Once again, pitching doomed the Yanks as their horrific week of poor pitching continues. Starters aren’t even getting through five innings. In the past seven starts, no starter has given five innings, and in those seven games, starters have given up 51 runs.
The taxed bullpen is hurting, too. The Yanks have given up 73 total runs in their last seven games. Ugh.
Yesterday, it was CC Sabathia who got lit up as the Yanks lost their third in a row to Boston, 9-5.
The Yanks’ (66-38) lead is down to 8 over Boston and 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay. And they have Chris Sale, a Yankee-killer, to face tonight.
And hopefully they won’t lose D.J. LeMahieu (groin strain) to the IL. He’s gone for an MRI.
Gio Urshela started the scoring with a solo HR, #11, in the top of the second. Gio was 4 for 4 for the day.
But Andrew Benintendi got a cheapie HR, hitting the Pesky Pole for what was listed by Statcast as a 310′ HR to tie the game. For years, it’s been said that it is 302 down the RF line at Fenway, but there never has been a marker. There also have been rumors that the distance is actually shorter. Anyway, tie game.
In the fourth, Luke Voit doubled and Urshela singled him in to make it 2-1 Yanks.
But Boston scored three in the bottom of the fourth, getting two of them on a J.D. Martinez HR, to go up 4-2.
The Yanks tried to fight back, scoring in the top of the fifth to make it 4-3. Aaron Hicks walked and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.
CC got knocked out in the fifth after he gave up back-to-back doubles to make it 5-3.
Chad Green let the game get away, giving up three in the sixth and one in the seventh and it was 9-3 Boston.
The Yanks got two in the eighth to make it 9-5, the final score. Gleyber Torres singled, Urshela doubled, and Kyle Higashioka singled in the two runs.
Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI.
Voit 2 hits
Urshela 4 for 4, HR (11), 2 RBI .306
Higashioka 2 RBI
Sabathia, who just turned 39 on July 21, and who is retiring after this season, has been stuck on 251 wins for a while. #252 would pass Bob Gibson on the all-time list, but win #251 came on June 24, over a month ago.
Sabathia (L 5-6, 4.78) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR
Green 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.18
Cortes, Jr. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.17
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.59
On Saturday, July 20, Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings before giving up five runs in the sixth and then leaving the game.
Paxton 3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER
CC 4 IP, 7 R, 6 ER
German 3 2/3 IP, 8 R
Happ 3 1/3 IP, 6 R
Tanaka 3 1/3 IP, 12 R,
Paxton 4 IP, 7 R
CC 4 1/3 IP, 5 R.
Ugh. The bleeding has to stop sometime, doesn’t it?