Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira finished 0-for-6 with five strikeouts in Saturday’s extra-innings loss to the Blue Jays. It was his second career five-strikeout game and he’s now batting a lousy .215 with an even lousier .370 slugging percentage through 219 at-bats.
But, in case anyone was wondering, Yanks manager Joe Girardi is not considering making any changes to the lineup or cutting into Tex’s playing time. In fact, he backed his first baseman several different times in a postgame chat this afternoon with Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:
“It’s going to click. It is going to click. When it does, it’s going to be fun.”
“He’s our No. 3 hitter. I’m not changing anything…. He’ll get
“We all believe in Mark…. He’s going to come out of it.”
Check out Bryan’s piece. There are four more of those. The Yankees, for what it’s worth, have lost 14 of their last 28 games and trail the Rays by two games in the AL East. Of course, we all know that the boys in pinstripes — Teixeira included — are plenty capable of getting red hot as the summer heats up.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.