As bad as the Yankees offense had been the previous two day, Friday was a low point. It had been more than five weeks since the Yankees had been shutout, and they hadn’t been shutout at home since June 18 of last year. They hadn’t been shutout by the Mets since 2007.
“Sometimes you tip your hat to the pitcher,” Derek Jeter said. “But we have to find some ways to score runs. We had a couple of opportunities tonight, but collectively we really haven’t been swinging the bats too well.”
The Yankees were 1-for-16 with runners on base and 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They stranded a runner at third base in the sixth, seventh and ninth. All of that meant a loss for Javier Vazquez, who deserved better after allowing one run through seven innings.
“Very frustrating,” Alex Rodriguez said. “Obviously if you can’t score runs you’re not going to win. Javy did a fantastic job out there for seven innings. He pitched his guts out and offensively we’ve got to step up.”
Hitting coach Kevin Long stressed that he trusts his hitters work ethic will make a difference: “Just keep grinding and keep going at it,” he said. “It’ll turn around. I have a lot of faith in these guys.”
Manager Joe Girardi preached big picture. “You can’t jump off the bridge because you lose a couple of games in a row when you don’t score runs,” he said.
Bottom line is, the Yankees offense was going pretty well on Tuesday and it vanished on Wednesday. It’s cost them three games.
Here’s Kevin Long.
And here’s Alex Rodriguez.
• Of course, the bullpen hasn’t been blamefree these past two nights. The Yankees relievers haven’t exactly kept the game within shouting distance. “Those guys need to help us out and right now they’re struggling a little bit too,” Girardi said. “When you’re not scoring runs and you can’t afford to make very many mistakes, sometimes you see more mistakes.”
• Rodriguez wasn’t tested with a ground ball, but he said his hip/groin felt fine after the game. Girardi said he’s planning to DH Rodriguez tomorrow.
• Jorge Posada said “I’m planning to” when asked if he’ll be catching tomorrow.
• Jeter’s attempted check swing in the ninth inning hurt, but Jeter said afterward that he probably did go around. “I knew it was close,” he said. “I probably did.”
• Vazquez stated the obvious. “I feel great right now,” he said. He lost for the first time since May 2, snapping a three-game winning streak. He’s pitched through the seventh inning in each of his past four starts.
• When Ike Davis hit an RBI single int he first inning, it was the first left-handed hit against Vazquez in 30 at-bats according to Elias.
• Although it worked out, Girardi said it wasn’t the right decision for Nick Swisher to tag up for second base on that fly out in the eighth. “Sometimes guys try to make things happen when you’re not scoring runs,” Girardi said.
• Girardi also said it looked like Francisco Cervelli left home plate a little too early on the play at the plate in the first inning. “It looked like he vacated a little too early,” Girardi said. “You want to be able to stand in there as long as you can.”
• Pretty funny line from Girardi when asked if Posada could have beaten out that sixth-inning ground ball if not for his injured right foot. “Maybe in a different life,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if you can go back 10 or 12 years ago and say it may have been closer, I’m not even sure back then he would have beat it out.”
• Lady Gaga was at the game tonight. I would include an AP picture of her, but it honestly might count as porn.
Associated Press photos of Jeter, Vazquez and Cervelli’s play at the plate.