This is embarrassing. What makes it worse is that I live in the Lehigh Valley amidst a bunch of Phillies’ fans.
Maybe today the Yanks pitch around Maikal Franco. For the second straight game, the Phillies rookie (and he looks like a keeper) drove in five runs. Meanwhile Dellin Betances had karma catch up to him as the Phillies beat the Yanks 11-6.
Before the game the Yanks made more moves. They recalled Bryan Mitchell and Jose Pirela, put Stephen Drew on paternity leave and sent Ramon Flores back down.
When Nick Rumbelow made his MLB debut last night, he became the 26th different Yankees’ pitcher this season. Ivan Nova, coming back off rehab to start today, will be the 27th. The season isn’t even half over, and there is still the trade deadline to consider.
To the game. The Yanks have now given up 34 runs in their last three games. They have lost two in a row to a team that is 26-47 and who, prior to coming to Yankee Stadium, had lost twelve consecutive road games. They have given up 11 runs in back-to-back nights to a team who hadn’t hit double digits all year; a team who, before coming to the Bronx, had a team OPS+ of 79, 21% below league average.
If the old man were still alive (the Boss) there would be hell to pay right now.
The Yanks are 38-33 with the loss, and are now two games behind the Rays in the AL East. Still in second, tied for a wild card spot.
The game started after a rain delay of around 75 minutes.
The Yanks got a run in the first on a SF by A-Rod. A Garrett Jones HR (4) in the second made it 2-0, but CC gave up a run in the third. Brett Gardner’s HR (9) in the bottom of the third made it 3-1 Yanks.
Then CC fell apart. He gave up two HR and 5 runs in the top of the fourth and couldn’t make it through the fifth. My feelings on CC have been documented.
The Yanks bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and A-Rod (15, #669 career), followed by doubles by Beltran and Young. 6-6.
So it stayed until the ninth. In the meantime, the Yanks blew opportunities for themselves. They went just 1 for 12 with RISP.
In the ninth, Dellin Betances, whose ERA had dropped to 0.25, finally had that bad outing you knew would come someday. (You didn’t expect his ERA to stay at 0.25, did you?) The Phillies scored five runs and put the game away.
Hopefully the Yanks win today. The last thing this Lehigh Valley resident, living in Phillies’ country, wants to hear, is the fans of the worst team in baseball crowing all summer about sweeping the Yankees. It’d be like they won the WS instead of losing 100 games (which they are on course to do). It may be tough. The Phils are going with their ace, Cole Hamels, today.
Nova (making his MLB debut) vs. Hamels today. For Hamels, an audition, for the Yanks and other teams. If the Phils are to rebuild, they have to dump players, and Hamels is the #1 target for teams looking to add an ace. The Phils will probably be looking for a king’s ransom. If the Yanks are to get him, they may have to give up Severino and Judge for starters.
Last night’s pitching line:
Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K 5.65
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.53 (I wish Joe would trust him more and give him more opportunities. So far, so good. Let’s see what he’s got).
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.82
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.16 1 HBP
Betances (L, 4-1, 1.25) 1 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2 HBP.
Rumbelow (MLB Debut) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 2 K. 13.50