Yankees end 5 game losing streak, avoid sweep

mariano-riveraThe Yankees barely managed to avoid back-to-back sweeps over the weekend as they held on to beat the Angels 6-5 on Sunday, but ran their losing streak up to five games before that as they lost on Friday and Saturday nights.

To make things worse, much worse, the Yankees had to remove Mark Teixeira from the game on Saturday as he suffered a setback to his wrist injury. MRI’s only showed inflammation, he didn’t re-tear it, but this is a serious setback that could keep him out for some time. They won’t officially put him on the DL until they can re-evaluate it this week.

Some other roster moves: After Thursday’s 18-inning game, the Yankees put Kevin Youkilis on the DL and demoted Adam Warren. In their place they called up RHP Chris Bootcheck and OF Thomas Neal. Neal played in two games and went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. Bootcheck played in one game and gave up two hits and two walks with just one strikeout in one inning.

FRIDAY (5-2 loss)

The Yankees sent Andy Pettitte up to face C.J. Wilson on Friday and things didn’t work out so well as the Angels kept chipping away at Andy while the offense was absent as usual.

Pettitte wasn’t horrible, but he certainly wasn’t on top of his game as he gave up four runs on 11 hits. He allowed one run in each of the first, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings. It was just constant base runners all game.

It did seem like, at least early on, that they had a chance in this one, but if they don’t hit they aren’t going to win and nobody hit. Well, there were six hits, but all singles and not one player had a multi-hit game. The only runs were scored on a David Adams two-RBI single in the fourth that briefly made it 2-1.

SATURDAY (6-2 loss)

Saturday was similar to Friday’s game in that David Phelps started, it wasn’t his worst game ever, but the Angels kept chipping away and scored runs. They scored in each the second, third, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.

Maybe if the offense had been capable of any real sustained pressure they could have taken away some of the Angels momentum. The Yankees got just five hits, but they did have one player, Ichiro Suzuki, with two hits and both Ichiro and Brett Gardner had extra-base hits. Still, all the Yankees managed were two runs in the third on Gardner’s triple and a RBI-single by Jayson Nix.

The Yankees lifted Mark Teixeira in the fourth inning of this game because, Joe Girardi said, he wasn’t getting the typical whip action in his swing. Not a big surprise as Teixeira was hitting just .151/.270/.340 in 15 games since coming off the DL. Hitting coach Kevin Long would say after the game that he never felt that Teixeira was healthy. More on that in a separate post.

SUNDAY (6-5 win)

Sundays game was like a throwback to April, for a while anyway. The Yankees broke out with a five run third inning as Travis Hafner hit a three-run homer and then Lyle Overbay drove in Vernon Wells on a double. Jayson Nix even topped it off with another RBI hit.

After that things were looking good. CC Sabathia had started and it looked like he was on his way to a complete game shutout until the ninth inning.

Things got ugly quickly from there. CC was chased after a double and a walk to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. David Robertson came in and gave up a RBI-single, struck out a batter and walked another one. Then Mariano Rivera came in. He gave up a RBI on an out, gave up three consecutive singles then a walk before he finally struck out Pujols to end the game with the lead still intact.

NOTES

• Some good news: Robinson Cano is heating up again. Over the last six games he has hit .333/.448/.625. The Yankees are going to need that to last the next three or four months though because he’s basically the extent of the offense this year.

• The Yankees have seven players (7!) with at least 20 at bats in June that are hitting below .200: Lyle Overbay, Mark Teixeira, David Adams, Kevin Youkilis, Reid Brignac, Travis Hafner, and Vernon Wells.

• The Yankees rotation, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia, and Phil Hughes, are all somewhat struggling in June. Kuroda leads them all with a 4.12 ERA with CC Sabathia trailing with a 4.70 ERA.

Photo credit: (June 15, 2013 - Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America).

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