It’s one thing to lose a seven-game winning streak. All things must pass. But the Yanks also lost their closer for a couple of weeks.
Andrew Miller is going on the DL for a few weeks, and Dellin Betances will have to take over as the closer.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched well today, but going into the bottom of the seventh, was trailing 2-0.
The Yanks got four in the bottom of the seventh. Brendan Ryan, just activated (Ramon Flores was sent down) tripled in one run, Gardner doubled to tie it up, A-Rod’s double (RBI 1998) put the Yanks up 3-2 and McCann’s single made it 4-2.
Betances and Miller time, right? But no.
Girardi was concerned about Betances’ workload, and Miller was unavailable because he was about to go on the DL. Girardi also didn’t want to use Shreve because of his recent workload.
It turned out to be a case of lose the battle to win the war. He brought in rookie Jacob Lindgren, but Lindgren gave up a 2-run HR to tie the game.
After Lindgren, he brought in Capuano, figuring that with the game going extras (the Yanks lost 5-4 in 11), that Capuano could provide some length. But Capuano gave up a run in the eleventh and the Yanks fell to 33-26. The lead in the AL East was cut to 1 1/2.
After the game, Pirela was sent down. Ryan basically replaced Flores. Now could Flores come back? Yes, because of Miller’s injury. But expect the Yanks to call up a reliever, be it Brandon Pinder or Jose Ramirez, or maybe Diego Moreno, to help in the bullpen.
A-Rod’s RBI double, besides being RBI 1998, was hit 2992 for him.
Eovaldi 7 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 4.13
Lindgren 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.26
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.86
Capuano (L, 0-4, 5.63) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
In the 38th round, the Yanks drafted a kid from my area, 2B Mike Garzillo, who went to Nazareth HS and Lehigh U.
Update: The Yanks will bring RHP Chris Martin back off of rehab.