After sweeping their three-game series against the first place Toronto Blue Jays and winning the first game of the series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees (39-35) lost the last two games against the Orioles to lose the series and fall into a tie for second place with the Baltimore.
The Yankees offense, which scored five runs or more during their wins on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, combined to score only one run over the weekend. They scored one run in the 6-1 loss on Saturday in which Vidal Nuno allowed three homers and his fifth in his last two starts. On Sunday, Masahiro Tanaka’s three runs in seven innings led to his 15th consecutive quality start to begin his career, but the Yankees lost 8-0 as the offense only had four hits.
Goose Gossage, who is a Hall of Famer, was honored for his time with the Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park during Old-Timers’ Day before the Yankees played the Orioles on Sunday. In six seasons with the Yankees, from 1978-1983, he went 42-28 with a 2.14 ERA and 151 saves. “I played for nine different teams, and putting on the pinstripes was like the closest thing to an out-of-body experience I’ve ever had,” Gossage said. “Outside of the day my kids were born and going into Cooperstown, it doesn’t get any better than this. It’s awesome.”
Yankees legends Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford were at Yankee Stadium for Old-Timers’ Day, as well first-time Old-Timers Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon who helped the Yankees win their most recent World Series in 2009. However, their offense was not able to perform in front of them live up to their Bronx Bombers nickname as seven different players did not get a single hit.
Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury each had a hit and a walk, and Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to improve his average to .314, but Derek Jeter grounded into a double play with runners on first and second with one out in the third and the Yankees as a whole were 0-5 with runners in scoring position. It is hard to win games when the offense has four hits and doesn’t come through at all with runners in scoring position.
After hitting very well during his first month in the big leagues, Yangervis Solarte now does not have a hit in his last 27 at-bats and his average is now all the way down to .263. He led the team in many statistical categories including average and RBIs until the beginning of June. It seems like the Yankees should call up Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton if he continues to play well.
Adam Warren, who has been a strength this season in the bullpen along with Dellin Betances and David Robertson, had his worst outing of the season as he allowed four runs in the eighth inning. His ERA skyrocketed from 2.04 to 2.88 after allowing two singles and an intentional walk, followed by a three-run double by J.J. Hardy and an RBI single by Manny Machado. David Huff allowed the Baltimore’s eighth run by allowing Caleb Joseph’s first career homer.
The Yankees, who will start a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday, will look to continue play well against the team that they are chasing. They have played three games in Toronto and three in the Bronx so far this season, and the Yankees have won five out of their first six games against the Blue Jays. Long Island’s Marcus Stroman will be pitching against the Yankees after allowing two runs, three walks and four hits in 3.2 innings in his start against the Yankees on June 17.
Chase Whitley will try for his fourth consecutive win. He only allowed two runs and five hits in his win over the Blue Jays on June 18. He has 26 strikeouts and has remarkably only four walks in the 38.2 innings that he has pitched so far. Whitley, who was a relief pitcher for most of his professional career, has been better than the Yankees could have hoped for.
Monday’s game at the Rogers Centre will start at 7:07 p.m.