New York Yankees Reaction: Late Rally Falls Short, Yanks Lose Fourth Straight

The New York Yankees’ offense continues to struggle as they drop the series to the Seattle Mariners and lose their fourth straight game. 

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  • New York Yankees: 2 (4-6)
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The New York Yankees‘ losing streak can be summed up with one simple word: depressing.

CC Sabathia pitched relatively well until his pitch count climbed on him resulting in an empty gas tank. He pitched 4.2 innings of three-run ball and surrendered seven hits while striking out five.

The Bombers are in a spiral that they need to get out of as they are now hitless in 24 at bats with runners in scoring position and are 3-for-46 with RISP in the last five games.

In this series alone, New York’s offense has left 26 runners on base.

Felix Hernandez pitched well in his five innings of work and only allowed one run despite walking six batters. Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Mariners to a 3-2 win.

 

Lone Star:

With the offense being as porous as it is, the only production seems to be coming from Carlos Beltran.

Along with providing the only two runs for the Yankees today, Beltran has a .529 batting average with a home run and three RBI in the past four games.

Filth:

Out of the 15 batters faced Dellin Betances has retired thus far in 2016, 12 of them have been recorded via strikeout.

He and his partner in crime, Andrew Miller, were called on in the eighth to hold the Mariners at three runs, and all six outs were recorded by strikeouts.

History: 

Sabathia recorded career strikeout number 2,582 in today’s ballgame, which surpassed Bob Feller for sole possession of 26th place on baseball’s all-time strikeout list.

Sabathia also became the 10th pitcher since the start of the 20th century to make 200+ starts with two different organizations.

Bone Head Play Of The Day: 

Sabathia was dominating the Mariners’ lineup until the fifth inning when Leonys Martin cranked a home run to left to knot the game up at one.

Later in the inning, however, Ketel Marte somehow scored from first base on a single after a hesitation by Jacoby Ellsbury allowed him to speed home.

If Ellsbury wasn’t caught napping, we could still be in a 2-2 game right now.

A-Dud:

After sitting yesterday for “rest” purposes, Alex Rodriguez returned to action today and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

His season batting average has now dipped to .100 and the slugger only has one home run on the year.

It’s not the time to panic just yet, but it’s not crazy to wonder when the 40-year old will break out of this catastrophic slump.

What’s Next:

The Yankees will try to avoid the three-game sweep tomorrow afternoon. Two Japanese natives will square off on Sunday in what should be an entertaining pitching match-up.

Masahiro Tanaka has yet to make it beyond five innings pitched, but his time has been effective as he owns a 3.38 ERA in 2016. In his career against the Mariners, Tanaka is 3-0 with a 10.6 K/9 ratio in three starts.

Hisashi Iwakuma has yet to have a win in 2016 (0-1, 4.09 ERA), but he owns a 3.30 ERA in five starts against New York.

First pitch will be at 1:05 PM ET and full coverage will be on YES Network starting at noon.

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