The night started with a wonderful celebration for Bernie Williams and ended with the Yankees losing their sixth straight game. The Rangers completed the sweep with a 5-2 win in the series finale. The Yankees have lost ten of their last eleven games, and, according to James Smyth, it’s their first 1-10 stretch since 1995. They haven’t lost six in a row since 2011. Let’s recap with bullet points since it’s Sunday night and this game isn’t really worth a full recap:
- Tried & True: You’re not going to believe this, but the Yankees scored two runs in the first inning and then didn’t score again the rest of the game. Can’t believe it. Never seen that before. Brian McCann singled in those two first inning runs after Brett Gardner was foolishly thrown out trying to go first-to-third on a single to shallow center for the first out of the inning. And that was it. The Yankees sent 28 men to plate after the first inning and only five reached base. Two made it as far as second base and none reached third.
- Errors & Dingers: You’re not going believe this either, but the Yankees committed a fielding gaffe that led to a run(s). Crazy. What will tomorrow bring? The wonders of the world. Anyway, this time Jose Pirela booted the most routine of routine ground balls in the first inning — it was the type of play that has to be made in high school — which led to the Rangers’ first run. Prince Fielder doubled in Shin-Soo Choo, who reached on the error. Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer off the very top of the left field wall to make it 3-2 Rangers in the second. I mean, it’s Adam Rosales. You just have to expect him to go deep at some point.
- Middling Relief: Chris Capuano allowed those three runs in 4.1 innings before the flammable middle relief took over. Chasen Shreve, who might be the team’s third best reliever, retired four of five batters faced before giving way to Justin Wilson, who didn’t retire any of the three batters he faced. McCann threw out a base-stealer to end the sixth then Wilson gave up a triple, a double, and a single in the seventh. Once it was too late, Dellin Betances came in to clean up the mess. Betances needed the work, but why not bring him in to face the top of the order down one to start the inning rather than the middle of the order down three?
- Leftovers: McCann left the game in the eighth with a right calf issue … David Carpenter tried to give up a run in his fourth straight outing (and seventh time in last eight appearances) but the Rangers bailed him out with a botched suicide squeeze … Garrett Jones and Chase Headley each had two of the team’s six hits, all of which were singles. McCann and Alex Rodriguez had the others. Jones and Mark Teixeira drew the only walks … Andrew Miller also pitched because he needed work. He struck out two in a perfect inning.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. The Yankees are back to .500 (22-22) with a negative run differential (-3). Bravo. Make sure you check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. Those are always winners. The Royals, who have baseball’s record, are coming to the Bronx for a three-game series next. Nathan Eovaldi and Jeremy Guthrie will be the pitching matchup on Monday afternoon, in the Memorial Day matinee.