Before the game, the Yanks brought back Esmiel Rogers and sent Gregorio Petit down to AAA.
The move was to get a fresh arm. The Yanks had Shreve, Wilson and Betances unavailable due to recent workload.
The bullpen wasn’t needed. The good Michael Pineda showed up and pitched eight strong innings, but he got no help from his offense or defense as the Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday in Houston.
The Yanks managed only two hits in the game, the only run coming in the third on a walk, WP and Brett Gardner single.
Garrett Jones and Brett Gardner messed up a fly ball in the fourth. It was Gardner’s ball, as the CF should take everything he can get. Jones got too close to Gardner, the ball fell in for a double, then was kicked around and the batter came all the way around to score. Ugly.
Pineda gave up runs in the seventh and eighth. Meanwhile the only other Yankees hit was by A-Rod, #3010 of his career, tying Wade Boggs on the all-time list.
Pineda 8 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. (L, 8-5, 4.08).
With the loss, the Yanks stayed 1/2 game out of first, but dropped to 3rd place in the division.
Baltimore 41-34 —
Tampa Bay 42-35 —-
YANKEES 41-35 -1/2
Toronto 41-36 – 1
Boston 34-43 -8
It doesn’t get much tighter than that. The Yanks have a 1/2 game lead for the last wild card slot.
Long way to go. Who will get separation?
Kind of feel sorry for Ryne Sandberg, who resigned as Phils’ manager a few days ago. As my grandpa used to sometimes say, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s**t.
Update: Ellsbury could start rehab games tonight (Monday) and rejoin the Yanks this weekend. Miller continues to throw, but no rehab games yet.