Lifeless Yankees shut out in series finale loss to Rays

Sanchez goes deep in Tampa loss
Offense warning signs abound during road trip


Source: FanGraphs

I didn’t see a single pitch of tonight’s game and I only caught the last inning and a half on the radio, so tonight’s recap won’t be too detailed. Based on the box score, I picked a pretty good game to miss. Right-hander Alex Cobb held the Yankees to three singles and a walk in 8.1 innings of work, and it wasn’t until there were two outs in the ninth inning that New York had a man reach third base. Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner did bat while representing the tying run in the final frame though, and that’s really all you can ask for after being lulled to sleep for the first eight innings.

Brennan Boesch is going to get most (i.e. all) of the blame for Tampa’s two-run rally in the fifth, but all he did was allow the runners to advance a base. That whole rally started when Andy Pettitte hit Jose Molina (!) with a pitch in a two-strike count (!!) to leadoff the inning (!!!). That is a major no-no. Pettitte almost pitched out of the mess before Ben Zobrist’s two-run single, then Sean Rodriguez stretched the lead with a solo homer an inning later. Three runs (two earned) with ten strikeouts and one walk in six innings is some damn fine work by Andy, just not damn fine enough to win.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerdier starts, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees scored just five runs in the three games at Tropicana Field and head home on the heels of a 3-3 road trip. Not great, not awful. Acceptable, I guess. The Blue Jays will be in the Bronx for a four-game weekend series starting Thursday night, when the pitching matchup will be Hiroki Kuroda against Mark Buehrle. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch any of the four games, I’m sure there are plenty of good seats left.

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Sanchez goes deep in Tampa loss
Offense warning signs abound during road trip
  • trr

    Well, I’m satisfied with a .500 road trip.
    not happy, just satisfied

  • DInnings

    Hold up. All Boesch did was allow the runners to advance? Had he not made that fielding error because he inexplicably thought Molina was a speed-demon who’d go to third on a single, it would’ve been first and second, no outs and Pettitte pitches even better in that inning considering he almost got out of a more difficult men on second and third, no outs jam after an inexcusable error. Maybe Pettitte pitches differently where he doesn’t give up a homerun to Sean Rodriguez. We’ll never know.

    Cobb owned them tonight. Handing him two runs sparked by a stupid fielding gaffe had to have made the burden to come back even worse. When a guy owns you, you don’t need dumb defense compounding the ownage.

    Pettitte is not to blame for this loss, Boesch is, because the first run, an unearned run, was all the Rays needed to win this game.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      And maybe Pettitte pitches differently with men at first and second instead of second and third and gives up ten runs in the inning. Who the hell knows.

      • Preston

        It doesn’t matter. The offense is to blame. If you don’t score, you can’t win.

        • Now Batting

          This. The Boesch error is a moot point.

      • jtb

        They have to stick up for the awesome Brian Cashman signing…birds of a feather flock together. It is one big, concerted UNITED effort just like our regular news mafia.

        • thenamestsam

          Does the conspiracy go all the way to the top? To the vice-president? Please, tell me more.

  • Eddard

    Boesch is to blame, not Andy. Ichiro should be playing in RF, not Boesch. I understand they wanted to give Wells a day off but that should be the end of the Boesch experiment. When Grandy returns, Boesch is gone. He and Francisco can try morphing into one decent ballplayer.

    • MickeyP

      Cobb is the only one to blame for this loss. Oh wait, he’s on the other team. No one is to blame.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

    • Bob Buttons

      On the bright side, glue prices won’t be going up any time soon.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Watching Molina “run” to 3rd after the ball got by Boesch was like watching someone from the “biggest loser” trying to “run”.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      But not as funny as Nunez throwing Molina out on a ground ball my grandmother could have beat out, and she stopped walking halfway through last decade.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Girardi later went on to explain that Boesch is a baseball player, so it’s all good.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I love reading a bunch of blog commenters argue about what individual player deserves the “blame” for a loss. Would the guys actually playing the game ever do something like this?

    This, of course, is completely separate from the fact that Brennan Boesch can go fuck himself. What was that? Dumbassness. That’s what that was.

    Even worse was that the dumbassness occurred literally seconds after I said something complimentary about Boesch to my wife, while putting down Shelley Duncan who, of course, can forever go fuck himself.

    Anyways, I hate the Trop. Burn that bitch down. The Yanks will beat up on the Rays when they play them at a real baseball stadium.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Sean Rodriguez hit a home run. Shoulda walked him.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I hate Sean Rodriguez so much. He should just be assigned to Boston in order to make life easier for me.

    • MickeyP

      I agree completely. No one player is to blame for the loss of a baseball game. There are hundreds of chances to change the game.

      • Bob Buttons

        Bullocks. I suppose you also want to say that you can’t predict baseball.

        • BigLoving

          That’s baseball Susan….

          On that note I am on full protest of listening to the Yankees via Sterling at any point this season. It really has become so unbearably painful to listen to those two. I’m praying they actually let them go at the end of this contract and get some decent guys in the booth.

          • Tom from England

            Thank you. The worst play-by-play E V E R . He’s so goddamn full of himself, it’s pitiful. Dream Broadcasting Team – Sterling and Piniella. I loved watching Sweet Lou play and manage, but broadcasting is definitely not his forte either.

  • Kramerica Industries

    WallyMatt actually had the gall to call a Binder Fail by saying Zobrist should’ve been IBB’d to face Longo.

    Now, to give him a smidgen of a credit, Zobrist has good numbers against Pettitte, Longo does not.

    Still, on what planet do you EVER IBB someone to face the opposing team’s best player, with the bases loaded, in a tie game? So what if Longo is 2-20 against Pettitte? You could argue just as much that he’s due to get a hit, and all of a sudden Joe is a total loon for IBB’ing to get to Longo.

    Suck a fat one, Wally. That whole tweet was an Analytic Fail.

    • WhittakerWalt

      And this is still far from the dumbest thing Wally’s said.

    • Steve

      Lou and Cone (I think it was them anyway) agreed and said as much for about a minute during Longo’s at bat

      • WhittakerWalt

        Coney agreed with that? That’s disappointing. I’d like to go on the record as saying NO ONE should be walked to get to Evan Longoria. I don’t care what his record might be against a certain pitcher, he’s terrifying.

        • Steve

          I had the game on in the background while I was doing some work so I wasn’t paying super close attention but I think it was those two.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I wouldn’t walk the bases loaded at all in that situation unless a pitcher was due to bat next. You leave yourself with no margin for error. Can’t even pitch inside really because a hit-by-pitch equals a run.

      • MickeyP

        Let me first say I agree with the call. But, I do not agree with the idea never intentionally load the bases for fear of a a HBP or PB/WP. What is the percentage of this happening? Most likely there’s a capable pitcher on the mound. Managers are too tentative in baseball today.

        • Bob Buttons

          FWIW in 2012 the average team accumulated 6151 ABs, and 52 HBP. So… 1% ish?

          • MickeyP

            Thank you.

  • Pat D

    While we’re all assigning blame, I would like to go ahead and submit that I am to blame. After all, I made this comment last night:

    So long as Mr. Cobb doesn’t try to put the Yankees to sleep and try any of his extraction nonsense on them.

    Clearly the Yankees were sleep-walking through this game after Cobb successfully extracted or incepted them. Either way. He may have extracted their knowledge of how to hit or incepted them by implanting the idea that they had no chance against him.

    So I will take the blame for this one.

    • Bob Buttons

      I blame Cashman. He didn’t draft him in the 3rd round in 2006. Cobb was picked in the fourth. We picked IPK (1), Joba (1s) and Zach McAllister(3) instead.

      #CashmanFailed

      • Pat D

        See how often the easy solution eludes us.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I just bought the airline. It seemed easier.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It’s too bad we can’t work Mike Trout and Mark Teixeira into this.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I blame Cobb too, if he hadn’t forced Ariadne to tell him the secret entrance into the ice fortress Mal would have never gotten…wait I mean something about how this is Joe Girardi’s fault and he should’ve IBB’d Sean Rodriguez.

      • Pat D

        Damn that Cobb. Always doing things he tells other people not to do.

      • nsalem

        nice opening day 2012 first inning reference.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          IBBing Sean Rodriguez shall live forever. I fully intend for my son to tell his child someday about it, expletives included.

          • Nsalem

            I don’t disagree with Girardis IBB decision last year. Carlos OPS last year was.about .650 and his ops with rips was.598. In the majority of instances it would have worked out well. The grand slam was about a 30 to 1 type of probability. I know I’m in the fringe minority with that opinion.

  • WhittakerWalt

    My dark horse contender for Brennan Boesch’s nickname:

    “B.B.”

  • http://theyankeeanalysts.com Sensitive RAB Guy

    Jose Bautista: jewish

  • LarryM Fl

    The whole team is at fault in respect to the loss. Andy allowed 3 runs. True it should have been 2 runs. I believe even Molina whith the piano on his back could have scored with the Zorbist single. Unfortunately the All Star lineup which is on the DL might have scored more runs than 3 against Cobb. This young man knows how to pitch.

    When Youklis and Wells are out of the lineup. We are severely limited in our offensive punch. But I was impressed with Andy and St. Phillip. Not so much with CC as I watched in person a horrific first inning, again.

  • Anderson Silva

    I was really bummed out at Cano’s last AB. He worked the count to 3-1 and then got himself out swinging at pitches way off the plate. Very weak stuff from one of the top-3 hitters in the league.

    • jtb

      Cano rocks with no one and when its not important or playing for his nations home team in the World baseball classic.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Really.

  • neaks

    To be fair to Pettitte, he didn’t really hit Molina. See pic: https://twitter.com/mattymatty2000/status/327219058925780992