Game 81: The Weirdest Win of the Season

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The Yankees season is half over. At 53-28, the team is on a 106 win pace and they have a 7 game lead in the division. They have some holes, to be sure, but they’re one of the best teams in baseball and on the shortlist of realistic contenders for the championship. That’s all very good.

Today’s game was probably the weirdest game we’ll see all season, or at the very least among them. The Yankees defeated the rival Red Sox 17-13 in a game in which both sides used 8 pitchers each. The game took nearly 5 hours (4:46 to be exact), but the Yankees won the first game ever played in Europe and they did so in front of nearly 60,000 fans. Very nice.

Anyway, this game took forever and this recap is already overdue, so let’s make this one quick.

1. What a Top of the 1st: The Yanks scored 6 runs in the top of the first inning and knocked Porcello out of the game immediately. It was fantastic. After a leadoff single from DJLM and a walk by Sánchez after a Judge out, the Yankees did this:

  • Luke Voit double
  • Didi Gregorius double
  • Edwin Encarnación double

And then:

Just like that, 6-0 Yanks. Just like you drew it up. Porcello was out of the game with this beautiful line: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. This felt like a laugher, until …

2. … The Red Sox tied the game: The Red Sox immediately tied the game. You can’t even make it up. This is how the game started for Boston:

  • Mookie Betts single
  • Rafael Devers double
  • Xander Boegarts walk
  • JD Martinez walk

Not great! Tanaka, who was terrible, did get the next two outs. Unfortunately, he gave up a hit to Brock Holt \o/ and then he met Michael Chavis:

Gross. Just gross. That ended Tanaka’s day, and the game was knotted up at 6 in the bottom of the 1st inning. Incredible. Here’s Tanaka’s disgusting line: 0.2 IP (better than Porcello!), 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR. Whatever, I guess. Both pitchers looked completely lost, as you can imagine, and it does make you wonder about the conditions on the mound, but this is a weird sport. I’m probably reading too much into it.

3. Makeshift Bullpen Game: Well, Tanaka certainly messed with the plans tomorrow, right? Chad Green came on in relief and threw 44 (!) pitches. I keep saying that he looks like the old Chad Green, but that’s because it’s true: even tonight, when he didn’t look great, he didn’t allow a run over 2 innings. Here’s his line: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Not his best night, but more than enough. He earned the win.

David Hale pitched a scoreless inning, but then things got weird with Nestor Cortes Jr. He’d been so great lately, and he was again today, too, pitching 3 innings of 1 run ball…

…until he completely fell apart with 2 outs in the 7th. He just couldn’t get another out. Here’s what happened:

  • Christian Vazquez single
  • Sandy Leon single
  • Michael Chavis HR (his 2nd 3-run bomb of the day)
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. single

Just like that, a great line became a terrible line, but I give him a pass. This was a weird game, and he’d been stretched thin. Still, though, eesh. For what it’s worth, Kahnle was also crushed, surrendering 2 runs without recording an out.

The rest of the pen, though, was very good. Ottavino, Britton, and Chapman combined for 2.1 scoreless innings and helped stave off Boston and preserve the lead.

4. The Offense was Good: After the initial outburst, the Yanks scored 2 runs in the 1st, 6 in the 4th, and 3 in the 5th. Total annihilation. Every starter reached base at least once (Torres walked twice and Sánchez once) and most players had multiple hits. Tends to happen when you score 17 runs. I’m way too lazy to go in-depth here, so here are some videos of the best offensive moments:

Here’s the box score for more details. Also, the Yankees started 5 players tonight with an OPS over .900. Lol. Just lol.

News and Notes:

  • Luke Voit left the game tonight with an unidentified injury. He got hurt stretching a single into a double and was 4-4 in the game. Here’s how he got hurt:

And here’s the update:

  • The Yankees optioned Nestor Cortes Jr. to Triple-A Scranton. He’ll be back soon, and this move is predictable given the bullpen workload.
  • Stephen Tarpley, not Chad Green, will start tomorrow’s game.

Tomorrow’s game is an early one. It begins at 10:10 am, and we’ll have a game thread and recap as usual. Here’s the matchup: Stephen Tarpley (0-0, 6.48 ERA) against Eduardo Rodriguez (8-4, 4.87 ERA). You can catch the game on ESPN or on the radio at WFAN (660 am). Have a great night, everyone.


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  1. dasit

    who the heck is available to pitch tomorrow?

    • Your a Looser Trader FotD

      Yeah things could get very ugly.

    • Wire Fan

      Each one of the big 4 relievers threw under 20 pitches. Hale is probably available for an inning, maybe 2 if he’s efficient (probably 1). Cessa and German I assume are the long guys. Since they sent Cortes down, the only guy unavailable is Green.

      I wonder if they are going full bullpen game or if Happ is coming in after Tarpley. I suspect they may roll the dice with Adams after Tarpley.

  2. HoopDreams

    Rollercoaster game

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