It was Bernie Williams Day at the Stadium and the Dynasty-Era stars were out in full force. All the biggies – Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and David Cone – came out to see their former teammate have his No. 51 retired. Those were the good old days.
Welcome to now.
The Yankees are hurtling down and can’t find the rip cord for the parachute. Texas handed the Bombers their sixth straight loss – and tenth in 11 games – on Sunday night with a 5-2 decision before 45,681that completed a three-game sweep. This is the Yankees’ first six-game losing season in a season since 2011 and leaves them at .500 less than two weeks after hitting their high-water mark of 21-12 on May 11.
Texas hadn’t swept the Yankees in New York since the 2003 season. And you thought you weren’t going to read how the Rangers won Sunday night.
Once again the Yanks had neither enough pitching nor enough hitting and they committed an error that contributed to a run. Starter Chris Capuano couldn’t get out of the fifth inning, the lineup managed just six hits and Jose Pirela had an error in the first inning to allow Shin-Soo Choo to reach base before he scored the Rangers’ first run.
So essentially they keep hitting the same notes on their way down.
Capuano was making his second start since returning from a quad strain to replace Chase Whitley in the rotation slot once held by injured ace Masahiro Tanaka. Thus far all he’s done is place demands on the Bomber bullpen. After going three innings in his first go, the southpaw went 4.1 innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out four. He also surrendered a 2-1 lead in the second inning when he gave up a two-run homer to Adam Rosales.
Reliever Justin Wilson did not help by giving the Rangers some breathing room by allowing a pair of runs in the seventh.
The sum and total of the Yankees offense was a two-run single by Brian McCann in the first inning. They got two more men into scoring position during the final eight frames and were 0-for-5 when they got there.
The themes of the first two games and the losing streak as a whole were right there from the start as he series finale in the opening frame as second baseman Jose Pirela’s let Choo’s grounder get past him and roll into the outfield. Prince fielder followed by drilling a 1-1 pitch from Capuano into center for a double that made the score 1-0.
That’s where it first looked like maybe the Yankees would take a different route in this one. They struck back for a pair of runs and the lead in the bottom of the first. And it could have been more if not for a great throw by Texas center fielder Leonys Martin.
Brett Gardner led off by reaching on an error by shortstop Elvis Andrus. Chase Headley singled into center and Gardner tried to go from first to third. Martin came up throwing and threw a strike to third baseman Adrian Beltre to cut Gardner down. Alex Rodriguez singled and then, with two out, Brian McCann singled to plate both Headley and A-Rod.
It didn’t last. In the top of the second the Rangers scored two with two out to regain the upper hand. Adam Rosales followed Robinson Chirinos’ with a two-run homer to left field off Capuano. It hit the top of the wall and skipped into the stands for a 3-2 lead.
The runs off Wilson came on the first three batters in the seventh. Delino DeShields tripled over centerfielder Chris Young’s head. Choo plated him with a double to the gap in right center. Fielder singled off the top of the wall in right – a laser shot – to score Choo and end Wilson’s outing. The only out that he ‘recorded’ was when the runner he inherited in the sixth got thrown out stealing.
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