Well, the Yankees certainly seemed to be on a run shortage this weekend. After being shut out yesterday, they almost were again today against the Indians. Hiroki Kuroda took the start in today’s rubber match, throwing 97 pitches in just 4.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs, and 4 walks, and striking out 3 batters. An RBI single in the 1st gave the Indians an early lead, and a sacrifice fly in the 3rd added another. But the one that really stung was the bases-loaded walked-in run in the 5th that forced the Yankees to turn to their bullpen early. Kuroda just didn’t have the stuff today.
David Huff came on to finish the 5th inning, getting out of the bases-loaded jam Kuroda left him. Huff pitched through the 6th and into the 7th, where he found himself in his own bit of trouble. With 2 outs and runners on the corners (and Huff responsible for them being there), Kelley allowed a single that added yet another run to score for the Indians. But Kelley finished the inning. In his MLB debut, Bryan Mitchell grabbed the last 2 innings and kept Cleveland from adding any further runs to their total.
In the very last possible spot, the bottom of the 9th inning and 2 outs, Jacoby Ellsbury hits a solo home run into the right field seats to at least put one run on the board for the Yankees. No other runs would score, and the Yankees would lose this game 4-1 and the series 2-1 to the Indians.
The Yankees are on their way to visit division rivals Baltimore for the first part of this week before heading down to Florida for a weekend series at the Trop. It’s getting to be that time of year now when division rivals become more predominant in the schedule, something that can either be very good or very bad for the statistics side of things. So, we have about 6 weeks to see how things will land for October. My fingers are still crossed. Are yours?