Defense Implodes, Streak Ends at Three

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Alex Rodriguez connects for a solo homer, his 16th of the season, to put the Yankees on the board in the 6th inning at Yankee Stadium on July 5, 2015

Game 82 | 44-38, 1st : Outstanding pitching and defense wins championships when you have both, and when you have neither it’s hard to win a ballgame. This proved true today, as Ivan Nova wasn’t close to super and the infield defense imploded in the 8th inning to put the game beyond any puncher’s chance the Yankees may have had in their remaining at-bats.
Nova had a throwing error in the 5th, in the second inning Brett Gardner misplayed a liner over his head into a triple (but wasn’t charged with an E), Didi Gregorius misplayed a grounder that opened the floodgates in the fateful 8th inning, before Jose Pirela went one better by making a fielding and throwing error on one play. The Rays sent 9 men to the plate, scoring 4 runs to put their lead at 8-1. No magic or walkoffs in Bronx Bomber bones today.

“It cost us probably five or six runs today. It’s a much different game.” ‐ Joe Girardi on today’s sloppy defense  (h/t: Mike Zacchio/LoHud)

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Rays 8, Yankees 1

  • Alex Rodriguez   A-Rod got the Yankees on the board with a lead-off home run to left center in the 6th inning, his 16th of the season. It was the second New York hit of the game at that point.


  • NY vs 8 Games Over .500   A victory today would have put the Yankees 8 games over .500 for the third time this season. It’s been their high-water mark so far, achieving it on May 10th (20-12) and not again until June 20th (38-30). This seems to be when the club goes into a prolonged funk, flirts with falling to a .500 record, then puts together a fews wins to start the process again. Mind-numbing inconsistency. They’ll be facing tough pitchers in the upcoming three-game set versus the Oakland Athletics, including Sonny Gray and Scott Kasmir.
      
    Hopefully they turn the corner after the All-Star break with Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller back in the fold, and put together a run that will carry them through the Dogs Days, poised for a September post-season push.


Jeff Weaver Baseball CardMEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2002, as part of a 3-team trade the Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, Franklyn German and Carlos Pena to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees sent Jason Arnold (minors), John-Ford Griffin and Ted Lilly to the Athletics. The Detroit Tigers sent Jeff Weaver (pictured) to the Yankees. The Tigers also sent cash to the Athletics. The Athletics sent Jeremy Bonderman (August 22, 2002) to the Tigers to complete the trade. (h/t: Basedball-Reference.com)

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