German Falters; Yanks Fall — Aug 20, 2019: Oakland 6 NY 2

It wasn’t Domingo German‘s best start. Staked to a 1-0 lead on a “vicious” home run by Gary Sanchez in the top of the 1st, German allowed back-to-back homers in the bottom of the 1st to 1st baseman Matt Olson and centerfielder Mark Canha, and then kind of struggled into the 6th in this game — giving up 6 runs (5 earned) and leaving with 2nd & 3rd, 1 out.

Aaron Boone felt German “was ok, just not overly sharp. The walk to Robbie Grossman was a little uncharacteristic — usually he pounds the strike zone. Losing him there, then Olsen — I got to look back at it but I don’t think it was a terrible pitch, up and in that he got to and was able to keep fair, then a changeup that Canon got. Then I thought he settled in actually pretty well; maybe not his best stuff but certainly pitched better than his line showed.”

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched great in relief — keeping those inherited runners stranded and pitching 2 more shutout innings — but the only other offense the Yanks got off Homer Bailey and the Oakland bullpen was on an 8th inning homer by Aaron Judge — and that was ballgame.


German fell to 16-3 4.15. He still has a good shot at 20 wins.

The Yanks got 11 hits but left 8 Runners in Scoring Position (RISP). Gio Urshela, Didi Gregorius, and Mike Tauchman each got 2 hits; DJ LeMahieu (batting .338 to lead the AL) got a hit as well. LeMahieu and Urshela (who doesn’t yet qualify) are tied again with a .338 average.

Aaron Judge said after the game he has felt good for a couple of months now, it is just a matter of the ball not falling for hits.

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