May 2, 2023

Schandenfreude 338 (A Continuing Series)

Friday, April 28
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Texas   - 023 000 00x - 5 10  0

Saturday, April 29

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Texas   - 000 010 00x - 2  5  0

Sunday, April 30

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Texas   - 400 046 01x - 15 11  0

Monday, May 1

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Yankees   - 002 000 000 - 2  6  2

T9: German (8-1-0-1-6) pitching. Yankees ahead 2-0. Yankees' win probability: 92.9%

Straw (bcc) strikes out swinging. Yankees' win probability: 96.6%
Kwan (c) singles to center.
Holmes relieves German.
Rosario (bfb) safe at first on fielding error by pitcher Holmes, Kwan to second.
Ramirez (bb) singles to left, Kwan to third, Roario to second. Yankees win probability: 72.6%
Naylor (bb) singled to right, Kwan scores (1-2), Rosario scores (2-2). Ramirez to third, Naylor to second on throwing error by right fielder Cabrera. Yankees' win probability: 28.4%
Peralta relieves Holmes.
Arias pinch-runs for Naylor.
Bell (bbbc) walks. 
Gimenez (sf) strikes out swinging.
Zunine (fbbbfff) walks, Ramirez scores (3-2), Arias to third, Bell to second. Yankees' win probability: 14.6%
Gonzalez pinch-hits for Brennan.
Fry pinmch-runs for Bell.
Gonzalez (sb) flies out to right.

B9: Clase pitching. Guardians ahead 3-2.

Torres (b) grounds out pitcher to first. Yankees' win probability: 10.8%
LeMahieu (cs) grounds out shortstop to first. Yankees' win probability: 4.4%
Hicks (bbcsbf) strikes out swinging. Yankees' win probability: 0.0%

"2023 will see the much-anticipated return of Perennially-Injured Judge."
Joy of Sox, March 30, 2023

Mark W. Sanchez, Post:

Shortly before first pitch Monday night, the Yankees were dealt a crushing loss, forced to move Aaron Judge to the injured list. 

A few hours later, a different kind of crushing loss arose. 

Manager Aaron Boone pulled a cruising Domingo German in the ninth inning and watched the bullpen melt down during a backbreaking, 3-2 defeat to the Guardians in front of 33,414 stunned fans in The Bronx. 

The Yankees (15-15) are .500, have lost four straight games for the first time all season and will not see Judge, out with a strained right hip, for at least another six days.

The offense is scuffling, the back end of the bullpen is a concern and Boone's late-game decisions will be analyzed. . . .

The Yankees rolled into the ninth inning up 2-0 behind German, who allowed a single to Steven Kwan on his 88th pitch with one out. It was the second hit German had surrendered . . . he had not allowed a base runner to reach second. 

But Boone . . . pulled German and . . . ruined a masterpiece. 

[Clay] Holmes failed to cleanly backhand Rosario's soft tapper, which went for an error, and Jose Ramirez singled to load the bases with one out. 

Holmes got the ground ball he was looking for from Josh Naylor — but it found a hole in the right side. The ball shot past second baseman Oswald Peraza to drive in two to tie the game. . . .

In came [Wandy] Peralta, who walked Josh Bell to load the bases.

The lefty struck out Andres Gimenez for the second out before walking Mike Zunino to let in the go-ahead run. . . .

The Yankees went quietly in the ninth against Emmanuel Clase — punctuated by an Aaron Hicks strikeout that prompted boos to rain down — in perhaps the worst loss of the season. 

The Yankees . . . have scored six runs in four games . . .

Rosario, the second batter of the game, singled . . . German then set down the next 11 Guardians in order before a fifth-inning walk to Bell . . . After the walk, German retired 13 batters straight.

He was excellent and efficient. [In the sixth] German retired the side on six pitches. . . .

The only one who could slow German was Boone . . .

Gary Phillips, Daily News:

Domingo German pitched the game of his life on Monday. Then Clay Holmes blew it all up as the Yankees suffered another brutal loss in their return to the Bronx.

Holmes took over with a 2-0 lead and one out in the ninth. A few batters and one Holmes fielding error later, Guardians first baseman and Yankees nemesis Josh Naylor tied the game with a two-run single. From there, heavy boos soundtracked Holmes' departure.

Wandy Peralta then walked in the winning run before the inning ended, and the Yankees failed to rally in the bottom of the ninth off Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase. Just like that, a brilliant pitching performance went to waste as the Yanks lost, 3-2. . . .

The Bombers have now scored fewer than four runs in 15 of their last 18 games. . . .

Jared Schwartz, Post:

The fans ended up being prescient.

They loudly booed the Yankees' manager as he walked to the mound to take Domingo German out of the game in the top of the ninth inning of the team's gut-wrenching 3-2 loss in The Bronx on Monday evening. . . .

[O]nce German's day was officially done, only disaster awaited the Yankees. . . .

He had tossed eight near-perfect scoreless innings and struck out Myles Straw to start the ninth before everything changed in a heartbeat.

German then gave up a single to Steven Kwan, and Boone immediately opted to bring in closer Clay Holmes to secure the final two outs. . . .

An error and two hits later, the game was tied 2-2. Wandy Peralta then came in to pitch, and subsequently walked-in the decisive run three batters later. . . .

When asked if this is the best he's ever pitched in the majors, both German and Boone mentioned his July 25, 2021, start against the Red Sox, when he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning as another candidate.

Like Monday night, though, the Yankees collapsed and lost after German was pulled in that game. . . .

He was on the cusp of securing the Yankees' second complete game this season.

Instead, he was left to watch the latest mess unfold.

Mark W. Sanchez, Post:

Aaron Judge was placed on the 10-day injured list [with a right hip strain, suffered on Thursday] . . . the latest and largest blow to the reeling Yankees. . . .

The slugger sat for three games against the Rangers — all Yankees losses — and was put on the shelf before the club dropped the series-opener, 3-2, against the Guardians in The Bronx. . . .

Judge will be out for the duration of the Cleveland series and, more importantly, the entirety of this weekend's three-game showdown against the first-place Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. . . .

The trouble began Wednesday, when Judge dove into third base on a steal attempt and appeared to injure his right hand. Judge was pulled from the game but was back in the lineup a day later, when he felt the hip issue during a second-inning at-bat. . . .

The Yankees called up Franchy Cordero — who is hitting .151 and had been optioned Friday night . . . to fill the open roster spot. . . .

In the three games the Yankees played without Judge in Texas, they scored four runs and hit .174. . . .

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton (left hamstring strain), Harrison Bader (left oblique strain) and Josh Donaldson (right hamstring strain) as potentially significant offensive contributors unable to contribute . . . 

After the quiet end to the series loss in Texas, Boone talked to the club about not wallowing.

Jared Schwartz, Post:

The Yankees will be without one of their most important relievers for a while longer.

Jonathan Loaisiga will have surgery on Tuesday to remove a bone spur in his right elbow . . .

The Yankees are targeting Loaisiga's return to the majors in August or September . . .

Loaisiga has been on the injured list since April 8 with what the team initially described as elbow inflammation. . . .

It's a major blow for the Yankees, who have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks.

Loaisiga pitched in just three games this season before he was placed on the injured list . . .

Brendan Kuty, The Athletic:

The Yankees' clubhouse was silent Monday night except for the occasional murmur between careful teammates at their lockers, far out of earshot of reporters . . . What was there to talk about, anyway? The day before, they had suffered their worst loss of the season . . . Now? This defeat was even more deflating. . . .

Boone took at least partial blame for a 3-2 loss to the Guardians . . . "Some of that falls on me," the manager said.

Germán cruised through 8.1 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits on 88 pitches. Then Boone removed him with a runner on first base . . .

Seemingly every single one of the 33,414 fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium booed Boone when he emerged from the dugout to take out Germán. The boos continued as the 50-year-old walked to the mound. . . . The fans were right. The move backfired in a big way.

At this point, the Yankees don't have a reliever they can dependably call their closer. . . .

[T]he Yankees will wake up Tuesday at 15-15 and in last place in the tough American League East. They'll be 8.5 games behind the first-place Rays. . . . Said Jose Trevino . . . "It's been tough, but we've just got to believe in ourselves. . . . [T]his thing is going to turn around. I don't have any doubt in that."

If it doesn't, the Yankees may be talking about their next "worst loss of the year" sooner than later.

Meanwhile, in Boston:

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Alex Verdugo homered to give the Red Sox a walkoff win. Verdugo has three of Boston's four walkoff hits so far this season. Verdugo is one of only three players since 1920 to have three walk-off hits in the first 30 games of a team's season, joining Andruw Jones (Atlanta, 1999) and Bobby Bonds (Giants, 1973).

In 2022, the Red Sox went 3-16 against the Blue Jays and were outscored 55-125. They are 1-0 against Toronto this year. And they are one game ahead of the last place Yankees.

1 comment:

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