Yankees drop rain shortened weekend series to the Red Sox

Hiroki+Kuroda

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.

NOTES

• 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.

Photo credit: (June 1, 2013 - Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America).

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6 Responses to Yankees drop rain shortened weekend series to the Red Sox

  1. Gene Michael says:

    Cashman better be on the phone looking to make some trades. Hughes & Jaba should be on the block, no question. They need offense very desparately and could use a catcher and a better SS because no one knows if Jeets will be back at all. If Tex & Youklis continue to struggle the lineup will suffer and the losses will continue to pile up. Please make a move now while you can get something for these players. PLEASE!

  2. Jim Kaufman says:

    I agree with making a move, especially with Hughes, who won't be here much longer. His age is going to increase his value, even though he is at best a 3. What can he bring back is the bigger question. I would almost be happy with high level minor league poistion players who will get playing time once the Yanks drop out of contention.

    Romine is not the long term answer at catcher and Sanchez is at least two years away at best, so a good Russell Martin type catcher would work. We have three first round picks in the draft in June, so packaging Hughes with a mid range minor league player and one of the three first rounders should ad significant value. Build build Build.

  3. Jim Kaufman says:

    I agree with making a move, especially with Hughes, who won't be here much longer. His age is going to increase his value, even though he is at best a 3. What can he bring back is the bigger question. I would almost be happy with high level minor league poistion players who will get playing time once the Yanks drop out of contention.

    Romine is not the long term answer at catcher and Sanchez is at least two years away at best, so a good Russell Martin type catcher would work. We have three first round picks in the draft in June, so packaging Hughes with a mid range minor league player and one of the three first rounders should ad significant value. Build build Build.

  4. Fred says:

    The Yankees better get it together soon, or this could be a VERY ugly month. There are only two series this month against teams with losing records, the Mariners and the Dodgers. And both of those teams have some excellent starting pitchers.

  5. Tanned Tom says:

    1)There should be no rush to trade Chamberlain, they won't get much back, and he still is good pitcher.
    2) Hughes on the other hand should be dealt. There are teams that need pitching, play in a pitcher's park, and have OFs that are only signed for this year. Seattle (for Morse?) and San Francisco (for Torres or Pagan or Blanco) come to mind. There should be no way they bring him back for 2014, he's pitching himself out of the rotation, so let's see if we can make something out of it.
    3) Keeping Overbay to use in RF is very borderline, every fly ball will be an adventure.
    4) The OF is a mess. Wells has totally stopped hitting, Suzuki hasn't started (and does look done at the plate), Boesch is marginal, and Granderson is injured. Using Overbay and trading for Morse would improve things a bit, but why not try Almonte? He's on the 40 man roster, so no juggling is required, and he's playing well in AAA. Or sending Adams down and using Mustelier as back up 3B and part time RF? The guy can hit, and looked okay at 3B in ST.