Hernandez loses 10th decision
Tasked to set the tone, starter David Hernandez turned in his worst start of the season. Hernandez lasted just 3 2/3 innings on the hill, allowing solo homers to Nick Johnson and Nick Swisher in the first and second frame, to give the Yankees a lead that they never relinquished.
“It’s hard to recover from that–especially when they’ve got two games on you–a day game after a night game, which is a short turnaround,” Trembley said.
“The goal is to get ahead early and build on it–and we didn’t do that. David really—this wasn’t one of his best starts out of him–just didn’t like he had command of much early. He did what he could to hold it, but it wasn’t good enough.”
When I asked Trembley about the team’s double plays balls (they hit into four), he said it goes back to the early deficit.
“It’s hard to do anything when you’re getting beat 6-1,” Trembley said. “That’s number one.”
Hernandez (0-4) was charged with a season-high six runs on six hits and four walks in the loss. He has lost his last 10 decisions.
When asked if he felt like he was running out of chances to get a win, Hernandez seemed a little irritated.
“I realize I haven’t won a game in a while. I don’t know if it’s the chances, what you are talking about with chances,” he said. ” I just go out there and try to win each start I go out there.”
I understand the question was posed because people want changes. But I don’t think Hernandez has pitched himself out of the rotation. Wednesday was a bad start, but as their fifth starter he has given the O’s a chance to win. And he’s certainly not the weakest link right now, given that he’s outpitched Brad Bergesen.