Stop me if you've heard this story before. The Yankees scored a couple of early runs to take the lead, then shut down completely on offense while their pitching and defense slowly coughed the lead back up. The road trip is over, mercifully, at 2-7 after another 1-run loss to the Nationals last night.
The first run came in the first 2 batters of the 1st inning, as Brett Gardner led off with a single and Carlos Beltran doubled him home. A pair of productive outs brought Beltran around to make it 2-0 and the shutdown commenced. The Yankees only had a runner reach second base once in the next 8 innings. Life's tough for an offense when you're struh-gull-ing and you got no DH.
All in all it was another solid start for Adam Warren. He gave up a solo homer to Ian Desmond in the bottom of the 1st, then settled in to pitch into the 7th inning for a second straight start. It was the second home run to Tyler Moore in the 4th that really hurt him, and the Chase Headley error combined with the walks in the 7th that marred his line.
Not much else to say really. The Yankees are just good enough to get small leads and just bad enough to gag them away every night right now. Frustrating for sure. Let's hope a return home starts to change the vibe a little.
- Didi Gregorius was the only member of the lineup with multiple hits last night, so that tells you something right there.
- He picked up his second in the top of the 9th, but it was strange that Joe let Didi hit in that situation. 2 out, nobody on, down 1 run. You want somebody who can hit the ball over the fence there, somebody like Alex Rodriguez. Joe used him next with Didi on to try to grab the lead, but that wouldn't have happened without Didi's hit. Having A-Rod on the bench and not using him in a game like that is terrible, and Joe almost did that.
- Also curious that Slade Heathcott didn't play last night. I get that Beltran has been swinging better lately and Young has been solid, but what's the point in calling somebody up and then sitting them?
- Headley went 1-4 with 2 K and the error, his 9th of the year. Dude has been really bad.
- Final line on Warren: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. You don't like that BB number, but if you get 6+ of 3-run-or-less ball from your 5th starter you have to win that game. Have to.