The Yanks lost 4-2 to Boston Friday night, dropping them 7 back of Boston in the division chase. Another starter goes on the D.L. The position players on the field at the end of the game was pathetic. Two more players are coming up from SWB. With a chance to tie the game in the 8th, realistically you knew the Yanks wouldn’t do it. The schedule has tonight’s game and the next two in Boston, then four in Texas then they come home to face the Rays. These games could be the season.
If the Yanks go, say 2-8 in these 10 games, then guess what. Season over.
Andy Pettitte started tonight and once again was shaky early on. The first batter he faced hit a HR off him. In the second, he gave up a 2-run HR. With this poor Yankees’ offense, you can’t get in a 3-0 hole after just two innings.
Andy did straighten himself out, and I give credit for that, but in 6 1/3 gave up 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 4 K and 2 HR in falling to 7-7, 4.47.
From Lohud’s blog:
Pettitte has now allowed four runs or more in seven straight starts, tied for the longest such streak of his career. He’s 4-7 with a 5.14 ERA in his last 14 starts.
That’s a problem. 4-7, 5.14 in his last 14 starts. As much as Yankees fans are bitching about Phil Hughes, I hate to tell them that in the last two months that Pettitte is as much of a problem as Hughes is. But Pettitte, because of his track record and him being an iconic figure in Yankees’ history, gets a pass where Hughes would not. But do you see what I see in Andy? I see someone running on fumes (at age 41) who has little left. Someone who should retire at the end of the year. Someone, who, frankly, if he wasn’t Andy Pettitte, might be replaced in the rotation by a Michael Pineda right now if Pineda was ready.
But the Yanks won’t embarrass Pettitte by doing that. He’s too much of an icon in Yankees history.
Still in all, we have to admit to ourselves that Andy, at age 41, seems to be running on fumes.
Brett Gardner created a run in the game on no hits. He walked, stole second and third and scored when while stealing third, the catcher made a throwing error.
Chris Stewart’s double drove in the other Yankees’ run.
But at the end of the game, down 4-2, the Yanks had a shot in the eighth. They had men on second and third with one out. A single may tie the game. But they had Vernon Wells and Luis Cruz up. You just knew it wouldn’t get done and it wasn’t done. Wells hasn’t hit a HR in over two months.
Brett Gardner was thrown out of the game for arguing a strikeout, and Zoilo Almonte was put on the DL after he sprained an ankle in this game. The position players at the end of the game were Stewart at catcher, an infield of Overbay, Cano, Nunez and Cruz, and an OF of Alberto Gonzalez, Ichiro and Brett Lillibridge. Not inspiring. Two utility infielders in the corners. The Yanks had just five hits in the game.
Thomas Neal and Melky Mesa are coming up from SWB.
Shawn Kelley went 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.63.
Boone Logan 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.13.
Preston Claiborne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.35.