People who know me know that often I will say that I would kill for a sac fly. Yesterday afternoon was one of those times, for the lack of a SF may have cost the Yankees the ballgame in the very first inning.
Ellsbury singled, stole second and was bunted to third. On third with one out. But A-Rod struck out and so did Teixeira. Being that the Yanks lost 3-2 in 13, that was huge.
Also huge was Michael Pineda, one strike away from getting out of trouble, giving up a 2-run triple in the fourth. Instead of a scoreless inning, two runs scored. One strike away.
Little things like that hurt the Yanks on Thursday afternoon. The Yanks did get a HR from Chase Headley in the fifth (3) and another by Chris Young in the sixth (5), to tie the game. But other than 3 hits by Ellsbury and another hit by Young in addition to the homers, the rest of the Yankees’ lineup was silent Thursday afternoon. It was a particularly frustrating day for A-Rod, who went 0 for 6, struck out 4x, and GIDP to end the game. 16 Yankees went down on strikes.
Michael Pineda went 5 2/3, 2 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 3.73. Not bad for someone who was not supposed to pitch, was supposed to get extra rest, but had to pitch on regular rest because of Tanaka going on the 15-day DL with forearm and wrist issues.
The Yankees’ bullpen did well until cracking in the 13th.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.86
Carpenter 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.00
Betances 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00
Martin 1 IP, 0R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.45
Shreve (L, 1-1) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks (ouch) and 1 K. 2.70. Those walks kill you.
The Yanks are off today before a weekend series in Boston. They end April at 13-9, and no matter what happens today will end April in first place.
Petit was brought back because of Tanaka going on the DL. Whitley will stay in the rotation for now. Tanaka could be out a month. If Tanaka needs to be out longer, Capuano and Nova are close to starting rehabs and returning.
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