Early runs, no big hits with RISP, pitcher stung by one bad inning. Lather, rinse, repeat. Nathan Eovaldi was the victim of the one bad inning and the lack of offensive support last night. His body of work wasn't bad (6 IP, 3 ER, 7 K), but he gave up 3 runs on 2 doubles, 2 singles, and a sac fly by the first 5 batters of the 4th inning and that was all it took to set him up for the loss.
The offense didn't get completely shut out. Didi Gregorius staked the Yankees to an early lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd. But they didn't score again until the bottom of the 8th and that was on another solo shot by Carlos Beltran. In between it was a whole lot of nothing.
That home run would have meant a realistic chance at a tie or walk-off win in the 9th had it not been for Branden Pinder in the top half of the inning. He loaded the bases on 11 pitches (2 singles, walk) and Khris Davis cashed in with a 2-run single up the middle. 4-run lead heading into the final 2 innings might as well be a 4,000 run lead against this pathetic Yankee offense.
I haven't been watching a lot of the recent games because I've been participating in Milwaukee Beer Week, but it sounds like that's been for the best. Not a lot of fun to be had watching this team right now.
- RISPFail Count: 2-49. It's gone from funny to sad to back to funny now.
- Didi was the only Yankee with multiple hits last night. He also struck out twice and got charged with an error.
- Aaron Hicks went 0-3 to drop his batting line even lower. He also threw a laser to home plate to finish an inning-ending double play in the 4th.
- Mark Teixeira went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Don't look now, but his average is down to .182.