You figured the record HR streak would end (at 31 games) in an interleague game where the Yanks lose the DH.
That’s what happened in the Yanks (54-29) 4-2 loss to the Mets Tuesday night. The loss reduced the Yanks’ AL East lead to 5 1/2 over Tampa Bay, 10 over Boston.
One thing I didn’t know is that the Yanks are just 4-17 in games in which they have scored less than four runs. That may not be a good thing come October, where they’ll face better pitching.
I was worried about this game, and am worried about this two game series, for a couple of reasons.
For one, it is sandwiched between two more important series (sorry Mets fans, but our division rivals, who have better records, have more importance), that being against Boston last weekend, and against the Rays this upcoming weekend.
Second, the jet lag after coming back from England. Yes, Monday was a day off, but … (and that is taking nothing away from the Mets or a nice performance by trade target Zack Wheeler).
Third, Domingo German comes off the IL to start today, and who knows how fresh he’ll be?
As for yesterday and yesterday’s game, a couple moves before the game. Nestor Cortes, Jr. up, Chance Adams down. Luke Voit to the IL and the Yanks call up Mike Ford.
James Paxton pitched well for the Yanks and even drove in a run.
The Yanks got both of their runs in the second inning. Didi Gregorius, Edwin Encarnacion and Gleyber Torres had consecutive singles to score the first run, and with men on first and third, one out, Paxton put down a bunt that Encarnacion scored on. 2-0 Yanks. Don’t ask me when the Yanks last squeezed a run home.
But the Yanks could not hold the lead. Paxton gave up a HR in the sixth, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Then in the eighth, Adam Ottavino gave up a run and left the bases loaded for Zack Britton. Britton’s first pitch was ripped for a 2-run double, and the Mets had a 4-2 lead and the ballgame.
There was a great defensive play by Torres in the game.
But there were also a couple of bad plays. Aaron Hicks thought he hit a HR, didn’t run hard out of the box and what should have been a triple was only a double. A couple of batters later, Didi Gregorius’ long fly only moved Hicks to third where it should have been a SF for a run.
Also, the game almost ended on a caught stealing. With two out in the top of the ninth and the tying run at the plate, Didi stole second…barely. You can’t end the game that way.
D.J. LeMahieu’s hitting streak ended at 14.
Gregorius 2 hits (the Yanks only had 6).
Paxton 6 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.09
Kahnle (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.27
Ottavino (BS, 4; L, 3-3, 1.91) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.50
Yesterday was international signing day and the Yanks got two of the top 30 players.
#1 Jasson Dominguez, OF. The switch-hitter is considered #1 not only of this year, but maybe the best International signing EVER. Just 16, scouts rave about him, comparing his skills to that of Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle. High praise. We’ll see what happens over the next few years. Signing bonus $5.1 MM.
#18 Jhon Diaz. OF. $1.2 MM.