Not the way I would have wanted to start my first west coast trip of the season for sure, but an understandable result to be sure. The Yankees got pounded last night in the series opener against the Diamondbacks as a pair of Triple-A arms making their big league debuts took it on the chin.
The first of those arms was Chad Green, up to start in CC Sabathia's spot while the big fella finishes his DL stint. Green got knocked around for 6 runs (4 earned) in 4 innings of work. The big blows were a Paul Goldschmidt solo home run in the top of the 1st (it happens) and a 3-run homer by Jake Lamb in the 5th after Mark Teixeira dropped a throw from Green to put the leadoff runner on (it doesn't). Green did record 5 strikeouts, but all in all it was a rough first outing for him.
The second debuting pitcher was 3-time elbow injury comebacker Conor Mullee. He was only charged with 1 run in the 6th, but that run came on 3 walks and a hit batsman. Just getting into a big league game is a big deal for him, but this was definitely a case where a guy was a little amped up for his debut and couldn't calm the nerves to command his stuff. At that point the game was mostly out of reach anyway. No big deal.
The small bit of offense came in the 4th on a Chase Headley RBI single and in the 5th on a Jacoby Ellsbury triple that he scored on after the throw from the outfield hit him. That momentarily tied the game at 2 before the fateful Teix error and 5-run bottom of the 5th happened. The Yankees haven't had a stinker like this one in a while. Wash it off and come back out today.
- Teix did go 3-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored. He was the only Yankee with multiple hits.
- That's at least 1 hit in 7 of the last 8 games for Headley and an RBI in 6 of the last 7.
- Nick Goody was sloppy in his relief of Mullee and Phil Coke gave up 4 more runs in the final 2 innings to make this a laugher. I honestly can't understand why Coke is still around. What good is the ability to provide length if that length always comes with a ton of runs?
- Second game of the series is tonight and it's a battle of the disappointments as Michael Pineda faces Zack Greinke. The Yankees should have some, if not all, of the 3-headed bullpen monster available.