With Jordan Montgomery out for a while, Domingo German is his replacement. It’s too soon to tell (he’s made three starts, one good, one bad, and one that started good but wound up bad), but with performances like last night’s, the Yanks may need an upgrade over German.
That upgrade could be the guy who beat them, Cole Hamels.
It appears that come the trade deadline, the Yanks will be looking to add a top notch starter. They have the prospects and surplus (guys like Drury and Lind are at AAA) to swing a deal for an established starter. Hamels fits the bill. Lefty, experienced veteran, 4x All-star, postseason experience (2008 NLCS and WS MVP). With his 6-4 win over the Yanks last night, Hamels is 3-4, but with a 3.38 ERA for a team that is 19-31. Texas’ isn’t going anywhere and doesn’t have much of a farm system. Hamels could and maybe should be dangled for prospects, and the Yanks certainly would be one of the bidders.
German gave up a 3-run HR in the first. The second inning cost the Yanks the game. German didn’t give up a hit, but a HBP, two walks and three WP gave Texas two runs. On one of the WP, the batter, who struck out, reached first. Embarrassing inning for German.
The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres got one run back in the top of the third with his seventh HR of the year.
German gave up a HR in the fourth, 6-1 Texas.
Six of the 11 outs he got were K’s, but 1 HBP, 3 walks, 3 WP.
Miguel Andujar cut it to 6-2 in the seventh with a HR, his fifth of the season.
Gary Sanchez had to leave the game with cramps. His replacement, Austin Romine, hit a 2-run HR (2) off Hamels’ replacement in the eighth to make it 6-4.
The loss drops the 31-14 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston in the AL East.
Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone received his first ejection as a manager.
German (L, 0-2, 5.59) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR, Three WP.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K. 7.94
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.18
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Yanks’ pitchers K’d 12, but gave up 8 walks.
The Yanks hit 3 hr in the game, missing by one of becoming the first team ever to hit four or more in four consecutive games.
Dave Garcia, who managed the Angels (1977-1978) and Indians (1979-1982) passed away recently at the age of 97. He was 307-311 in his managerial career.