David Huff was unable to replicate what he did in two great relief outings. Instead he was pummeled in 3.1 innings, allowing 9 in a 13-9 loss to Boston.
It felt like a spring training game for bombers, with Huff, newcomer Jim Miller and Brett Marshall getting the call to hold down a potent Sox lineup. But down 9 after 4, the Yankees were behind the 8 ball all day, and they just couldn’t out-slug the Sox.
Mike Napoli continues to have a big year against the Yankees, smacking two more homers. Jonny Gomes added a dinger, and shortstop phenom Xander Bogaerts hit his first career. Boston got the most out of their 14 hits, scoring 13. Starter John Lackey picked up his 9th win, despite giving up 7 runs in 5.2 innings.
Another good day for the offense, but it just wasn’t enough. Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano all had multi-hit games. Gardner and Mark Reynolds each drove in 2 runs.
And tell me if you’ve heard this before? Derek Jeter left the game with an injury? Yes, you read that right. For the third time this year, the captain exited a game with a leg injury. This time it appears to be an issue with/near the area he fractured the left ankle last October, He’s already been on the DL three times this season.
An overworked pen is starting to fall apart, and it’s not only showing in the 3 blown leads on the home stand. Shawn Kelley is down with a forearm issue, and David Robertson could be DL bound with a sore shoulder.
These are injuries the Yankees cannot afford this late in the year, coupled with 3 big losses this weekend to Boston.
To make matters worse, Baltimore walked-off in 10, extending their lead over New York, however the two teams play a 4-game set starting Monday.
Hiroki Kuroda must find a way to get back to his first half self, though at 38 and carrying the team on his back early on, he’s looked tired and might stay that way for the remainder of 2013.
A sweep would all but ensure no postseason, even with 7 games against Tampa and Baltimore left. These teams continue to win, and New York still has to go back to Fenway next weekend.
They’ve made it interesting, but can the offense find a way to save the lack of pitching? The Yankees can only hope CC Sabathia and Kuroda can find something to go along with Kuroda and Pettitte, or start looking towards 2014.