At a few points in this game, I was so looking forward to writing this blog. In fact, going into the 9th inning, I was still rather hopeful for something awesome to write about. I should know better.
And if I didn’t know better the one hour and 21 minute rain delay to stall the start of the game, the Yankees took on the Phillies in game 2 of their 3-game midweek series at the stadium. After the mess that was last night, the Yankees were looking for better pitching and better, well, everything tonight. But honestly, it felt like a lot of the same from last night.
CC Sabathia got his turn to start, and like his teammate yesterday, he really struggled his way through his outing — 94 pitches in just 4.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, and just 4 strikeouts. And these stats don’t really show the full picture, as he was fairly decent through the first couple of innings, even getting a lead-off single to score on a double in the 3rd was still keeping the Phillies from doing much damage. No, for Sabathia, the bad inning was the 4th inning. A 1-out double scored on a 2-run home run, and after another out and two consecutive singles, a big 3-run home run pushed the Phillies into the lead with surety. In the 5th, with 2 quick outs and a fielding error, Sabathia’s day was done and it was up to reliever Branden Pinder to get a 5-pitch strikeout to get out of the inning.
Not that the Phillies were somehow displaying feats of spectacular pitching themselves. Their starter only made it 4.1 innings in 83 pitches, but gave the Yankees 10 hits and 6 runs, striking out just 2. In the 1st, Brett Gardner led off with a double, moved to 3rd on a groundout, and then scored on Alex Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly. Garrett Jones led off the 2nd inning with a solo home run before Gardner repeated the action in the 3rd with his own lead-off solo home run. (Gardner is still showing off why he’s just amazing, proving what Yankee fans have known since 2008.)
Down 6-3 in the mid-5th, the Yankees took advantage of their nickname as Chase Headley (his 100th career homer, by the way) and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back home runs to start the 5th inning. Once Beltran was on with a 1-out double, the Phillies took their starter out of the game, and their reliever got 1 quick out before Chris Young doubled home Beltran to tie up the game.
The game would stay tied as relievers from both teams suddenly remembered how to play. The Phillies’ relievers kept things tight and rolling for them through the rest of the game. And for the Yankees, Chasen Shreve took the 6th, and Justin Wilson the 7th to keep the game tied waiting for some kind of offensive breakthrough. Wilson threw into the 8th before Dellin Betances came on to finish the last 2 outs of that inning and attempt to close out the 9th. But Betances wasn’t very Betances-like tonight. In the 9th, a lead-off double and hit-by-pitch both scored on a big double to push the Phillies into the lead again. A groundout and another hit-by-pitch put runners on the corners and had the Yankees calling for the bullpen.
It was Nick Rumbelow in for Betances to finish the 9th. But he quickly loaded the bases with a walk, and then all three runners scored on a big triple before Rumbelow got the next two batters to strikeout to end the inning. The Phillies’ closing pitcher got a nice 10=pitch 1-2-3 inning and sealed the win for the Phillies.
Again, like yesterday, it was the very high-scoring, high-totals in the game that would tip-off most people as to the sloppy pitching once again, especially from pitchers we’ve come to think rather highly of (Betances, for example). In total, the Phillies gave up 13 hits, 6 runs, and 2 walks to the Yankees, striking out just 7 batters; the Yankees gave up 11 hits, 11 runs, 4 walks, and 11 strikeouts. That 11 strikeouts by Yankee pitchers may be the lone right thing they did all night.
Final score: 11-6 Phillies.
Another day, another roster move: Bryan Mitchell and Jose Pirela were recalled from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Ramon Flores was optioned back to AAA Scranton. And Stephen Drew was placed on the paternity list. (Congrats to the Drew family on their newest addition!)
One more home game in June before the Yankees hit the road again… is anyone else tired of road games this year already?