Make it four straight losses. The Red Sox beat the Yankees in 10 innings tonight, 6-5, and completed the weekend sweep at Yankee Stadium. Just another awful, no good, and miserable performance from the Yankees tonight. The umpiring didn’t help, but it also doesn’t excuse the rest of what happened. Here are the takeaways from tonight’s game:
This should have been a blowout win. Instead, the offense’s ineptitude kept Boston in a game where two of the team’s best relievers (Jonathan Loaisiga and Chad Green) were unavailable. As such, the Red Sox capitalized on the Yankees’ inability to score. Sound familiar?
And just two runs, unfortunately. This is why the #toomanyhomers discourse was always silly. It's not easy to string together hit after hit after hit. Especially with today's pitchers. https://t.co/QGmOt0vj0c— Views from 314ft (@ViewsFrom314ft) June 7, 2021
Boston’s starter Garrett Richards looked absolutely awful today and the Yankees let him off the hook. He allowed ten baserunners in his five innings of work, and yet, the Yanks could only scratch across three runs. So it goes for this year’s team.
While hitting with runners on base is a huge issue, the teamwide power outage is a larger concern. Gary Sánchez’s first inning two-run double was the club’s lone extra base hit this evening in spite of a number of high exit velocity batted balls. Singles and walks are good and all, but it’s not easy to score a bunch of runs without the long ball.
Until this team rediscovers it’s power stroke, it won’t go anywhere. This lineup wasn’t constructed around a bunch of .300 hitters. And in today’s pitching environment, trying to build a team like that is a fool’s errand. Home runs win games. I know a lot of people don’t want to believe that, but it’s true.
Aaron Boone managed the end of this game like it didn’t matter. The offense stinking isn’t Boone’s fault, but he still left his mark on tonight’s loss.
First, how does Boone not blow a gasket after the atrocious called strike three to Rougned Odor to end the ninth? Phil Nevin and Carlos Mendoza got tossed, but Boone let it slide and/or played damage control. Would be awfully nice to see the manager as angry as the rest of the fanbase, wouldn’t it?
Questionable strike call on Rougned Odor.pic.twitter.com/zuPz3uFI8F— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 7, 2021
Secondly, and with a more direct impact to tonight’s outcome: why did Aroldis Chapman not pitch the tenth inning? He needed just 12 pitches to throw the ninth frame and hadn’t pitched in four days. Tomorrow’s an off day. What is Boone saving him for? Instead, he turned to Luis Cessa, who almost worked out of trouble before giving up two runs.
What the hell has happened to DJ LeMahieu? With tonight’s 0-for-5, LeMahieu has a .253/.335/.321 (89 wRC+) batting line. Are we sure this is the same guy who hit .336/.386/.536 (146 wRC+) in his first two seasons in pinstripes? He’s been nothing short of awful this season. And that he’s doing it out of the leadoff spot day in and day out really puts the offense in a terrible position.
To make matters worse, he made a costly error (generously scored a double) in the eighth inning that led to the go-ahead run.
If you’re not hitting, the least you can do is make plays defensively. I suppose you could argue that’s Clint Frazier’s ball, but it still clanked off of LeMahieu’s glove after he called for it and overran it.
Domingo Germán’s performance. I’ve written a similar version of this particular takeaway about Germán before. He’s always going to give up the long ball — it’s part of his game — but as long as he limits baserunners like he did tonight, he can get away with it. Alex Verdugo took him way deep for a solo homer in the first inning, but that was the only damage Boston did against the Yankees’ starter.
Other than the Verdugo dinger, Germán kept the basepaths pretty clear. He allowed just four baserunners the rest of the way and finished his 5.2 innings of work with just three hard hit balls against him (including the homer).
Germán’s always been a strike-thrower, which perhaps is one of the reasons he gives up a lot of homers. Historically, the 28 year-old righty has been control-over-command. Tonight, though, he had exceptional command (save for the middle-middle fastball to Verdugo, of course).
A few curveballs slipped way high as you can see, but generally, he kept that pitch down. Likewise for his changeup.
Most importantly, he also kept his four-seamer and sinker on the edges. Commanding those latter two pitches are key as Germán’s fastball velocity is middle-of-the-pack (52nd percentile). And as you can tell from below, he’s typically more in the heart of the zone with his four-seamer and sinker.
So yeah, tonight will do. He did pay for the bad fastball to Verdugo, but otherwise, those two offerings were on point:
The final line: 5.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. A good effort after an inauspicious beginning. Of course, it went wasted.
- Giancarlo Stanton didn’t start, but he pinch hit for Brett Gardner in the eighth inning as the go-ahead run and struck out.
- Relievers Lucas Luetge and Wandy Peralta gave up three runs in 2.1 innings. Luetge gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Marwin Gonzalez in the seventh and Peralta gave up a tough-luck run in the eighth after LeMahieu’s aforementioned misplay.
- The Yankees are 0-18 when allowing five or more runs.
The Yankees are (thankfully) off tomorrow before they start a series against the Twins in Minnesota. Have a good night.