Game 12 Quick Recap: OAK 3 NYY 2 (11 Innings)

Gardner vs OAK 16 I'm giving this game the quick treatment because it doesn't really need or deserve any in-depth commentary.  We've seen this game time and time again over the last few years.  Blown leads, blown chances, and an offense that completely disappears from the face of the earth and leaves the bullpen hanging in the late innings.  The Yankees stink right now.  That is a fact.

They jumped out to an early lead in the 1st on a 2-out rally started by a Carlos Beltran double and completed by an Alex Rodriguez RBI base hit.  Of course Michael Pineda gave that right back in the top of the 2nd on a trio of singles.  Two of them were ground balls against the shift, which is not Big Mike's fault, but you can't be getting behind 3-0 to a guy and forced to throw a meatball strike in that situation.

The Yanks regained the lead in the 5th when Brett Gardner walked, moved to third base on Starlin Castro's double, and scored on a Beltran sac fly. Aaaaand then Pineda gave that lead right back by giving up a leadoff triple to Danny Valencia in the 6th and watching him score on a GB single.  Gardner gave a heck of an effort but that ball was falling in for a triple regardless.  That's on Mike.

After that the offense went in the toilet.  They wasted 2 baserunners in the bottom of the 6th and went down in order in the 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th.  Chase Headley singled to start a rally in the bottom of the 9th, but pinch hitter Jacoby Ellsbury was thrown out trying to steal to snuff it out.  The bullpen hosses did all they could to extend the game, but Johnny Barbato got touched up for a couple hits in his second inning of work in the top of the 11th and the deal was sealed.

Game Notes:

- That's 5 losses in 6 games and 16 runs scored in their last 7 games.  16 in 7, yikes.

- Ellsbury stinks right now.  He stinks.  I've been defending the guy for a long time, a lot longer than most in the blog or MSM game, but he's off to a terrible start.  He can't hit, he can't field, he can't run.  He brings nothing to the table to help his team win right now.  Nothing.

- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K for Pineda, which is not bad at all.  But 5 of the 7 hits came in the 2 shutdown innings Pineda had to pitch and that's a problem.  Some of it was bad luck but some of it wasn't.  I don't want to be overly negative, so I'll call it his best start of the year and move on.

- Aaron Hicks took an 0-5 starting for Ellsbury to drop himself down to .059/.110/.059 in 18 PA.

- Deldrew Millances actually gave up 2 hits and only struck out 3 in their 2 combined innings.  What gives, guys??