Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Eovaldi Rocked in Colorado

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Eovaldi Rocked in Colorado

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DENVER - On the nights when Nathan Eovaldi's splitter is working, he bears the look of a top-of-the-rotation, sky's-the-limit starter.

And when that pitch abandons him - well, he can look like a pitcher with a 9.82 ERA.

That what the Yankee right-hander's combined ERA is over his last three starts, including Tuesday night's clunker at Coors Field, where the Rockies won, 13-10, before a crowd of 46,335.After the bullpen sank them into a 12-3 deficit, the Yankees scored seven times in the eighth against some dreadful Rockies relief pitching. The 11th man to bat in the inning, Didi Gregorius, grounded out with runners at first and second to end the spree.

The Yankees (31-33) had high hopes entering this two-game interleague series as the start of 11 games - in home-and-home series - against the lackluster Rockies (31-33) and Twins.

"We need to make up ground," manager Joe Girardi said before the game. "This is an important two weeks."

But Eovaldi (6-3) lasted just four innings and helped put the Yankees in a 6-0 hole after five.

Gregorius' three-run homer made the score 6-3 in the sixth, but the Rockies got all three runs back in the bottom half against Kirby Yates and Richard Bleier.

After posting a 5-0 record and 2.03 ERA in five starts from May 7- 29, Eovaldi has yielded 16 earned runs and 26 hits - including five homers - in three starts covering 14 2/3 innings.

Rookie shortstop Trevor Story's estimated 450-foot, two-run homer to center was immediately followed by Ryan Raburn's blast to right, giving Colorado a 4-0 lead in the fourth.

Raburn entered defensively in the third, after Story rolled into left fielder Gerardo Parra's right knee in pursuit of a pop fly. Parra was carted off the field.

Left-handed starter Jorge De La Rosa (3-4) tossed five scoreless innings for the win, with new Yankees first baseman Ike Davis watching from the bench.

Making his Yankee debut as a pinch hitter, Davis delivered an RBI single to start the eighth-inning scoring. In the ninth, he struck out swinging. …

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