The Yankee offense pulled off another disappearing act, as they dropped the middle game to the Texas Rangers by a score of 8 to 1.
The Bombers were held to just an Aaron Judge solo home run (his 26th, tying Bobby Murcer for second most by a Yankee rookie) by Austin Bibens-Dirkx. The 32-year-old rookie allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three in his impressive seven innings. Alex Claudio and Keone Kela completed the last two innings without allowing a baserunner. No Yankee player recorded multiple hits.
The same could not be said for Luis Cessa. He allowed three runs in his five innings of work. Elvis Andrus had an RBI single in the first, and Carlos Gómez launched his 10th home run of the year in the fourth inning.
Judge’s homer came in the sixth, but Jonathan Holder allowed the deficit to grow by giving up a solo shot to Robinson Chirinos. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb made his major league debut in the seventh, retiring all four batters he faced. He got his first career strikeout of Rougned Odor.Embed from Getty Images
Everything unraveled in the top of the ninth when Joe Girardi called on struggling righty Tyler Clippard. He allowed four runs: one on a wild pitch, two on a Shin-Soo Choo double into the right field gap and one more on another RBI single for Andrus. He was booed at many points during the inning, and cheered derisively after striking out Adrián Beltré to finish it out. Clippard now has a 23.57 ERA since the west coast trip.
On a more positive note, tomorrow is Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium. The ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by the game between former Yankee greats.Embed from Getty Images