Well, the Yankees lost the rubber game 5-3 to the Indians. It was the Bombers first series loss since being swept by the Boston Red Sox back on June 9th. With the Red Sox winning again, they are now just a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East Standings.
Returning to the Bronx to host the Tampa Bay Rays for a four game set does not allow for much breathing room. Losing three of their last four is discouraging because the Yankees were so close to breaking away in the division, but now heading into the All-Star break in second place could be their reality.
Leading into Wednesday’s game, everyone was well aware that pitcher Phil Hughes was on the hill for the first time after spending three months on the DL with a dead arm.
After throwing 32 pitches and allowing two runs to score in the first inning, Hughes settled down and kept the Yankees in the game by holding the Tribe scoreless for the next four innings.
It was far from pretty, as Hughes loaded the bases in the fifth but finished the inning without a run scoring after throwing a total of 87 pitches. He exited with a score of 0-2 on the board.
To be fair, Hughes got zero help from the Yankee bats, but that was not shocking with the way Tribe starter Justin Masterson was pitching.
Masterson pitched eight scoreless innings and everyone watching was drooling over this kid, except Red Sox’s GM Theo Epstein. Epstein had to be crying, as Masterson was part of the Victor Martinez trade that is looking less and less as good an idea.
Overall, Hughes didn’t tank but he needs to be better in his next start. Hughes needs to stop looking at the radar gun and worry about locating his fastball and not how fast he is throwing it. I did like that he threw his slider and change-up because it makes him more effective in getting batters out.
Nevertheless, the Yankee bats went to work in the ninth putting three runs on the board.
Regrettably, that just wasn’t enough for pitcher Sergio Mitre who was in his usual form. It was Mitre’s second appearance since the Yankees picked him up, again.
Mitre took the ball with two outs in the seventh inning and came back out in the eighth to once again dig the team into a bigger hole.
After loading the bases with one out, Mitre walked Carlos Santana making it 4-0 and followed that by giving up a sack fly to allow the Tribe to score again.
It was déjà vu all over again, as Mitre once again could not hold the opponent scoreless.
Before the season started, Yankee fans were ecstatic when Mitre got traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Just the thought of never having to see him pitch in pinstripes again was such a sigh of relief even if GM Brain Cashman had to pay another team to make sure Mitre was out of the Bronx for good.
It wasn’t long before the Brewers gave Mitre his walking papers, but can you blame them?
Out of the 22 games Mitre appeared in, 15 resulted in a loss. He allowed 12 earned runs, 30 hits, three homers, 10 walks and 14 strikeouts over the 33 innings he pitched in Milwaukee.
This apparently was good enough for Girardi, who was elated announcing Mitre’s return last week.
Mitre’s return is the equal to wasting a roster spot, as in the game against the Mets last week Mitre almost blew the 5-0 lead in the ninth by allowing two runs to score and a call to the bullpen to get Mo ready.
Girardi seems to believe that Mitre was a big help to the Yankees before, but all I remember was a lot of leads lost and a lot of time spent on the DL.
My hope is that Mitre’s performance in Cleveland will be enough for Cashman to send him down or out, I don’t care just not in the bullpen.
Fact is that the two runs Mitre gave up were due to sloppy pitching, which did cost the Yankees the game. It made the three runs tacked on in the ninth a worthless effort, when instead the game could have gone into extra innings.
Where was David Robertson, as he was available as far as I knew?
God bless, but I would put Nick Swisher on the bump any day over Mitre.
It makes me wonder what the heck is in Girardi’s annoying and trusty binder.
My suggestion is that someone might want to slip in the stat showing that over eight seasons, when Mitre appears in a game and his team is winning, batters have a .314 average against him.
The Yankee brass has to step in here because Girardi is obviously senseless on Mitre. Clearly, he is not seeing the situation rationally because if he were Mitre wouldn’t be back here ever again. Also, the general consensus I got from Yankee fans was that Girardi and Mitre’s already weird relationship had now officially moved to creepy status.
This situation is at a point where Girardi is acting irresponsibly and selfishly. He is the manager, and it is time to act like it, which entails Mitre going bye-bye.
- Jeter three from 3,000; Indians spoil Hughes’ return (cbssports.com)
- Back In The Bronx: Yankees Reacquire Sergio Mitre From Brewers (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Phil Hughes On Return To Yankees’ Rotation: ‘My Stuff Is There’ (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: Oh No Yankees Bring Back Sergio Mitre (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- New York Yankees: Do You Want The Truth About Pitcher Phil Hughes (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: K-Rod Moving From Queens To The Bronx (ladylovespinstripes.com)