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Series Recap: Yankees snag split with snakes

The trade deadline came and went and the status quo was the word. Following a lackluster opening salvo, the New York Yankees rallied to garner a series split with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The pinstripes improved to 14-0-2 in their last 16 series’ at The House That Derek Jeter Built.

GAME 1

From the inaction off the field to the lack of action on it, there was frustration abound at Yankee Stadium Tuesday evening. Coming off a rebound win at Boston and a day off, the Yankees were handled by a team that just got thrashed by the Miami Marlins. The 4-2 loss was none too pretty.

Not Happening Early

J.A. Happ was pitching to contact, yielding eight hits but as he opined, it’s a game the Yankees win more often than not. Happ gave the pinstripes six innings, allowing three runs, including a sac fly by Adam Jones in the first inning, Christian Walker home run and Nick Ahmed RBI-single in the fourth frame.

You Serious Clarke?

The Yankees were held down mostly through five innings against Taylor Clarke with two hits and zero runs. Yet, in the sixth, Aaron Judge ripped a ball by Jones in right for what was ruled a two-base error. Edwin Encarnacion followed by scalding an RBI-double to center.

Ces La Vie

Right after getting that run back, Aaron Boone summoned Luis Cessa and he proceeded to give it right back. Carson Kelly clocked a solo shot to left-center in the seventh.

Wading Pool

Facing Yoan Lopez in the eighth, Tyler Wade poured one out on the porch for his first home run of the season, pulling the pinstripes with two at 4-2. Yet, that would be all for the Bronx Bombers offense.

GAME 2

Putting aside more inaction at the trade deadline and a rain delay, the pinstripes were able to stage a rally and salvage a split with a 7-5 victory.

Oppo-Tach-o

Facing now-former D-Backs pitcher Zack Greinke in the second stanza, Mike Tauchman lifted a two-run tater to left to give the Bronx Bombers a 2-0 edge.

Masa’s Meh Matinee

He didn’t give up a touchdown but Masahiro Tanaka didn’t hang around very long, lasting four frames.

Chad Green entered with two runners on and zero outs and Eduardo Escobar plated a run with a force out to right in the fifth.

With the bases loaded, Jake Lamb lifted a sac fly to center and an airmailed throw past third by Aaron Hicks, enabled Arizona to take a 3-2 lead.

Ro-Ro Rescue Boat

With the rain delay over, Greinke on his way to H-Town and the Yankees not having acquired a starting pitcher, it’s almost like the Yankee lineup said, well, better get cracking.

Facing Yoshihisa Hirano in the seventh, Austin Romine rocked a two-run tater to left and the Bronx Bombers regained the advantage at 4-3.

Insurance Ensuring Victory

Speaking of urgent offense, the Yankees added more runs in the eighth against Hirano and T.J. McFarland. It proved imperative because Nestor Cortes Jr. and Aroldis Chapman combined to surrender a pair of runs in a shaky ninth. Consecutive singles by Aaron Judge and Edwin Encarnacion chased Hirano.

A ground out by Didi Gregorius plated Judge. A Gleyber Torres RBI-double scored Encarnacion. A two-out RBI-single by Cameron Maybin sent Torres home.

ON DECK

At 68-39, the Yankees host the Boston Red Sox for a four-game series at Yankee Stadium starting Friday night.

Pitching probables: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. TBD, and then the rest of the match ups are TBD on both sides.

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