Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pineda Great Again, But Bullpen Can't Back Him Up in Another Tough Loss to Astros

Michael Pineda gave up just 2 earned runs in 6+ innings and Stephen Drew hit his first home run with the team, but since the unreliable bullpen duo of David Huff and Esmil Rogers forgot how to pitch in the top of the seventh the Yankees lost to the very-beatable Astros tonight, 5-2, in another unbearable game in the Bronx.

For most of this one, as is usual, the Yanks competed comfortably, holding a 2-1 lead after six frames thanks to that home run by Drew and a bunt RBI Single from Jacoby Ellsbury. 

Nonetheless, once Pineda walked the lead-off hitter in Houston's half of the seventh the sky fell for the second day in a row, with Huff coming on and allowing a hit to bring in Rogers, who'd surrender four more before getting an out to make it 5-2 and eventually give Scott Feldman (6 2/3 IP, 2 ER) the W.

In other words, for some odd reason the Yanks' bullpen remained infective this evening, a happening that, while frustrating, is still mainly the offense's fault.

No, I don't expect the bats to score five times every contest, but I do think three is a reasonable number, one that this club doesn't seem to know how to reach whenever their starter throws well.

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Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)