The recent struggles for Yankees 1B Greg Bird culminated on Thursday afternoon as he had an opportunity to rescue a win for the Yankees in the 9th inning.
At the plate with the bases loaded and no outs with the Yankees trailing 3-1, Bird was unable to come through with a hit. He wasn't even able to make a productive out, instead popping out to third base. His teammates behind him each struck out as the team stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th.
Bird has just five hits over his last 46 at-bats (.109) and received boos from Yankee Stadium after his latest out.
"Just baseball," Bird said after the game. "Sometimes it's not there and you've got to compete and be a hitter and that's what I'm trying to do. Obviously that would have been a nice spot to keep the line kind of moving, but it happens. I'll be the first one to tell you I wanted to get it done."
Manager Aaron Boone has noticed Bird isn't getting much explosion off the bat.
"He's a little bit where he was when he first came back, struggling to impact the ball when he's getting pitches and just lacking a little bit of that explosion we saw there for a few weeks … before the All-Star break," Boone said. "Right now, there's just not that explosion through the zone."
Boone added he doesn't think the problem is an injury.
Bird and the Yankees welcome the Blue Jays to the Bronx for a three-game set this weekend.