What’s Wrong with the Yankees? 4 Reasons Why Tampa 4 NY 0 on 4-10-21

The Yankees lost AGAIN to Tampa in Tampa, their third loss in a row to plummet them to 3-5 on the year. This time Domingo German couldn’t get it done and the Yankee offense got shutout by the Tampa bullpen — which was forced to pitch 6.2 innings after Tampa starter Chris Archer had to leave the game with an arm injury in the 3rd inning.

That’s it. The article just wrote itself.

1. German Fails, But “Pitched OK”

Domingo German looked Great in Spring training — in fact a scout said he showed the 2nd best stuff on the Yankee starting staff behind Gerrit Cole in the Spring. But he’s 0-2 now after 2 starts in the season.

In this game, he allowed a solo homer to Austin Meadows in the 2nd, then in the 3rd his own fielding let him down.

  • 3rd baseman Joey Wendle led off with a grounder right back at German that he failed to field.
  • Shortstop Willy Adames then singled, and a grounder moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd.
  • Catcher Francisco Mejia hit a ball back to German that he deflected and both runners scored.

German allowed a homer to right fielder and #2 hitter Randy Arozarena to lead off the 3rd and it was 4-0. A seeming insurmountable lead and it proved to be.

German struck out 5 and looked good in doing so. Brett Gardner saved German with a tremendous play in left in the bottom of the 4th.

Manager Aaron Boone felt German “threw ok; obviously the two homers were a mistake changeup that he yanked down and in to Meadows trying to go away, and a first pitch of the inning where he was trying to get a sinker in to Arozarena but put it right around the plate and he got a good swing on it.”

“Other than that,” Boone added, “a couple balls back to him, one to start an inning by Wendell and one he deflects — other than that I thought he threw the ball ok; he had a little more life on his fastball today; I thought he settled in pretty well and started commanding his secondary stuff pretty well; really it was just the two home runs today and the inability to grab a couple of softly hit balls back to him.”

Asked about his tendency to give up homers, as he has in the past, Boone said that was a consequence of him “filling up the zone” with strikes.

2. Archer Out

Chris Archer had to leave the game with 1 out in the 3rd. He had just given up a double to DJ LeMahieu and could be seen stretching his arm and shoulder. Not good.

3. Tampa Bullpen Great

Tampa is known for its great bullpen, and they were great today. Andrew Kittredge, Jeffrey Springs, Ryan Thompson, Cody Reed and Chris Mazza came in to shut the Yankees out. The last 4 pitchers didn’t allow a hit.

The Yanks got 5 hits on the day — DJ LeMahieu went 1-3 (now batting .310), Aaron Judge went 1-4 (now batting .346), Aaron Hicks went 1-3, Brett Gardner went 1-4, and Gary Sanchez went 1-3 (now batting .292).

4. Yank Bullpen Looked Good

Lost in the loss was that the Yankee pen looked good — Jonathan Loaisiga especially — he was lights out again: 2 shutout innings, 3 strikeouts. Justin Wilson pitched for the first time this year, a shutout inning. And Luis Cessa pitched a shutout inning.

Gio Urshela helped Wilson with a terrific play in the 5th.

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