Angels 3, Yankees 2…
After a weekend when runs came so easily, they were hard to find on Tuesday night as the Angels took down the Yankees in extra innings. The loss snapped the Yankees’ six-game winning streak. However, the bigger loss may have been CC Sabathia who strained his left hamstring and is probably headed for a DL stint. CC will undergo a MRI later today.
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The feast or famine (with the emphasis on the latter) that surrounds Chris Carter was a primary ingredient for the loss. Carter was 1-for-5 (with a meaningless single), and he popped out with the bases loaded and only one out in the top of the 11th inning. He struck out 3 times, and committed an error at first in the fourth inning when he missed an accurate routine throw with two outs from Didi Gregorius, setting the stage for the first Angels’ run. The runner, Andrelton Simmons, advanced to second on the play, and scored on a single by C.J. Cron.
The Yankees tied the score in the 5th when Chase Headley doubled and Brett Gardner delivered a two-out run-scoring single. In the 7th, Headley hit a solo shot to center to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Headley, arguably the worst Yankees hitter not named Chris Carter, was the night’s best hitter. He finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
From there, the Yankees were undone by a former Yankee, Eric Young, Jr. In the bottom of the 8th, with the Yankees nursing the one-run lead, the Yankees brought in Tyler Clippard to pitch and he was greeted by a Young home run which tied the game. As great a job as Clippard did last year after his acquisition last year at the trading deadline from the Arizona Diamondbacks, he’s been a weak link this year in the critical setup role. A healthy Aroldis Chapman would have meant Dellin Betances in that situation and the outcome may have been different. The homer denied the first Major League victory for Giovanny Gallegos who had relieved Sabathia in the fifth and pitched admirably for two innings, allowing only one hit and no runs.
The Yankees loaded the bases with one-out in the top of the 11th. Gary Sanchez walked and then advanced to third on a double by Didi Gregorius. Headley received an intentional walk, which brought Carter to the plate with a chance to bring runners home. He jumped on the first pitch from new reliever Keynan Middleton, who had just entered the game, but unfortunately, he popped out with an infield fly to third. Brett Gardner followed with another pop out which ended the Yankees’ threat and set the stage for the Angels’ walk-off in the bottom of the frame.
With Chasen Shreve pitching, Andrelton Simmons walked to open the bottom of the inning. Shreve got the next batter, C.J. Cron, on a fly out to left, but then Manager Joe Girardi pulled Shreve (he had thrown 38 pitches to that point in his 1 2/3 innings of work) to replace him with Ben Heller. Heller got the first batter he faced (Martin Maldonado) on a ground out, but Simmons stole second during the at-bat and advanced to third with the out. Eric Young, Jr, came to bat after Heller had walked Cliff Pennington and he hit an infield single that was deflected off the pitcher’s backside, scoring Simmons with the winning run.
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‘Woulda, coulda, shoulda’ was the story to this game. Losing is never fun, but losing games that should have been won are harder.
No word who will replace Sabathia in the rotation. Chad Green, Sunday’s starter, was limited to a pitch count of 50 (he was pulled after throwing 53 pitches). I wouldn’t be surprised to see either Luis Cessa or Bryan Mitchell recalled to be the interim starter. The less likely options would be Caleb Smith (who was the winning pitcher yesterday for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and is currently 4-0 with 2.71 ERA) or Chance Adams (3-2, 2.52 ERA) since neither one is on the 40-man roster.
The Boston Red Sox picked up a game on the Yankees, thanks to their second consecutive extra inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Red Sox now trail the Yankees (38-24) by three games. The Tampa Bay Rays also won so they are 5.5 games behind. Both the Orioles and the Blue Jays lost.
Odds & Ends…
The MLB Draft completed Rounds 3 through 10 on Tuesday. Like the day before, the emphasis was high on right-handed pitchers. Only one position player was taken. High School catcher (who will be converted to the outfield) Canaan Smith (not to be confused with the country singer by the same name). Smith, a graduate of Rockwall-Heath (Texas) High School, was routinely pitched around with a Barry Bonds-like walk rate. He was selected in the 4th round.
The lone lefty taken was Dalton Lehnen of Augustana College in the 6th round. Otherwise, Day 2 was stacked with righties.
Here is the list of players taken on Day 2:
Round 3 (92): Trevor Stephan, Arkansas, RHP
Round 4 (122): Canaan Smith, Rockwall-Heath HS, RF
Round 5 (152): Glenn Otto, Rice, RHP
Round 6 (182): Dalton Lehnen, Augustana College, LHP
Round 7 (212): Dalton Higgins, Dallas Baptist, RHP
Round 8 (242): Kyle Zurak, Redford U, RHP
Round 9 (272): Austin Gardner, U Texas-Arlington, RHP
Round 10 (302): Chad Whitmer, Southern Illinois U Carbondale, RHP
The Baltimore Orioles are gushing about the fall of D.L. Hall to them. They didn’t expect him to be the board with the 21st pick on Monday. Nothing against Clarke Schmidt, but I hope this choice doesn’t come back to haunt the Yankees in future years.
Day 3 concludes today with Rounds 11 through 40. Start time is 12:00 pm Eastern.
LHP Tommy Layne, who was previously designated for assignment, has been outrighted to AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
RHP Ronald Herrera has been named the Eastern League (AA) Pitcher of the Week. In his last start, Herrera pitched 6 2/3 innings while only allowing two hits in the Trenton Thunder’s 9-0 victory over the Hartford Yard Goats. After giving up a two-out single in the first inning, Herrera retired 16 consecutive Yard Goats before surrendering the second hit. He struck out 9 in picking up the win. Herrera is the fourth Thunder pitcher to win the weekly award this year, following Chance Adams, Yefry Ramirez, and Justus Sheffield.
Aroldis Chapman was scheduled to pitch yesterday for High-A Tampa, however, the game was rained out. Chapman will pitch one inning Friday for AA-Trenton and is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the Yankees on Sunday in Oakland.
Have a great Wednesday! Time to start a new winning streak!