Ok. I just woke up after being up past, what, 2:30 AM? God only knows how the players are going to turn it around.
If you didn’t stay up late, and don’t know what happened because the ending was too late for your morning paper (and you haven’t checked out the highlights online so far, here goes:
A brief recap on a game that was anything but brief. I won’t touch on all the highlights. Had the game continued further, the Yanks would have sacrificed the DH. Garrett Jones would have gone to the mound.
Down to their last out in the 9th, Chase Headley homered to tie the game. Down a run in the 16th, Mark Teixiera, who, since it was past midnight, was now a 35th birthday boy, homered for the second consecutive game (365th career HR) to tie it up again (Yankees nemesis David Ortiz had homered in the top of the 16th. I am STILL waiting for some Yankees pitcher—I have been waiting for YEARS—to show some balls and put one in his butt. Back him off the plate. Get some courage, as the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz would say. When have you ever seen them do that to Ortiz? They have done it to us, haven’t they?) Down in the 18th, a Carlos Belran double tied up the game again.
However a passed ball by backup C John Ryan Murphy in the top of the 19th set Boston up for a GW SF and the Yanks lost to the Red Sox, 6-5, in 19 innings.
The game was delayed for about 15 minutes due to a lighting incident.
There have been no moves made as of this writing, but after having used eight pitchers, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was sent down to get a fresh arm (or two) up—even if we are just four games into the season.
The loss drops the Yanks to 1-3. It was the first Yankees game on WPIX, Channel 11 in NY in 17 years. It was nice watching the game on Channel 11, where I more or less grew up. WPIX was the Yanks’ “home” for many, many, years.
The pitching line:
Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Funny only 1 K since he did hit 101.
Martin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Wilson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Shreve 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Rogers (L) 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Rogers gave 4 2/3, the day after going 2 1/3 vs. Toronto. Like I wrote above, had the game gone into the 20th, 1B/OF/DH Garrett Jones would have taken the mound.
A nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen went for naught. Between Eovaldi and Rogers, there were some scary moments, but those six pitchers had a line of:
9 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 6 walks, 10 K.
Too bad the offense couldn’t take advantage.
Before the game, Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling got replicas of Emmy Awards he lost when all his possessions went up in a huge condo fire this fall. Nice gesture and I hope he is somehow recovering from that tragic event.