The Yankees are likely going to be a second place team this year and they looked every bit the part against the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. Out-hit, out-pitched, out-defended, out-managed. Pretty gross effort all around. The final score was 5-1. It’s Sunday, so I’m going to recap this mess of a game with bullet points:
- Sonny’s Grind: Tough afternoon for Sonny Gray. Kinda remarkable he was able to hold the Red Sox to two runs in five innings. The two-run double to Jackie Bradley Jr. was annoying, though the bigger mistake that inning was being unable to put away Sandy Leon in an 0-2 count with two outs. Leon singled to extend the inning. Gray did not have a finish pitch at all. He struck out zero of the 23 batters he faced. Only four swings and misses compared to 17 foul balls.
- One Run & Done: Really weak showing by the offense. Three hits and three walks scattered. Brett Gardner wrapped his 20th home run of the season around the Pesky Pole in the sixth inning for his team’s only run. And that was it. The Yankees did not have a baserunner the rest of the way. Fourteen up, 14 down to end the game. Their best chances to score came in the second and fourth, when they had two on with two outs. Tyler Austin struck out to end the inning both times.
- Anti-Shutdown Bullpen: Aroldis Chapman threw 1.1 scoreless innings both don’t be fooled. He didn’t look good. Had no idea where the ball was going and the Red Sox took some big comfy swings against him. Chapman was also the team’s most effective reliever Sunday. Adam Warren allowed a run and Tommy Kahnle allowed two runs when Caleb Smith couldn’t strand the inherited runners. Smith did wiggle out of a bases loaded, no outs jam though, so good for him. Kahnle, meanwhile, has had a rough last week or so.
- Leftovers: Gardner went 2-for-4 and the rest of the Yankees went 1-for-26. Chase Headley had the other hit, a double … Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and really shouldn’t be hitting third these days … also, Mookie Betts straight up deked Judge into a lollipop throw. Betts was on second, it was a routine fly ball, and after pretending he would stay at second, Betts took off for third once he saw the toss to the cutoff man. Can’t happen and it shouldn’t happen again.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload page. The Yankees have an off-day Monday and the road trip will continue Tuesday night in Detroit. Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to come off the disabled list to make that start. Lefty Matt Boyd will be on the bump for the Tigers.