I swear, the 2016 Yankees are allergic to sustained success. They went 7-3 on the homestand only to come out and drop the first two games of this series with the Diamondbacks. Tuesday night’s final score was 5-3. The Yankees are 16-22 and it’s been three weeks since they were within even three games of .500. Yuck. West Coast night games get bullet point recaps, so let’s dive in:
- Little Mike: The D’Backs tagged Michael Pineda for nine hits in five innings and it felt like more. Only three of them came in two-strike counts and again, it felt like more. Pineda hung an 0-2 slider to No. 8 hitter Nick Ahmed for a run-scoring single in the second, and then he hung a 1-2 slider to Paul Goldschmidt for another run-scoring single in the third. He’s lucky Goldy didn’t hit that pitch out of the yard. Jake Lamb did hit a hanging slider out of the park for a two-run homer in the fifth. Five runs on nine hits and one walk in five innings. Pineda struck out nine, but who cares. He has a 6.60 ERA (4.95 FIP) on the season. Awful.
- Cy Greinke: Zack Greinke is a great pitcher who has had a poor start to the season. You wouldn’t have known it by watching him Tuesday. His first seven innings were stress free — the only real blemish was Starlin Castro‘s second inning solo homer — before the Yankees got something going in the eighth and knocked him out of the game. A Carlos Beltran ground out and a Jacoby Ellsbury single drove in runs that eighth. Greinke was charged with three runs in seven innings but was far better than that.Didi Gregorius grounded out as the tying run in the ninth.
- Sloppy Yankees: This was a brutally sloppy game by the Yankees. Brett Gardner took his time retrieving a ball in the corner in the second inning, allowing Chris Owings to stretch a double into a triple. Brian McCann took his time getting a passed ball that scooted to the backstop, allowing Ahmed to take second and third base. Chase Headley had a few balls clank off his glove. Errors happen, but there was some straight up laziness this game. Get your head in the game, fellas.
- Leftovers: Chasen Shreve allowed a single and struck out two in two scoreless innings. That was the best he’s looked in a few weeks. Trainer Steve Donohue came out to visit him at one point, though Shreve stayed in, so false alarm … Ellsbury very nearly had his fifth catcher’s interference of the season, but home plate ump Fieldin Culbreth didn’t give him the call. Ellsbury argued, though the replays made it tough to tell whether he actually got the glove … the Yankees are 2-12 in games started by Pineda and Luis Severino this year. They’re 14-9 in all other games.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also make sure you check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees will try to avoid being swept Wednesday night, when Nathan Eovaldi and Shelby Miller toe the slab.