Game 106: ARI vs. NYY — Flat offense travels home

The Yankees begin their home stand this week with a 2-game mini-series against the visiting Diamondbacks for some quick interleague play. And despite some great pitching, the offense seemed to carry the flat offense home from Boston.

JA Happ threw 94 pitches through 6 innings, gave up 8 hits, a walk, and 3 runs, and struck out just 2 Arizona batters. In the 1st, with 1 out, he loaded up the bases with 2 singles and a walk. A sacrifice fly scored the D-backs first run of the night. It was a tough inning for Happ, but then he sailed his way through the next 2. He then gave up a lead-off solo home run in the 4th. A double moved to 3rd on a ground out and then scored on a single.

And then things got wonky. The next batter managed the rare feat of “batter’s interference”. Deep into the count, Happ threw a really low ball that bounced off the plate right as the runner at 1st made a dash for 2nd. So logically, Higashioka went for the ball to try to get the runner stealing 2nd. However, the batter wasn’t paying attention, and it looks like he went for the ball, almost maybe to stop it from rolling around the plate area, a common courtesy allowed when there’s no other runner involved. The batter’s action blocked Higashioka from getting to the ball and thus was out on “batter’s interference”.

{Media note: I searched, but there seems to be no video highlight of this incident, which is a shame because it’s a good one. So I went back and watched it on archives to try to relate it for you.}

Luis Cessa closed out the final third of the game for the Yankees with his out strong outing. His lone allowed run was a lead-off solo home run in the 7th inning to cap off Arizona’s scoring tonight. This should have been plenty of room for the Yankee offense to kick in and dominate like Yankee Universe is used to this team doing this season. But there hasn’t been a lot of “normal” lately.

Credit where credit is due, the Diamondbacks’ starter had a really good night, holding off the Yankees for most of the game. Judge led-off the 6th, and thanks to a sloppy fielding error made it all the way to 2nd. He then scored on Edwin Encarncion’s double to get the Yankees on the board. But with the bases loaded later in the inning, the Yankees couldn’t get any more runs home.

Tyler Wade hit a 1-out solo home run in the 8th inning to double the Yankees’ score, his first of the season and second of his MLB career. But the Yankees’ were stalled in their offense tonight.

Final score: 4-2 Diamondbacks

Injury update: In the 5th, Luke Voit came out of the game with what was dubbed a “core injury“. He will be sent to an MRI with results due before tomorrow’s game. Voit later said he “couldn’t get loose” before tonight’s game, and if anyone’s tried to work out without being warmed up or “loose”, you know that a muscle tightening or strain is pretty much in the cards. What that means for the infield is still up for grabs, especially with the trade deadline coming tomorrow at 4 pm EST.

Also, if you’re looking for some better moments, CC Sabathia was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday night. He chatted with Seth about his foundation, currently being on the injured list, retiring, this year’s All-Star Game festivities, wanting his plaque to wear a Yankees cap should he get into Cooperstown, and dressing up as Yoda for Yankees’ Star Wars night.

Go Yankees!

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