Yankees have no answer for Lackey, fall 6-1 to Red Sox

Jagielo goes deep in Staten Island loss
Still no timetable for Derek Jeter's return

Source: FanGraphs

Unfortunately, the Yankees aren’t going to score double-digit runs every game. The offense and defense faltered in Saturday afternoon’s 6-1 loss to John Lackey and the Red Sox. Let’s recap:

  • Bad Timing: With a Game Score of 37, Hiroki Kuroda picked an unfortunate time to have his second worst non-injury-shortened start of the season. His fielders and the umpires didn’t help him out, but Kuroda did allow a career-high eleven hits and a season-high tying five runs in 5.2 innings. With better defense and proper calls, it’s probably more like three runs in six innings, which is still a notch or two below his recent work. Eh, what can you do. Kuroda’s been too good this year to get worked up about one subpar outing.
  • Grounded: Lackey had a vintage Chien-Ming Wang outing on Saturday. He struck out just one batter in 6.2 innings, but recorded 15 ground ball outs and just two in the air. The top three hitters in the lineup — Brett Gardner, pinch-hitter Vernon Wells, Ichiro Suzuki, and Robinson Cano — went a combined 0-for-12 with an infield single and eleven ground ball outs. That’s rough. Their best chance to score came in the second, when the Yankees loaded the bases but failed to score. An Alfonso Soriano base-running gaffe and Chris Stewart in general sabotaged the inning.
  • Leftovers: For exactly one batter in the fourth inning, Kuroda led the AL with a 2.27 ERA. The next batter singled in a run … Adam Warren threw 57 pitches across two innings, so it’s unlikely he’ll be available to start one game of Tuesday’s doubleheader … Soriano had two more hits and Lyle Overbay had three … Eduardo Nunez drew a pair of walks … the Yankees stole two bases in three attempts and have clearly been picking on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s weak arm these last two games.

For the box score and video highlights, go to MLB.com. For some other stats, go to FanGraphs. For the up to the minute standings, go to ESPN. Depending on the outcome of the late game, the Yankees will be either six games (Athletics lose) or seven games (Athletics win) back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. CC Sabathia and Ryan Dempster is your pitching matchup for the series finale on Sunday night.

Jagielo goes deep in Staten Island loss
Still no timetable for Derek Jeter's return
  • forensic

    Just a hideous game. It’s hard to get worked up about Kuroda, but he clearly wasn’t quite himself today. Though, with anything more than a little league defense and umpire crew behind him he’d have been much better. Probably got about 9 innings worth of outs in his 5.2 innings.

    Teams are going to have games like this defensively and on the bases, but they’ve put themselves in such a deep hole that they really can’t afford to play that terribly.

    Very odd move to allow Warren to pitch to Ortiz in the 8th and then bring in Logan for the next batter. Didn’t seem to make much sense to me.

    By the time he has a chance to pich tomorrow night (if Girardi feels like actually allowing him to pitch finally) it’ll have been over a week since he last appeared. Really don’t like having him sit around that long, still waiting for his first appearance since the 3 BS’s (not so much the mental part of it obviously), and have no idea what he may look like tomorrow if it’s a close game late.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      By him, I’m guessing you’re talking about Mo.

      But hey, if we get a chance to have Mo in the game I’m sure we’ll take it regardless of the rust, right?

      • forensic

        Heh, oops, just realized I never actually put his name in there. Been thinking about it for hours, and then I forget that part.

        Yes, I was talking about Mo.

        • trr

          Perhaps you meant “Him” instead of “him”

  • Get Phelps Up

    Hirok still leads the league in ERA because the Rangers were nice enough to tag Felix for 5 ER in 5 innings.

    • your mom

      Does it really matter?

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Well, it’s pretty cool.

      • ropeadope

        In the words of the ancient poet and philosopher Chris Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone), “different strokes for different folks.”

    • Mike

      I guess that’s awesome if you were Hiroki’s agent.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Bah. Reverse lock.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So all the results yesterday annulled themselves today.

    Yankees, Royals, A’s, Rays lost.

    Red Sox, Tigers, Indians, and Orioles won.

    Of course, there being two more games off the schedule does nothing to help the Yankees’ cause.

    • ialien

      what cause? how many more errors on defense, how many more inconsistent starters does it take before reality sets in?

      fact is this team shoulda been shooting for draft position the moment Hal decreed 189M as his cap goal for 14. what good has it done the team to keep pretending it is contending?

      cool. the wealthy fans who been getting fleeced all year can keep dreaming of playoffs. in reality the ownership is putting out a hyundai product & charging BMW prices, all so Hal can be more profitable in 2015.

      • JW

        You really live in your own little warped world, don’t you.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Maybe some of us like watching the team win games instead of tanking the season.

    • ialien

      mostly because the yanks have not rebuilt in 20 years. but its reached a place that fans are spoiled. cannot tolerate that there is any losing.

      but that expectation is irreconcilable with a 189m cap limit. All the focus on winning now is just delaying the inevitable rebuild, & all that does is prolong the losing.

      are any yankee fans capable of thinking beyond right now?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, blow it out your ass. Not agreeing with every point you make does not mean being able to think beyond right now.

        The Yankees need to get younger and have more payroll flexibility. News flash: that’s the goal for every team is baseball. You pointing at it, at this moment, like it’s some big revelation, puts you on par with Tim McCarver.

        • Pat D

          In his view, as good as the Yankees were in the first half of the season, that’s how as bad they’ve been now.

      • Shittyshittybangbang

        You make valid, or at least debatable points. But sometimes around these uncivilized surroundings giving off the mere hint that you disagree or are a dissentor of anything Yankees, well then…., that just makes you uninformed, unintelligent and a slew of all the other “un’s” in the english language. Don’t fret, this is a good and informative site, but as with all sites, it’s filled with blow-hards that are disguised as die-hards. Keep, keeping on brother, it’s all good.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Between Lackey, having to listen to Fox, and the evil umpires, that was one infuriating game, wasn’t it?

    We win today, we get the Eddard reverse lock for the series.

    • Lukaszek

      Having to listen to FOX was easily the most painful part

  • OldYanksFan
    • dkidd

      reddick is a 2-tool player:


      • Robinson Tilapia

        Third tool: Self.

  • natcole

    Just a digression. CMW had pitched 5 strike outs per game in the past three outings for Bisons.