This was another one of those games where the Yankees were the inferior team on offense, on defense, and on the mound. What is this team good at, exactly? Besides protecting those occasional leads after six innings? I’m pretty sure the answer is nothing. Saturday’s loss to the Red Sox came with a 5-2 final. Let’s recap with bullet points since it’s Saturday night:
- Sabathia Hit Hard Again: For the fifth straight start, CC Sabathia allowed 5+ runs Saturday. The Red Sox tagged him for five runs (four earned) in 5.1 to give him a 3.94 ERA on the season. Remember when he had a 2.20 ERA? Good times. Yes, Sabathia gave up an inordinate number of weak ground ball singles, but he also gave up a three-run moonshot to Sandy friggin’ Leon, and had more than one line drive hit right at an infielder. Sabathia’s renaissance earlier this season was awesome. It seems over now.
- Two Token Runs: Solo homers by Brett Gardner and Chase Headley. That was the offense. The Yankees could only muster four hits and a walk against Eduardo Rodriguez, who came into the start with an 8.59 ERA. He threw 97 pitches and got four swings and misses total. A decent offense would have hammered him. The Yankees didn’t put up much of a fight.
- Leftovers: Gardner went 2-for-3 with the homer and a walk. The rest of the Yankees went 3-for-28 with a homer and a walk … Anthony Swarzak threw 2.2 hitless innings. No, really … the Yankees sent 33 batters to the plate. Eleven saw no more than two pitches. Remember when the Yankees worked the count? … the Yankees were charged with two errors (Headley, Didi Gregorius) and it could have been more. Not the best afternoon in the field.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Here’s our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages too. The Yankees will look to avoid being swept by the Red Sox for the second time this season Sunday night, in the ESPN game. Those are the worst. Masahiro Tanaka and David Price are the scheduled starters.
Minor League Update: No DotF tonight. Sorry folks. I’ve had a busy weekend and I’m beat. DotF will be back to normal tomorrow. Here are the box scores and here’s the short version: Ben Gamel had two hits (again), Luis Cessa allowed two runs in six innings, Chance Adams struck out eight and allowed one hit in six innings, Luis Torrens had two hits, and Dermis Garcia mashed a tater. Oh, and the GCL Yanks West lost 10-0 and were no-hit. Their only baserunners were two hit batsmen. That feels like something that would happen to the big league team this year.