There is no denying that the Yankees have been really good this season in every area of the game like pitching, defense, base running, and offense. So it would only make sense that on a day when one of those areas suffers, it could absolutely cost the Yankees the game. Much like it did in tonight’s finale against the visiting Red Sox.
CC Sabathia was activated today to become tonight’s starter, continuing his march through his final MLB seasons. He threw 83 pitches in 6 innings, gave up 7 hits and 3 runs, and strongly struck out 8 Boston batters. With 2 outs in the 1st, he gave up a solo home run to allow the Red Sox on the board first.
In the 2nd, with 1 out, he allowed consecutive singles to put runners on the corners. Another single scored the lead runner thanks to a bit of a slow response by the Yankees’ defense. A lead-off solo home run in the 4th added another run to the Red Sox’s lead.
The Yankees didn’t get on the board until the bottom of the 4th, so they were already behind. With 1 out, Luke Voit hit a big solo home run to get the Yankees on the board. They loaded up the bases with singles by Sanchez, Hicks, and Torres. And Gio Urshela hit a sacrifice fly to score Sanchez and moved Hicks to 3rd. But then, a wonky play and some bad base running had Torres making a dash for 2nd and then getting Hicks stuck in a rundown to be eventually caught out to end the inning.
Luis Cessa came on in relief of Sabathia in the 7th and found his own troubles thanks to some further sloppy defense. With 1 out and a runner on 1st, a simple single became an easy triple and scored the the runner. Another single scored the next runner, and another single scored the final runner, furthering the Red Sox’s lead.
Cessa came back out in the 8th and gave up a double that scored on a single before he handed the ball off to David Hale. A ground out moved the runner to 2nd so he could score on a long triple to give the Red Sox a strong, rather insurmountable lead. Then Hale settled in and sailed through the rest of his outing to close out the game.
The Yankees made their best last-ditch effort to try to chip away at the Red Sox’s lead in the bottom of the 8th. They loaded up the bases again with a single to DJ LeMahieu and walks to Voit and Sanchez. A surprising balk moved the runners up and scored LeMahieu. Aaron Hicks’ ground out scored Voit and moved Sanchez to 3rd. Sanchez then scored on Gleyber Torres’ sacrifice fly. But that was it for the Yankees.
Final score: 8-5 Red Sox (no series winner yet as the Friday game will be made-up in August)
CC K-Count: 3028
Next up: The Yankees have an off-day/travel day tomorrow before they begin this weird road trip. First, they face the Blue Jays for a mid-week series before heading to Cleveland for the weekend. They break the road trip briefly to take a short trip home to host the Mets before heading out to Chicago for a 4-game weekend series to wrap up the road trip.
Tomorrow is the first day of the 2019 MLB Draft. Representatives from all over Major League Baseball gather to announce who their teams pick to join their organization. The Yankees will be represented by former outfielder, fan favorite, and current color commentator Nick Swisher. He is joined by Kelly Rodman, a Yankee scout and the first female scout in the Yankees’ organization. Rodman is also involved in many community outreach programs connecting the minor league organizations with their local communities.
The Yankees will have the 30th pick of the 1st round, the 38th pick in the compensation part of the 1st round (thanks to a trade with the Reds for Sonny Gray), and the 67th pick in the 2nd round, all selected on Monday. They will then select more potential players for the next rounds 3-40 over the next two days (Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Yankees will be the 28th team every round to select a new player.