Domingo German was pitching another brilliant start but losing 1-0 to Jeffrey Springs and the Tampa bullpen in the 7th inning, when Christian Bethancourt hit a 2-run homer to make it 3-0.
German was relieved, and then, “all hell broke loose in the 8th” said Suzyn Waldman later on the radio. Greg Weissert allowed 2 runs, and NY brought in newly acquired Anthony Banda — who allowed walk, single, walk, walk, single, hit by pitch. Tampa 9 NY 0. Final score.
“That’s an embarrassing loss,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Hopefully one of those rock bottom situations where you should be pissed off and embarrassed. We’ve set a better standard around here. Domingo pitched a heck of a game.”
“There is a simple solution to fixing things,” said Ron Blomberg on Twitter. “Players need to start hitting the baseball. All the analytics in the world mean nothing if the players are not hitting the ball.”
Andrew Benintendi doubled in the 1st, but “popped something in his wrist” during an at bat in the 3rd and was removed from the game. X-rays were negative but MRI’s are scheduled.
The Yankees drop to 79-53 and their lead in the AL East shrinks to 5 games over Tampa, 7 over Toronto, and 8.5 over Baltimore. They are heading towards a historic collapse if they can’t right themselves.
1. Another Brilliant Start for German
Good news for the Yanks — Domingo German laid down another brilliant start. He allowed an unearned run in the 4th off two errors by Josh Donaldson at 3rd — and otherwise cruised through the Tampa lineup, at times effortlessly — getting 1-2-3 innings or, if he allowed a baserunner, getting double plays.
German was helped in that 4th by another terrific play in the field by Oswaldo Cabrera. Josh Donaldson — who has played a Gold Glove 3rd for the Yankees this year — flubbed a grounder to let Harold Ramirez on, then double-clutched a grounder by Randy Arozarena (thinking of getting the out at 2nd) and threw one away down the right field line.
But Cabrera fielded the throw in right field and gunned out Harold Ramirez at home.
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— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 3, 2022
German pitched 1-2-3 innings in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th.
But the Yankees couldn’t score and he was down 1-0 in the 7th when he allowed a 1-out single then homerun to Bethancourt for a 3-0 Tampa lead.
Bethancourt was celebrating his 31st birthday with his wife and children visiting from Panama, according to St. Pete Nine.
German got another out before leaving — 6.2 innings, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 strikeout, and 2 walks. He takes the loss to go 2-3 3.12.
2. Yanks Couldn’t Score
You could count the Yankee hits on one hand — five. Yet the Yanks had their chances in the game that was close until Banda came in. But NY left 7 Runners in Scoring Position (RISP).
- In the 1st, Benintendi got a 2-out double off Springs, and Giancarlo Stanton walked, but Josh Donaldson struck out with the runners on.
- In the 3rd, DJ LeMahieu worked a 1-out walk and Aaron Judge reached on catcher’s interference — but with 1st and 2nd, 1 out — Oswaldo Cabrera fouled out and Stanton struck out.
- In the 5th Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with a double, and Judge worked a 1-out walk, but Cabrera flied out and Stanton struck out (again).
- In the 6th, Jose Trevino had a 1-out single and Aaron Hicks walked with 2 outs, but with 1st and 2nd, 2 outs, Kiner-Falefa grounded out.
3. “All Hell Broke Loose in the 8th”
And then came the 8th — NY down 3-0 and things looking dim.
Greg Weissert, who had gotten the last out of the 7th, allowed a single and a 1-out double — but struck out Arozarena for the 2nd out — runners still on 2nd and 3rd.
Greg Weissert, Frightening Slider. 😱
21" of horizontal break. pic.twitter.com/npyMBqeoOM
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 3, 2022
The next batter hit a little blooper over Weissert’s head, who ran back, fielded, and desperately threw to 1st while falling down — throwing it away past LeMahieu allowing both runners to score.
In came Banda and it was walk, single, walk, walk, single, hit by pitch for a 9-0 Tampa lead and the old ballgame.
- Anthony Rizzo is not with the Yankees in Tampa — he stayed in California seeing a back expert — his back continues to bother him.
- Oswald Peraza got his first at bat in the Majors in the 9th, in a pinch hit appearance with 2 outs. He struck out on 3 pitches.
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