The Yankees lost last night. They lost because Michael Pineda was terrible and got knocked around by one of, if not the worst lineup in baseball. None of that is good, but the last time I checked none of us non-MLB players have a great day at our jobs every single time we go to work. Pineda didn't have it yesterday and even the crappiest professional hitters are going to tee off on a guy when he doesn't have it. Oh well.
So how bad was Pineda's night? He gave up multiple hits in every inning he pitched, including the lone scoreless frame in the top of the 2nd, and 11 in 3.1 innings. 5 of those hits came with 2 strikes, so just like Tanaka the other night, the issue was Pineda's inability to command in the strike zone or locate with 2 strikes rather than throw strikes period, Still, it's not a good look to be giving up that many hits to such a terrible lineup, and Joe had no choice but to pull the plug in the 4th. Pineda finished with 8 earned runs charged to him in 3.1 innings.
Because the Phillies are terrible, the Yankees were never out of the game. Brett Gardner got the comeback started in the bottom of the 4th with a 3-run home run to cut the Philly lead from 8-2 to 8-5. After Chris Capuano gave up Makiel Franco's second home run of the game in the top of the 6th, Brian McCann hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th, and the Yanks did put together a 2-run rally in the bottom of the 9th to make the final score respectable. But the hole Pineda dug them was too deep to climb out of and the Yanks dropped their second straight.
- Monster night for Gardner. 4-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI. He has 13 hits, 8 runs, and 8 RBI in his last 5 games and his season slash line is up to .290/.361/.472.
- Not a bad night for Carlos Beltran either. 3-5, 2 doubles, a run and a ribbie. He's up to .260/.306/.442.
- That's 2 bad starts in the last 3 for Pineda, whose ERA has shot above 4 for the first time this season. Not often you see him and Tanaka pitch that bad on consecutive days, but don't worry. Baseball and medical expert Kevin Kernan and I came up with the perfect solution to this problem last night:
— Kevin Kernan (@WheresKernan) June 23, 2015
Bam! Problem solved. You're welcome.
- No Teix again last night. He's battling the sore neck and reportedly had an MRI and a cortisone shot yesterday.
- Shout out to Chasen Shreve for another scoreless inning. And also to Diego Moreno for making his MLB debut. He struck out 2 and gave up 2 hits in a scoreless 7th.