RISP fail


As has been the case recently, the Yanks failed to hit with runners in scoring position and fell to the Red Sox, 5-4. They were 1-for-7 with RISP and stranded eight runners. The team has now lost three in a row and seven of their last 10 to find themselves two games behind the Rays for first place in the division.

Instead of writing a game recap that nobody wants to read, here are some facts from the game:

  • Jeter went 1-for-5 and passed Sam Crawford for sole possession of 29th place on the all-time hits list with his 2,964th hit. For you non-math majors out there, he’s 36 hits away from 3,000.
  • After recording only three extra-base hits in his last 20 games, Swish Dog has now doubled on back-to-back nights. Also, apparently some people in the bleachers were booing him and he turned around and grabbed his crotch twice. No confirmation on that, but if true it’s kind of interesting with how they’ve embraced him.
  • Colon threw two pitches at 95 mph and one at 96 mph in his final full inning (sixth). According to Eck on the NESN broadcast, nobody has stolen a base off Colon in 153 innings coming into the game. Nobody did tonight, so the streak continues.
  • When Posada scored on Martin’s home run in the fifth, it tied the catcher-turned-DH with Phil Rizzuto for 17th place on the franchise’s runs scored list (878).
  • Speaking of Martin’s homer, it was his first long ball since his two-homer game in Baltimore on April 23 — 46 at-bats. It was also just his third extra-base hit since then too.
  • Phil Hughes started his throwing program today with 30 throws from 50 feet. It was his first time throwing since April 25 and, according to Girardi, it “went fine” and “he’ll probably have something every day [so] it’ll continue to progress.”
  • Buddy Carlyle was sent down to Triple-A today and Hector Noesi was called up.

It was an ugly game that the Yanks probably should have won. Colon pitched well but the offense couldn’t touch the laptop thief. I don’t blame Joba for blowing it in the seventh; sure, he’s partially to blame but *Cano really should have turned that double play. They rallied off Papelbon in the ninth but it was all for naught. The offense needs to get going or it’s going to be a long season.

*Robbie hasn’t looked right the past few games.

Oh well, the Yanks will be back at it tomorrow when CC takes on Beckett at 7:05 in the middle game of this set. The tilt is really kind of a cocktease because you’d think that a 7:05 start on Saturday wouldn’t be a FOX game, but lo and behold we’re stuck with Buck and McCarver.