With CC now on the disabled list it is clear that the Yankees will need Vidal Nuno, David Phelps and Alfredo Aceves to step up. Phelps pitched superbly versus the Angels in his last start, and honestly looked pretty good today.
However, the defense and the bullpen failed Phelps today. Derek Jeter failed to get to another grounder in the third. And Ichiro Suzuki failed to catch an easy fly-ball in the 6th. To be fair Ichiro would have made the play on normal turf, but here he barely got any traction on his slide.
This is a very disappointing loss as the team, jumped to an early 3-0 lead off Matt Garza, and had made him throw over 40 pitches in the first inning. The game started with a double from Gardner, a failed sac bunt from Jeter, a walk to both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira and a big 2 RBI double from Kelly Johnson. The team scored their third run on a sac from Solarte.
It’s nice to start off the game with lead, but the Yankees failed to go for the kill. The team didn’t score again until the 7th inning. During that time the Brewers were able to put up two big innings off of the Yankees.
The Brewers first rally came in the third, and it surprisingly started with a double from Garza. Phelps then preceded to hit Carlos Gomez on the hands to make a two-on no-out situation. Logan Schafer then sacrificed the runners over. That’s when things got interesting, the next batter Rickie Weeks hit a soft ground ball to Derek Jeter. Instead of charging in on the ball and making and easy out, Jeter stayed back, waited on the ball and failed to record the out at first. A run scored on the play.
The score became 3-1. Then Phelps made a stupid mistake of his own and got called on a balk. Which meant that Weeks—who should’ve been out—went to second. Then Lyle Overbay hit a bloop single to give cut the Yankees lead to 3-2. After that hit Phelps regained his composure and got Mark Reynolds to strike-out and Jean Segura to line-out.
The Brewers finished their come-back in the 6th, as they scored 3 more runs to get the lead. The inning started with back-to-back hits by Segura and Martin Maldonado. This put runners on first and third with no outs. The Brewers then used two pinch hitters in Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy. Initially the Brewers sent Gennett to the plate, but once Joe Girardi put in Matt Thornton the Brew-crew felt they needed to burn their second pinch-hitter. Lucroy hit a single off Thornton, which knocked in the tying run.
With the score 3-3, and runners on first and second and no outs, Joe brought Dellin Betances into the game. Betances first batter was Gomez, who got himself out by putting down an awful bunt that stayed in the air. Logan Schafer was the next batter and hit a weak fly-ball to right-field. Ichiro looked like he was going to slide on his knees and make the play, but the turf slowed him down and the ball got away from him. If he made the catch he could’ve had an easy double play, but instead he let a run score, and let Lucroy go to third.
Weeks then got an RBI on a fielder’s choice, and thrown out on a steal attempt. So after 6 innings the Yankees trailed 5-3.
To the Yankees credit, they also rallied in this game, and they scored one run in the very next inning. Solarte was able to knock in Teixeira to make the score 5-4. Teix got on base off a fielder’s choice, and was moved to second on a ground out by Carlos Beltran.
The Yankees next run came in the 9th, as Teixeira hit a 2-out homer versus Francisco Rodriguez. The homer was the first run that Rodriguez allowed all season. It’s amazing that people wanted Teix off of this team in April. He worked a very long count and there was very little doubt that his hit would leave the park.
Unfortunately, the Brewers were able to start a comeback versus Adam Warren in the bottom of the 9th. Logan Schafer began the inning with a relatively deep fly-out. With one out, Weeks came to the plate and hit a ground ball over the first base bag, for an easy double. Weeks then moved to third on a wild pitch. Warren struck out Lyle Overbay, but allowed Mark Reynolds to hit a game winning grounder to the right side to win the game.
It was nice to see the team fight back two nights in a row, but these are the type of games they should be winning. They are clearly struggling overall, and will head back to New York to face another cold team. I generally don’t like playing struggling team’s as everyone gets hot eventually, but I guess that doesn’t really matter now that the Yankees are also struggling.
The two bright-spots of this game may be John Ryan Murphy, who went 3-4, and Yangervis Solarte who went 2-2, with a walk and a sac-fly.