Derek Holland's face in the above picture is representative of how the whole team looked last night. They had no real answer to the Yankees' pitchers and it showed.
Holland didn't pitch all that bad for as young as he is, but he got zero help from the offense which was too much for the young man.
When a young pitcher gets no run support it is normal for him to feel like he has to do it all himself which causes him to start overthrowing and leaving pitches up, which will go over the fence at the Ballpark every time.
He showed some great stuff, and his curveball looked pretty good considering he hadn't thrown it since junior college.
So what happened to the offense?
Chris Davis is the best example of what was wrong with the offense. They all seem to be swinging for the fences.
Davis is 3 for 30something with two home runs. That says to me that he is trying to hit a home run every time.
He is not alone on this team though. I have said this before, and I am sure I will say it again, but we have gotten away from what has won us so many games this season. We aren't getting consecutive hits, stealing bases, and moving runners over.
The whole offense just needs to relax and get back to hitting the ball hard. I will say I was impressed with Elvis Andrus putting down a bunt when the infield was deep and getting on base. We need more of that style of play, because we know the homers will come.
Now please don't think I am in a college football mindset and that I think the whole season is lost because of one game, or even one series, but if we want to consistently be quality teams we have to know when to grind it out, and when to pound it out.
I still love this team and I am really looking forward to the two week home stand in June because I will be there for every single game. This has been a great season, and the best is yet to come.