This one pretty much speaks for itself, so I’m going to try to make this quick and then catch a late train home.
Big picture is that the Yankees offense stinks right now. It’s been so bad lately that it’s hard to imagine another four innings would have made much difference. I hate clichés, but truly, it is what it is.
Maybe an in-depth study of what’s going wrong is worthwhile, but it wasn’t going to happen in a nearly empty clubhouse past midnight. For now, all the Yankees said is what you’d expect them to say.
“I think that’s part of baseball,” Travis Hafner said. “You’ll have ups and downs throughout the year, but there’s just too much talent here and it’s just a matter of time before things get rolling again.”
We’ll see. It’s certainly not rolling right now.
• If you’re looking for a highlight of this game, check the video of the Yankees dugout reacting to perhaps the loudest clap of thunder I’ve ever heard. “I think Gardner jumped in my lap,” Austin Romine said. The video is hilarious. Other players said they heard it crystal clear in the clubhouse. One guy said it sounded like a huge piece of metal hitting the ground.
• Chris Stewart had blood work, a concussion test and a CT Scan today, but he said everything came back negative. The Yankees aren’t sure what exactly is going on, but Stewart said he felt better today than yesterday — he thought he could have stayed in the game yesterday and wanted to play today — and he’s hoping to be in the lineup tomorrow. “Nothing major,” he said.
• As I’m sure you expected, Girardi said he’s not ready to announce the move for Andy Pettitte. “We’ll make that decision tomorrow,” he said.
• Speaking of Pettitte: He threw 76 in his simulated game on Tuesday, and while there isn’t an official pitch count for tomorrow’s start, Girardi said: “Any time he gets around 90 we’ll start to watch him closely.”
• Girardi on the rain delays: “It looked like we were going to get hit pretty hard around 8:15, and we didn’t. Then it looked like it would be OK until 11:30, 11:45 and we didn’t get hit with one, and then it came earlier than we would have liked.”
• Girardi on the umpire’s decision to call the game: “It’s in their hands. They called it. (Crew chief Gary Cederstrom) tried to us back out there because he said it was building up behind, so we were going to try to go as quick as we could. That’s why we went and played those two outs, but we got hit pretty quick.”
• This was the Yankees first rain-shortened game since July 18, 2012 against Toronto, which the Yankees won 6-0. Hiroki Kuroda also pitched in that game and was credited with a seven-inning complete game.
• Mark Teixeira played in his 1,500th career game tonight. … Romine snapped a 19-at-bat hitless streak. … Boone Logan got the final two outs and has not allowed a run in his past 12 appearances.
• Stat of the night: Yankees batters have gone 20 innings without an extra-base hit. “It’s just kind of a team-wide thing that we’re going through,” Girardi said. “I mean, we ran into a pretty good pitcher tonight. That’s the bottom line. He threw the ball very well against us. We’re not the first team that he’s done that against this year.”
Associated Press photos