Remember when the Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs in the first inning? That was fun. Then they scored zero runs and that was less fun. The Yankees couldn’t get out of their own way in Friday night’s series opening 11-3 beatdown by the Orioles. Oy vey. It’s Friday night, so let’s recap with bullpen points:
- Well-Rested: Somewhat predictably, Michael Pineda‘s command was a big issue in his first start in eleven days. He walked the first batter of the game, struggled to throw strikes all night, and couldn’t get his slider to behave like he wanted. The result: six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. No, his defense didn’t help him much, but Big Mike was giving up loud contact all night. He was not sharp at all. Lose the battle, win the war. The Yankees have to watch Pineda’s workload this year.
- Mason Arrives: On the bright side, Mason Williams made his MLB debut in style, clubbing a no-doubt two-run home run in his second at-bat. Here’s the homer and here’s his mom talking about it. Williams was then lifted for a pinch-hitter in his next at-bat because platoon splits rule everything around me. Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira each had two hits, which was cool, but the Yankees went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, which is less cool. They left the bases loaded twice.
- Offensive Defense: The Yankees have not played up to expectations defensively this season and this might have been their worst game yet. They were charged with only two errors (Chase Headley and Teixeira) but it could have easily been more. Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran let a ball fall between, Beltran again came up short on a foul pop-up, Williams misread a line drive and let it sail over his head, Brendan Ryan muffed a ground ball, Teixeira couldn’t get the ball out of his glove to complete a 3-1 put out … it was ugly.
- Leftovers: Headley was charged with his career-high 14th error and left the game feeling nauseous after taking a ball to the groin. No joke … Teixeira’s error was his first in 109 games … Jacob Lindgren allowed his third homer in seven big league innings after allowing none in his minor league career … Esmil Rogers allowed four runs (one earned) and was dropped from the 40-man roster after the game … A-Rod is now six hits away from 3,000 … did I mention the Yankees had the bases with no outs in the first and didn’t score?
Here are the box score, video highlights, updated standings, Bullpen Workload page, and Announcer Standings page. CC Sabathia and Bud Norris will be the pitching matchup in the second game of the series Saturday night.