Game 31. Reds snap Yanks’ win streak at 6, win 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia had one bad inning, but that one bad inning cost him 5 runs and the ballgame as the Yanks’ six-game winning streak came to an end, 5-3, at the hands of the Reds.

Gary Sanchez put the Yanks up 1-0 in the first with his second HR of the season. Remember he missed a month.

Didi Gregorius, who also missed a month or so, hit his first HR of the year in the second to put the Yanks up 2-0.

Then CC gave up 5 in the bottom of the second. Reds’ star Joey Votto had 2 of the RBI.

Didi singled in a run in the fourth to make it 5-3 but there was no scoring after that.

I have to ask this question. Ronald Torreyes has done a decent job filling in, esp. when Didi was out. But there is a big flaw in his game. After tonight, in 84 plate appearances, Torreyes, who is small, 5’6″ or so, has only one walk. One. He needs to develop better plate discipline.

He came up with the bases loaded in the sixth. Foul, groundout. Only two pitches. You’d think with his small size, he’d crouch a little and try to draw a walk.

Just kidding as far as crouching, but you know what I mean. 1 walk in 84 plate appearances isn’t good, even if Torreyes is hitting .305. A mild criticism, but a legit one.

Sanchez came up in the ninth with two on and one out and hit a bullet, but the liner was caught and Hicks was doubled off of second. That’s baseball. He hit it hard, but….

Chad Green made his season debut.

CC struggled, and his ERA has gone from 2.70 to 5.77 in his past few starts. You can say he is the weak link in the rotation. He has to be fine and perfect. He can’t get away with stuff like he could have five years ago. He had only one bad inning but it cost him. He doesn’t have much of a margin for error with what he has right now.

Sabathia (L, 2-2, 5.77) 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 0.77. Walked the first two, struck out the next three.
Chad Green 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Didi was 3 for 4, HR, 2 RBI.

Hopefully Chris Carter wakes up soon and doesn’t keep hitting like Jimmy Carter. I still don’t know why Ji-Man Choi wasn’t brought up for a couple of weeks to platoon w/Carter at 1B while Bird is out. Choi is hitting like .350, playing 1B for SWB.

The Yanks are off Wednesday, then a four-game set against AL West leader Houston (inc. Beltran and McCann). Houston is playing well, so this will be a test. Sunday night’s game (Mother’s Day) is an ESPN night game, and the Yanks will be retiring Derek Jeter’s #2 that night.

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