BRONX, N.Y. — At the beginning of the season I thought a fourth-place team was going to be swept at Yankee Stadium this weekend. I didn’t bank on it being the New York Yankees. It was all parts frustrating, baffling, and embarrassing. Losing like that at home against the Boston Red Sox was inexcusable. I hate to be one of those “if George was alive” guys but at least he’d get mad and ruffle some feathers and maybe make a move. Yet, it’s more delusion from the manager and deafening silence from the front office. Brutal.
I’m not big on all the sports gambling but this was fairly predictable. At least the Yankees were generous enough to allow you to get on with your Friday evening, as an early 3-0 deficit ended with a 5-2 loss.
Michael King surrendered a three-run homer to right to Rafael Devers in the first frame. He proceeded to do what he does best and pitch well with a deficit. King even tossed an immaculate inning.
Yet, it wasn’t all his fault. The Yankee lineup made old friend Nathan Eovaldi look like 1986 Roger Clemens. New York went 0-for-5 with RISP. They banged into a pair of double plays. The six through nine hitters (Rougned Odor, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner) went a combined 0-for-15 with 10 Ks.
The lone bright spot was an Aaron Judge laser to the porch in the sixth inning to get the Bronx Bombers on the board.
And the Yankees are on the board! Aaron Judge with a laser! #YANKSonYES
The Yankees showed some signs of life, even teased us with a lead but quickly unraveled for a 7-3 defeat.
Gleyber Torres took Eduardo Rodriguez deep to left for a two-run tater and a 2-0 advantage during the fourth frame. Yet, it’s truly remarkable that other than a sac fly to right by Torres in the sixth inning, that was basically all the Yankees could muster against a guy with a 6 ERA.
It wasn’t all his fault but Jameson Taillon went from cruise control and averaging 12 pitches per inning to not finishing the sixth inning. Alex Verdugo laced a one-out single to left. Xander Bogaerts continued to pick on Miguel Andujar and turned him around for a double off the wall in left. Devers lashed a two-run single to right to chase Taillon. Jonathan Loiasiga fared no better, yielding a RBI double to right to Marwin Gonzalez.
After that aforementioned sac fly from Torres in the sixth, the Yankees had another opportunity in the seventh inning. Following a one-out single by Sanchez, pinch-runner Tyler Wade was not sent and Frazier banged into an inning-ending double play.
In the eighth inning, the Bosox blew the lid off Chad Green. The big blows were an RBI double to left from Jorge Posada’s Godson Enrique Hernandez, a trading spaces double to right by Christian Vazquez and it was capped off with a bomb two-run tater to center by Bobby Dalbec.
Oh, the pain. This 6-5 loss was about as frustrating and as it gets. The Yankees played better in this one but there were still far too many opportunities left on the table.
Trailing 1-0 following a Verdugo homer to right-center off Domingo German, in the first frame, the Yankees rallied back.
After three consecutive one-out singles by Judge, Torres, and Urshela, Sanchez lined a two-run double to left off Garrett Richards to give the Yankees a 2-1 edge. Yet, instead of blowing it open, Chris Gittens and Frazier both struck out to end the threat.
In the fourth frame, Judge grounded into a force out to make it 3-1.
However, the Red Sox would knot it up at 3-3 when Gonzalez launched a two-run homer to left off Lucas Luetge in the seventh inning.
The eighth inning was a complete clown show, whether you blame LeMahieu or Frazier, someone has to catch the pop-up ruled double to shallow right by Christian Arroyo, that deflected off LeMahieu’s glove. A Verdugo ground out moved Arroyo to third. Bogaerts lifted a sac fly to center off Wandy Peralta to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.
Thankfully, the Yankees rallied back against Matt Barnes in the ninth inning. Judge coaxed a one-out walk and scored on a double to left by Torres for the equalizer.
However, with two down and runners on the corners, pinch-hitter Rougned Odor was called out on a pitch that missed by 4.55 inches. At least Phil Nevin, who had COVID-19 and lost about 20 pounds from a staph infection, showed some fight while getting run for arguing the call, unlike manager Aaron Boone.
Full count, two outs, bottom of the 9th, winning run on third, and umpire Gabe Morales blows a huge call to send the game to extras.
This called strikeout to Rougned Odor missed outside by 4.55 inches.