Game 30. Depression in the Desert. What If? Yanks fall, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was a good road trip, but in losing the last two games of it, both to Arizona, you have to wonder “what if?”

For in those last two games, the Yanks lost 3-1 Tuesday night, and 3-2 this afternoon (Wednesday) to the D-Backs.

The pitching was fine. But as we know, because of all the injuries, the lineup is maybe 1/2, or maybe less, of what it could or should be.

If the Yanks (17-13) had Judge, Stanton, Andujar, Tulo, Hicks, maybe Frazier, in the lineup, could they have won both of those games? We don’t know.

But these are two games where, it seems, all the injuries hurt the Yanks.

The Yanks are 0-5 against teams with winning records.

The pitching was good in both of these games. The only quibble I would have is that the starters did not provide length.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs in the second and the Yanks were down 2-0. One run scored on a WP. Costly, as it turned out.

Tanaka gave up a HR in the fourth. A 453-ft. bomb. 3-0, Arizona.

Luke Voit hit a solo HR (9) in the sixth to cut it to 3-1.

In the eighth, Voit walked and Sanchez singled. But Torres hit into a DP before a single by the slumping Mike Tauchman (3 for 41 before it) made it 3-2.

The Yanks did get the tying run on in the ninth, and PH Austin Romine put a good swing on a ball, but not good enough. The Yanks lose, 3-2.

Tanaka (L, 2-3, 3.92) 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up  1 HR.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.60
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.54
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.35

Not enough offense. So for the last two games, the injuries probably cost the Yanks two wins.



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