In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, it was Deja Vu all over again for the Yankees.
For the 2nd game in a row, the Yanks were locked in a 2-2 tie with Milwaukee in the 7th inning.
For the 2nd game in a row, Jonathan Loaisiga got lit up, and the reliever following him got lit up — and the Yanks ended up getting demolished — on Friday night 8-2, on Saturday, 9-2.
For the 2nd game in a row, the Yanks got barely any hits — on Friday night only 3 hits, on Saturday they had 2 hits entering the 9th, when they got 2 more to finish with 4.
And for the 2nd game in a row, the Yanks lost a game in the Wild Card chase — which was starting to look hopeful on Thursday, NY being 6.5 games back — but now looks like a faded dream, as NY is 9 back with 20 games to go.
It all spoiled another good start by Michael King, so that was the good news. He’s establishing himeself as a good starter going into the future.
“I think it’s just the pitch arsenal,” said King afterwards when asked how he’s a different pitcher than the one who came up as a starter and was put into the pen. “I felt like all throughout the minor leagues I was a sinker pitcher and didn’t throw a 4-seam. I had a really bad slider that I was able to command and so it worked with minor league hitters, but as I kept moving up I learned it wasn’t good enough.”
“I always had an ok changeup,” King continued, “but I feel I’ve really developed the slider and changeup to be good swing-and-miss pitches — ‘out’ pitches — and then the difference between my sinker and 4-seam has continued to be more separate in terms of movement, and I’m seeing guys who are under the 4-seam and on top of the sinker. Having those 4 pitches I think is leading to the success I’m having now. Back then it was hard to go 3 times through with just the sinker.”
It was a game delayed 2 hours by rain — on Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium. As soon as the Old Timer’s festivities ended (there was no game due to lack of enough old timers who were willing to play), heavy thunderstorm rains poured down.
1. King Terrific
Michael King looked good again — 5 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs (only 1 earned), 9 strikeouts, 1 walk.
Michael King, Wicked Changeups. 🤢
8th and 9th Ks pic.twitter.com/SEBXX1OFh8
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 9, 2023
King allowed 2 runs in the 4th when Mark Canha singled with 1 out, and Willy Adames tripled him home — Adames scoring on a throwing error by DJ LeMahieu. King struck out the next 2 batters so the 2nd run became unearned.
Michael King with a NASTY offspeed pitch to cap off his 5th inning of work 🔥
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 9, 2023
2. Volpe RBI Single
The Yanks were being shut out by Wade Miley but got to him in the bottom of the 4th — Gleyber Torres worked a 1-out walk, Giancarlo Stanton reached on an error by Andruw Monasterio at 3rd, and Anthony Volpe singled through the left side for a 2-1 game.
Tie game 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Piur1ry3M5
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 9, 2023
Austin Wells flied out to left, but Everson Pereira walked to load the bases, and Oswald Peraza grounded the ball to Willy Adames — who had an easy out at 1st but chose to toss to 2nd too late to get the runner and a run scored. 2-2 tie.
3. Weissert Redeems Himself
Greg Weissert pitched a shutout, 1-2-3 inning in the 6th to redeem himself for the 3 runs he allowed the night before.
Wandy Peralta pitched a shutout, 1-2-3 inning in the 7th to hold the score at 2-2.
4. A 2-2 tie in 8th — But Loaisiga Blasted & Blooped to Death
Then: infield single, bloop single to right that fell in, bloop single to right that fell in to load the bases (Deja Vu), and a single to left by Mark Canha for 2 runs and a 5-2 Milwaukee lead.
5. Krook Undone
Whereas last year’s AAA ace reliever Greg Weissert was undone on Friday night, allowing 3 runs in the 8th — this year’s AAA ace reliever Matt Krook was undone in this game — allowing 4 runs in the 9th, and not getting anyone out.
Krook, the 28-yr-old, 6’4 lefty, had a 0.92 ERA in 29.1 innings at Scranton this year, allowing only 8 hits and striking out 47 with 20 walks.
Krook had just looked so good in his last appearance, against Detroit on Thursday, with a 1-2-3 shutout inning with 2 strikeouts.
Not this time.
Krook entered with the score 5-2 Milwaukee, and put the game away. Walk, single, walk, single for 2 runs and a 7-2 game, and he was gone.
6. Marinaccio a Shutout Inning, Kind Of
In came Ron Marinaccio with 1st and 2nd, nobody out.
Marinaccio had just been recalled after being sent down to AAA in August after having control problems that he also experienced at Scranton. He apparently cleaned up those control problems enough to be brought back up — but looked like the same pitcher NY sent down.
Fly out, hit by pitch to load the bases, pop out, walk to force in a run (charged to Krook), walk to force in a run (charged to Krook), and finally a strike out to end the inning.
Marinaccio was credited with 1 inning, 0 runs.
7. Yanks Finally Get Some Hits in 9th
The Yanks were down 9-2 and only had 2 hits entering the 9th. Finally they had a minor rally against reliever Coby Milner — a 1-out infield single by Everson Pereira followed by a single by Oswald Peraza.
But LeMahieu struck out and Aaron Judge flied out for the old ballgame.
The attendees to the Old Timer’s Game were as follows:
Per the Yankees tweet:
Today we announced the roster of former Yankees who will be on hand at the 75th Old-Timers’ Day presented by @FreshDirect on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Yankee Stadium. 🙌
The event will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the legendary 1998 World Series championship team and feature… pic.twitter.com/C2fKjMpZC6
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 14, 2023
Despite only 4 hits some players had decent games:
- Aaron Judge went 1-4 with a walk.
- Anthony Volpe went 1-4 — his average is at .214 (.292 OBP).
- Everson Pereira went 1-3 with a walk and RBI.
- Oswald Peraza went 1-4 with an RBI and is at .188.