The Yankees continue to swear that they are now coming out of their massive hitting decline every day. They continue to promise that they will return to win many games, as they have done in recent seasons with most of the same hitters.
We’re still waiting.
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Sure, it’s only April, but the losses – embarrassing losses with no sign of life – pile up as the offensive fights continue.
Perhaps the Yankees’ 4-1 defeat to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night on a cold night at Yankee Stadium was a bottom, for a race scored by two outs in the ninth, on five hits is about as low as it gets.
Or maybe not.
This was the 11th time in 17 games that the Yankees scored three or fewer runs. This was also the Yankees’ fifth game in a row, where they have managed five or fewer hits.
For a salary of $ 200 million, how pathetic is that?
“It’s definitely frustrating when you go through this,” said manager Aaron Boone. “Is it hard to be positive? Not at all. I know we go out there with heavy artillery every night. We just have to unlock it, and we do. ”
Here is more about the heavy artillery:
The Yankees ’59 runs this season are the fewest after 17 games since 1984, when they scored 54.
All of this adds a 6-11 record, the Yankees’ worst 17-game start since they had the same record in 1991 with Stump Merrill managing.
Making this loss harder to take was third baseman Gio Urshela – who beats .276, who is robust on this team – leaving the game after the seventh inning with density in the lower back, which probably explains why he ran to only after rolling into a 1-4-3 inning-inning double play to finish sixth with Atlanta up, 2-0.
As for shortstop Gleyber Torres, who runs to only after his seventh inning, controlled swing roll in front of the plate, it was inexplicable and probably entitled to an instant benching.
“Obviously it’s getting a little better,” Boone said.
This time, the Yankees were stymied by 22-year-old Braves righty Ian Anderson, who threw 6 2/3 pointless innings while allowing four hits, all singles and issuing four times.
The Yanks broke the shutout by two outs in the ninth on a bloop single by Clint Frazier, who hit .175 and picked up his first RBI of the season.
Yankees starter Corey Kluber (0-2) had an excellent night until he lost his command late in his 4 2/3-inning, two-run, four-run. The righteous hit the two-hit shutout ball the first four innings, then went three in the fifth before leaving with the bases loaded and the first run of the game on a sack flight by Ehire Adrianza.
Nick Nelson replaced Kluber and went Marcell Ozuna on four lanes to force in a race that made it 2-0.
The Braves made it 3-0 by scoring an undeserved run in the seventh on an Ozuna Fields pick-and-roll pitch where he needed to prevent the Yankees from flipping an inning-ending double play. Austin Riley remembered Yankees reliever Brooks Kriske for leading the ninth out to account for Atlanta’s last race.
– Urshela is listed day by day. “No test is scheduled,” Boone said. “I think (the coaches) feel that it’s going to be something that is day by day, I think it’s just locked in a bit probably in the cold before his last butcher. I think he probably could have continued on his own, but we’ll see how he feels after getting some treatment here, and I do not think it’s anything too serious. ”
– The Yankees chose Kriske for the alternative spot after the game. This frees up a list placement for pitcher Domingo German, who is called up and starts Thursday night in Cleveland.
The Yankees have lost six of their last seven and nine out of 12.
– Gary Sanchez was 0-for-3 with three strikes and one turn, leaving him 1-for-18 in his last six games.
LOOK FORWARD TO
Thursday: Yankees at Indians, 18:10, YES & MLB Network. RHP Domingo German (0-2, 9.00) vs. RHP Aaron Civale (3-0, 2.18).
Friday: Yankees at Indians, 19:10, WPIX. LHP Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.24) vs. RHP Logan Allen (1-2, 4.50).
Saturday: Yankees at Indians, 18:10, JA. RHP Gerrit Cole (2-1, 1.82) vs. RHP Shane Bieber (2-1, 2.45).
Sunday: Yankees at Indians, 13:10, YES & MLB Network. TBA vs. RHP Triston McKenzie (0-0, 3.55).
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