Not a Happy 1st Game: Philly 11 NY 7 (Game 1); Aug 5, 2020

Staked to a 3-0 lead, J.A. Happ allowed 4 runs in the 3rd, and Philly held a small lead until the 6th, when the roof caved in on Nick Nelson — 6 Philly runs on 7 hits in that inning. Philly barrelled out to an 11-3 lead before 4 Yankee runs in the bottom of the 7th cut the deficit to 11-7 — and that was the ballgame, as in Coronavirus teams only play 7 innings in a doubleheader — like softball.

That left many Yankee fans to wonder if the Yanks would have come back and won if they had 2 more innings; as @NYFanForever96 asked, “Raise your hands if you think we would’ve won game.1 if it were a 9 inning.”

Judge Homer

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run homer in that 7th for the Yanks — he is now batting .308 with 7 homers (in 10 games).


Kyle Higashioka had a nice day behind the plate — 2 for 3 with a run scored. With Austin Romine gone and Gary Sanchez struggling again, how well Higgy hits will be important for the Yanks this year.

Other Yanks

DJ LeMahieu went 3 for 3 and is batting .459.  Brett Gardner went 2 for 3 with a homer in the 2nd off Philly starter and former Met Zack Wheeler.

Mike Tauchman, Aaron Hicks, Tyler Wade, and Thairo Estrada got the other Yankee hits.

Luis Cessa saw his first action of the year, pitching a scoreless 1.1 innings to close the game.

The Boxscore

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