How quickly things have gotten back to normal in Yankeeland, eh? Last night’s series finale in Texas was straight out of page 1 of the “Stereotypical 2014 Yankee Loss” catalog. The offense did a whole lot of nothing and had its runs generated by the 2 guys at the top of the order who are supposed to be the table setters, the starting pitching fell victim to 1 bad inning and ended up turning in an outing that wasn’t quite good enough to win and just bad enough to lose, and of course there was some bad infield defense that contributed to the aforementioned big inning.
Hiroki Kuroda got the start and pitched a pretty typical Kuroda start for this season. His final line was 7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB,4 K, and his inability to keep his stuff down in the zone led to him getting hit big in the 1st, when he gave up hits to 4 of the first 5 batters he faced and 5 in all that accounted for all 3 Texas runs. Mark Teixeira failing to pick up a grounder down the first base line with 2 outs gave Leonys Martin another chance to hit and he capitalized by poking the eventual game-winning base hit to left.
Brett Gardner hit a leadoff home run in the top of the 1st to give the Yanks a brief lead. It was his 4th of the series. Jacoby Ellsbury smacked a solo shot of his own in the 3rd inning for the second run and that was all the Yankees got against Colby Lewis. You’d think after seeing a pitcher as crappy as him a week ago that they would have been tattooing balls left and right, but oh no. The Yankees didn’t put a single runner on base after the 3rd.
– The one bright spot was the bullpen getting a day off. David Huff pitched the 8th in relief of Hirok and with the off-day today everybody will be rested for this weekend.
– Headley hit streak counter: Over. Chase went 0-3 with a walk, so his Yankee career-opening hit streak ends at 8.
– 2 more hits for Carlos Beltran. His and the 2 homers were 100% of the team hit total.
– Gardner has hit 7 homers this month. That’s as many as Robbie Cano has all season out in Seattle (h/t to Mike Axisa for that one).