Oof. This one was a stinker. If you can throw with your left hand, you'd have a 60/40 chance of throwing a great game against the Yankees this season. Cole Hamels throws with his left hand and does it very well, and he plowed through the Yankee lineup for 7 shutout innings in what became a laugher late and the Yankees' third straight loss.
CC Sabathia got off to a rocky start on an Ian Desmond single and Adrian Beltre 2-run homer in the top of the 1st, but after that he was mostly the good version of himself that we've seen for most of this year. He kept the Rangers at 2 through the 7th inning and then got burned by bad luck in the 8th. He hit a batter with an 0-2 pitch, gave up consecutive singles on balls that deflected off him and Chase Headley's glove, gave up a legit double down the line for 2 runs, and then had Anthony Swarzak come in and tack 2 more runs to his line. 6 earned runs in 7+ innings doesn't sound great at all, but Sabathia didn't pitch that bad at all.
There's not much to talk about offensively, as you would have expected knowing how well Hamels has been pitching this month and how horrible the Yankee offense is. Their best chance came in the 4th, when Didi Gregorius and Headley hit back-to-back singles to start a 1-out rally. Aaron Hicks came up and lined one right at Beltre, who caught the ball and doubled Didi off second to end the inning.
The lone Yankee run came in the bottom of the 8th, when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a leadoff double and moved station to station on a pair of flyball outs to score. Pretty pathetic. And even more so when you remember that that run came right after Texas broke the game open with 5 runs in the top half of the inning.
- Biggest moment of the game came in the 1st inning when Carlos Beltran left with what we now know was tightness in his right hamstring. He ran awkwardly to first and held there after lining a ball off the wall in his first at-bat. The MRI came back clean and it sounds like it's nothing serious, but the Yankees need to wake up, realize they dodged a bullet, admit they suck and aren't going anywhere this season, and trade Beltran while they still can.
- Sabathia's ERA rose over 3.00 for the first time in a while because of all the late runs. Still, 3.17 from him is amazingly good.
- The recently recalled Conor Mullee came on after Swarzak and struck out 2 in a perfect frame. I wouldn't mind seeing Joe give him a real look as a potential middle relief piece. The Yankees need all the help they can get in that department and Mullee had some really good numbers in Triple-A.
- Hitting stats: Headley was the only player with more than 1 hit, Ellsbury had the only extra-base hit, Rob Refsnyder drew the only walk, the team went 0-4 with RISP and left 7 men on base.
- Alex Rodriguez went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts and the sac fly RBI in his return to the lineup. Good to see the extra rest helped him with the favorable matchup.