The pathetic Yankee offense has gone from just plain bad to "so bad it's funny" to "no seriously, this is just bad!" in the span of about 6 weeks. They've almost jumped the shark at this point. Not scoring with the bases loaded, almost getting no-hit every other week, and running themselves out of potential scoring chances every few days. You couldn't script stuff this bad. It's for that reason that I have to start this recap off in a snarky fashion and point out the incredible offensive explosion that was their 3-run night last night. In typical Yankee fashion, it was just barely enough to win.
In all fairness, it probably should have been at least a 4 or 5-run night. In the top of the 6th, a Derek Jeter single and a pair of walks to Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira loaded the bases with nobody out. Brett Gardner came up to face Tampa starter Alex Cobb for the third time, and he hammered a 3-0 fastball to deep right field. It looked like it was going to be good for a 2-run double minimum and maybe even a grand slam, but Wil Myers made a great leaping catch at the top of the wall to rob Gardner of anything and turn the play into a simple sac fly.
That play did score the go-ahead run though, and Yankee starter Brandon McCarthy made that stand up over 7 innings of real good work. He hung a fastball to Evan Longoria that Longoria crushed for a solo homer in the 4th and gave up a triple to David DeJesus that turned into a run in the 6th. Other than that he was money. McCarthy recorded 12 groundball outs, including 6 straight from the 3rd to the 5th, and struck out the side on 9 pitches in his final inning. The Gardner sac fly and the 2 earlier runs he got on a pair of RBI doubles in the 5th ended up being enough. Re-sign him now.
Joe having his top 2 bullpen guys available helped make 3 runs enough too. Dellin Betances struck out 2 to work around a leadoff walk in a scoreless 8th, and David Robertson did the same to avoid trouble with a 2-out single for his 37th save in the 9th.
- The 2 doubles in the 5th were off the bats of Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan. Those were half of the total team hits on the night. See? Jumped the shark. Score 3 runs, hahahahaha, only got 4 hits, oooohhhhh.
- Strange that Joe hooked McCarthy after only 91 pitches and a perfect inning in the 7th. Must have really wanted to get Betances and D-Rob the work.
- Mark Teixeira was back in the lineup and went 0-3 with a strikeout and a walk. Good to see the old AB4AR Jinx is alive and well! And glad to know that it worked out for something favorable for once.
- Jeter's hit in in the 6th ended his 0-fer at 0-28. His season line is down to .249/.298/.297.
- McCarthy's line as a Yankee: 13 G, 85.0 IP, 2.54/2.95/2.93, 21.6% K/3.8% BB, 49.2% GB, 2.1 fWAR. What a great pickup. Arguably the best trade deadline move of the year.