It’s been about two weeks since my last recap blog, so I won’t go into the detail I usually do. But let’s recap:
Judge walkoff & quick Jays sweep
The Toronto Blue Jays came back to Yankee Stadium & were promptly swept in two games. Game 1 looked bleak, but a Giancarlo Stanton three-run porch shot tied it. Then, Aaron Judge’s first career walkoff homer won it.
The bats went quiet in Game 3 and an Aroldis Chapman blow-up (what else is new) ended that one in a 3-2 loss. But the Yanks bounced back Sunday to take 3/4 from the reigning Central champs. They did it on the back of Nasty Nestor.
Unfortunately, Game 4 was a 9-6 loss. The most noteworthy development from that game was Chad Green’s injury. He’s done for the season. I get he hasn’t been as effective the past few months as we’re used to, but it’s still a big blow to the bullpen. We’ll get to that in a bit.
Dicey Sunday against the White Sox
The Yankees won Game 1 of the White Sox series behind Nestor & a DJ LeMahieu grand slam.
The Yankees were perfectly healthy all season, save for a Tim Locastro injury. Until this week. I mentioned Green being out for the year. Throw in Luis Gil also getting Tommy John surgery, Donaldson, Joey Gallo, and Kyle Higashioka missing time due to covid symptoms, DJ missing time with a sore wrist, and Stanton & Jonathan Loaisiga both hitting the IL, and it was a MESS of a week. Yet the Yankees found a way to win the series.
Monday absolutely sucked. Cole looked dominant for most of the game, but a disaster four-run third did him in. He ended up finishing with 8 IP, 5 ER, and 11 strikeouts. Not even two Judge homers could win us this one as the Yankees fell, 6-4.
However, the Yankees showed some real fortitude taking the next two games. Tuesday will forever be known as the “Jose Trevino game.” The Yankee catcher went 3-4 with a homer and 3 RBI, including both the game-tying and walkoff hits. Throw in the fact that this would’ve been his late father’s birthday, and it’s just an unbelievable story.
Wednesday, the kids stepped up big time. JP Sears & Ron Marinaccio combined for 7 shutout innings. Miguel Andujar’s RBI single and a wild throw into centerfield would be the only offense, but it was enough.
The Yankees start a HUGE four-game set tonight against the Rays. It’s the first time they’ve played all season, with the Bombers currently holding a 4.5 game division lead. No Stanton, no Loaisiga, no Chapman (that one’s a good thing). Hopefully DJ and Donaldson back ASAP. Depleted roster, we’ve always had trouble at the Trop. I’m just asking for a split. Here are the probable pitchers:
Thursday: Nestor Cortes (3–1, 1.80 ERA, 56 SO) vs. Ryan Yarborough (0–0, 4.20 ERA, 12 SO)