Yanks Week 15 Recap: The Series That Never Ended
Friday – Sunday @ Red Sox:
L 5-4, W 4-1 (F/16), W 3-0, L 3-0
The second half started the same way the first half ended, with a bullpen implosion. The Yanks took a one run lead in the top of the 5th behind this absolute bomb from Sanchez.
Would a one run lead be enough with this bullpen the way it’s been going the past month and a half? Nope. The 8th inning was incredibly important because Betances looked like the Betances of old. Three up, Three down, three k’s. Enter Chapman. When he doesn’t have his best stuff, the man doesn’t battle. This was on full display in Fenway on Friday night. Two infield singles, a costly Torreyes error (his second of the game), an intentional walk to Hanley, and a walk off walk to Benintendi. That’s all she wrote. The bottom of the 9th was flat out horrific. Turn the page and move on.
Final: 5-4 Red Sox.
Saturday’s game started, kept going, kept going some more, and 16 innings later it felt like almost nothing had happened. Severino vs. Sale was advertised as a pitcher’s duel and it lived up to exactly that. Severino brought his A+ stuff allowing only one run over seven strong innings (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K).
Chris Sale’s matched him pitch for pitch, going 7 2/3 scoreless innings. It looked like the Yanks were on the brink of being shut out for the first time this year until Matt Holliday stepped up to the plate in the top of the 9th.
Just a day after another bullpen meltdown, the pen was almost perfect on Saturday.
The game was relatively boring and uneventful until the 16th except for a couple botched bunts by the Yanks, and even more head scratchers from Girardi. Didi finally broke the tie in the top half of the 16th with a rope to center, Romine followed it up with a single of his own, and Sanchez added another with a sac fly in front of the monster. Ben Heller was able to keep the score right there and the marathon was over in a brisk six hours.
Final: 4-1 Yanks.
Game one of Sunday’s double header was going to be a high scoring affair with two depleted bullpens right? Nope. Two runs in the 4th led by Ji Man Choi and Ronald Torreyes (yup you read that right) and this homer by Didi was all CC would need.
CC gave the Yankees the start they desperately needed after using their entire bullpen the night before (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K). Chapman nailed it down without making it exciting. Next stop, taking three out of four in Boston. Final: 3-0 Yanks.
David price has always struggled against the Yankees, but absolutely didn’t on Sunday. If there was one positive takeaway from game two, it was Tanaka. He was able to get deep into the game and was more than effective (7.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). The length of his start gave the bullpen another breather, and the Yanks got out of Fenway with a split (although it could have been so much more). Final: 3-0 Red Sox.
Notes from the All-Star Break:
- Aaron Judge’s dominance in the home run derby was incredible. Four balls over 500 feet and more than 20 opposite field homers. Judge became the first rookie to win the derby, and if you can find a video showing all of Judge’s home run it’s well worth it.
- Tyler Webb was traded to the Brewers for Garrett Cooper, a 6’6’’ behemoth first basemen having a great year in AAA. The Yanks went with an unconventional approach at filling their first base void. Unfortunately for Cooper, he had to make his debut against the Sox, and specifically Sale in the second game. He looked completely overmatched, but it’s a small sample. Look for more ABs in the near future
- Chris Carter was officially released. Thank you sweet baby Jesus.
- It looks like Pineda’s career in pinstripes is officially over and all I can say is…. Meh. They won the trade that brought him to the Bronx because Jesus Montero has completely flamed out, but Pineda’s years in the Bronx always felt like they could have been so much more, like he was always on the verge of breaking out.
Record & Standings:
Week record: 2-2
Overall record: 47-43
A look ahead: 3 @ Minnesota, 4 @ Seattle
Around the League:
- Cody Bellinger’s magical rookie year continued over the weekend when he hit for the cycle on Friday night.
- Jose Quintana dazzled in his north side debut. He was traded from the White Sox to the defending world series champs over the all-star break in the first blockbuster of the 2017 season. He came out firing on Sunday striking out 12 over 7 scoreless in Baltimore.
- Oh…and Mike Trout is back. Be happy.