Mother Nature had mercy on the Yankees on Friday night. They lost a rain-shorted six-and-a-half inning game that featured nine innings worth of stink. The White Sox won the series opener 9-6. I know there are 149 games still to play this season, but between the injuries and several healthy guys looking awful, it feels like it’s getting late early for the 2019 Yankees.
Two In The First, Two In The Second
Getting swept makes it easy to forget the Yankees had a pretty good series offensively in Houston. Three runs in six innings against Justin Verlander and three runs in seven innings against Gerrit Cole? I’ll take it. Then the Yankees scored six runs in the series finale. Given all the injuries, the offense has held its own recently. The pitching is more to blame for those losses in Houston.
The depleted lineup continued to make noise Friday night, and they had some help. They Yankees loaded the bases in the first inning on an error and two walks. It was a tough throwing error on Tim Anderson – the ball was probably wet and Jose Abreu had a chance to make the scoop at first – but the walks were good at-bats. Luke Voit went from 0-2 to a walk and Gleyber Torres went from 1-2 to a walk. Lucas Giolito can be (very) wild and the Yankees let him work himself intro trouble.
Greg Bird swung through a 95 mph fastball out over the plate to strike out for the second out – I know hitting a 95 mph fastball isn’t easy, but goodness, it would be nice to see Bird catch up to velocity at some point this decade – but DJ LeMahieu picked him up with a two-out, two-strike, two-run single to right field. It included the daily baserunning weirdness. The video:
The White Sox had a pretty good chance to get Voit at the plate had they gone straight home there, so in that sense it was good Torres got caught in a rundown. Gotta make sure the run scores. Torres stopping between second and third was unwise though. Plays like that are a reminder Gleyber is not a good baserunner. Run hard to the bag and make them make a perfect relay to get you, young man.
LeMahieu’s single turned an early 1-0 deficit into an early 2-1 lead, then the Yankees scored another two runs in the second inning to make it a 4-1 lead. The inning started with a Clint Frazier walk. It was Giolito’s third walk to the first seven batters. Gio Urshela followed with a double into the right-center field gap and, off the bat, I thought it was a little flare single. Even the outfielders seem surprised that it carried so much.
The Urshela double put runners on second and third with no outs. Austin Romine cashed in a run with a single up the middle – Romine going on a hot streak while Gary Sanchez is sidelined would be swell – and …read more
Source:: Daily times