The Yankees only got 3 hits and one run in losing to Boston, 6-1, on Friday night. The only run came on Brett Gardner’s 21st HR of the season, tying his career high.
Domingo German started strong, but with two out in the fourth, couldn’t get out of the inning. He gave up a leadoff double, got two outs, but then a walk, RBI single and 3-run HR and there were four runs.
Gardner hit his HR in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1, but Boston got two in the bottom half to make it 6-1.
The Yanks struck out 13x tonight.
This expanded roster B.S. (that thankfully, MLB is cutting back on next year) is ridiculous. Boston had 17 pitchers and used 7 tonight to navigate a 9-inning game.
With the loss, the Yanks fall to 92-50 (looking at the rest of the schedule, I anticipate the Yanks to finish at 104 or 105 wins. The magic # remains 12. The lead over the Rays is 8 1/2 with 20 games to go.)
But they are now tied with Houston for best record in the AL (Houston holds the tiebreaker). We’ll have to see where they stand against the Dodgers (playing as I write this).
Gardner 2 hits (of the 3 the Yanks had). Solo HR (21).
German (L, 17-4, 4.21) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes, Jr. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.13.
Lyons 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 9.00
Gearrin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.10
Adams 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.23.
After the past few outings, I do not expect Cortes to be on the postseason roster.