Monday’s makeup doubleheader against the Tigers featured one win and one winnable loss. The Yankees won the first game, then, in the nightcap, they stranded a small army of baserunners en route to a 4-2 loss. Annoying loss is annoying. Let’s recap this one with bullet points because two full recaps in one day just isn’t gonna happen:
- Blown Chances: As is often the case, the team that lost left a bunch of dudes on base. The Yankees left ten men on base and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position Monday night. They stranded the bases loaded in the third and sixth, and couldn’t get a runner home from third with less than two outs in the fourth. Mike Fiers kinda stinks, and the Yankees sure did let him off the hook a bunch of times. So it goes.
- Domingo Settles Down: Pretty good start for Domingo German, who got no help from his defense nor his bullpen. Gleyber Torres’ inability to keep a deflected grounder on the infield and a Gary Sanchez passed ball contributed to Detroit’s first run, then the three rookies (Torres, Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar) let a pop-up double drop in along the left field line. German allowed more than his fair of hard contact, for sure, but he deserved better than what his defense gave him. A perfectly cromulent outing for the sixth starter.
- Giancarlo’s Revenge: Fiers, who is probably most notable for hitting Giancarlo Stanton in the face with a pitch in 2014 (and that’s saying something considering the dude threw a no-hitter), hit Stanton again in this game. Not intentionally, but he hit him. Giancarlo had some choice words for him, then, later in the game, Stanton clobbered a hanging curveball over the left field wall for a long solo homer. That was cool. That gave the Yankees their second run. They scored their first on a long Brett Gardner triple.
- Leftovers: Didn’t love the decision to bring Adam Warren into a one-run game with a runner on second. First game back from the disabled list, and that’s when he comes in? With the rest of the bullpen rested? Not the greatest move by Aaron Boone … ugly day for Aaron Judge, who went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in this game and 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts in the doubleheader … two walks for Sanchez, two doubles for Andujar, and a single and a walk for Frazier.
Here are the box score, video highlights, updated standings, and our Bullpen Workload page. The Yankees are now heading to their third city (and second country) in three days. They begin a quick little two-game series with the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday night. CC Sabathia and Marco Estrada are the scheduled starters for that one.