After an 18 hit explosion yesterday, the Yankee offense couldn’t plate one run as the Cleveland Indians salvaged the final game of this four-game set, 1-0. AJ Burnett started and gave us 7.2 innings of five-hit, one run ball, but it wasn’t enough. The Yankee offense only mustered five hits off starter Carlos Carrasco and the Tribe bullpen. Derek Jeter left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a Grade I strained hamstring. He is day-to-day, so don’t expect him to break 3,000 hits during this home stand. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 36-28 and may add another casualty to their laundry list of players on the DL.

The fans appreciate Good AJ

Recap

There’s not a lot to say after this one. The Yankees wasted opportunities early on and couldn’t seem to get anything going late. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the first, A-Rod hit a towering fly ball to center. I thought that Jeter would test Sizemore, but he held off. At the time, he made the right call, not wanting to run the Yankees out of an inning. Classic case of second guessing as Robbie Cano struck out and Nick Swisher grounded out to end the inning. The Indians plated their only run as Asdrubal Cabrera singled in Michael Brantley after he tripled to lead off the fourth.

We gotta give AJ his due, too. He struck out eight and only walked one through 7.2. He only gave up one big hit and tonight, that cost his team the game. Nine out of ten times, Burnett is going to at least get a no-decision when he pitches this well. This was the old case of a hard luck loser.

As for Jeter, let’s just keep our fingers crossed here. He did register his 2,994th career knock tonight, moving him only six away from 3,000. However, any sort of calf injury can be problematic. A-Rod went on the DL last year when he tried to play through it. The Yankees will be smart with this injury and sit him down for a day or two.

Key Stats

2,994: An obvious one.

What’s Next?

The Rangers come to town for three more games. The Yankees are currently 3-4 on their 10-game home stand.

Tuesday, 7:05 PM: Alexi Ogando (7-0, 2.10 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (7-4, 3.15 ERA)