David Weathers’ Son Ryan Beats Yanks. Miami 5 NY 2

Juan Soto walked to load the bases with 2 outs in the 9th inning, bringing up Aaron Judge with the tying runs on base — but Judge flied out to centerfield on the 2nd pitch from ace reliever Tanner Scott.

Alas the Yankees lost 5-2 on a Wednesday night at a cold, damp Yankee Stadium (temps around 50 degrees or less).

Ryan Weathers, a highly regarded 24-year old lefty, started and pitched 5 shutout innings for the win. Ryan is the son of former Yankee David Weathers, the 19-year MLB reliever who was brilliant for the Yankees in the 1996 playoffs.

Marcus Stroman was done in by a 3-run HR by Dick Burger in the 3rd inning. Sorry, Jake Burger. Burger was a pain in the ass for the Yankees last year too.

“Gosh, I thought we competed really well all night,” said Aaron Boone afterwards. “We didn’t get the big hit tonite. We had chances in the middle of the game where it looked like we were building something; they were able to get out of it all the way to the end. Couldn’t quite finish it off. Gave ourselves a chance in the end.”

NY drops to 10-3. Miami improves to 2-11.

1. Stroman Not as Sharp Early

Marcus Stroman pitched around walks in the 1st and 2nd inning, but got in trouble in the 3rd. He allowed a leadoff walk and then consecutive singles to Nick Fortes and Luis Arraez for a run. He struck out Juan Bell but 3rd baseman Jake Burger hit an 0-1 slider 425 feet to center for a homer and 4-0 Miami lead.

After that Stroman settled down, striking out the next batter, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 4th inning, and getting a double play off a leadoff single in the 5th, then striking out Burger to end his appearance. He was at 95 pitches. Final line: 5 innings, 4 hits, 8 K’s, 4 walks.

“Just thought he had a hard time getting real good in his delivery,” said Boone. “I thought he actually rectified it a little bit in the 4th and 5th, kind of settled in. But first 3 innings for him, a little out of rhythm, and didn’t have that great feel that he has for all his pitches. Stuff was good; was getting a lot of swing and miss, and then settled in to get us through 5.”

2. Weathers Weathers Yank Lineup for 5 Shutout Innings

Ryan Weathers was the #7 overall pick of the 2018 June draft, selected by the San Diego Padres. He came up thru the Padre system but had poor results his first two seasons — a 4-7 5.32 rookie year in 2021 at age 21, and a 1-6 6.25 start last year when San Diego traded him to Miami for former Yankee Garrett Cooper.

Weathers did worse in Miami after the trade, going 0-2 7.62 to finish 2023 with a 1-8 6.55.

But this is a new year and Weathers is only 25 and in the Miami starting rotation.

  • Weathers retired 8 of the first 9 batters he faced (walking Judge) to get NY out in the 1st and 2nd and 2 outs into the 3rd, when the Yankees started peppering him their second time through the lineup.
  • With 2 outs in the 3rd, Anthony Volpe reached for an infield single, and Juan Soto singled, but Judge grounded out to 3rd.

Boone Ejected

  • In the 4th, Anthony Rizzo singled with 1 out, and Gleyber Torres walked, but Alex Verdugo struck out on a pitch outside the zone that he swung at but held his swing. He was called out on the pitch — which he argued with. Aaron Boone came out and was ejected. Jon Berti then grounded out to end the inning.

Weathers pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th and left with a 4-0 lead. He gets the win to go 1-1 2.57 on the year.

Yanks Turned Weathers the Father Into a Reliever

David Weathers pitched 19 years in the big leagues, starting out as a starter with this same Marlins team in 1993-1995 and then becoming a reliever for most of his career. He was still a starter when the Marlins traded him to the Yankees in 1996 for Mark Hutton.

David Weathers started 4 games for the Yankees that season but they turned him into a reliever in the playoffs, where he was brilliant — pitching 5 shutout innings in 2 appearances against Texas in the 1st round, 3 shutout innings against Baltimore in 2 appearances in the 2nd round, and 3 innings with 1 run allowed in 3 appearances in the World Series against Atlanta. He came up with some big outs.

Weathers did poorly for NY to start 1997 so they traded him to Cleveland which began his journey as a career journeyman, pitching for a host of other teams including the Mets. He retired at age 39.

3. Giancarlo BLASTS HR to the Fan Duel Sign

Giancarlo Stanton remained RED HOT — SMOKING a 93-MPH sinker from reliever Bryan Hoeing in the 6th for an opposite field MISSILE that hit in the bleachers near the Fan Duel sign. Miami 4 NY 1.

4. Soto Doubles in Volpe in 8th to Make It 4-2

The Yanks made it 4-2 in the 8th when Anthony Volpe led off with a walk, and Juan Soto doubled to right, scoring the lightning fast Volpe from 1st base.

5. Miami Gets Insurance Run Off Error in 9th

Miami got an insurance run off Dennis Santana and the Yankee defense in the top of the 9th. Tim Anderson led off with a single, and Santana issued a 1-out walk to Nick Gordon.

Nick Fortes then hit a grounder to Volpe at shortstop — he rushed his throw against the speedy Fortes — one-hopping a rocket to 1st that bounced off Rizzo’s glove. Anderson in a head’s up baserunning move, never stopped at 3rd and sprinted home — even though the ball was just in front of Rizzo.

Fortes was then thrown out trying to steal 2nd by Trevino.

6. Yankee 9th Inning Rally Falls Short

Down 5-2, the Yankees attempted to rally in the 9th against Miami’s Ace reliever Tanner Scott.

Jon Berti got on base with a 1-out infield single to 3rd. Jose Trevino popped out, but with 2 outs, Anthony Volpe and Juan Soto worked consecutive walks.

That brought up Aaron Judge — 0-3 on the night with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Judge hit the second pitch for a fly out to center for the old ballgame.

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