One Highlight — May 1, 2019: Arizona 3 Yankees 2

The NY Yankees Twitter account only posted two tweets about this game. One was a highlight; one was the final score. The highlight was a Luke Voit homerun — giving him a league-leading 41 straight games that he’s gotten on base. The homerun made it 3-1 Arizona in the 6th. So here’s that highlight:

One could argue Yankees twitter could have posted videos of some other smaller highlights: In the 8th,¬† Cameron Maybin singled and after an out,¬†Gary Sanchez¬†hit a sharp single to the opposite field (right) — which was good to see as the Sanchez who hits the ball to the opposite field — is the Sanchez that is a dangerous hitter. That gave¬†the Yankees 2 on and nobody out, down 3-1 — but a double play grounder to 3rd by Gleyber Torres on the first pitch to him, seemed to douse the rally. Mike Tauchman hit a clutch, sharp single to the opposite field (left) to plate a run and make it 3-2.

Tanaka Shaky; Ballpen Brilliant

Masahiro Tanaka struggled in this game — he has struggled thru three starts now. He allowed 3 runs in 4 innings. The ballpen did its job — pitching 4 innings of scoreless ball to keep the Yankees in it — Luis Cessa came in to pitch 2 scoreless innings, Tommy Kahnle 1 shutout inning, and Adam Ottavino 1 shut out inning.

Arizona’s Pitching

Merrill Kelly stymied the Yankees for the first 5 innings; he was lifted after giving up the homerun to Voit in the 6th. Arizona then marched in five relievers who kept the Yankees’ depleted lineup at bay:¬†Yoshihisa Hirano,¬†Yoan Lopez,¬†Andrew Chafin,¬†Archie Bradley, and closer¬†Greg Holland.

Controversial Plays

There were a couple of controversial plays in the game — hard to do in this era of video replay check. Somehow the video replay check guys got this one wrong in the 5th — pissing off Aaron Boone who got thrown out later in the game (the 7th) — clearly still pissed off from the play in the 5th.

Missing You

This was another game where you wished the¬†Yanks had some of their regular lineup playing — for example any combination of the following injured players:¬†DJ LeMahieu,¬†Clint Frazier,¬†Aaron Judge,¬†Miguel Andujar,¬†Giancarlo Stanton,¬†Didi Gregorius, and/or¬†Aaron Hicks.¬†Troy Tulowitzki even.

The Boxscore

http://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401075182

 

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