Yanks ‘Trip’ Themselves Up — July 22, 2019: Minnesota 8 NY 6

This game started with a triple play — after DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge led off the game with walks, Edwin Encarnacion hit into a Triple Play. The Yanks would also hit into 2 double plays later. The starting pitching failed. And yet the Yanks came ‘this’ close to coming back. But ran out of Mojo.

It was a bad night for those Yankee fans on twitter who have been arguing that the Yankees do not need to trade for an elite starting pitcher. A night after James Paxton FAILED, CC Sabathia also FAILED. Oddly enough — the two pitchers have been sporting almost identical stat lines as of late, in wins-loses and ERA.

CC got clobbered by the long ball — allowing 3 homeruns, and 7 runs in 4 innings — still better than Paxton’s performance in the heat yesterday (when he allowed 7 runs and didn’t get out of the 4th).

The Yankee offense came back, but every time they did, CC allowed more runs in.

  • Down 2-0, the Yanks tied it at 2-2 in the 3rd on a homer by Gio Urshela and an RBI single by Encarnacion, but CC immediately allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 5-2 Minnesota.
  • The Yanks came back with a run in the 4th (a Luke Voit homer) to make it 5-3, but CC immediately allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th on homers by Max Kepler and catcher and leadoff batter Mitch Garver (who went 3 for 4 and is at 19-41-.304, .385 OBP) to make it 7-3 Minnesota.

But the Yanks kept coming back — 2 runs in the 5th on a DJ LeMahieu 2-run homer and a run in the 6th on a Mike Tauchman RBI single made it a one-run game, 7-6, with Luis Cessa pitching — and some on Yankee Twitter were asking why the heck he was in there in a 1-run game.

The reason was that Cessa has been light’s out the last month:

Cessa allowed a homer to Garver in the 6th to make it 8-6 — he ended with 3 IP, 1 Run, and 6 strikeouts.

But the Yanks ran out of MOJO — shutout by the Minnesota bullpen for the last 3 innings for the loss. In the 9th — with 2 outs, Aaron Judge (who walked the first 3 times up) singled, and Edwin Encarnacion singled, giving the Yanks one last chance with Aaron Hicks up. But he made out.

Holder Held Them

Another nice takeaway from the game is that Jonathan Holder came back from the minors and pitched a scoreless 9th. When last seen, Holder was a mess — completely out of synch allowing hits, homers, walks, etc. But like Chad Green earlier this season, the Yankees sent Holder down to AAA to get his stuff together. It worked for Chad Green — and this was the first sign it may have helped Holder (who had been pitching well in AAA).

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