For a second day in a row, the Yankees have been shutout. This time it was Justin Verlander who overwhelmed the Yankees lineup, shutting down more or less the same group that scored 24 runs in a span of two days over the weekend.
Since those two games in Boston, the Yankees have gone 1-4 and scored 15 runs, six of which came in the ninth inning of last night’s second game, an inning in which a Triple-A call-up fell apart.
“We’re just not getting hits,” Derek Jeter said. “Every season it’s the same thing. There are periods when it seems like you get a lot of hits and other times it seems like you can’t find a hit, but that happens every year. If you could figure it out, then nobody would ever struggle.”
Jeter was 0-for-16 before a lead-off single this afternoon. He had been hitless in four straight games, the third longest such stretch of his career. Marcus Thames was 2-for-13 (.153) during the road trip, Robinson Cano was 5-for-24 (.208), Randy Winn was 4-for-16 (.250) and Mark Teixeira was 8-for-30 (.267). Alex Rodriguez hit .346 and Brett Gardner extended his on-base streak to 15 games, but these past few games have been a down time for the lineup as a whole.
“We basically had about the same lineup as we had in Boston when we scored a bunch of runs,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously (Detroit) did a good job pitching against us, and we didn’t swing well.”
The Yankees hit a little bit of a lull on their previous road trip. The offense struggled for a few days in Oakland and Los Angeles, but they turned it around with 24 runs in their first three games back at Yankee Stadium.
Three and four road trips are going to happen,” Teixeira said. “As long as we keep playing the way that we’re capable of playing and don’t go crazy and pitchers starting walking guys and hitters start swinging at first pitches, popping everything up. We just keep doing our thing, we’re going to win games again.”