Another day another lost lead. Tonight’s culprit was the long ball, as the Yankees gave up homers to Eric Young Jr., Chris Young, Curtis Granderson, and Travis D'arnaud. TDA and Granderson homered off of Kuroda, and both were hit to the short porch in right. Alfredo Aceves allowed the one to Eric Young Jr., and Claiborne gave up the final blast to Chris Young.
The only Yankee to hit a homer was Brett Gardner, who hit a grand-slam in the second inning. The homer came off of Bartolo Colon, and was his second of the year. Gardner has been working on his swing the past few days, and it seems to be resulting in a bit more power. The homer gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
Like Yesterday’s game against the Brewers the Yankee just sat by, as the Mets came back into this game. The second Mets run came in the 5th, as TDA hit a solo shot to right. It was TDA’s third hr of the year, and it made it a 4-2 game.
The Mets would tie the game at 4 the very next inning. Kuroda allowed David Wright to get a leadoff single, and then fell 3-0 on Granderson. Kuroda tried to throw a fastball down the middle for an easy strike, but Granderson had the green-light and hit a two-run homer. That made the game 4-4. It was odd pitch to make, as you should know Granderson is going for a homer on that count.
With the lead lost the Yankees offense came back to life. Alfonso Soriano hit a one-out ground-rule double, Solarte hit a RBI single, Kelly Johnson hit a triple, Brian Roberts hit a fielder’s choice. Now with two outs and a runner on first, Gardner hit a single, moving Roberts to third. Gardner proceeded to steal second base, and errant throw by TDA allowed Roberts to score. The lead became 7-4.
With Shawn Kelley out with a balky back, and Adam Warren and Dellin Betances being overworked, the team relied on Alfredo Aceves in the 7th. He proceeded to walk TDA, and give up a homer to Eric Young Jr.
That made the lead 7-6. The Mets would finish their comeback in the 8th as Thornton allowed a double (that could have been an error) to Eric Campbell, and a bloop RBI single to Lucas Duda. Preston Claiborne than allowed a two run homer to Chris Young. Thus the score would become 9-7.
The Yankees looked like they were going to rally in the 9th, but came up short. Jeter began with a leadoff walk, Ellsbury got an out, Teix hit a liner to RF, and Mccann hit a sharp groundball to first that was turned into a double play.
Even worse than the loss was the fact that Beltran asked to be removed from the game with an elbow injury, and Kelly won’t be ready for another couple of games. Lastly, Ichiro Suzuki is also banged up and is day-to-day.
The Yankees clearly need reinforcements. Chase Whitley will help, but they will need some bullpen help soon. Of course the team could just use Robertson for multiple innings, as his talents are really being wasted right now.