The Yanks avoided Nathan Eovaldi, who the Rays traded to Boston before the game, but still fell to Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon by the score of 3-2.
In talking about Gary Sanchez before the game, GM Brian Cashman said he expects Sanchez to be out a month. He doesn’t expect a catcher to be available and is comfortable going with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka until Sanchez is available in late August/early September.
Maybe he is comfortable, but I’m not comfortable with Higashioka backing up Romine. Higashioka is now 5 for 33 this season, and 5 for 51 in his MLB career. Granted 3 hits are HR, but 5 for 51 is less than .100. Ugh.
As for the game, the Yanks lost 3-2. They scored in the second when Gleyber Torres, just off the DL (and I didn’t see the corresponding moves, but I would guess Drury to DL? and Gallegos down for Cessa?) walked. Greg Bird singled Torres to second, and a couple of fly outs plated Torres, with Neil Walker getting the SF.
UPDATE: Drury sore but fine after the HBP. No DL. Wade sent down instead.
Luis Cessa was good. He shutout the Rays for five innings, but in the sixth, gave up a single and HR. Jonathan Holder came in and later that inning gave up a HR. 3-1 Rays.
The Yanks narrowed it to 3-2 in the eighth. Gardner walked, and with one out, Didi singled Gardner to third. Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF.
The Yanks had first and second, one out in the ninth, but Austin Romine, PH for Higashioka, popped up, and Brett Gardner struck out.
The Yanks entered the game five behind Boston, but Boston has the Bad News Bears (oops, Baltimore Orioles) tonight. Ugh.
The Yanks hit the 100 game mark at 64-36, .640, a 104 win pace for the season.
Andujar 2 hits.
Walker 1 for 1, SF, 1 RBI.
Cessa (L, 1-2, 3.10) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.94 Gave up 1 HR.
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.78 (Wash/NYY combined ERA)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.49
Yoenis Cespedes of Mets out for rest of year, needs surgery on heels. Toronto’s J.A. Happ appears on the verge of being dealt (per mlb.com), and rumors are that the Yankees are “heavy in the mix.”