This was a bad loss. The Yanks’ sixth in their last seven games to drop them to 22-18 and into a first-place tie in the AL East with the Rays. On top of that, Jacoby Ellsbury sprained his knee and is on the 15-day DL. Slade Heathcott has been called up from AAA. Heathcott, 24, is a lefty hitting CF who was hitting .285-1-17 at SWB.
Earlier this week, Chase Whitley underwent TJ surgery. He’ll not return until mid-2016.
Pin this loss on Nathan Eovaldi. As for Andrew Miller, the law of averages caught up with him.
Eovaldi gave up 2 HR in the first inning, then seemed to settle down.
The Yanks got four in the fourth on an RBI single by Chris Young (batting 3rd what with no DH and A-Rod on the bench), an RBI double by Headley and a 2-run single by Stephen Drew. With the pitcher in the lineup, production from the #8 hitter, Drew, was a bonus. Drew’s two hits raised him to .188.
Mark Teixeira’s 2-run HR in the 5th made it 6-2. #12 on the season and #375 of his career.
Up 6-2, and needing one more inning to qualify for a possible win, Eovaldi has to hold them there. Qualify for the win, go at least five and maybe more, save the bullpen. He failed.
Eovaldi got only one out and gave up 3 runs in the fifth. David Carpenter gave up a game-tying HR in the sixth.
Lefties Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve got big outs (both against Bryce Harper, who homered against Eovaldi in the first).
But in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Zimmerman sliced a 2-run HR off of Andrew Miller the other way. It hit the foul pole.
Miller had an ERA of 0.00 before that. Sooner or later he was going to give up a run, and the law of averages caught up with him.
But handed a 6-2 lead, Eovaldi has to do better.
Eovaldi 4 1/3, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.73
Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.25
Carpenter 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.28. Carpenter, recommended to the Yanks by his former and current catcher, Bryan McCann, has been a disappointment so far. Come to think of it, McCann, who hit .232 last year and is at .228 right now, has been a disappointment himself.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.30
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. (L, 0-1, 0.98)