After completing a nine-game road trip, tonight was not the way the Yankees wanted to start off their seven-game homestand.
Vidal Nuno started for the Yankees Friday night, and struggled, giving up 4 runs on 3 homers to Oswaldo Arcia, Josh Willingham, and Trevor Plouffe over 6.2 innings of work. The Yankees’ offense didn’t do him any favors, recording only 1 run on 9 hits.
Overall, it was a game of missed opportunities for the Yankees. In the fifth, with Brett Gardner on second, Derek Jeter slapped a base hit into right field. Gardner was held up at third, and Jeter, assuming Gardner was going home, got caught in a run down between first and second. Gardner then tried to go home, but he too was caught in a run down, and tagged out, while Jeter advanced to third. Jacoby Ellsbury then promptly fouled out to third to end the inning.
In the sixth, with two outs, Brian Roberts on second, and Ichiro Suzuki on first, Yangervis Solarte lined a base hit into right field. Roberts attempting to score from second, was thrown out easily by Arcia, to kill the rally. The Yankees would never threaten again, as they recorded only two more hits from that point on, and fell by a score of 6-1.