Bullpen a bright spot in Yankees loss

Bullpen a bright spot in Yankees loss

NEW YORK -- There may not be much of a reward for Chasen Shreve's 3 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox, but the Yankees are appreciative of the work that all seven of their relievers turned in during the 19-inning affair.

New York's bullpen pitched scorelessly in relief of starter Nathan Eovaldi until the 16th inning, when David Ortiz homered off Esmil Rogers, the long reliever called in to soak up the final 4 2/3 innings of the contest.

"Our bullpen did a great job," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's a long game and it's a lot of innings. I thought they did a really good job."

In all, Yankees relievers hurled 13 2/3 innings, permitting 10 hits while walking seven and striking out 14. It was the longest outing of Shreve's career, surpassing a five-out performance last July 25 for the Braves against the Padres.

"He was really good," Girardi said. "He gave us a great opportunity to win this game, and a lot of our relievers did. We had our opportunities. It's really unfortunate to come up on this end, but it's one game that seemed like about six. We'll move on."

"You can't say enough about the job a guy like Chasen Shreve did and Esmil coming in," Brett Gardner said. "We just weren't able to get it done offensively."

Earlier this spring, Adam Warren recalled how he had pitched six scoreless innings of relief in an 18-inning game at Oakland in 2013, and his reward was a demotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre so the Yankees could summon a fresh arm from the Minors.

That could be the case for Shreve, who threw a career-high 56 pitches during Friday's outing. Girardi said that he would discuss that issue following Friday's game; one option to be recalled is right-hander Chase Whitley, who pitched well this spring and was scheduled to begin the season at Triple-A.

Girardi said that Rogers, who threw 81 pitches, would have come out of the game had he not retired Dustin Pedroia to end the 19th inning. In that case, Girardi said that his plan was to send Garrett Jones to the mound.

"That was the only place we could go," Girardi said.

 

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.