Winning steak ends as Kazmir, A’s silence bats in 5-1 loss


Source: FanGraphs

If you knew nothing about baseball and decided to watch Saturday night’s game out of boredom, I’m pretty sure it would have turned you off from the sport forever. There wasn’t much offense, both teams played bad defense, Hiroki Kuroda was very wild, and play was delayed 38 minutes because the lights at the O.co Coliseum wouldn’t turn on. The Yankees lost 5-1 to end their four-game winning streak.

New York’s lack of offense — they had three hits and three walks, and the final 15 men they sent to the plate made outs — had more to do with the Athletics’ pitching staff being really good than their offense being bad, I thought. Scott Kazmir was pretty sharp and the Dan Otero/Scott Doolittle combination is quietly one of the best in the game. The Yankees scored their only run on a throwing error by shortstop Andy Parrino. They had another runner thrown out at the plate on the contact play.

Kuroda, on the other hand, was as wild as I’ve ever seen him as a Yankee. He threw two pitches to the backstop, bounced a bunch of 55-footers, and was generally all over the place. It’s surprising he managed to throw 55 strikes out of his 93 total pitches. Kuroda had no idea where the ball was going at all. A two-out rally in the second and some terrible defense in the fifth led to four runs in 4.2 innings. Kelly Johnson picked up a weak grounder that appeared to be rolling foul and John Ryan Murphy allowed two passed balls. Everyone can now use that inning to justify sending him down for Frankie Cervelli next week.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. That might have been the worst game of the year in terms of watchability. The Yankees wrap up their ten-game turned nine-game road trip on Sunday afternoon, when they send Vidal Nuno to the mound in the rubber game against righty Jesse Chavez.

Minor League Update: Here is the scoreboard for Saturday’s games. Here’s the box score for the High-A Florida State League All-Star Game. 2B Rob Refsnyder went hitless again, C Peter O’Brien homered, OF Aaron Judge had two hits, LHP Manny Banuelos threw three scoreless innings in the rain-suspended game, and RHP Luis Severino struck out eight in six innings. C Gary Sanchez remains glued to the bench for disciplinary reasons.


  1. Wayne says:

    Why not let Rob Refsnyder come up now?
    Maybe he gives the offense a spark.
    He is no worse defensively than Brian Roberts right?
    Give him a shot.

  2. Patrick says:

    “That might have been the worst game of the year in terms of watchability.”

    Luckily I missed last nights game–but the 2014 opener vs Houston was a nightmare to watch. Yankees fielded worse than a little league team that game. And 16-1 and 13-1 losses to TB and the LA Angels were no fun to watch either.

  3. Tanuki Tanaka says:

    Scranton 0, Columbus 7 (Faced Zach McAllister, former Yankee farmhand, starting for Columbus, former Yankees AAA affiliate)
    Pirela 1-4 (LF again)
    Refsnyder 0-4, 1K
    Zoilo 1-4, 2K
    Sizemore 4-4, 1 2B
    Romine 0-4, 1K

    Brian Gordon 5IP 5H 5ER 3BB 4K

    Trenton 2, New Britain 3, Game 1 (New Britain walk off)

    Mason Williams 1-5, 1R, 1K
    Cervelli 0-1, 1K, 2BB
    Ben Gamel 0-3, 1RBI, 1BB, 1K
    O’Brien 0-4, 3K
    Austin 1-4, 1K (Played 1B)
    Dugas 1-4, 1R, 1 3B, 1K

    Banuelos 3IP 1H 3K
    Nuding 4.2IP 2H 1ER 1BB 5K
    Fred Lewis 0.1 IP, 2H, 2BB, 2ER, BS

    Trenton 3, New Britain 4, Game 2
    Mason Williams 1-5, 1R
    Cervelli 0-4, 1K
    Ben Gamel 2-4
    O’Brien 2-4, HR (Played 1B)
    Austin 1-4, 1R, 1 3B
    Dugas 1-3, 1 RBI

    Wooten 6.1 IP, 7H, 2ER, 1 BB, 4K

    Charleston 3, Lexington 1
    O’Neill 1-3, 1 2B, 1BB, 1K, 1R
    Wade 1-5, 1R, 1RBI, 1K
    Judge 2-4, 1R, 1K
    Andujar 0-4, 1K
    Gosuke Katoh 0-3, 1BB, 2K

    Luis Severino 6IP 3H 1ER 1BB 8K
    Rutckyj 2IP 2H 4K

    Staten Island 2, Brooklyn 8
    Aune 0-2, 1RBI, 1BB, 1K
    Mikolas 0-3, 1BB, 3K
    David Palladino 3.1 IP 6H 6ER 5BB, 1K

    DSL Orioles2 4, DSL Yankees1 14 Frankly I never heard of almost all of these guys, so here’s the boxscore

    DSL Yankees2 13, DSL Pirates 2 Ditto, though they have a player named Oscar Taveras if you’re into players with same names


    FSL North 6, FSL South 4 Tampa’s FSL North by the way
    Bichette Jr. 1-4, 1R, 1K
    Jake Cave 0-0, 1BB, 1R

    Dan Camarena 1IP 3H 2ER 2BB 1K

  4. Matt DiBari says:

    You know things are bad when you’re longing for the quiet, steady defense of Francisco Cervelli.

  5. Kosmo says:

    just an atrociously bad middle of the lineup. Tex might be out once again. Keeping my fingers crossed that it´s nothing serious. Without Tex who isn´t exactly having a great season, the production NY is getting out of Beltran-McCann´t-Soriano is non-existent.

  6. Jimmy says:

    10pm start on a Saturday night. Makes no sense at all. Baseball isn’t football where its once a week and people are willing to stay up late to see it. Weekend night games should be very rare.

  7. ChristisKing says:

    “Silenced the bats”? The way it’s been, if they would’ve scored 1 or 2 more runs it would be an offensive breakout for them.. Just pathetic.

  8. Cuso says:

    They only won 4 in a row, not five

  9. PunkPitch says:

    Come to Jesus Montero party needed for Sancho ManChild.

  10. Greg says:

    CC’s injury is a coverup, excuse, deflection, or however your moral code allows you to describe it. In the Jesuit vernacular it is the end of a great career and an organizational attempt to protect the fragile ego of an otherwise good
    man. The game needs more cc’s but the roster needs an arm. Vidal N has courage and resolve but is a third starter on “mud hens” in his finest hour. The real hero is girardi a baseball fundamentalist and practicing psychologist.

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