Michael Pineda gave up four home runs in five innings as the Yankees lost 8-1 to Tampa Bay Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv here
- Pineda allowed seven runs and 10 hits and struck out nine. He gave up five runs and two two-run homers in the first. One was to Steve Souza Jr., who hit a solo shot in the fifth.
- Rays starter Drew Smyly allowed one run (Alex Rodriguez's double in the fourth) and six hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.
- The Yankees missed an opportunity to sweep the three-game series after winning Friday and Saturday.
- Rodriguez left the game with left oblqiue stiffness while swinging in the cage between innings and will have an MRI to assess the injury.
I think it might finally be time to put aside the "Big Mike" moniker for Pineda. Not only does he seem to be lesser than a pitcher who deserves such praise, he fails to come up "big" in the types of situations in which the club needs it.
Sunday was one of those days in which the Yankees could have used a well-pitched performance from their starter. After two straight quality team efforts - including a walk-off winner Saturday - snagging a sweep to finish off the homestand would have been encouraging for the Yanks. Instead, Pineda put the team on its heels after the five-run first inning (ultimately allowing seven runs, including four homers) and an offense still trying to find a groove couldn't catch up.
News & Notes
- The Yankees held a moment of silence before the game for infield prospect Sandy Acevedo, 18, who was killed in a car carsh Saturday in the Dominican Republic. Acevedo had not played professionally.
- Outfielder Aaron Hicks (shoulder) remains day-to-day. He will accompany the team to Texas but isn't expected to return until the end of the week at the earliest.
The Yankees begin a road trip with a three-game series in Texas starting Monday at 8:05. Nathan Eovaldi (0-2, 6.11 ERA) will start for the Yankees. The Rangers have not announced their starter after Cole Hamels was scratched with a sore groin.