The New York Yankees lost both weekend games against the Philadelphia Phillies. As good as their pitching was while the bats slept, the staff struggled mightily on Saturday and Sunday. Season-worst outings from Jameson Taillon and Domingo Germán, added to an inept offensive showing on Sunday, reset the tone from the improvement seen in Minnesota. Here’s how the series played out:
Taillon Digs Hole, Yankees Climb Back for Tough Letdown
After allowing four runs on five hits in 34 first-inning pitches, Yankees fans figuredcTaillon put the game out of reach. Even after a series where they managed to score in bunches, the defeatist mentality quickly set in. Thankfully, several Yankees bats continued their wakeup with key contributions. Ultimately their efforts fell short, as Jean Segura‘s 10th inning single earned the Phillies their third straight walk-off win, 8-7.
DJ LeMahieu‘s clutch three-run homer capped great days at the plate for him, Gary Sanchez, Rougned Odor, and Brett Gardner. The four combined for eight hits and two walks, including three homers and all seven Yankees RBIs. Backbreaking were the 11 strikeouts combined 2-for-12 with RISP. The Yankees continued their inability to make productive outs, notably in the top of the fifth when down three runs, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres struck out with runners on second and third. The Phillies plated two more in the bottom of the inning to pile on the frustration.
Though Taillon only lasted a third of an inning, Nestor Cortes Jr. managed to save the bullpen. He hurled 3.2 innings, allowing only one run with six strikeouts. After Luis Cessa‘s porous fifth, the ‘pen threw four shutout innings, including Zack Britton‘s much appreciated season debut. Aroldis Chapman was on the unfortunate end of “Manfred Ball” in the 10th, allowing Segura’s infield single to plate the winning run.
Nola Neutralizes Now Lifeless Yankees
Yankees hitters barely touched Aaron Nola on Sunday. His efficiency and pitch mix, specifically the knuckle curve, befuddled the entire Yankees lineup, bar LeMahieu. After LeMahieu’s first-inning single, Torres rapped into the team’s MLB leading 64th double play. From there, Nola retired 16 of the next 17 he faced en route to a 7.2 inning, nine strikeout gem. The outstanding start bookended his poor spell since May 9th, where he went 1-5 with a 5.68 ERA.
Following Taillon’s abysmal Saturday, the Yankees needed consistency and length from Domingo Germán. Unfortunately, they got neither. Germán struggled mightily in his 4.1 innings, as Phillies hitters raked him for seven runs on ten hits in undoubtedly his worst start of the year. Lucas Luetge rebounded well from his difficult home series against the Red Sox, throwing two shutout innings. Jonathan Loaisiga also continued his excellent 1.3 WAR season with a 1-2-3 eighth.
Injury Recap and Notes
Judge sat with back spasms on Sunday, with Boone erring on the side of caution with his most consistent hitter. No further news came regarding Luis Severino and his scheduled MRI, but Luke Voit started his rehab with Scranton Sunday with an RBI double. Also, YES Network’s Michael Kay reported Darren O’Day threw from flat ground at Yankee Stadium.
Maybe these latest losses finally end the mewls for patience from Aaron Boone and the Yankees organization. The head-scratching season continues to devolve and disillusion fans. With Yankee Stadium set to see attendance capacity increase to 100% by July, the organization would do well to somehow appease fans and quell the upcoming onslaught of vociferous jeers. A series against the hard-hitting Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo couldn’t come at a worse time.