Last night, the Yanks wasted a great pitching outing by CC. Tonight they got another great outing, this time by Nathan Eovaldi. They didn’t waste this one as they raised their record to 7-7 with a 5-2 win.
With the win, they raised another question. With the way Chris Young is playing, does he take playing time away from Carlos Beltran?
In the first, Brett Gardner walked with one out and scored on a two-0ut double by Teixeira.
Much like last night, it stayed a close contest for most of the game.
Before the game, Chasen Shreve was brought back up. Brandon Pinder sent down.
After six innings, it was still 1-0 Yanks. They got 3 in the seventh. Here is where the Young/Beltran thing kicks in.
Chris Young homered to make it 2-0. This was Young’s 4th HR of the year, while Beltran has been struggling and not only that, Beltran was dropped out of the 3 spot in favor of A-Rod the other day. Performance matters. Right now, it may be best to bench the aging (38) Beltran, a switch-hitter (better to PH off the bench) and play the younger, faster and right now, better hitting Young over Beltran. But the Yanks are committed to $15MM for Beltran for this year and next. If Young continues to outperform Beltran, it will be interesting. Later in the seventh, Stephen Drew hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 3-0. Drew has only nine hits for the season, his batting average is just .190, but 4 of the hits are HR. Kind of like Teixeira, who has a .200 batting average but 4 HR.
Young was 3 for 3 tonight.
A WP made it 4-0. Detroit got a run in the 7th, and the Yanks got a run on an error in the top of the 9th. Detroit threatened in the 9th, getting a run to make it 5-2 and having the bases loaded where a walk-off grand slam was in play, but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.
Eovaldi (W, 1-0, 3.12) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Martin 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.26.
Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 5 th Save, 0.00.