This home weekend series against the sub-.500 Texas Rangers should have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the scuffling Yankees. Instead it turned into another multi-faceted display of their current baseball ineptitude and a waste of some surprising offensive breakouts. Michael Pineda got the start and once again he looked far from his best. He wasn't locating his fastball and his slider had very little bite to it. The 3rd inning was a complete disaster for Pineda, as he started it off allowing a single and a walk, escalated it with a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt and a follow-up fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and let things get out of hand by giving up a 3-run home run to Prince Fielder and a solo shot to Mitch Moreland. When all was said and done, the Rangers put a touchdown and an extra point on the scoreboard to take a commanding 7-0 lead. On the bright side, Pineda didn't allow any more runs and made it through 6 innings, but the damage was plenty done.
The Yankees got a big chunk of the deficit back in the bottom of the 4th, first with a pair of doubles by Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann and then with a big 3-run homer by Gregorius. It was his first of the year and it somewhat atoned for his earlier error. The Yanks tacked on another in the 7th on an A-Rod base hit and 3 in the 8th on a pinch hit 3-run dinger by Garrett Jones, his first of the year. That should have been enough to complete the comeback, but the crack middle relief crew gave up 3 runs in those innings to keep Texas out front.. A 9th inning rally that started with a Mark Teixeira solo homer fell short and the Yankees had their 8th loss in 9 games.
- Every player in the starting lineup had at least 1 hit, they got 2 3-run home runs, and they still lost. Sheesh.
- Alex Rodriguez's ribbie single in the 7th tied him with Babe Ruth on the all-time RBI list with 1,992. That list doesn't count Ruth's pre-1920 RBI, so acknowledge it as official as you see fit.
- Nice first MLB start for Slade Heathcott, who got the start in center field and batted 9th. He went 2-3 with a hustle double, a run scored, and a good defensive play in center.
- Chase Shreve and David Carpenter were responsible for the run-scoring shenanigans in the 7th and 8th. Carpenter really sucks right now. So, so bad. There's zero reason for him to be in that bullpen right now. If only the Yankees had some young arms in SWB that could help...