Jaime Garcia allowed two runs in 5.0 innings but the Yankees couldn't muster much offense as they lost to the Indians, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Game 1 of their doubleheader >> Box score
The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, benefiting from a passed ball by Gary Sanchez and getting an RBI single from Yandy Diaz.
Didi Gregorius' run-scoring double in the fifth inning drew the Yankees to within 2-1.
Chad Green was stellar out of the bullpen, facing eight batters and striking out seven.
Complain all you want about Gary Sanchez allowing another passed ball to allow a runner to cross the plate: this loss centers on the Yankees' continuing inability to be effective with runners in scoring position.
The Yanks do not generate productive outs and seldom get the big hit. Today, the Yankees left eight runners on base and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
It's a shame because the Yankees were fortunate to get five innings of two-run ball from Jaime Garcia considering his own issues with allowing base runners. Further, Chad Green was simply tremendous with seven strikeouts of the eight outs he recorded, which allowed the Yankees to stick in the game.
Unfortunately, the Yankees move to 15-23 in one-run games -- certainly the biggest bugaboo of the season for New York
Jordan Montgomery (7-6, 4.00 ERA) and the Yankees face Ryan Merritt (1-0, 1.76 ERA) and the Indians for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader.