Games 34/35. Yanks split DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: The Yanks won the opener of a DH, 11-6, with a six-run seventh inning.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on a double by Gardner and ground outs by Ellsbury and Holliday.

Severino got out of trouble in the first and second, but was knocked out in the third. He didn’t have it today. The unsung hero of the day is Chad Green, recalled when Chapman got put on the DL. With three runs already in, one out and the bases loaded, Green got a DP ball and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

With another game tonight, you don’t want to burn out your bullpen in game one.

The Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Castro (7) and Judge (14) in the fourth to go up 4-3. Castro’s slice to the RF porch was a 2-run HR and Judge’s went 441 ft., just right of dead center.

Adam Warren gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4 Houston, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks exploded, with the key blow being a bases-loaded triple by Chase Headley.

With one out, Gardner singled and Ellsbury doubled. Holliday singled in a run, Castro doubled to tie the game. Judge was intentionally walked to load the bases. After Didi struck out, Headley hit his triple to make it 9-6, and Carter doubled to make it 10-6.

Gardner homered (7) in the eighth for the final score of 11-6.

Gardner 3 hits, inc. the HR.
Holliday 2 RBI.
Castro 2 hits, inc. the HR, 3 RBI
Judge the HR.
Headley those 3 RBI.

Severino 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 HBP, 2 K. 3.86
Green 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00. Unsung hero.
Warren (Bs, 1; W, 1-0, 1.29) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.72

Game 2: After the Jeter #2 retirement ceremony which was great, the beginning of the game was a disaster, and you have to be wondering if something if physically wrong with Masahiro Tanaka, and the last thing the Yanks need after losing Chapman for a month is for something to be wrong for Tanaka.

Tanaka gave up HRs to both of the first two batters he faced, and later on in the first inning, he gave up a grand slam. The Yanks were down 6-0 before they even came to bat.

Tanaka gave up 2 more runs, and another HR, in the second inning. He didn’t make it out of the second inning, and in 1 2/3 IP, gave up 8 runs and 4 HR.

That is not Tanaka. The blowout on Opening Day. Now this. You really have to wonder if something is wrong with him—if that partially torn UCL in his elbow has blown out.

(Update: The postgame report said nothing is physically wrong with Tanaka. But…) 

I hope not. But tonight’s performance sets off alarms. His ERA is close to 6.00. That’s not him.

The reason Refsnyder was brought up and no corresponding move—if a surprise unexpected DH is necessary, teams can go to 26 players for the extra game. Still I wonder why Refsnyder, who unfortunately hasn’t distinguished himself too much, and not Ji-Man Choi, hitting .350 at SWB and who hopefully would be better than the so-far disappointing Chris Carter.

Giovanny Gallegos came in and was decent in his 2nd MLB game, keeping the game right there, giving up 1 run in the fourth.

The bullpen was great filling in for Tanaka, who was just brutal.

The Yanks got four runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Gardner and a 3-run HR by Holliday (7).

Houston got a run in the ninth, and the Yanks got 3 in the bottom of the ninth to make it respectable at 10-7. They had the tying run at the plate for the last out.

Tanaka (L, 5-2, 5.80) 1 2/3 IP, 8 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Gallegos 3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Shreve 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Layne 1 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.75
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.75

Gardner 3 hits, Sanchez 2 hits.
Holliday 3 RBI, HR.

Ex-umpire Steve Palermo died of cancer at the age of 67. He was not only a good umpire, but he lost his umpiring job due to being a hero. He was shot trying to break up a robbery, was paralyzed, busted his butt just to walk again and became director of umpires because he couldn’t umpire again. Courageous, a hero, and taken from us way too soon.

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