Clarke Schmidt pitched another great game — but the Yankee defense and offense let him down — NY allowing a bloop to fall in centerfield in the 4th for an unearned run, and only getting 1 run on offense through 7 innings.
Some good news from Aaron Boone on King: “We feel like we identified something in his setup that will unlock him a little bit, help him get some of his crispness and power back. Obviously it didn’t manifest itself tonite — although first pitch kind of getting ambushed there — after that I thought he settled in and threw the ball well.”
Another great Schmidt start was the good news of the evening: “Continues to throw the ball really well,” said Boone about Schmidt afterwards. “Man he’s just growing up and getting better and getting more experience and getting more savy. He was really strong again tonite. Using everything. You saw sinker, you saw cutter, you saw curveball. And then the slider too. Just doing a good job of avoiding mistakes in the strike zone, and his stuff is really playing. And he’s remaining somewhat unpredictable as well. Another strong one from him.”
NY falls to 41-35. 10.5 behind Tampa and 5 behind Baltimore, .5 ahead of Toronto. Texas improves to 47-28, in 1st in the West.
1. Schmidt Deserved Better
Schmidt was winning a pitcher’s duel with Dane Dunning — who is having a great year (6-1 2.76). NY gave Schmidt a 1-0 lead in the 2nd when Anthony Rizzo led off by being hit by a pitch, DJ LeMahieu doubled, and Billy McKinney grounded out to score a run.
But with 2 outs in the 4th, leftfielder Ezequiel Duran hit a tough grounder to 3rd that DJ LeMahieu made a terrific diving play on, but Duran was safe flying down the line. Taveras then hit a bloop to center that both Anthony Volpe running out, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa running in from center, looked like they could have caught — but the ball dropped in for an error charged to Falefa, and Duran flew all the way around the bases to score. Tie game 1-1.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off the 5th with a single, and with 1 out stole 2nd — but thought he was called out and jogged back to the dugout. Texas tagged him out. He had been called safe at 2nd.
Schmidt pitched into the 6th, leaving after yielding a 1-out single at 91 pitches. His line: 5.1 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 run (unearned) to lower his ERA to 4.32.
2. Texas Gets to Holmes for 2-1 Lead
3. Yanks Tie It 2-2 in 8th
But the Yankees should plunk and tied the game in the bottom of the 8th, finally getting to a tiring Dunning with leadoff singles by Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Billy McKinney (which moved Falefa to 3rd). Kyle Higashioka came through with a big sac fly to left off reliever John King to tie the game 2-2.
Higgy ties it up 👏 pic.twitter.com/3RVyunLQe5
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 24, 2023
4. King Coughs It Up
Tommy Kahnle with the K to end the Rangers 9th 🔥⚾️🔥
Gleyber ➡️ Stanton ➡️ Rizzo in the bottom half for the Yankees.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 24, 2023
Michael King came in to pitch the 10th with the inherited runner on 2nd.
Adolis Garcia hit a first pitch 78-MPH sweeper from King 374 feet to left for a 4-2 Texas lead — and pretty much ballgame — deflating the Yankees and the 46,000 at Yankee Stadium.
King pitched well after that.
The Yanks went out 1-2-3 against Will Smith in the bottom of the 10th. They had the inherited runner on 2nd but needed 2 runs to tie it.
- Kiner-Falefa lined out.
- Josh Donaldson pinch hit for Billy McKinney against Smith a 6’5 left hander — but struck out on 3 pitches to massive boos at Yankee Stadium.
- Kyle Higashioka then popped out for the old ballgame.