Hmm, I wonder how the Red Sox got such a good bullpen. Oh right, the Yankees. Ex-Yanks Garrett Whitlock and Adam Ottavino threw 3 of Boston’s 5.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen, as the Red Sox held off the Yankees, 5-3. The Yankees are now five games out of first place (Tampa, who won tonight) and four behind Boston.
It’s a beautiful Friday night in New York, so we’re going to keep tonight’s takeaways brief, in bullet point style. Here we go:
- Tonight was Domingo Germán’s third straight start allowing four or more runs and not going longer than 4.1 innings pitched. Before that, the righty had averaged 5.5 innings per start and owned a 3.12 ERA, though perhaps his 4.55 FIP foretold some regression. If so, it’s here. Oddly enough, Germán didn’t give up a homer tonight, which is how he usually gets into trouble. There was plenty of loud contact though, especially in that three-run first.
- What was Phil Nevin thinking when he waved around Gio Urshela in the 4th inning? We already know Urshela is hurting and that Renfroe has a great arm. Really just an awful send, especially with no one out. The Yankees could have had runners on the corners and still three chances to tie the game, but instead, Boston escaped still up one.
- Good to see Jonathan Loaisiga bounce back after his last outing, which was bad. He struck out four batters in the 7th, becoming the third Yankee to do so (AJ Burnett in 2011 and Phil Hughes in 2012).
- Not good to see two relievers the Yankees handed to Boston throw three shutout innings. Leaving Garrett Whitlock unprotected in the Rule 5 draft looks like an awful decision now. He has a 1.70 ERA after tossing 2 clean frames in this game. As for Adam Ottavino, hindsight is 20/20, but it still doesn’t make it any less annoying to watch him throw a 1-2-3 inning after struggling in pinstripes last year. The front office has to be squirming about giving these two guys away to a division rival, though they can blame Hal for Ottavino.
- Zack Britton got injured just in time for Darren O’Day and/or Justin Wilson to return from their rehab assignments. Sigh. Looked like a hamstring issue, but we’ll hear more in the coming days. Sure makes one wonder about what his “general soreness” a few days ago really was.
- That 9th inning turned at a moments notice, huh? The bottom of the lineup put together nice at-bats against Boston’s closer Matt Barnes, and then, Clint Frazier finally chased after fouling off a few pitches. The next pitch: game ending GIDP from DJ LeMahieu. The second inning ending double play of the night for the team (Gleyber Torres in the third).
At least the Yankees have won each of their last two series (Oakland and Kansas City) after dropping the first game. There’s a little optimism for ya. The Yanks can level this series with a win tomorrow night. Jordan Montgomery will face Nate Eovaldi.