Game 79. Yanks comeback falls short, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s frustrating. Every time the Yanks get to .500 or a game above, they slide back. They haven’t been two over .500 since they started the season 4-2.

A 4-run ninth inning wasn’t enough as the Yanks lost late last night in San Diego by the score of 7-6.

Nathan Eovaldi once again had a bad outing. He was so good in May, but since Memorial Day, he has been awful, 0-4 with an ERA of over 9.00. He gave up three runs right away in the first inning. He needs to get straightened out.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single got one run back in the second, but Eovaldi gave it right back in the bottom of the frame by serving up a gopher ball.

He then gave up another gopher ball, a 2-run shot, in the fifth, to make it 6-1 Padres.

Brian McCann’s 13th HR of the season made it 6-2 in the sixth, but McCann’s passed ball in the seventh made it 7-2 Padres.

McCann started the ninth with a walk, and Castro was HBP. A-Rod pinch-hit (no DH in NL park) and singled in one run. Didi Gregorius, who is really emerging into a force, doubled in a run to make it 7-4. Hicks grounded out to make it 7-5, and a wild pitch with Beltran up pinch-hitting made it 7-6. Beltran doubled to put the tying run on second, but Ellsbury and Gardner both grounded out to end the game and foil any hopes for a comeback similiar to Wednesday night’s comeback vs. Texas.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 39-40.

Eovaldi (L, 6-6, 5.54)  4 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2 HR given up.
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00
Bleier 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED) 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00
Swarzak 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.86

Update: A-Rod’s hit was #3110 of his career, tying Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time list.

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