Nathan Eovaldi is still progressing from a thrower into a pitcher. Sure, he can throw hard, and he did strike out 9 in 5 IP tonight. But in those 5 IP, he threw 101 pitches, gave up 2 R on 8 pitches, and forced the bullpen into the game early.
That bullpen imploded. They entered with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, gave up 5 runs, and the Yanks wound up losing 7-5 to drop them to 3-6 on the season.
Eovaldi gave up a run in the first. The Yanks got 2 back in the third on a Beltran double. They went up 3-1 in the fourth on A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the year, #656* of his career. He is now 4 HR behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. His 2 hits tonight put him at 2947 on the all-time list and the RBI is # 1976. Just three men have ever made it to 2000.
Sorry, asterisks necessary due to the steroids.
Up 3-1, Eovaldi gave up a HR in the fourth to make it 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, up 3-2 the Yanks had to take Eovaldi out because of the pitch count. The bullpen here lost the game, giving up five runs.
Eovaldi 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 9 K. 11 baserunners in 5 IP. The K are good, but in and out of trouble and not efficient on the pitch count. Not only that, an average just over two runners an inning.
Carpenter (Blown save 1, Lost game) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Wilson faced two batters. Both got hits. Both scored.
Carpenter and Wilson cost the Yanks the game.
Martin 2/3 iP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Brandon Pinder (MLB DEBUT; see below) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2K.
De La Rosa, who was up and didn’t get into a game, was sent back down, Pinder brought up. Davies cleared waivers, sent back to AAA.
You may have read the name Wilking Rodriguez on this blog during spring training. Suspended 80 games for use of furosemide (generic for Lasix).