Same story for the Yankees, different day. Their RISP work is a problem again.
They live and die with the homer. Two solo homers and one two-run shot weren’t enough. They showed up an AL-least .218 with runners in scoring position and then went 0 for 4 in that category in the 6-4 loss to the Mets, blowing two-out opportunities in the first and second against Jon Niese and then a first-and-second, one-out opportunity against Frank Francisco in the ninth.
“You keep putting them on, eventually it’s going to change,” Joe Girardi said. “That’s all I can tell you. We are who we are. There are basketball clubs that are built around 3-point shooting and when they don’t make their 3s, they don’t win. We’re a home-run hitting club. If we hit two- and three-run homers, we usually win games.”
It didn’t help that Andy Pettitte dropped the Yankees into a 5-0 hole in the first, the most runs he had allowed in that inning since 2001.
“He didn’t have his slider in the first inning and he didn’t have great command of his fastball,” Girardi said.
Francisco was a little more contrite following the game after calling the Yankees “chickens” in the paper earlier in the day, feeling they complain about calls too much.
“I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings,” Francisco said. “I made a simple comment and a lot of guys take it the wrong way. … I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys, especially Jeter. He’s a winner. A lot of those are professionals. I didn’t mean to call them chicken. Just a simple comment.”
Mark Teixeira popped out against him to end the game, then said: “It wasn’t a big deal on our side. I wish we would’ve won the game. It doesn’t matter who’s out there pitching. We’ve been through enough around here the last however many years that something like that was kind of funny.”
Clay Rapada has his streak of consecutive hitless batters against him stopped at 21 thanks to a Justin Turner double after the lefty got the first out in the eighth.
The Yankees will try to snap their three-game losing streak tonight behind Ivan Nova, who pitched a strong game in the series opener at Citi Field last July 1, then heard here that he was getting sent down to Triple-A two days later.
“I wasn’t thinking it was going it was going to be me, but at the end of the day, I was the one to get sent down,” Nova said. “Since that day, I don’t like the Mets. I don’t like this stadium.”
He was smiling and kidding. Nova will try for his AL-leading 10th win. Chris Young will start for the Mets.