Ivan Nova, who had been struggling, pitched well, but the Yankees’ offense came up empty and Andrew Miller gave up a walkoff HR in the bottom of the ninth as the Yanks lost 2-1 in San Diego Saturday night.
The game was scoreless until the sixth, when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, Brett Gardner beat out a bunt moving Ellsbury to third, and Ellsbury scored on an RBI groundout by Starlin Castro.
Nova gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth when Dellin Betances allowed one inherited runner to score and almost allowed another to score. Rob Refsnyder threw out a runner at the plate—-one of three reviewed calls that went the Yankees’ way during the game.
The Yanks blew a chance to go ahead in the eighth due to the lack of getting a bunt down. Pinch-hitter Ronald Torreyes walked, but Ellsbury couldn’t get the bunt down to move him over and instead grounded into a DP. The next batter, Gardner, doubled. Had Ellsbury gotten the bunt down and moved Torreyes up, the Yanks have a lead.
Miller’s first pitch in the bottom of the ninth was hit for a HR by Melvin Upton. Game over.
Today is game 81. After today the season will be 1/2 over. The Yanks are 39-41.
Nova 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K. 5.06
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 2.70
Miller (L, 5-1, 1.51) 1 + IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gave up GW walkoff HR.
Yankees pitchers stuck out 11.