The Yankees didn’t have a single extra-base hit, and they were ultimately beaten by the last of three Red Sox home runs. There are obvious limitations to this Yankees offense, but that wasn’t the biggest problem tonight.
“We didn’t struggle today,” CC Sabathia said. “We scored seven runs. And not being able to win that game is unacceptable.”
Sabathia had another bad one tonight, and his evaluation of what’s going wrong was pretty cut and dry.
“I suck,” he said. “I wish I had an excuse or something. … It’s embarrassing. I’ll just try to get through it. Figure something out and try to stop hurting this team and (start) helping.”
Sabathia allowed the first two Red Sox homers, and for the second start in a row he couldn’t pitch out of the sixth inning. He’s allowed 15 runs — 10 earned — in these past two starts, and he’s already allowed more home runs this season than ever before in his career. He said the last time he could remember struggling like this for an extended period of time was the beginning of 2008 when he was with Cleveland. He had a 3.83 ERA during that time frame. He has a 4.37 this year.
“Obviously he’s a superstar pitcher,” Chris Stewart said. “And anytime he goes out there and only goes five innings, when we’re used to him going eight or nine innings for us, to not get out of the sixth is something we’re not used to. The velocity’s starting to come back. It’s not like the velocity hasn’t been there in these past couple starts. … It’s just missed pitches. He’s leaving pitches out over the plate, and for some reason they’re not missing them. It’s not like he’s missing with a whole lot over the plate and he’s getting away with some, it’s that he’s left a couple there, and they’re just not missing them. It’s unfortunate that that’s the way it’s going, but hopefully he can get back to living on the edges, throwing strikes with everything.”
Joe Girardi said that Sabathia has “got to straighten it out,” and Sabathia said basically the same thing. He said — once again — that he’s perfectly healthy, and he thought his arm slot was better today. He just made costly mistakes, and that’s happened too many times this season.
“As long as I’m healthy and feeling good, I feel like I can help this team,” Sabathia said.
• This was the Yankees fourth walk-off loss of the year, and only their second loss when scoring five runs or more. They’ve generally taken advantage of good offensive games, obviously they didn’t tonight.
• Last time the Yankees were held without a home run in a series of any length at Fenway Park was a one-game series in 2006. Last time they were held homerless in three games or more at Fenway was in August of 1995.
• Despite the seven runs, the lineup had plenty of its own short-comings. The Yankees left 12 men on base, and Lyle Overbay — who had been terrific lately — went 0-for-6. “When you leave a small village on the basepaths, it’s frustrating for me personally,” Overbay said. “We had chances to win that game, a lot of chances.”
• It’s worth noting that Eduardo Nunez was clearly safe — but called out — stealing second base in the 11th inning. “I could see it from 150 feet,” Girardi said.
• Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He was one of three Yankees (also Nunez and Brett Gardner) to record three hits. Gardner was on base five times. Five different Yankees reached base at least three times, six if you count Ichiro Suzuki for reaching on a first-inning error.
• Gardner is now tied with Mickey Mantle for the ninth-most stolen bases in Yankees history. This was the third time in his career that he reached base five times in a game.
• The Yankees relievers combined for 9.1 scoreless innings in this series before Adam Warren gave up the walk-off homer. Tonight, Preston Claiborne, Boone Logan, Dave Robertson and Shawn Kelley went five scoreless with 10 strikeouts and one hit.
• Girardi said he has no timetable on Alex Rodriguez. “He’s going to be out for a while, so we’ll just deal with it and continue to play,” Girardi said.
• Final word to Girardi: “We’re not hitting a lot of home runs right now. Some of our guys that we expected to hit some of the homers are struggling a little bit. When you get seven runs, you expect to win, that’s the bottom line. Last year everyone thought we hit too many home runs. Now we’re not hitting enough. We scored seven runs. That’s the bottom line.”
• I’ll be leaving for the airport in a little more than two hours. Who’s coming with me?!
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