If you are Ivan Nova, or others on the pitching staff, it has to be tough.
Nova went 7 great innings today and got no offensive support. Despite giving up just one run on six hits, three walks and 8 K, he lost 1-0. He falls to 4-4, 3.41 because the Yanks managed only two hits (Gardner & Overbay) in the whole ballgame. No one walked. One (Ichiro) reached on an error. That was it.
Robertson pitched the 8th. 1 Ip, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.91.
Kelley the 9th. 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.40.
So there you have it. Yankees pitchers gave up 1 run, struck out 12, but because of no offense (actually, the offensive was quite offensive to Yankees’ fans), two hits, the Yanks lost 1-0.
It was the ninth time the Yanks have been shut out this year. They once (early 1930’s) went two years without being shut out.
The Yanks are still looking for their first post-ASG HR.
Jeter returns tomorrow (Sunday). Hafner to the DL w/a strained rotator cuff.
Some great news from the LOHUD blog:
LATEST CENSUS: With Alfonso Soriano playing last night, the Yankees have used 47 players this season (18 pitchers, 3 catchers, 15 infielders, 10 outfielders, 1 DH), exceeding their total from all of last year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees already topped the most players the club had ever used through its first 100 games of a season. The Yankees last used more players in a season in 2011 (48), and the franchise record is 51 (accomplished in 2008 and 2005).
YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN: The Yankees will honor Hideki Matsui prior to Sunday’s game, which includes a Matsui bobblehead giveaway. Matsui will sign a minor league contract to formally rejoin the organization so that he can retire as a Yankee. The on-field ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., which will include a video tribute and his signing of retirement papers at home plate alongside Yankees Senior V.P./General Manager Brian Cashman, Senior V.P./Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman and Matsui’s mother (Saeko) and father (Masao). He will then be presented with a matted and framed 2009 Yankees jersey. Matsui will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees-Rays game.
Maybe they should try to get Godzilla out of retirement (just kidding). After all, this lineup is performing like they think they are the Highlanders in the dead-ball era.