Oh, it was another one of “those” games. I’m not exactly sure how the Yankees can have two of these in a single series, especially as the series isn’t even over yet. But they did. So there’s that.
Bryan Mitchell got the start in this afternoon’s game, the third game against the Red Sox at Fenway, and it wasn’t a terrible outing. It wasn’t fantastic either. It was just okay, which really isn’t the kind of outing the Yankees needed to solidify things. He threw 74 pitches just shy of 5 innings, gave up 5 hits, a walk, and 4 runs (only 3 earned runs), and struck out 3 Boston batters.
In the 3rd, a lead-off double moved to 3rd on a line out before scoring easily on an RBI double. But Mitchell shut things down and moved forward, keeping things under control. In the 5th, with a lead-off walk and 2 outs, Mitchell gave up a “Monster” 2-run home run. That would be it for Mitchell today.
It was onto Luis Severino for some relief again, who despite walking his first batter did, did a good job of keeping the Red Sox from adding to their score through the 6th inning. His lead-off batter in the 7th doubled, and the Yankees opted for Tommy Layne. Layne, the specialist promptly threw 2 pitches to get a fly ball out to edge in on the Yankees’ lead. His day was done.
Now, let’s back up a bit here. The Yankees certainly weren’t letting the Red Sox pitcher get off easily, pushing him to throw 113 pitches in just 6 innings, garnering 9 hits in the process and enough runs to grab the lead. In the 3rd, Romine led-off with a single and then scored rather easily on Brett Gardner’s beautiful 1-out triple. Another out later, Gary Sanchez hit a great 2-run home run over the Green Monster (wow!) to ease the Yankees into the lead. And in the 4th, with 1 out and Gregorius and Headley on base with singles, Austin Romine’s double scored both runners, giving the Yankees a comfortable lead.
So, the Yankees were barely leading in the 7th when Adam Warren came on in relief with 1 out and a runner on 3rd. A single scored the tying run and Fenway basically erupted in cheers. They had hope for the first time all day. So when the next batter singled and the runners moved up on a ground out, the Red Sox fans were waiting for the exact play that happened next — a wild pitch where the lead runner scored the winning run. Of course, the next runner got a little greedy, and the Yankees tagged him out trying to come home as well.
But the damage was done, and the Yankees never did find a last-minute rally in them.
Final score: 6-5 Red Sox.
And for some more bad news: both Starlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury came out of today’s game early with individual injuries. Castro came up limping running out a double he hit in the 5th inning. Ellsbury chased down a double hit in the 7th and felt a “pop” in his right knee. Both are headed back to New York for further examinations by the Yankees’ team doctor. He will dictate the next step for the two players.
Also, in other roster news: yesterday, pitcher Anthony Swarzak was sent to his rehab assignment to the AA Trenton Thunder. Though their season is almost over, so I expect the Yankees will need a “fresh arm” fairly soon.