THE BRONX – 7-to-5 sounds like a close game, but it really wasn’t.
The Yankees now head into Boston with an awful taste in their collective mouths after a demoralizing loss that featured awful starting pitching, lackadaisical defense and a coach yelling at his club as they sat on the bench during a rain delay.
It all started with the momentum from Sonny Gray’s past three starts coming crashing down over the first three innings. Gray was charged with seven earned runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He wasn’t attacking hitters like he had been in his previous starts, and seemed to be unable to make big pitches to get hitters out once behind.
His defense didn’t really help him out either. The Orioles gave up an out when Caleb Joseph bunted, but Gleyber Torres was late covering first and replays showed he didn’t run 100% on the play. Joseph was safe, and ended up scoring. Shane Robinson had multiple line drives hit over his head and he was playing one of the most shallow right fields I’ve ever seen. Later in the game, a grounder to Didi Gregorius that could have been a 6-4 force ended up an infield single as Torres jogged to the bag quite slowly.
This final play immediately preceded a 39-minute rain delay, where YES Network cameras showed an irate Phil Nevin, the team’s third base coach, excoriating his squad.
“Sometimes messages come from a manager so many times, it’s different coming from a manager, coming from a coach, coming from teammates,” Nevin said after the game. “You’d have to ask all of them how it was received. Like I said, just firing the guys up. We had plenty of time to get back in that game, I think it was only the third inning, so that was it.”
Torres owned his mistakes after the game, though he made up for them by clubbing two homers and driving in four of the Yankees five runs.
“I know I missed a play at second base. I really [don’t feel good about] that,” Torres said. “I’m human. I make errors for sure. … I try to be professional and be ready for next time and try to [make sure] it won’t happen anymore.”
Torres was responsible for most of the Yankees offense, with his homers coming in solo form in the second inning and three-run in the ninth. Miguel Andújar recorded an RBI single in the eighth inning.
A positive for the Yankees came in the debut of Lance Lynn, who gave the Yankees some much-needed bullpen length. He got the final out of the third inning, and then threw four innings of shutout ball to keep the Yankees from totally burning their bullpen. The team must have been nervous when the grounds crew put the tarp on the field because losing Lynn would have meant burning the bullpen before an incredibly important four-game series in Boston.