The scoring struggles continue. The Yankees lost Tuesday night’s game to Angels 2-1 and they’ve now scored 15 runs in six games on the road trip. Nine of those runs came on Saturday. Close losses stink. Failing the capitalize on the Orioles, Blue Jays, and Rays going a combined 0-7 the last three days stinks even more. West Coast night games get bullet point recaps, so let’s get to it:
- Bend, Eventually Break: We can break Ivan Nova‘s start into three parts. First, he wiggled in and out trouble in the first two innings (four hits and a walk). Next, he cruised from innings three through five (one single, one walk). Last, he got rocked in the sixth inning, allowing back-to-back homers (Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar) and a double to end his night. The end result was two runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. He struck out seven. Nova looks exactly like a guy coming back from Tommy John surgery. Stuff is fine, command is spotty.
- Two Hits: The Yankees were two-hit for the second time on the road trip. Heck, for the second time in the span of three games. Mark Teixeira hit a long solo home run in the second and Brett Gardner slapped a single up the middle later in the game. Teixeira and Chase Headley drew walks. There’s yer offense. The Yankees have scored no more than one run in each of their last three games. Last time they did that was July 2013. Last time before that was April 2005. Last time they scored one run or fewer in four straight games? August 1990.
- Leftovers: Not a starter Adam Warren made his first appearance as a not a starter, allowing a hit and a walk in 2.2 scoreless innings. He struck out a pair and generally looked awesome … Carlos Beltran left the game with ribcage injury and may be headed to the DL … the bottom five spots in the lineup went a combined 0-for-14 and hit one ball out of the infield. The one was Brian McCann‘s fly out in the second, the first of those 14.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Angels finish off this three-game series
Thursday Wednesday evening — that’s a 7pm ET start. Afternoon game in California, night game in New York. Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Shoemaker will be the pitching matchup.