I don't even know where to start with this one. It's not like we've never seen the Yankees lose a game when their offense didn't show up and their starting pitcher had one bad inning. But if there was a game where you could have bet money on that not happening and felt good about it, it was last night's game. I guess that's why they play baseball on the field and not in my game thread previews, huh?
Let's start with the offense, which was absolutely putrid after the 1st inning. They turned a Brett Gardner leadoff double into a run on a pair of groundouts (not a good sign), and made Jeremy Bonderman work hard through 2 innings before disappearing completely. After Vernon Wells got picked off second base with 0 outs in the 2nd, the Yankees didn't get another hit off of Bonderman until the 5th and didn't have anybody reach second base again until Kevin Youkilis doubled in the top of the 9th. As a team they mustered just 4 hits and 2 walks and half of that output came in the first 2 innings. Disgraceful.
Kuroda didn't look super sharp through 3 innings but managed to keep runs off the board. It all fell apart for him in the bottom of the 4th, however, and that was enough to give Seattle the win. You'll live with a 2-out double by Michael Morse. What you can't live with is back-to-back 2-out walks to the 7 and 8 hitters in the batting order and a 2-out, 2-run single by Brendan Ryan. Kuroda struggled to locate his slider in the strike zone or his sinker down in the strike zone in the 4th inning and kudos to the Seattle lineup for taking advantage. You just don't expect to see it happen against crummy hitters like that.
So no offense against a pitcher making just his second MLB start in 3 years and the 1A starter in the rotation giving up a 2-out rally to the bottom of the opposing batting order. Yeah, that's not a good way to lose.
- Gardner was on base twice at the top with his leadoff double and a walk. Reid Brignac was the only other player to get on base twice.
- Brignac was also involved in the Wells pick-off in the 2nd on a failed bunt attempt. I don't know if that was his call or Joe's, but anytime you're bunting to move runners up for Chris Stewart you need to re-evaluate your decision.
- The 2-6 spots in the Yankee lineup (Cano, Teix, Hafner, Youkilis, Wells) were a combined 1-19 w/ 1 BB, 1 RBI, and 4 K.
- Preston Claiborne's BB-less streak continues. It's now up to 18.1 after his 1.2 scoreless innings of relief last night.
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