The Yankees continue to lose, lose, lose — like a plane diving down and you are waiting for the pilot to pull back on the throttle but it’s not happening. They got crushed by Philadelphia in this game, 7-0, with Domingo German on the mound. They were down 4-o after 2 innings. Unlike the game before they never came back. Never even got a run. Leaving some to wonder, did they give up?
NY is now 33-32, 8.5 behind Tampa.
What the heck is wrong with this team?
1. German Bombed
Domingo German — who has been one of the best Yankee pitchers this year — got ripped early and all day long.
He was greeted to single, single, single to the first 3 batters he faced in the bottom of the 1st. Then a double play and ground out but it was 1-0 Philly.
In the 2nd, it was double, single, foul out, strike out — and with 2 outs German looked like he was taking command, down 1-0. But centerfielder Odubel Herrera hit first pitch to him for a double and run, and 2nd baseman Jean Segura singled for a 4-0 Philly lead.
German settled down for a shutout 3rd and 4th but in the 5th — triple, single, single made it 5-0, 1st and 2nd, nobody out. German got a fly out and was pulled with 82 pitches thrown.
Wandy Peralta came in for an immediate double and 7-0 Philly lead — both runners charged to German.
German entered the day 4-3 3.12, and left 4-4 3.88.
No Command of the Curveball, or Anything
“I feel like everything was bad today,” said German afterwards. “I didn’t have the control and command that I normally have with my curveball and change up, and including the fastball. You can sum up this day as a bad day, and um, yea tough day for me today.”
Tipping Pitches? Something Else?
Yankee observer FourWideOnes on Twitter had some suggestions: “Second game in a row where every Phillies hitter seemed like they knew what was coming. Either our guys are all tipping pitches, or Phillies have their own “trashcan lid” thing going on. Or, our pitchers stopped using sticky stuff.”
2. Is It Luck? Nola On Fire
Meanwhile the Yanks were up against Aaron Nola, an elite pitcher who has been having a so-so year — coming in at 4-4, 4.06. As Yank luck would have it, Nola was on Fire.
He shut down the Yanks on 3 hits — 7.2 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk.
3. Base Running Blunders
DJ LeMahieu got 2 hits — going into the 7th inning the Yanks had 2 hits and he had both of them. Rougned Odor led off the 7th with a double — and finally it looked like the Yanks might get a run.
But Gio Urshela hit a grounder to shortstop and Odor inexplicably tried to run to 3rd and was tagged out easily in a run down. Part of the problem was that he was so far off 2nd when the ball was hit. But the Yanks looked like 10-year-olds on the basepaths again.
I wish someone would explain that to me. We've done this all year long. pic.twitter.com/KopEnD7EEe
— John Sterling Calls (@JSterlingCalls) June 13, 2021
Suzyn Waldman followed up with a statistic that the Yanks led the league in runners thrown out on base.
4. “Get the Hell Out of Here with That”
Afterwards, manager Aaron Boone was asked if there was a fatigue or complacency happening in the Yankee dugout, where guys were getting used to losing at this point. Boone answered, “No.” When asked why not, he answered “I know them too well. I don’t think there’s any getting used to freakin’ losing. Hell no. Get the hell out of here with that.”
Aaron Boone brings us his thoughts on how the Yankees can turn things around. #YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/GTT7ZpjwQe
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 13, 2021
Gleyber Torres got a double in the 9th to go 1-4 and is at .272.
Aaron Judge had back spasms before the game and did not play. He was supposed to be available as a pinch hitter, but Yanks never needed him. He has played in 31 of NY’s 35 games this year.
Lucas Luetge pitched 2 innings of 1-hit shutout ball lowering his ERA to 2.78, and Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a shutout inning lowering his ERA to 1.83.
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