With a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth, the Yanks did what you’d expect them to do. They brought in Aroldis Chapman, who walked the first batter and fell behind on the second.
Then came a 3 1/2 hour rain delay, and when the game resumed, no Chapman. No win either, as the Yanks then lost 9-6—-with the game ending at 2:44 a.m.
Ivan Nova struggled, giving up a HR in the first inning. The Yanks got two in the second on an RBI single by Headley and an RBI groundout by Hicks.
Nova gave up a run in the third but the Yanks came right back to go up 3-2 on an RBI single by Castro.
Nova gave the lead right back by giving up two runs in the top of the fourth.
The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth on RBI singles by McCann and Gregorius.
Mark Teixeira homered in the seventh, his fifth of the year and second in two games after not homering from 4/13 to 6/26. Career HR #399 tied Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga on the all-time HR list and put the Yanks up 6-4.
But Andrew Miller gave up a HR in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-5, then the rain delay, and the four run disaster once Kirby Yates replaced Chapman in the wee small hours of the morning.
The Yanks had 16 hits in the loss which dropped them under .500 again at 37-38.
Nova 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.32.
Bleier (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38
Betances (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.89.
Miller (H, 12) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.34
Chapman 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.15.
Yates (BS, 2; L, 2-1, 5.72) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 HBP, 2 K.
A-Rod didn’t play again. Is he now a platoon DH against lefties only? He doesn’t play the field, does not pinch-run, and will be on the bench when the Yanks go to a NL city later this week (San Diego). If he isn’t DHing, and is on the bench, then he really doesn’t have much value. He’s then a $20+ million pinch-hitter. And that’s a problem.