Carlos Rodon was ineffective and the Yankees offense could not get going as they fell 7-2 to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Friday night.
But the Yanks’ offense would fall asleep for most of the game after the first. Although they scattered some hits and base runners, they couldn’t come up with the clutch hit. Stanton would hit a double when he popped up a pitch that dropped between the first baseman and left fielder to lead off the sixth inning, but the Yanks couldn’t bring him in.
The Yankees finished 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.
– Carlos Rodon was on the mound for his second Yankees start. In his first start, the lefty went 5.1 innings, giving up just two runs on four hits against the Chicago Cubs on July 7, and he would have a hard time getting through this outing with limited damage.
Rodon would go through the Rockies lineup in order in the first two innings, but he didn’t have swing-and-miss stuff, instead getting the Colorado hitters to ground and fly out.
In the third inning, Rodon’s location went missing as he walked the leadoff man and would have three wild pitches in the inning. The big blow was a two-out, two-run double by Brenton Doyle that put the Rockies in front, 3-2.
Rodon pitched five innings (88 pitches/55 strikes) giving up four runs on four hits, two walks while striking out six.
– DJ LeMahieu entered the series hitting just .220 but he was hitting at Coors Field where he has had a lot of success in his career. Entering Friday, the former Rockie has 1,938 plate appearances at Coors and is slashing .329/.387/.447 with a .834 OPS at that stadium. He’s hit 21 home runs at Coors — second to Yankee Stadium — and has 197 RBI in Colorado, the most he has in any stadium in his career.
On Friday, he picked up a single in his first and last at-bat, finishing 2-for-4.
– Friday began the Sean Casey era as hitting coach and while there were some good swings in the game, the offense just couldn’t break through.
Stanton and Torres had good days at the plate, though, as the second baseman went 3-for-4 with a run scored and the slugger finished 2-for-4 with a double and home run.
Anthony Rizzo finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout while Josh Donaldson was hitless in four at-bats with a walk and a strikeout of his own, but did hit the ball hard twice. Volpe was also held hitless in his four at-bats, but he hit the ball hard twice, including a liner to left field that Jones had to jump and reach over his head to make the final out.
The Yankees continue their three-game series with the Rockies on Saturday in Colorado. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m.