The Yankees had no answer for Halos outfielder Eric Young Jr., as his game-tying home run in the eighth inning and game-winning single in the 11th snapped a six-game winning streak.
The immediate problem for the Yankees is loss of pitcher CC Sabathia. The veteran had to be removed after the fourth inning because of a strained left hamstring. Joe Girardi told reporters that he expects Sabathia to be placed on the disabled list.
“It felt like it just grabbed at first,” Sabathia said after the game. “I don’t think I heard a pop or anything like that. I thought I might be fine, but I went to throw the next pitch and couldn’t.”
What’s even tougher to swallow is that Sabathia should have been in the dugout nine pitches earlier. In that fourth inning, Andrelton Simmons hit a routine ground ball to shortstop Didi Gregorius. Didi’s throw to first inexplicably clanked off the glove of first baseman Chris Carter, and Simmons got to second. C.J. Cron followed with a single to left field to score an unearned run.Embed from Getty Images
Tyler Clippard gave up a solo home run to Young Jr. on just his second pitch of the evening. It was a big vote of confidence from Girardi to call on the right-hander in a high leverage situation the night after he blew a save, and hindsight says it was the wrong choice.
The Yankees scored on an RBI single by Brett Gardner in the fifth, and on a solo home run by Chase Headley in the seventh. Headley went 3-for-4 last night, and an already intimidating Yankee lineup would only get better if he gets hot.Embed from Getty Images
Young Jr. hit the eventual game-winning hit off Ben Heller, though the run that scored was charged to Chasen Shreve. Shreve also was charged with the loss.Embed from Getty Images
It was the Yankees’ first walk-off loss of the season.
It took extra innings, but Didi Gregorius extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the 11th inning off Mike Morin.