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Yanks offense shows signs of life, but pitchers struggle in 8-5 loss

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Chase Whitley, David Ortiz

For much of the first half of the season, the Yankees’ pitching staff has received lackluster support from the offense, but on Sunday night, the roles were reversed.

The Yanks got contributions from up-and-down the lineup, but starter Chase Whitley couldn’t record an out in the fifth inning, and neither Shawn Kelley nor David Huff was particularly effective out of the bullpen. The result was an 8-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox, as the Yankees dropped two of three in the weekend series with their struggling rival.

Whitley put the Yanks in an early hole, allowing an RBI single to Stephen Drew in the second inning and then a three-run homer to David Ortiz in the third. Ortiz saluted the home fans as he rounded the bases following his 450th career home run, much to the dismay of the sellout crowd.

The Yankees would rally, as Derek Jeter hit an RBI single in the bottom of the third and then Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran each hit solo shots in the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-3. But as soon as they grabbed some momentum, the Red Sox (38-44) swiped it right back.

Whitley issued a leadoff walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the fifth, which prompted manager Joe Girardi to call on Kelley. It was the second straight start poor start for Whitley, who has come back down to earth after a strong first month in his rookie season.

A key reliever for the Yankees (41-39) in the beginning of the season, Kelley has struggled since returning from the disabled list. He walked the next two batters to load the bases before Dustin Pedroia’s two-run single made it 6-3. Later in the inning, Daniel Nava would come home when Pedroia got caught in a rundown between first and second base.

Once again, the Yankees would rally in the bottom half of the fifth, as Ichiro Suzuki led off with a triple and came home on Brett Gardner’s RBI double. Gardner scored later in the inning on Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI groundout to cut Boston’s lead to 7-5.

Huff proceeded to load the bases in the top of the sixth, but Dellin Betances kept the game from getting out of hand by recording six straight outs, with one run scoring on Pedroia’s sac fly to make it 8-5.

The Yankees had a chance to get something going in the sixth, but Beltran was thrown out at the plate following Kelly Johnson’s single. They finished with a total of eight hits, with Jeter and Beltran each having multi-hit games. Jeter now has a six-game hitting streak.

As expected, there was no retaliation from the Yankees after Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was caught on camera referring to Masahiro Tanaka an “idiot” following his go-ahead homer in Boston’s 2-1 win on Saturday.

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29 Responses to “Yanks offense shows signs of life, but pitchers struggle in 8-5 loss”

  1. Captain Clutch June 29th, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I think they are only 2 players away from winning the division this year. A big bat and a #2 SP’er.
    ————–

    The odds of them being able to get a middle of the order bat and #2 starting pitcher is very, very small. They will be able to get a bat since that is easy but not a middle of the order one and a #2 pitcher. I personally think that one bat won’t do anything and they need 2.

  2. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    On the one hand, this team is highly flawed as is. On the other, we still have 2+ years of nightmarish payments to A-Rod, CC, Beltran, Tex, and McCann.

    So, I can see both sides of the trade/no trade coin. Neither side is all that appealing.

  3. Yankees88 June 29th, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Has anyone ever noticed how truly terrible Marchand’s tweets are – I wish I could block his comments from the side bar on the home page.

  4. Captain Clutch June 30th, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Cashman is definitely going to make a trade since the yanks always have to pretend like they are good enough to make the play offs. I just hope that they don’t trade good prospects for someone average.

  5. ScottinSJ June 30th, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Hang in there Yankees fans, just half a season to go.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I dare say it could be said
    Of many teams which if, able to
    Add a
    Mid-order bat and a front-end starter, would be contenders. Coming by such players is not easy.

  7. SweetSpot June 30th, 2014 at 12:01 am

    They don’t necessarily need to trade for multiple bats. They need for who we have to start hitting. It would be nice but I’d much rather get pitching help.

  8. pete22 June 30th, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Scott. Beltran will be OK after surgery. McCann will be better after a year of transition, and has provided value defensively. Tex has had a pretty good year.

    Jeter, Soriano and Kuroda will be history, not that Kuroda has been awful.
    ,
    Arods salary coming back on the books i the one that really hurts. I dont think he ever steps on the field again though, but maybe I am wrong. CC will be a great bullpen arm. :lol:

  9. pete22 June 30th, 2014 at 12:07 am

    JAP. Certainly thats true. You have to be willing to clean out your farm system and add some salary. Not many teams are willing to do that. The division is wide open for the team willing to do so. Easier said than done though.

    Most likely scenario is they get a SP’er and then hope to get the offense from one of the kids or positive regression.

  10. UnKnown June 30th, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Has anyone ever noticed how truly terrible Marchand’s tweets are – I wish I could block his comments from the side bar on the home page.
    ————–

    Wally’s are worse. Those two are really bad. Feinsand is becoming painful as well.

  11. ScottinSJ June 30th, 2014 at 12:09 am

    pete — I don’t agree that Beltran will be ok. Tex will be one year older and he’s fragile to begin with. McCann has had 80 games to show his true self.

    Whatever happens, happens. I’m tired of getting bothered by it. That’s why I say full capitulation is better than this win 4 lose 4, win 4 lose 6 of 8. We fans get a small taste of prosperity followed by inevitable long losing streaks. And we stay hooked . . . hoping that maybe they can be better than .500.

    If the AL East wasn’t such a sh*thole division, someone would have put us out of our misery already.

  12. UnKnown June 30th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Really sucks when 99% of your wins have to follow a certain formula from start to finish or you’re cooked. Really pigeon holes a team.

  13. UnKnown June 30th, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Katie Sharp ?@ktsharp · 1h
    Yankees have 1 win this season when allowing 5+ runs (1-30). Every other team has at least 3 such wins
    —————

    I hate not having an offense.

  14. ScottinSJ June 30th, 2014 at 12:14 am

    UnKnown June 30th, 2014 at 12:13 am
    Katie Sharp ?@ktsharp · 1h
    Yankees have 1 win this season when allowing 5+ runs (1-30). Every other team has at least 3 such wins
    —————

    I hate not having an offense.
    ——————-
    This is a truly staggering stat. Yep, it really is that bad.

  15. SweetSpot June 30th, 2014 at 12:16 am

    “That’s why I say full capitulation is better than this…”

    Hard to believe some people call themselves Yankee “fans.” A mere two games out before the All-Star break in a weakened AL East. One would think we were ten games out and even then “capitulation” is just not in Yankee DNA.

  16. ScottinSJ June 30th, 2014 at 12:18 am

    SweetSpot June 30th, 2014 at 12:16 am
    “That’s why I say full capitulation is better than this…”

    Hard to believe some people call themselves Yankee “fans.” A mere two games out before the All-Star break in a weakened AL East. One would think we were ten games out and even then “capitulation” is just not in Yankee DNA.
    ————————-

    Gloves are off. Hard to believe you didn’t get the crap kicked out of you repeatedly when young. Penny is bizarre, but she has you pegged. What a worm.

  17. Barry June 30th, 2014 at 12:29 am

    ScottinSJ

    What is the matter with you to make such comments to sweetspot. Of course he is right. Half the season has yet to be played. Seems that many on t his board have no understanding, not of baseball, but of an mlb season.

  18. ScottinSJ June 30th, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Barry — I should have ignored him. My bad. But the content is 100% accurate.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Most likely scenario is they get a SP’er and then hope to get the offense from one of the kids or positive regression.
    ///

    pete22 – I’d be all for them upgrading this team, especially in light of it being the Captain’s final season.

    But I’m not willing to blow out the farm for it. I have made the suggestion – apparently too many times for some people who, I guess, don’t care to share their superior idea on this – that Betances become Tanaka’s running mate; that would add a legit arm without sacrificing the future. The Yankees are too locked into him as a reliever to even consider it.

  20. pete22 June 30th, 2014 at 12:52 am

    JAP. I have also supported the idea of Betances to the rotation but am leaning against it as a mid season option. Such transitions are best left for earlier in the year IMO.

    It should be an option next year given the cost of acquiring an elite SP’er, but I think they will jump on him as Robertsons replacement as they let him fly in his FA year.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Penny is bizarre, but she has you pegged. What a worm.
    ///

    “She” has a few here pegged. Maybe she should call herself “Peggy” instead?

    “She” is like the village idiot. The village idiot is not viewed as dangerous or powerful, having no possessions, no social or political clout, and is therefore harmless. Of course, in the presence of the village idiot, even the king himself will let his guard down, because it’s like being in the presence of the Shakespearean “nothing.”

    So the village idiot, unwatched, watches all, and when he speaks, he spares no one, because he has nothing to lose by speaking the truth. He’s only the village idiot, right? :)

  22. pete22 June 30th, 2014 at 12:54 am

    ScottinSJ June 30th, 2014 at 12:09 am

    pete — I don’t agree that Beltran will be ok
    ———————–

    Why? Having bone chips removed is a relevantly simple procedure. He was hitting well before the Tampa wall and should be fine next year, factoring in some age related decline

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2014 at 12:58 am

    pete22 June 30th, 2014 at 12:52 am

    JAP. I have also supported the idea of Betances to the rotation but am leaning against it as a mid season option. Such transitions are best left for earlier in the year IMO.

    It should be an option next year given the cost of acquiring an elite SP’er, but I think they will jump on him as Robertsons replacement as they let him fly in his FA year
    ///

    Well it is gettin’ late early for that to happen, I agree. The idea that he’s going to be the Yankee closer makes me a little sick inside. A waste of a fabulous young arm, but this is the Cashman Yankees.

  24. pete22 June 30th, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Yankees have now lost 8 of the last 10 series. Let a wonderful opportunity to take over the division lead by July 1 pass, and have let Boston back in the race. Hope they don’t do the same to the Rays. Time to act Cash. Look forward to hearing of some call ups tomorrow.

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock June 30th, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Goodnight Lohud.

  26. NY Clipper June 30th, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Katie Sharp ?@ktsharp · 1h
    Yankees have 1 win this season when allowing 5+ runs (1-30). Every other team has at least 3 such wins
    —————
    It’s actually 1-31 in that situation. The Red Sox just won their 5th tonight, and they have the worst offense in the A.L.

  27. NY Clipper June 30th, 2014 at 2:03 am

    The Yankees have only scored 10 or more runs in a game twice this season and haven’t done so since April 24th. They have won only 1 series at home since May 19th.

  28. yankeepankee June 30th, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Hi Folks.
    There was a time when the Yankees had a strong presence in the Dominican Republic.
    Now?
    Ever team seems to have a budding star they signed out of the D.R.
    Polanco of the Pirates,
    Taveras with the Cards,
    Domingo Santana of the Astros, on and on.
    All you had to do was scout them and sign them. No draft.
    What do we have coming up???? NOBODY!! The richest team in the world (worth $2 billion!) has nobody like these 5-tool stars coming. WHAT IS GOING ON!!!! Cashman must go!!!
    Am I alone about questioning what Cashman and his staff has done??
    Thanks for letting me vent!!

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