Yanks Starter Switch-eroo Strategy Fails; Tampa 7 NY 5 in Game 2 — 4 Reasons Why

It was the Grand Starter Switch-eroo Strategy, that Failed.

Yanks Manager Aaron Boone announced rookie Deivi Garcia would be the starting pitcher for Game 2, but all along was scheming to replace Garcia with J.A. Happ after an inning, to cause Tampa to load their lineup with lefties and then have to have them face the lefty Happ.

The strategy failed miserably. Here’s how it went down.

1. The Fake-Starter-Switcheroo Strategy Failed

Deivi Garcia got the first 2 outs of the game, but then allowed a home run to left fielder Randy Arozarena and it was 1-0 Tampa. Garcia hit Ji-Man Choi with a pitch but got the next out for decent 1st inning — 27 pitches, 1 run. Not the greatest start to the game but OK — Garcia has shown to have moxie and to pitch to contact throughout his brief MLB career, so he might make up for that high pitch count as he got his feet under him.

And just like that Happ was in for the 2nd inning.

An interesting strategy — except Happ needed to execute. And he didn’t. A single and a home by catcher Mike Zunino made it 3-1 Tampa in the 2nd. A walk and a homer by right fielder Manuel Margo made it 5-1 in the 3rd. Happ left with 2 out in the 4th, after allowing a single and walk; by that time the Yanks had closed to 5-4.

Happ finished with 2.2 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs.

The Yanks would never close the gap.

After the game, it was revealed the Yankee management team devised the strategy and Aaron Boone agreed to use it. Yankee Twitter and Yankee media crucified them.

2. Stanton Homer Show Against Glasnow Not Enough

Tyler Glasnow was throwing SMOKE in this game. But the Yankees were able to get wood on some of it. In the 2nd inning Giancarlo Stanton hit an opposite-field line drive home run to right off Glasnow and it was 1-1.

In the 4th, Stanton hit a MASSIVE 458-foot, 3-run home run to left to put the Yanks back in the game at 5-4.

But Diego Castillo and Nick Anderson came in to pitch a shutout 6th thru 8th.

3. Loaisiga: Great Stuff; Does Not Execute

As someone on Twitter said, Jonathan Loaisiga is the prototypical example of a pitcher with great stuff; bad execution. Loaisiga came in during the 5th inning and allowed an RBI single to Kevin Kiermaier and then a homer to Austin Meadows in the 6th to put the Yanks down 7-4.

4. Umps Hurt Yankee 9th Inning Rally

Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres both walked to lead off the 9th, but Clint Frazier and Gary Sanchez both struck out on some extremely questionable strike calls by the home plate ump.

DJ LeMahieu singled in a run, but Aaron Judge, up with the tying run on base — grounded out to 3rd for the ballgame. Tampa 7 NY 5.

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