This was a good game to skip. I was around for the first two innings (and the last two outs), and that was more than enough to know things just weren’t going to the Yankees way. Derek Jeter threw a ball into the dugout, CC Sabathia walked in a run, umpires were blowing calls … it was one of those games. Know what I mean? Not one for the highlight reel. They lost 7-2.
I guess the good news is that Sabathia managed to avoid becoming the first pitcher since Albie Lopez in 2001 to allow at least seven runs in four straight starts. The bad news is that he did allow at least five runs for the fourth straight start (first time in his career) and failed to complete six innings of work for the fourth straight start (first time since 2008). Following his latest nightmare outing, Sabathia is sitting on a 4.78 ERA (4.18 FIP) for the season. Over his last 14 starts, he’s got a 6.27 ERA (4.34 FIP). Total disaster.
In other news, the Yankees scored two runs just for show and that’s pretty much it. Curtis Granderson went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to the lineup, though he did hit a line drive right at first baseman Yonder Alonso for a double play. Chris Stewart had two hits and a bunch of other guys had one hit. The Bombers were held without a walk for the 15th time this year, the most in baseball. They haven’t had this many walk-less games since 1974. The Padres, meanwhile, hit the same number of homers from innings four through eight (three) that the Yankees have hit in 13 games since the All-Star break.
For the box score and video lowlights, check out MLB.com. FanGraphs has some other stats and ESPN has the updated standings. With the loss, the Yankees are now seven back in the AL East and three back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. New York hasn’t lost any ground in the wildcard race despite their recent poor play, but every game that passes without making up ground is a net loss. Ivan Nova and Tyson Ross will be your pitching matchup on Saturday night.
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Minor League Update: I don’t have time for a regular update tonight, so all I can do is point you towards the box scores. They’re right here. Not a whole lot went on anyway. RHP Michael Pineda labored through two innings as his workload continues to be managed, 2B Rob Refsnyder had three hits, 1B Greg Bird drew another walk, LHP Dan Camarena threw five strong innings, and SS Abi Avelino had two more hits. Oh, and Alex Rodriguez hit a homer during his rehab game.