Yanks' bats silent again in loss to Angels
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Girardi still has faith in his slumping offense, which really isn't a surprise.
What choice does he have?
"I think we're going to start hitting," Girardi said. "All clubs go through it. It's no fun when you're going through it and a lot of times people think it's the end of the world, but I don't know if I've ever seen a team not come out of it."
His team didn't Friday night, the Yankee bats again mostly cold in a 5-2 loss to the Angels in front of 40,621 at Angel Stadium.
"I think they're better hitters than what we've shown, I believe that," Girardi said afterward.
Andy Pettitte was the latest pitcher receiving little help. The lefthander, while not as sharp as in his previous outing -- last Saturday in Seattle when he won his 250th game by allowing one run and three hits in 71/3 innings -- wasn't awful, either.
Last night Pettitte allowed four runs and a season-worst 11 hits and, predictably, the lefthander called himself out rather than a floundering offense for the loss.
"You can't go out and give up four, five runs when you're pitching, you're going to lose, that's the way it is," Pettitte said. "When you're struggling you need somebody to go out there and throw some zeros up and I wasn't able to do that tonight."
C.J. Wilson wasn't all that sharp but the lefthander kept the Yankees (37-30), who have lost four straight and are 3-5 on this 10-game trip, in check, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings. The lone runs came on a two-out, two-run single by rookie David Adams in the fourth inning that gave the Yankees, who have totaled 16 runs in their last seven games, a 2-1 lead.
The Yankees, after going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranding 14 in Thursday's 18-inning loss in Oakland, were 1-for-6 Friday night, stranding seven.
"We had some opportunities, obviously not nearly as many as we did yesterday," said Vernon Wells, who went 1-for-4 after going 0-for-8 Thursday but is still mired in an 8-for-77 slide. "But obviously if we want to win games we have to score more than two runs."
Their top of the eighth was a perfect synopsis of the last week.
Trailing 4-2 against righthander Kevin Jepsen, Jayson Nix led off with an infield single and Mark Teixeira walked.
But after falling behind Robinson Cano 3-and-0, Jepsen got the second baseman to fly out to short left. He retired Wells, who was ahead 3-and-1, on a fly to right and pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki on a fly to left.
"Those are the moments you want," Wells said. "You have to give the guy on the mound credit, he has good stuff, but I know Robbie and I worked ourselves into good hitters' counts and couldn't come through."
Much to his frustration, Pettitte couldn't provide a shutdown inning after Adams gave him the 2-1 lead.
Trumbo and Kendrick led off bottom of the fourth with singles and Alberto Callaspo's bunt advanced the runners. Chris Iannetta's sacrifice fly to left tied it at 2.
"We're struggling scoring runs and the guys battle that one inning to get two and then I give it right back," Pettitte said.
Brett Gardner reached second with one out in the fifth but made a poor decision on Teixeira's grounder to short, taking off for third and easily getting thrown out.
The Angels took the lead in the sixth on Iannetta's single up the middle that brought in Mark Trumbo to make it 3-2.
The Angels made it 4-2 in the seventh, their efforts aided greatly by a play rarely seen in the big leagues. Peter Bourjos led off by skying a pop-up that made its way behind second base. There, Adams, the second baseman and Reid Brignac, the shortstop, converged . . . and watched each other as the ball landed toward the second base side of the grass. Bourjos scored later in the inning, making it 4-2, after hits by Albert Pujols and Trumbo, each of whom had three hits.
"I'm sitting right there, it's no one else's ball," said Adams, who in the din thought he heard Brignac call for the ball but afterward realized the shortstop hadn't. "It's an empty feeling, especially when that run scores."
Mike Trout's two-out, RBI single off Chris Bootcheck in the eighth, called up earlier in the day to replace the demoted Adam Warren, made it 5-2.
"Keep fighting through it, that's all you can do," Girardi said of the Yankees' continued offensive woes. "As I've said, every team's going to go through it. We're not immune to it and we've got to find a way to get out of it."