The unfortunate pattern continues. The Yanks battle to get to .500 or a game above, then go on a losing streak. Then they battle back to .500 or a game above, and another losing streak.
CC Sabathia battled Cole Hamels for seven innings, giving up a 2-run HR to Adrian Beltre in the first, and was behind 2-0 entering the eighth. Then it all fell apart as Texas got five in the eighth to salt the game away. 7-1 Texas.
A-Rod got a SF in the bottom of the eighth.
Carlos Beltran left the game in the first inning with hamstring tightness. He is day to day. If Beltran had strained or tore the hamstring, I wonder what the Yanks would have done. Personally, I’d run Refsnyder (.293) out there or bring up the red-hot Aaron Judge. I think the Yanks would just run Aaron Hicks out there. But Hicks, at .206, hasn’t shown us much this year. Just my opinion, but I’d rather see Refsnyder or Judge get a shot.
For Beltre, it was his 424th career HR. To me, he doesn’t get the ink he deserves. 2845 hits, 424 HR. He is one of the best 3B ever. Baseball Reference, in fact, lists him as the 5th greatest 3B ever.
Jim Hickman, a 1962 original Met who was on the 1969 Cubs team that collapsed, and who also was the man who singled home Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game when Rose barrelled over catcher Ray Fosse, died recently.
Sabathia (L, 5-5, 3.17) 7+ IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Swarzak 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.50
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K., 4.50. Came up, Yates sent down.
The Yanks fall to 37-39.