All looked good early — the Yankees jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st — when the shelling began. The Red Sox kept hitting doubles off the Green Monster wall and one by Justin Turner over the wall — to take a 5-1 lead and knock out German in the 3rd.
The Yankees brought in 28-yr-old rookie Matt Krook with 2nd and 3rd and nobody out — and Krook got ‘this close’ to getting out of the inning and being a hero.
But an infield single scored a run, and then a grounder for the final out of the inning was misplayed by Anthony Rizzo — he charged the ball to field it but had no one to throw it to — it would have been an easy grounder for Gleyber Torres. Instead of inning over, the next batter Justin Turner hit a grand slam for a 10-1 Boston lead and ballgame.
“When you think of Domingo you think of 3 big league pitches that he commands really well,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Probably just a little bit off with his command tonite. Curveball probably not quite as sharp, and he got hurt with that a little bit. And gave them some free passes along the way. Just overall not his best.”
The Yanks also were sloppy in the field with several errors. “We didn’t play well today,” added Boone.
The Yankees fall to 39-31, 10.5 behind Tampa, 4.5 behind Baltimore and .5 ahead of Toronto; Boston improves to 35-35.
1. Yanks Jump Out 1-0
On the board in the 1st 👊 pic.twitter.com/v9BbWiWJCB
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 16, 2023
2. German Bombed
But before you could turn the TV on, the Yanks were down 2-1.
- In the bottom of the 1st, German allowed a 1-out double to Justin Turner, a walk to Rafael Devers, and a 2-out double to Yoshida for a 2-1 Boston lead.
- In the 2nd, German walked Connor Wong but got a double play, then allowed a double to Alex Verdugo and a homerun to Justin Turner.
- In the 3rd, German allowed a leadoff double to centerfielder Adam Duvall, an RBI single to Yoshida, and a double to 2nd baseman Christian Arroyo and was gone. Boston 5 NY 1, 2nd and 3rd nobody out.
Then came Krook who got the first 2 outs before the infield single, the botched Anthony Rizzo play, and the grand slam by Turner.
“It was definitely not the start I was looking for, for sure,” said Domingo German afterwards through the Yankee translator. “You have to give them credit; they had a good plan of attack tonite. They took pretty good fastballs, and were able to put secondary pitches in play. There were close ones that they were able to take, and the ones in their power zones, they swung at those.”
3. Boston Goes Up 13-1
Krook allowed an infield single and a walk in between 2 outs in the 4th. Albert Abreu came in and allowed consecutive singles and it was 13-1.
4. Houck Hit in Face; Leaves in 5th
On the broadcast, Suzyn Waldman was telling John Sterling: “This is where a pitcher can struggle to maintain his concentration. Mike Mussina used to say, ‘If it’s 10-1, I try to pretend it’s 2-1.’ I asked him ‘Does it work?’ And he said ‘No’.”
Scary situation in Boston as Tanner Houck gets hit in the face.
Prayers for him and hoping everything is alright. pic.twitter.com/nva2QBwLgk
— Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken2) June 17, 2023
Houck unfortunately could not get the win. Rookie Joe Jacques was brought in and he got through the 5th.
5. Yanks Make It 13-4 in 6th
6. Donaldson Hits One Out of Park in 8th
Josh Donaldson gets a hold of one.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 17, 2023
7. Kiner-Falefa Allows a Run
Isiah Kiner-Falefa pitched the 8th. He had previously pitched a shutout inning earlier this year so was putting his 0.00 ERA on the line. He allowed a leadoff double to Duran before getting two fly outs. But with 2 outs, Casas doubled in Duran to make it 15-5 the final score.
8. The Good News
The good news for the Yanks on the evening was that some Yankee bats woke up. The Yankees got 10 hits — everyone in the lineup got a hit and Josh Donaldson got 2, going 2-4.