Brandon McCarthy gave up three HR and the Yanks couldn’t climb out of an early 4-0 hole as they lost to the Orioles 5-4 Tuesday night.
The loss puts the Yanks “tragic number” of missing the playoffs at one. They are 81-76, one game ahead of Toronto for second in the AL East. With five games left, the best the Yanks can do is 86-76, and both KC and Oakland have 86 wins now. Any Yanks loss will eliminate them from the playoffs, and they would have to hope either KC or Oakland loses all their games from here on out. An impossible task. (Not to mention Seattle has 83 wins right now and that the Indians have 82). The Yanks are five out of the last wild card with five games to go.
McCarthy (L, 10-15, 4.05 overall, 7-5, 2.89 as NYY) went 5 1/3, giving up 5 R, 11 H, 0 walks and 8 K. He gave up two in the second, two in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Rich Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 3.38.
Esmiel Rogers 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.96
Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.40.
David Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.74.
The Yanks got one in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chris Young to cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-1.
Stephen Drew got a bases-loaded SF in the sixth to cut the Orioles’ lead to 5-2.
Brian McCann hit a 2-run HR (23) in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4 but the Yanks couldn’t catch up.
Derek Jeter went 1 for 5, career hit #3461 but struck out to end the game. He is at .255.