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The losing streak is official. And in the frustrating fashion that has become this team's defining characteristic in the last month. Just an absolute, total, and complete no-show from the offense. They had their customary 1 inning of hits, that led to the customary 1 run, and then disappeared for the rest of the night. The good vibes from the Minnesota sweep are gone now that the boys have gone 3 straight games putting up just 1 run, and once again we're left to wonder how this team is going to hang around in the playoff race. It has to be a crummy feeling going out to start a game for the Yankees these days. You just know you aren't going to get run support and you basically have to throw a shutout to give them a fighting chance. CC Sabathia
didn't do that last night and he ended up the tough luck loser.
- As I mentioned, there was the typical inning of consecutive hits that only leads to 1 run and it was in the bottom of the 1st. 3 straight singles scored Brett Gardner
for the 1st run and things looked like they were off and running.
- And then Robbie Thomson got involved. On Zoilo Almonte
's 1-out groundball single to right he elected to hold up Ichiro rounding third. Ichiro. The guy whose entire game is built on speed. Maybe the throw would have beaten him, but you have to take the chance for another run there if your Thomson. No run scored, the inning stalled, and that was that for the Yankee scoring.
- CC looked really good through 5. He had 4 1-2-3 innings, 4 strikeouts, and had his sinker and changeup working to generate a lot of groundball outs. He was lined up to go the distance early.
- And then he started to tire a bit. He gave up leadoff home runs in the 6th and 7th innings to give KC the lead. Just a couple fastballs that missed and didn't get away with it because they were only going 90-91 MPH.
- The offense had 4 hits in the 1st inning. They had 2 for the rest of the game. I feel like Harry Doyle reading that. "That's all we got, TWO goddamn hits?!?" Sad but true.