Despite some early power, the Yankees fell to the old bad single inning to end up splitting this short series. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s all it takes to swing a game.
CC Sabathia got the start in tonight’s game against the Reds in Cincinnati. He threw 91 pitches in 6 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs, and struck out just 2 Reds’ batters. To be perfectly fair, with a lone inning exception, Sabathia had a rather great outing. But it would be the 6-hit 2nd inning that would make all the difference in tonight’s game.
In the 2nd, Sabathia loaded up the bases quickly with 2 singles and a walk before getting his first out of the inning (a strikeout). A single then scored 2 runners. Another loaded up the bases again. Another scored 2 more. And yet another scored one more for the Reds. Then Sabathia got his 2nd strikeout (of the night) and a groundout to end the inning. But the damage was done.
Dellin Betances walked his first 2 batters of his 7th inning, but then focused in and got 3 straight nasty strikeouts. Chad Green, recently called up (see below), threw a nearly flawless 8th inning, adding 2 more strikeouts to the total, but keeping the Reds scoreless during his tenure.
Meanwhile, the Yankees got on the board first in a very Yankee way. In the 1st, Gary Sanchez hit a big 1-out solo home run, and then Didi Gregorius jumped in on the fun in the 2nd inning with his own 1-out solo home run, his first of the 2017 season actually. Starlin Castro led-off the 4th inning with a double and ended up at 3rd after 2 outs before scoring on Gregorius’ single.
But then there was a whole lot of nothing. Both teams had their opportunities to advance, but neither did as both pitching staffs fairly breezed their way through the rest of the game.
Final score: 5-3 Reds, split series 1-1.
I did mention that after the marathon game on Sunday there would be some roster moves. Well, there was one yesterday. The Yankees optioned infielder Rob Refsnyder back to AAA Scranton in exchange for recalling reliever Chad Green, who ended up pitching in tonight’s game. Fortunately, these last 2 games in Cincy have been relatively normal, with starters going deep into the game without exhausting a bullpen with extra innings of sloppy mistakes.
Now, with an off-day, the Yankee head back to New York for a 4-game series against the Astros, who are having a pretty great season themselves. Plus, there’s some big pre-game ceremony on Sunday that everyone’s making a pretty big deal out of (seriously, it’s Jeter). Also, it’s Mother’s Day, so consider this your warning to make sure your mom/wife/sister/etc. have a gift on their way to them.
And for your viewing pleasure, the Yankees continue to make those hilarious videos for Yankees OnDemand. This one features the hype around Gary Sanchez and his hashtag #IAmGary. It also has a surprising guest appearance by reliever Adam Warren. (Warning: you will laugh!)