Man these guys stink right now. They don't hit at all. They've scored 9 runs in the last 7 games. NINE. And 4 of them came in 1 game. There's getting tired, there's regressing to the mean, and then there's what's going on with the Yankee offense right now. It has almost completely disappeared from existence. Shame too, because even a tiny bit more would have been good enough to win again last night.
CC Sabathia pitched 6 innings and only gave up 2 runs, but this outing was nothing like the one before it. This was more of the hittable, always-in-trouble CC we've seen for most of this season, and it took some splendid defense behind him to keep Cleveland from scoring more. He put the leadoff runner on in 4 of the first 5 innings and needed big double plays to get out of the 3rd and 5th. That second double play came after a game-tying single, the third Cleveland hit of the inning, and they pulled ahead with 3 more singles in the 6th, the run-scoring one coming off the bat of former Yankee farmhand Abraham Almonte.
The lone Yankee run came on a Brian McCann solo home run in the top of the 2nd and it was mashed. There were some good at-bats and good contact against Danny Salazer over the first 2 or 3 innings too, then like Severino the night before, Salazar settled in and pitched into the 8th without allowing another hit. The hard contact even went away, and he left the game after walking 2 batters in a row to put 2 on with 1 out in the 8th. Alex Rodriguez came up to the plate to face Cody Allen, a situation that has been in the Yankees' favor all season. This time he bounced into an inning-ending double play, his second of the game. That's how it's going right now for the Yankees.
Chasen Shreve and Nick Goody finished the game for the Yanks, so the bulk of the bullpen got a much needed night off. That's about the best thing you can say in regards to last night's games. This slump has a very 2013-2014 feel to it, and it needs to end in the very, very near future. As of last night, the Yankees are now out of first place in the division.
- 6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K for Sabathia. He threw 110 pitches, 71 strikes. Only 7 of those strikes were swung at and missed. 48 of them were either fouled off or put in play. That's the CC we know and hate. At least he didn't give up any home runs. That was the difference between the 1-run deficit and the 4 or 5 runs it could have been.
- Brett Gardner went 1-3 with a walk hitting leadoff, while Chase Headley went 0-2 with 2 walks hitting behind him while Jacoby Ellsbury rode the pine. They combined for a botched hit and run in the 6th after Gardner led of with a single. That's always fun.
- Teix went 1-4, Beltran went 1-3 with a walk, and Chris Young walked in 3 plate appearances. That was the rest of the Yankee offense last night.
- Brutal night for A-Rod. 0-4 with a K and 2 double plays. He's 6-37 with 7 BB and 10 K in his last 10 games and hasn't homered since July 27th.
- Scary moment in the 7th when Shreve took a liner off his left shoulder. He was fine and stayed in the game, but yeesh. That would have been salt in the wound.