There are 3 fundamental parts to playing baseball: hitting, pitching, and fielding. You don't necessarily have to do all 3 of them well to win a game, but it helps if you do at least one of them well. Last night the Yankees didn't do any of them well and lost their second straight game to the last place Indians. Let's recap it in terms of how bad they were in all 3 parts, eh? Bad Hitting- Just as they did the last time they faced him, the Yankee lineup got dominated by Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco. He struck out 11 over 6.2 innings and only gave up 1 run, which came in the 4th on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird single. The Yanks did scratch 2 across in the bottom of the 8th, but one of those runs was unearned on an error. They didn't make much hard contact against Cleveland pitching and Beltran's double was the only XBH.
Bad Pitching- Masahiro Tanaka cruised through the first 4 innings on 50 pitches, then he lost his ability to throw strikes and labored through the next 2 innings, giving up a run in each. He was the recipient of the 1-batter leash to start the 7th, and the runner he put on to start that inning came around to score. After the 2-run 8th to make the game close, Justin Wilson allowed 3 runs in the top of the 9th.
Bad Fielding- Tanaka could have gotten out of the 5th inning scoreless had defensive specialist Brendan Ryan made an easy play on a chopper for the third out. The damage to Justin Wilson could have been limited to 1 run if Stephen Drew completed a double play turn. Neither guy made the plays and the Indians got 3 more runs.
- Brett Gardner was 2-4 with a BB hitting leadoff. He was the only player with multiple hits.
- Brian McCann went 0-4 with a K and the broadcast team kept harping on the change in his batting stance. He's really favoring his left knee and it's taken all the power out of his swing.
- Cleveland's #9 hitter Jose Ramirez went 3-3 with 3 runs scored. Never a good sign when you're getting owned by the opposing team's 9-hitter.
- Carrasco has now gone 14.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 19 K against the Yankees in the last 10 days.