Swept: Losing streak hits five as O’s bury Yanks


Another night, another loss. The Yankees lost Sunday night’s series finale against the Orioles by the score of 4-2, getting swept in their most important series of the season (to date). They’ve now lost five straight, six of seven, eight of eleven, 13 of 18, and 21 of 33.

(Patrick Smith/Getty)

(Patrick Smith/Getty)

Three Mistakes
After allowing seven homers in his first 15 starts, Hiroki Kuroda has now allowed five dingers in his last two starts, including three solo shots on Sunday night. Manny Machado touched him up in the first, Chris Davis in the second, and Nate McLouth in the third. All three were mistake pitches that caught too much of the plate. Nothing really out of the ordinary here. Bad pitches lead to bad results against a good lineup in a hitter’s park.

Kuroda did settle down though, retiring 11 of 12 batters faced from the end of the third through the end of the sixth inning. Back-to-back hits to leadoff the seventh ended his night. The Orioles hung four runs on him in six innings, making him the fourth starter in this five-game losing streak to fail to give the Yankees a quality start. It’s one thing for the offense to stink, but the pitching hasn’t been so hot of late either. Bad, bad combination.

At least Pronk got a hit? (Patrick Smith/Getty)

At least Pronk got a hit? (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Hope For A Mistake
Whenever the Yankees score these days, I feel like it’s because the other team did something wrong and not because they did something right. Know what I mean? They scored their first run of the night when Brett Gardner drew a bases loaded walk immediately after David Adams walked on five pitches to load the bases. Gardner had a great at-bat and is the team’s second best hitter, but walking the nine-hitter on five pitches to load the bases with two outs was a gift from Chris Tillman. Nothing was particularly close.

That happened in the second inning. Nine of the next ten Yankees made outs — the one exception was a Travis Hafner bloop single, but he was erased at second trying to stretch it into a double — before Robinson Cano hit a homer to leadoff the sixth. Believe it or not, it was his first homer in 15 games and his first extra-base hit in 12 games. Six hits, four walks, one hit batman, two runs, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. The offense stinks.

Davis is awesome, though. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Davis is awesome, though. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

I thought it was weird that Joe Girardi brought in his lone lefty reliever to face Ryan Flaherty (!) when it was obvious Buck Showalter would counter with a right-handed bat off the bench. It didn’t matter because Danny Valencia grounded back to Boone Logan, but I still thought it was the weird spot to use him. Of course the bad lefty hitter was going to lifted for a pinch-hitter.

Ichiro Suzuki made the final out of the inning three times, including when they had the bases loaded in the second and runners on first and second in the seventh. I really, really miss the early-season days when Cano was hitting second. That was awesome. Robbie was the only player on the team with two hits, but Adams was also on-base twice thanks to a pair of walks.

Chris Stewart took a hard Adam Jones backswing to the side of the head in the first inning, but apparently he’s fine. He hit the ground hard and it looked like he might have been hurt, but he stayed in the game after talking to the trainer. Stewart also took a pitch up high in the shoulder in the ninth. Rough day for him.

In case you were wondering — and I know you are! — this was the first time the Orioles swept the Yankees in a series of any length since April 2005.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees dropped to five back of the Red Sox in the loss column for first place and just two up on the Blue Jays for last place. They are only three back of a wildcard spot though, so not all hope is lost. Not yet, anyway.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees are off to Minnesota for a four-game set with the Twins. Left-handers Andy Pettitte and Scott Diamond will meet in Monday night’s series opener.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. WhittakerWalt says:

    Admit it, you had this one written last night.

    • forensic says:

      lol, I was actually just thinking, with how terrible they are the games are short, Mike gets the recaps done early, and nobody has to wait up too late for them.

      Yankee fans must be much more well-rested these days.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Mike is doing a public service by grinding out these reports after each loss.

        Seriously. Don’t know how he’s doing it at this point.

        • forensic says:

          Totally agree. I’d likely be half-assing it at this point and have lost a lot of the desire to write things every night. Of course, I’m just not a fan of writing anyway, so I’m sure that would be a big part of it.

  2. Big Daddy says:

    This team blows.

  3. forensic says:

    According to the O’s radio broadcast, this is the first time the Yankees have lost 5 straight games to the O’s since… 1982-1983!!!

  4. Nick B says:

    Having a hard time understanding why Giraidi would pinch hit for Hafner knowing that the bottom of the order black hole is coming up…

    Hafner at least has a chance to do something even if he’s been cold…

    Instead the only if u call it viable PH option Wells was used for the competent Hafner…

    Then the game ends with the tieing runs on after stewart and ….david adams stikes out…Adams hit .130 in June with no doubles, no triples, and no homers…

    Hard to believe

  5. Eddard says:

    Time of death: 11:25 PM ET 6/30/13.

  6. yankeepankee says:

    Cashman needs to go.
    With all the new cap rules and draft penalties etc. he’s shown he can’t do it without big bucks spending.
    Mediocre farm system, more farm pitching arm injuries than any system, bad scouting, getting beat by A’s (!!!) with international signings..
    Yanks franchise with worth $2 billion and Cashman does horrid job with all the advantages.
    Get Billy Bean in here ASAP…

  7. Eddard says:

    The only slim glimmer of hope I see is that they beat up on Minny and KC these next 2 weeks and somehow manage to stay within a few games of the lead.

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’ll keep with last night’s theme of song lyrics. Apologies to Vicki in advance. Greg should know this one.

    You shatter me your grip on me a hold on me so dull it kills
    You stifle me infectious sense of hopelessness and prayers for rain
    I suffocate I breathe in dirt and nowhere shines but desolate
    And drab the hours all spent on killing time again all waiting for the rain

  9. forensic says:

    Thankfully that month is over. They were 11-16 (.407%) in June.

    That was their worst month since April, 2007. Before that you have to go all the way back to May, 2003 for another one worse.

    Hopefully July can’t be any worse…

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Just in time for the confidence poll tomorrow.

      • forensic says:

        I wonder if Mike could change the range from 0 to 10 to -5 to 5.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I’m still a 6, so that’s not going to work. I’m never 50% confident with this franchise.

          Ask me about this season only, though, and yeah, we’re below the “5″ threshold for the moment.

    • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      Damn it’s been only a month feels like a lot longer.
      I remember being at game 2 of the 2000 World Series and just looking around when my friend turn to me and ask if I was all right. I said yes just taken it all in because I know someday it won’t be like this.

      • JLC 776 says:


      • Mikhel says:

        Me and my dad were sitting a bit teary eyed, watching my sister celebrating the NYY victory over the NY Mets after the final out of that series, and almost in unison we said “I think this is the last one”.

        It was palpable, it was not hard to see the core of the team built by Showalter, Gene Michaels and Bob Watson were in their way out.

        The days were counted for Paulie, and Bernie, and even for Tino. It was obvious the new crop of players didn’t have the same fire Jeter, Mariano and Andy still have in them.

        This season has the same feeling in it as the one we had in the early to mid 1980s when the NYY began their demolishing project… behold for this team of the new Fischlins, Zuvellas and Meachams as they make their way in the ruthless AL East.

        But we can be certain of one thing: the Yankees can win or lose, but the Steinbrenners will keep on racking millions of dollars on TV contracts and dozens of thousands in attendance most every day.

        If the wealthiest owner of all time in MLB could have a losing team and was allowed to not invest in it, why couldn’t the $teinbrenner boy$ do the same thing, with Ca$hman blabbing all he can insulting players.

        • mike says:

          +1 BUT

          if Rivera doesn’t fail against the Sox (and others in that series) in 2004, its likely Kevin Brown, Sheffield and others from that team would be at Old Timers day celebrating their world champoinship….

    • TomH says:

      Hopefully July can’t be any worse…

      Sure it can.

  10. Kramerica Industries says:

    and I know you are!

    Exclamation points for the sadist!

  11. dkidd says:

    at least the month of june is over. the team gets a fresh start in the mini-apple!

    /grasping at straws

  12. Tom says:

    You have to wonder if they should ride things out this year.

    I was in favor of making marginal upgrades (backup C, right handed hitting 1B, maybe a better util IF), but at this point I think they would need to make a really big deal to make a dent in the holes the roster currently has. Not sure it is worth it at this stage, especially as 2014 may be as much of a crapshoot.

    They are going to have to jump over a bunch of teams in the east and while they are 18-16 in the division that is entirely a product of beating up on Toronto (8-1) while they sucked. You have to think one WC will probably come out of the West again (Tex/Oak, maybe LAA if they somehow got white hot) which means they would need to finish 2nd in the East.

    • forensic says:

      I’m there already. I’m past the point of wanted them to sell off more young, cheap parts that may contribute for many years just to get more expensive, spare parts who’ll be around for a year and a half at most.

      Just count down the days till the end of the season and see what happens. Try to actually choose one organizational philosophy and stick to it for once.

      • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


        THIS !!!!!

        There are just too many holes at this point.

        • Tom says:

          Tex was the breaking point for me I think.

          He could have stabilized the front of the lineup and had he been healthy than I thought an upgrade at catcher and maybe one spot in the IF would be worth it (assuming Grandy would be back)

          But you basically have holes at 4 of the 5 IF positions (I’m including catcher in this) and I really question how much ARod or Jeter will be able to play the field (and that’s assuming they even make it back!) Had Tex been back, Grandy fixing a hole in the OF, then I think one or two upgrades (catcher / Left side IF’r) would have made a difference or at least worth taking a shot at it.

    • Kvothe says:

      Yeah, honestly I would prefer that the team sell or do nothing at the deadline rather than mortgage the long-term future for a likely futile attempt at a championship. At best, this team is a playoff team and unlikely to make much noise in the postseason even if they made it in.

  13. dkidd says:

    cut and paste lyrics to anything by the smiths or radiohead or george jones here:

  14. Nick B says:

    going into the month I’d say my confidence level was a 7

    leaving the month I’d say its a 5, yanks will probably make a few additions and get a few of there injured stars back, but if we take another month of 5-6 games below .500

    It’s an incredibly steep hill to climb. Hate to say it, but next month is vital to the season as they have to at least be in 4th place to entertain acquiring players…

    I wouldn’t mind trading hughes for a project as it wouldn’t hurt the current team and you at least get something for him rather then not offering arb and seeing him walk away.

  15. mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    I still think this team did and until they are under .500 are doing a great job of holding the line until the reinforcements arrive.
    The problem is that reinforcements left as soon as they came. Tex, Granderson and Youkilis lose for the second time was just too much still another half to go so we will see.

  16. SDB says:

    I’m sure Mike already has the Os reports drafted for next weekend.

    Giving up HRs to Davis/etc, failures with RISPs and only scoring on errors (HBP/walk with bases loaded, wild pitches), this offense stinks…

  17. pop says:

    over/under (anger level) for mike’s post when the Blue Jays pass us in the standings, compared to the post after the 18 inning loss to the A’s?

    • Fin says:

      I doubt there will be any more anger from Mike. He knows a shit load about baseball and I cant seem him being angered by what this team is doing. No one is underperforming outside of CC, and maybe Cano. Its just a bad bad bad lineup. He got his venting about the offseason off his chest and now its just watching a bad lineup and talking about how to rebuild the team, I would guess.

      • Greg says:

        Yeah, there’s no team that won’t suck with the majority of its starting lineup out for nearly the entire season.

      • Patrick says:

        There are 5 stages of grief:


        Don’t know exactly which level Mike is at right now(maybe depression?)–but I would venture to say he is past the anger level with this team….

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        What would the owner of a blog of a team that never contends write about? Perhaps focus on something other than how things can be immediately fixed?

    • forensic says:

      I think he’s probably past that (at least the worst of it), similar to me. It’s almost like it’s time to move into the acceptance phase given how they look and how they’ve acted so far.

  18. hogsmog says:

    Guys, I have and idea. What if…

    we take Yankee franchise, and PUSH it somewhere ELSE?

  19. Cuso says:

    The last time the Yankees went into a series with Minnesota where the Twins were the better offensive team, Kirby Puckett was still playing.

  20. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I feel like we’re in the middle of 08′ at this point. They’re probably not going to make the playoffs. Oh well. But, if they stay within a few games of the lead (not exactly likely, but also not impossible) by the ASB they DO have a shot.

    And if they miss the playoffs? Like I said, oh well. We’re not a bad team this year. Give us an off-season to heal and buy new toys and I bet you we’re a lot better next year.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      My gut feeling right now is that 2008 winds up being the better season, but the team recovered then and it will recover now. There’s just not three key pieces to pick up for just money in the off-season this time around, and the core’s not going to be there to complement them.

    • BronxBombers? says:

      That’s the whole problem, WHEN was the last time they went into the offseason and “bought new toys”? 2009. If they didn’t half-ass this offseason with their catcher, their outfield and shortstop (Jeter couldn’t be counted on and shouldn’t have been) then maybe losing Tex and Granderson wouldn’t have been this devastating. They want to save money? Fine, but do it while building a competent team so you don’t screw the fans over.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        What the hell was there out there worth buying? You expect that type of spending every year? For what, so that you can complain about those same players in their declining years? What a joke.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        Agree with this.

        The injuries do hurt but this team came into the season with crap behind the plate, an always injured Youkilis and Hafner at 3B and DH, no decent backup at SS, washed up Ichiro in RF and no realistic idea what they were gonna get from Jeter and Arod so this shouldn’t have been entirely unexpected.

  21. vicki says:

    that bat-to-the-head NOT being a season-ending injury was a bad beat.

  22. vicki says:

    every game is a thing unto itself.

    it’s like watching west coast games after the yankee game is over. you watch because it’s baseball, and you love baseball.

    this game, this night, is not a steppingstone on the path to october.

    you hope the good guys win. either way. you watch.

  23. Mick taylor says:

    I think I have been delusional in believing this Yankee team is a contender . The orioles, Toronto, red sox, all have a better hitter than the yanks at every poison except 2nd base . Their pitching is also about as good. I would forget about this season . I would trade kuroda for Matt weiters. I would trade cc, Hughes , granderson for young prospects. If they are not going to resign cano I would trade him. This might sound crazy, but what about cc for Josh Hamilton and trumbo

  24. JLC 776 says:

    The bridge-jumpers are slowly starting to win… I can’t stand that I’m wishing for .500 ball now (even though I entered the season thinking that would be the reality). Tough pill to swallow, either way.

    • Dr. TJ Eckelberg says:

      At least someone is winning.

      HAYOOOO!!!! Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Try the veal, it’s great.

      • JLC 776 says:

        I actually laughed. Not too hard and not out loud, but kind of an internal chuckle. There was definitely a smile on my face.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Winning? I didn’t know there was a battle.

      In that case, they’ll find something else to lose at soon enough.

  25. Mike Rauth says:

    How many games are Yankees behind Red Sox?

    Red Sox have 50 wins….easily passing their projected win total for 2013.

    I told you guys to take the under on NYY wins this year!!!!

    • Pat D says:

      Wait, are you trying to say the Red Sox were projected to win less than 50 games?

      Because, if so, I’d like to know what projections you saw.

      • Mike Rauth says:

        Was the sentence that hard to understand, bandwagoner?

        • Pat D says:

          OK, good. Now I can unleash on you.

          If you honestly think that the Red Sox were only projected to win 50 games all fucking season then you are batshit crazy.

          You know how many time since expansion a team has won 50 or fewer games? 3. 3! 3 fucking times in 50 fucking seasons. So whatever “projections” had the Red Sox only winning 50 games this season are either made by delusional idiots, figments of your imagination, or your own projection that you pulled out of your ass.

          Do everyone a favor. Go root for the Red Sox.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’m sorry I didn’t listen to….kiss my ass.

  26. Murderers' Row Boat says:

    I’m going to a Trenton game this weekend so I can get my hopes up that they will all be in the Show by August so I have reason to watch games again.

  27. Mikhel says:

    Was yesterday’s game the third straight loss after JoeG threw the towel?

    Maybe it wasn’t just a coincidence after all… I mean, come on! Wells is still playing? our five LHB “hitting” consecutively in the lineup to make life easier to relief LHP? With the Yanks offense as anemic as it is, the pitching coach need to visit the mound as soon as the NYY’s rival begins to mount a rally, instead of waiting to visit the pitcher once he is down by 5 runs (or like with Phelps in his more recent game, not even going to check him a single time).

  28. LarryM Fl says:

    I watched the games except Saturday and will refrain from comment. I will wait for the Confidence Poll to express my thoughts.

  29. JLC 776 says:

    I have a feeling this week’s Confidence Poll is going to require a footnote to explain.

  30. TomH says:

    the worst is not
    So long as we can say ‘This is the worst.’

  31. New Guy says:

    Ok, I’m not at all suggesting that the Yankees didn’t deserve to get swept or haven’t benefitted from similar situations in the past. However, please tell me others are suspicious or Mr. Davis. In the first 4 years of his careers (1292 AB) he hit a HR every 26.4 AB, in the past season and half (904 ABs) he’s hit one every 14.1 AB. This seems like its not extremely telling, because I do see some years he was injured plus he was only 22 to start so I guess that’s fine. But now just look at last year and this year. Last year in 562 PA he hit .270/.326/.501 with 33 HRs and 85 RBIs. Compared to his career averages to that point, it was a huge jump. This year already in 342 PA he has hit .332/.406/.728(!) with 33 HRs and 80 RBIs. This is insane. Could a player theoretically hit 60 points better and double his HRs and RBIS in a year? Sure, I guess. But I think patterns would show that we should definitely be suspicious.

    • NYPLATOONS says:

      I been looking at photos of this guy and stuff his head grew two sizes and his traps grew very fast. If I had to say I’d say he did some HGH and test in the off season. If you see his HR numbers start dropping after the AS break that to me is a clear sign.

  32. NYPLATOONS says:

    I use to be a poster on the Yesnetwork forums and every day I’d make a thread on how the Yankees are full of replacement players a loose lineup and nothing more then quick fixes. Every day I fought with those forums posters on how the Yankees needed changes and needed changes for their future most of them laughed yes “laughed”. Most of them kept talking about the playoff every year and always brought up 95 wins last year but none of them saw this coming a mile away which boggled my mind.

    How could not any of them or anyone with common baseball sense see this coming a mile away? Sure there are Yankees on the disable list but none of them are going to make a huge impact. I kept saying the Yankees don’t have corner outfielders and I always stood by what I said about Martin I just couldn’t stand him. Tex became nothing more then a homerun or bust guy the same goes for Granderson.

    What I don’t understand is how could a team meld with a different lineup each and every night? I feel that when I watch every other MLB team that’s right every that they have a set 1-9 but not the Yankees it’s different every single day. If you think about it try and guess for a week straight who will be hitting from 4th to 9th you just can’t. Hey listen I’m a Yankee fan but I haven’t watched one that’s right “one” Yankee game the entire year because I saw with my own eyes what the Yankees were and after last years playoff with no changes I just knew what 2013 was going to be like.

    Yankees need to stop holding onto guys like grim death and if you don’t produce well then you sit. Because you make 100 million and don’t produce doesn’t mean you can’t sit on the bench. “example” Tex this guy can’t go the other way? Doesn’t the manager open his mouth and say listen you gotta lay a few down till they stop the shift. Or don’t you work on it in the off season? Guy just swings for the fences once a 300 hitter now a 240 hitter really? The Yankees are in a world of hurt, This team before the season started I said 85 wins only to be laughed at well now I’m laughing. That’s right as sick as it sounds I’m laughing why? Because this team needs to hit rock bottom and stop picking up other teams junk and in order to do so they need to fail and fail hard!

    I think the Yankees should be sellers with the failure of international signings the past few year and the lack of moves in the free agent pool and the laughable pick up this past off season the Yankee should be seller at the deadline this year. There is nobody ready in the minors and next years free agent players is nothing special.

    If you cannot see what this team has become then I don’t think you are a baseball person or have good eyes for the game. I think the fans need to stand together stop watching and going to games and until they put a winning product on the field.

    • Pat D says:


      Are you familiar with the George Harrison song “Wah Wah?”

    • New Guy says:

      You have some underlying logic that the Yankees need to build young talent better and not rely on veteran reclamation projects as much. However, dude you haven’t watched one game all year? How can you really call yourself a fan then? I watched every Spring Training game I could just because I love the Yankees and love baseball. I’m young enough where all I’ve known are successful Yankee teams (minus 2008) and I’ll be sticking with them watching any game I can even if they’re bad. I agree with the money the Yanks have the fans deserve more, but to stop watching is a bit extreme. Especially when they’re still 3 games above .500 with 110 million dollars on the DL. I don’t know, just my thoughts.

      • NYPLATOONS says:

        I respect your thoughts but as for me I don’t feel like watching guys that would be replacement on other teams. For the past few season the Yankees have been slowly collecting garbage and it’s biting them in the butt. I would love to see this team get younger along with a few vets but right now this team is full of vets ways past their prime and other who just should be bench players at this point.

        Yankees do indeed have some players on the DL but to me Tex and Granderson are only killing this team. Jeter is Jeter but we don;t know what we are gonna get with him when he’s healthy. As for Arod I think he’s better then what the Yankees are running out there right now. As for the game there is nobody I wanna see besides Cano I don’t wanna sit through a game of some guys that are just really bad waiting for Cano to get up and I’m pretty sick and tired of the lineup that changes every single game and then another two times during the game. I wanna see the Yankees get younger a manager that thinks outside the box and plays some small ball. Guy from 109 who go out there every day and meld as a team. Besides the pitching staff the lineup is a complete mess and it’s only going to get worse when the season ends and as more roster spots open with very little to sign in the off season market.

        Trust me I know what you mean I use to cry and pray every night when the Yankees were in the PS and WS back in the day but what they are bringing to the table right now is a complete joke. I’ll also stand by my 85 win team.

        Sure the Yankees could make a few moves for some players but seeing what they have been doing on collecting junk I don’t have the confidence in management and this team as I once did. Also keep in mind we keep hearing about these grade A prospect but where are they? They are never ready, or they turn out to be a bust or are traded away for vets. Anyway thanks for your reply and thoughts.

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