The Yanks (38-27) AL East lead is down to one after a 7-6 loss Friday night in Oakland. The West coast trip has been hellish.
Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks are day to day with the injuries, and Adam Warren was put on the DL, joining CC. Giovanny Gallegos was sent down, Mason Williams (for Hicks) and Kyle Higashioka (for Sanchez) were brought up. It’s hard to keep up with the moves lately.
Once again the Yanks had a lead, and once again the B-listers (anyone not Warren, Chapman, Clippard or Betances) of the bullpen blew it. Chapman is supposed to return Sunday (see the minor league report for his rehab stint), Warren is now on the DL and the others aren’t getting the ball to Betances.
In the four-game losing streak, the Yanks have lost three games by one run, and two in extra innings. Excruciating. The losses have been by Shreve, Herrera (MLB debut), Gallegos (rookie on the NYY-SWB shuttle with 9 MLB games under his belt) and now Holder, another rookie.
The close losses have really affected their Pythagorean record. According to runs scored vs. runs allowed, the Yanks should be five wins better than they are right now. But close losses like these and big blowouts like last weekend against Baltimore skew that Pythagorean record. It’s a sign of what a team should be doing, and after all it’s the real record that counts anyway.
Luis Severino had one bad inning, giving up four runs in the second.
But the Yanks came back, and took a 6-4 lead late in the game. Aaron Judge started the comeback with a 3-run HR (23) in the third.
Gardner and Didi were getting days off. Sanchez and Hicks are hurt, day to day. As a result, the lineup had Refsnyder in left, Mason Williams (20 MLB games before last night) in CF. Romine was catching and Torreyes was at SS. So half the lineup was backups, who did OK.
In the fifth, the Yanks tied it on Torreyes’ double and a single by Williams.
Chris Carter hit a HR (8) in the sixth to put the Yanks up 5-4.
In the seventh, Judge tripled, Holliday walked and Castro singled to put the Yanks up 6-4.
Then the roof caved in.
The A’s got a run in the seventh off Shreve to cut the lead to 6-5. They then got two off of Holder in the eighth to win the game 7-6.
When Holder ran into trouble in the eighth, I wondered if Girardi would turn to Betances for a multi-inning save. Nope, and the Yanks lost because of it, but I can see you can’t just burn Betances out. With Warren and Chapman on the DL, the rest of the bullpen isn’t picking up the slack, and some guys are a bit fried right now. Clippard has been in a slump.
Judge 2 for 3, scored 2, 3 RBI, HR, triple. Walked twice.
Castro 2 hits, RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits.
Severino 6 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K. Uncharacteristically wild, all 4 hits in same inning.
Shreve (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.86
Holder (BS, 2; L, 1-1, 3.49) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. First MLB loss.