The Yanks enter the All-Star break at 51-37, 6 1/2 up on Tampa Bay and 9 up on Boston after losing 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.
There were 27 strikeouts in the game. The Yanks struck out 14x, the Rays 13.
James Paxton pitched well, but the first three batters of the game decided the whole ballgame. Double, double (which I’ll get to in a moment) for a run. Single to put runners on the corners. A forceout brought in Run #2.
On the second double, bad defense by the Yankees allowed Tommy Pham to take second on what should have been a single. There is a good chance that, the way the inning played out, that the second run would not have scored. That miscue may have cost them the game.
The Yanks’ only run came on a HR by Brett Gardner in the second inning. If I had told you in spring training that Gardner would have 15 HR at the All-Star Break, you’d have thought I was nuts. But here you go….
One call on Aaron Judge was atrocious. Judge, a soft spoken guy, needs to get on the umps a bit (not enough to get thrown out of the game, however). Umpires call low strikes on him as if he were a normal major league hitter. THE GUY IS SIX FEET SEVEN! HIS KNEES ARE HIGHER UP THAN A NORMAL MAJOR LEAGUER! WHAT IS A STRIKE TO A NORMAL MAJOR LEAGUER IS LOW TO JUDGE! What about this don’t some umpires understand? Horrible call.
Hopefully after the All-Star break, Edwin Encarnacion heats up. So far as a Yankee, he has been bad. 8 for 65, 2 doubles, 4 HR, but 8 for 65 is not good. Not at all.
Before the game, Breyvic Valera was brought up (he got one hit and almost had another) and Dan Camarena sent back down. With Voit due back after the all-star break is over, Valera, like Camarena, could be up for just one day. At least he got into a game. Camarena didn’t.
Gardner 2 of Yanks’ 5 hits. Solo HR (15).
Paxton (L, 5-4, 4.01) 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 11 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.12
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.80
Green 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.68