in order for you to do it, then you have to do so.

Instead, no one does. They just let him beat them over and over again.

When will someone grow a pair?

That doesn’t mean throw at his head. I mean aim one at his butt. Make him uncomfortable. Make him move his feet. No one ever does.

If Billy Martin were alive and managing, you can bet your sweet bippy that someone would have backed Ortiz off the plate.

Ortiz’ 2 HR enabled him to pass Yaz on Boston’s HR list, and gave him 512 for his career, passing Mel Ott and tying him with Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks.

Two batters in, the game was over when Severino walked the leadoff hitter and gave up a 2-run HR to Pedroia. Severino gave up just 5 hits in 6 2/3, and struck out 9, but he gave up 3 HR in dropping to 0-5.

Ortiz homered off Severino in the 4th and 7th. Shreve gave up a HR to Bogaerts in the 8th.

All the Yanks managed was a HR by Gardner (3) in the bottom of the 9th. They only got 3 hits.

You knew the bottom of the Yanks’ lineup was going to be a problem going into the game. It was (current batting averages):
Ackley, .103; Hicks .122; Didi .227 and Headley .163.

Throw in that Teix  at.210 and Beltran .236 were 4 and 5 and they are slumping. Even Gardner is at just .239.

The lack of hitting goes back to last year. You hope and wonder when (if?) the bats will wake up. Their adjusted OPS (OPS+) is 85—15% below league average. The ERA+ is 93, 7% below league average. Those are not numbers conducive to winning.

Hopefully things get better soon.

Showing some gumption and pitching inside is a start.

The bats have to wake up too. I mean, Headley doesn’t have an extra base hit yet. Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon(!!!) has a HR.

Getting Chapman back today means nothing if the bats can’t give the bullpen a lead.

Severino (L, 0-5, 6.12) 6 2/3, 4 R , 5 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.91. Gave up 1 HR.
Barbato 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.54.

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