Power drought is only part of Yankees' issue

Power drought is only part of Yankees' issue

ANAHEIM -- No matter how you look at it, the current road trip has not been kind to the Yankees' bats.

The Bombers entered Saturday with one home run in their last 68 innings, a stat manager Joe Girardi attributes to a string of games at pitcher-friendly ballparks -- Safeco Field in Seattle, the Oakland Coliseum and Angel Stadium at night. But the dropoff in power numbers is not the Yankees' only issue. They simply aren't getting hits and are struggling to score, with four runs or fewer in seven straight games and four runs scored in their past 29 innings.

"West Coast trips can have a team go through a little bit of a trouble spot," Girardi said. "It just kind of happens in the game of baseball."

The Yankees are hitting just .204 on the trip and have left 21 runners on base and hit 2-for-19 over the past two games (albeit Thursday's game was 18 innings).

"I think we're going to start hitting, I really do. All clubs go through it," Girardi said. "These guys have been successful in their careers and I still believe they are capable of doing that."

Second baseman Robinson Cano entered Saturday on a four-game hitting streak with a .300 average on the road trip, but Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Mark Teixeria are struggling to say the least.

"Got to get hits to fall. That's the name of the game, and if you're not doing that, you're not helping your team," Wells said.

Hafner entered Saturday's game 2-for-27 on the road trip and hitless in his last 23 at-bats. Teixeria was hitting .121 on the trip and hitless in his last 10 at-bats.

Wells managed a single on Friday in his return to Anaheim, but entered Saturday hitting just .156 on the road trip and has struggled for the entirety of June. However, he does not feel his at-bats have been as bad as the numbers have indicated.

"Even when I started this streak, I was swinging the bat well, was hitting balls hard, but not getting results," Wells said. "In this game, all you see is the results, that's what matters, so I've got to find a way to start getting hits."

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.