RELIVE the 1996 Yankees season | Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees dropped their series opener in Boston by a score of 8-6 tonight.
Rookie pitcher Ramiro Mendoza, who hadn’t started in the two weeks leading up to today’s game thanks in part to the all-star break, gave up five runs on six hits over two innings. His ERA through nine starts this season now stands at 8.05.
“His location wasn’t good,” Torre said. “Against this ball club, if your location isn’t good, you’re going to get nailed, and he did.” – via NY Times.
Mendoza responded in the bottom half of the first by balking in a run, setting the tone for his night. In the second inning, he allowed a double to Reggie Jefferson, a walk to Mike Stanley and then a Troy O’Leary RBI double. After recording an out, Jeff Frye drove in two with a double of his own, and then scored on Jose Valentin‘s single to right-center.
All of a sudden, the Yankees were down 5-3 and Mendoza’s night was over. Torre said that Mendoza is still pencilled in as the fifth starter, but that they’re still hoping to find other options if need be. “We’re still looking for someone in that five hole and hopefully it will happen.” – via NY Times.
Martinez and Duncan each drove in a run to tie the game in the top of the third, but Boston reclaimed the lead in the bottom half on Jefferson’s solo homer off Mark Hutton. The Yankees were able to get to Wakefield, as he allowed six runs on 13 hits over five innings, but a combination of relief pitchers Vaughn Eshelman, Joe Hudson, Mike Stanton and Heathcliff Slocumb held the Yankees to just one hit over four innings.
“We’re human beings,” Duncan said. “That’s what I said to the guys when the game was over. We lost one game. We haven’t lost the series.” – via NY Times.