One-time Met Travis D’Arnaud hit a walk-off HR for the Tampa Bay Rays to beat the Yanks 4-3 Saturday.
The loss decreased the Yanks’ (57-30) lead in the AL East over the Rays to 7 1/2 games.
The Yanks got the early lead in the game when Brett Gardner hit his 14th HR of the year, putting the Yanks up, 1-0 in the second inning.
d’Arnaud singled in a run in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.
It stayed that way until the seventh. Gio Urshela singled and went to second on a WP. Mike Tauchman walked. D.J. LeMahieu GIDP, Urshela to third, then Aaron Judge walked. Aaron Hicks singled to put the Yanks up 2-1. Sanchez then walked, but Encarnacion lined out. He just missed out on a bases clearing double.
This was the Yanks’ bugaboo in the game. They were 1 for 12 w/RISP. In the fifth, they had bases loaded, one out and couldn’t score.
I thought CC would come out at this point. At this stage of his career, in his final season, about to turn 39 soon, CC doesn’t go seven innings anymore.
But his pitch count was low, and he did come out for the seventh. He did get the first two guys out, but then gave up a single, and on a 1-2 count (one strike away from getting out of the seventh), gave up a 2-run HR that put the Rays up, 3-2.
Second-guess? It’s tough. Got the first two outs in the seventh no problem, one strike away from getting through seven. One bad pitch.
Down to their last strike in the top of the ninth, Aaron Hicks homered (8) to tie up the game.
Chad Green came in for the ninth and got two quick outs, then d’Arnaud hit the first pitch he saw for a HR to win the game.
A tough loss, but it’s hard to bitch when you have won 16 of your last 19.
Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last game before the All-Star break.
Some notes: Before the game, Mike Ford sent down, Dan Camarena called up b/c of the pitchers being a bit burned out. There is a good chance Camarena doesn’t even get into a game, what with the All-Star break.
CC’s career will be honored in Cleveland (where his career began) during the All-Star Game.
Because of an injury, Masahiro Tanaka has been added to the All-Star roster.
Going into the game, LeMahieu not only led the AL in batting average, but also in RBI… the batting average for a leadoff hitter is no surprise, but the RBI is.
Hicks 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (8)
Sanchez 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts. Did draw one walk. Slumping. Down to .245.
Encarnacion 0 for 4. Just 8 for 61 (4 HR) since the Yanks got him.
Gardner solo HR (14)
Tauchman 2 hits.
Sabathia 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.03
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.83
Green (L, 2-3, 5.81) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up GW, walkoff HR.