The combination of Mark Teixeira back in the lineup and Corey Kluber back in the dugout should have been cause for confidence in Yankeeland. After getting shut out on Saturday afternoon, they needed a win today to secure the series in their favor, and with less than 50 games remaining each win becomes even more important in relation to the playoff races. Once again the bats no-showed, however, and they head back onto the road to face Baltimore losers of 2 of 3.
Hiroki Kuroda got the ball today and in short, he was pretty bad. He couldn’t bury his splitter or put his sinker where he wanted to with regularity and the Indians put 3 hits together for a run on him in the top of the 1st. A Jason Kipnis double and a pair of sac plays plated a second run in the 3rd, and in the 5th he completely lost a sinker and hit a batter on a 1-2 pitch, loaded the bases with 2 outs, and left after walking in a run. The late-season sputter appears to be in full effect for him again. Not a strong outing at all.
The offense didn’t do much against Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco. And when I say “didn’t do much”, I mean they didn’t do anything at all. 2 singles in 5 innings against him, 3 more hits in 4 innings against the bullpen, 15 straight outs from the 2nd to the 7th, and not a single baserunner past second base until the 9th. That baserunner was Jacoby Ellsbury, who hit a solo HR with 2 outs to at least get the Yankees on the board. Regardless of who’s in or out of the lineup, that’s an unacceptable level of output.
David Huff took the ball from Hirok and pitched into the 7th. He and Shawn Kelley teamed up to give up the 4th Indian run in the 7th, which was more than enough insurance. Bryan Mitchell pitched the final 2 innings, finally getting a chance to make his Yankee debut in his third call-up of the year.
– Final line on Kuroda: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. The 4.2 innings made for his shortest outing since June 14th.
– Teix went 1-4 in his first game back. Good to at least know he was back out there.
– Ellsbury went 2-4 with the solo homer. He was the only player in the batting order who swung the bat worth a damn.
– Not a bad debut for Mitchell. 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. He struck out Kipnis on a 96-MPH fastball to end the 8th and got Michael Brantley to whiff on a 94-MPH one in the 9th. Just the 2 best hitters on the Indians. Nbd.
– Yankee hitters drew 7 walks on Friday night. They drew 1 yesterday. They didn’t draw any today.