The Yankees (10-5) split a doubleheader to the Rays, but also lost a couple players to the injured list.
They won the first game 8-4, behind three home runs.
But before that game, Kyle Higashioka was put on the IL. 40 year old Erik Kratz was brought up to be the backup catcher. Chris Ianetta retired. That’s the catchers, and remember, starting catcher Gary Sanchez is struggling mightily. In the second inning of the first game, he struck out again with the bases loaded. Sanchez is now 3 for 35 with 20 strikeouts.
Thairo Estrada was called up briefly (sent back then, Ben Heller up), and the Yanks DFA’d Nick Tropeano. Albert Abreu was made the 29th man for the DH.
Got all that? More to come.
In that first game (both seven-inning affairs), the Yanks got four runs in the top of the third when with one out, Aaron Judge singled and Mike Ford hit a 2-run HR, his first of the season. Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres each walked, and after Mike Tauchman struck out, Gio Urshela doubled in two runs to make it 4-0.
Stanton hit his third HR of the season, a solo shot, in the top of the fifth to put the Yankees up 5-0.
Gerrit Cole struck out ten, but the Rays made him work, as he threw 107 pitches. He didn’t get the win because he only went 4 2/3 innings, one out short of qualifying for the W. He gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, and that cut the Yanks’ lead down to 5-3.
Speaking of, if a starter has to go five for a W in a nine-inning game, why is it the same for a seven-inning game? Shouldn’t it be then cut to four? Just asking. No biggie.
The Yanks got two back in the top of the sixth when D.J. LeMahieu singled and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR, his 8th of the year, to put the Yanks up 7-3.
The Rays got a run in the bottom of the sixth, 7-4.
In the top of the seventh, Tauchman doubled, stole third and scored on a SF by Urshela. 8-4, and that was the final score.
Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI. A 2-run HR (8).
Ford 2-run HR (1).
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (3).
Urshela 2 his, 3 RBI.
Cole 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.22
Green (W, 2-0, 0.96) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 WP.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K 1.50
Walks and two-out hits killed the Yankees in game two of the doubleheader, which they lost 5-3. Michael King made his first MLB start, and gave up only one hit in 3 2/3 IP, but walked five. The Yanks walked nine total.
In the bottom of the first, King gave up a leadoff double, then got two outs. He couldn’t get out of the inning scoreless, walking three in a row to force in a run before getting the third out.
The Yanks tied it in the top of the fourth. With one out, Giancarlo Stanton walked and moved up to second on a WP. The slump-ridden Gleyber Torres singled Stanton to third. A single by Luke Voit brought in the run, but Torres was thrown out at third.
But on that advance on the WP, Stanton hurt is hamstring and most likely is headed to the IL.
The Rays came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Once again, walks killed the Yanks and they couldn’t close the inning out. King got the first two batters of the inning out. Then two straight walks. In came Luis Avilan, and HE walked the first batter HE faced to load the bases. Then he gave up a single that brought in two runs, another walk to reload the bases, before he got the third out of the inning.
The absence of Chapman has had a snowball effect. Britton, a lefty, is now the closer, and Avilan, another lefty like Britton and Chapman, assumes Britton’s spot. It may have hurt the Yanks in this case.
Albert Abreu made his MLB debut in the bottom of the fifth and gave up two runs to put the Rays up 5-1. He gave up a single, HBP, got two outs, but just like the other two times in this game, the Yanks couldn’t get out of the inning—the Rays scoring their runs with two outs. A two-run single in this case.
The Yanks tried for the comeback in the top of the seventh. Voit singled but Tauchman GIDP. That GIDP was a killer, because after that, Urshela singled, Kratz doubled him to third, and LeMahieu singled in two runs to make it 5-3, with the tying run at the plate in Aaron Judge. Judge flied out to end the game. Judge just missed hitting a double earlier in the at bat, and his drive to LCF was caught in the middle of the warning track. He just missed a game-tying HR.
Both manager Aaron Boone and hitting coach Marcus Thames were ejected in the fifth inning.
LeMahieu 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits, RBI
King (L, 0-1, 7.59) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 5 W, 4 K.
Avilan 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.60
Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP 13.50 MLB DEBUT
Heller 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.40