So far, Gary Sanchez looks like the second coming of Johnny Bench.
Anthony Swarzak, however, is not the second coming of say, Jeff Nelson.
Sanchez and Starlin Castro each hit two home runs in Monday night’s game vs. Seattle, but Seattle countered with some homers of their own, and three-run shots trump solo shots as the Yanks couldn’t hold onto leads Sanchez and Castro gave them. The 7-5 loss drops the Yanks to 63-61.
Sanchez hit his first HR of the game in the first inning to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Castro hit his first HR of the game to make it 2-0 in the second.
But in the fourth, Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR to Kyle Seager on a 3-0 pitch. Seattle gave Seager the green light and he took advantage of it. 3-2 Seattle.
Sanchez’ 2nd HR of the game (8), a 2-run shot, and Castro’s 2nd HR of the game (17), a solo shot, gave the Yanks a 5-3 lead in the sixth.
It didn’t last long. Pineda got into trouble, was pulled for Layne, who got his man, but Swarzak gave up a 3-run HR to Mike Zunino to blow the lead. 6-5 Seattle.
You have to wonder how long the Yanks stick with Swarzak and his 5.90 ERA before turning to someone else. This loss really hurt what slim chances the Yanks have to make the playoffs. They are 5 out of the second wild card slot, but have to jump five teams to get it. Swarzak has given up 10 HR in just 29 innings.
Nelson Cruz homered off of Kirby Yates in the eighth to give Seattle a cushion.
The Yanks had 2nd and 3rd, one out, in the ninth, but couldn’t get that big hit. Final score 7-5.
Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 5.02. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 3.67
Swarzak (BS, 1; L, 1-2, 5.90) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40. Gave up 1 HR.