The rain kept the Yankees from even having a chance to mount a late comeback against the Red Sox on Sunday giving the boys from Boston the weekend series two games to three in the Bronx as the Yankees continued their recent slide.
The Yankees have now lost seven of their last eight and nine of their last 12 as they have fallen from first place in the AL East to tie with the Rays for third place in the division.
FRIDAY (4-1 win)
The weekend couldn’t have started off much better. After a forgettable Subway Series sweep at the hands of the Mets, the Yankees got both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back from injuries. Bigger still, they got a commanding performance from ace CC Sabathia who struck out 10 in 7.1 innings of one-run ball.
The Yankees offense wasn’t overwhelming, but they did manage four runs off Jon Lester including a RBI single in the fifth inning off the bat of Youkilis. Teixeira went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game back.
SATURDAY (11-1 loss)
Saturday night’s game was a bit of a nightmare. It started with Phil Hughes, who had his K-ball working, but he was tattooed for five runs in 4.1 innings including a grand slam off the bat of Mike Napoli in the top of the third that made it 5-0. Preston Claiborne had another good outing, but Adam Warren entered in the seventh and had his worst outing of the season: three innings and six runs on a pair of homers.
The offense never had a chance to comeback. Felix Doubront held them to just one run over six innings and the bullpen was perfect over three innings for the Sox. Jayson Nix, 1-for-3 with a walk, and David Adams, 2-for-4, were the only players to reach base twice. Nobody else did much of anything and Chris Stewart left the game with dehydration.
SUNDAY (3-0 loss, 6 innings)
The rain messed with the Yankees Sunday night with a 45-minute delay to start the game with a 37-minute delay mixed in there. Hiroki Kuroda started and was off as he allowed three runs on eight hits in just 5.1 innings. The rain eventually knocked him out of the game in the sixth.
It probably wouldn’t have mattered at that point though because Clay Buchholz was cruising. He held the Yankees to just two singles and a walk over the first five innings and it appeared that a 3-0 lead would be more than enough the way he pitched. Only Ichiro Suzuki and Austin Romine had any hits at all. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-13 with a walk.
• The Yankees offense is in a deep funk right now. I’m not even getting into the Mets series because they hit just .200/.282/.213 combined against the Red Sox. Ichiro was their best hitter going 4-for-9. In three games nobody else had as many as three hits.
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