The Yankees could not find any success off of Clay Bucholz as they were only able to get two hits in the rain shortened 3-0 loss the Boston Red Sox. That loss for the Yankees in 5 and a half innings gave the Red Sox the series win as they won on Saturday and Sunday after CC Sabathia pitched a stellar game on Friday.
Mike Napoli’s grounder in the fourth, which scored Dustin Pedroia, turned out to be all the offense that the Red Sox would need.
Going back to the end of the Tampa Bay series, the Yankees have now lost seven of their last eight games and are now in third place behind the Orioles and Red Sox.
This game was scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m but didn’t start until 8:50 because of a rain delay that did not include any substantial rain. I used this time to explore the Yankees Museum for the second time. It is unfortunate that the game did not start at about 8:05 because then they might have been able to finish before Mother Nature wreaked havoc in the top of the sixth.
Kuroda had some calls by the home plate umpire not go his way, but Kuroda did allow eight hits and is in the middle of his worst stretch of the season. In his last three starts, Kuroda has pitched 14.1 innings and allowed eight earned runs. He has been the team’s most reliable starter this season and still has a very impressive 2.59 ERA.
Here is a video of the reaction to the storm during the third rain delay. Brett Gardner’s reaction, who was sitting next to first base coach Mick Kelleher, stands out more than anybody else.
The highlight for the Yankees was Austin Romine’s single in the third because he broke an 0-17 slide. However, Robinson Cano would hit into a double play ending the inning. The Yankees have now scored four or fewer runs in nine straight games, but tonight’s offensive inneptedude can be blamed on Bucholz, who leads the American League with a 1.63 ERA. Mark Teixeira should be able to give the Yankees a boost on offense, but Teixeira is only 1-9 since returning from injury.
Chris Stewart was originally scheduled to start the game, but Stewart was sent to New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a result of his continued dehydration from Saturday’s game. According to Stewart, the team was just being pre-cautious and he could have played if something happened to Romine.
The highlight for me was being able to get autographs from Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter before the game. It was great that Jeter came out for batting practice even though he will not be returning until at some point after the All-Star Break. Jeter is rehabbing in The Bronx as opposed to Alex Rodriguez who is doing his rehab separated from the team at the team’s facility in Tampa. The Captain joked around with Cano and made time to greet fans.
Joe Girardi’s said that his clue that the weather was bad was that his TV in the clubhouse went out.
The Yankees will not really get a break tonight as they will face Cleveland’s ace, Justing Masterson, who has a 3.07 ERA and 83 strikeouts. The Yankees need to play small ball by advancing runners, attempting more stolen bases, and taking the walk when possible in order to bust out of this offensive slump.
Andy Pettitte, who will make his first start since being put on the 15-day disabled list on May 17, could be just the starter the team needs to limit the Indians. Pettitte only has one start where he has allowed more than three earned runs. Girardi said that once he gets to 90 pitches he will start to monitor where he is at.