Shane Greene has been arguably the shiniest of all the starting pitching diamonds the Yankees have pulled out of the rough as this season has progressed. Not tonight though. He was overdue for a stinker and that stinker happened to happen tonight. Greene was absolutely atrocious and his poor outing all but ended tonight's series opener against the Red Sox before it really got going.
It was all about fastball command for Greene. One of the reasons he's been so good since joining the rotation is his ability to mix his sinker and 4-seamer well and throw both for good pitcher's strikes on a regular basis. He couldn't do that tonight and the Boston hitters teed off on him. Yoenis Cespedes doubled in a run as the 4th batter of the game in the top of the 1st and Mike Napoli drove home a second with a sacrifice fly. It was the longball that did Greene in in the 3rd, as Daniel Nava hit a 3-run homer off him on a misplaced 4-seamer and Xander Bogaerts followed up with a solo shot of his own on a belt-high sinker. Boston had a 6-0 lead before 9 outs had been recorded and the game was basically over.
Not that the Yankees weren't going to make their token "not good enough" offensive effort. Martin Prado got them on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd, and they had 5 consecutive men reach base to start the 5th. But Martin Prado's boneheaded baserunning play gave the Sox a free out and starter Joe Kelly used that help to settle down and hold the Yanks to 2 runs in the inning. A meaningless Brian McCann homer in the 9th was their only other run.
Boston tacked on a few more insurance runs against the C-level relief corps from the 3rd inning on. The only real bright spot was Adam Warren throwing 2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Feels like forever since he's done that.
- The 2.2 IP was by far Greene's shortest outing since joining the rotation, and the 6 ER allowed was the most. He also walked 3 batters for the first time since August 7th. Sometimes a pitcher doesn't have it. This was one of those nights.
- Prado's home run was his 5th in 29 games as a Yankee. He hit 5 in 106 games with Arizona before being traded. He left the game in the 9th inning after feeling some tightness in his left hamstring. Great, more injuries.
- Brett Gardner went 0-3 with 3 strikeouts in his debut as the #3 hitter. He was ejected in the 5th after striking out looking and arguing the call vehemently with the home plate ump. Replays showed that the "strike" in question was well off the outside corner.
- McCann and Prado were the only Yankees with multiple hits. The 1-5 hitters were a combined 2-18 with 7 Ks.