By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
August 10th, 2014
Cleveland Indians vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Indians 4 Yankees 1
The New York Yankees suffered a difficult series loss at home to the Cleveland Indians, by losing the rubber-game of the series on Sunday, as the offense once again was nowhere to be found. The loss moves the Yankees to 61-56 on the season, and they are now six games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.
Yankees' starter, Hiroki Kuroda did not look very good at all on Sunday, and with all the rotation issues, that is not a good sign for New York. Kuroda went just 4.2 innings, while allowing three runs on five hits, and three walks. In the first inning, it would be Michael Brantley who knocked in the first run of the game with a RBI single. For the Indians second run of the game, it would be Brantley once again driving in a run, this time on a sac-fly. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, a walk to Yan Gomes would end Kuroda’s day.
Joe Girardi turned to David Huff next to eat some innings, which Huff did, but in the seventh inning he ran into trouble and was pulled for Shawn Kelley, who gave up a RBI single to Gomes for the Indians fourth and final run of the game.
Cleveland got a much better performance from their starter, Carlos Carrasco than the Yankees got from Kuroda. Carrasco went just five innings and threw 77 pitches, but didn’t allow any runs in his first start since April.
It was the MLB debut for Bryan Mitchell on Sunday, as the young pitcher looked pretty good in his first appearance out of the bullpen. He pitched two scoreless innings and struck-out two batters.
On offense the Yankees were one out away from being shutout for the second straight game, but Jacoby Ellsbury was able to hit a solo-homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Indians closer Cody Allen. For Ellsbury, it was his 10th homerun of the season, but not nearly enough for the struggling Yankees offense.
Next up for the Yankees will be a big series in Baltimore against the Orioles starting on Monday with Chris Capuano (1-2, 3.91) facing Bud Norris (9-7, 3.68)