Another bad Michael Pineda start, another loss. The Yankees dropped their second straight to the Diamondbacks last night as the starter formerly known as Big Mike continued to kill this team with his performance.
It wasn't the 1st inning for a change, but Pineda was quick to put runners on base and runs on the board last night. Chris Owings tripled with 2 outs in the 2nd and Nick Ahmed hit a hanging 0-2 slider for a base hit to get Arizona on the board. They tacked 2 more on in the 3rd with 4 singles in a 5-batter span to open the inning, and 2 more in the 5th on a Paul Goldschmidt walk and a Jake Lamb 2-run homer. Pineda dressed it up nice with 9 strikeouts and only 1 walk, but the 9 hits and 5 earned runs in 5 innings tell you the real story of how Pineda pitched. That and his 6.60 season ERA.
The Yankees held a brief lead after a Starlin Castro solo homer in the top of the 2nd, and they tried to get a rally going late with 2 runs in the 8th on a trio of singles and a ribbie groundout. But Zack Greinke held the lineup for his 7+ innings of work and that 8th inning rally ended with 2 straight strikeouts. Too little too late.
- Chasen Shreve and Kirby Yates combined to throw 3 scoreless innings after Pineda to keep the game within reach. Yates has a 1.76 ERA.
- Castro went 2-4 with the homer and 2 strikeouts. The rest of the team went 4-29 with 8 strikeouts.
- Mark Teixeira went 0-4 with 3 Ks and is down to .211/.318/.313 on the year. He hasn't homered in over 100 at-bats dating back to April 13th.
- Via Katie Sharp, last night marked the third time in the last 2 seasons that Michael Pineda has given up 5 or more runs while striking out 9 or more in a game. That's insanely frustrating.
- Pineda really does stink though. 58 hits in 43.2 innings pitched, 10 home runs allowed, hasn't completed more than 6 innings in any start, and has the worst ERA in the American League among qualified pitchers.