- Bad Sunday: A disaster start for Domingo German, whose first inning troubles spilled into the second and third (and fourth) innings as well. He allowed two runs in the first — fourth straight start and fifth time in the last six starts he’s allowed a first inning run(s) — one in the second and three in the third. The Rays had nine hits in his three innings plus one batter, and six of ’em were loud extra-base hits. German made an awful lot of mistakes out over the plate. Yuck. His line: 3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR on 64 pitches.
- Three Runs Early: Finally, a hit with runners in scoring position. It was a big one too, or at least it felt like it. Miguel Andujar clubbed a three-run home run in the second inning. Isn’t that much more fun than serving a single to the opposite field? After seeing the Yankees score one run in their previous 26 innings, the three-run homer felt like a 300-run homer.
- Two Runs in the Middle: The comeback rally started in the fifth inning. Brett Gardner worked a one-out walk, Didi Gregorius slammed a double off the right field wall to score Gardner, then Giancarlo Stanton sent a ground ball double into the left-center field gap to score Didi. Lotta hard hit ground balls went for extra-base hits this game. Like, an inordinate amount. The turf, man.
- One Run Late: For the fourth time this season, Stanton had at least four hits in a game. Tied with Jose Altuve for the most in baseball. (For real.) His fourth hit was a game-tying solo home run leading off the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Clint Frazier might’ve hit the go-ahead solo home run in the ninth inning, but it hit a damn speaker on the catwalk and was caught for an out. That’s the ground rule. So stupid. Statcast had it at 335 feet, projected. It is 315 feet down the line at Tropicana Field. Looked good off the bat. What a terrible ballpark.
- The Good Bullpen: What a performance by the bullpen. After German’s short start, five relievers combined for eight hitless and scoreless innings. Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Chad Green did all that. They struck out nine. Outstanding. Too bad Aaron Boone adheres to the “save your closer for the save situation on the road” silliness.
- The Bad Bullpen: At least Chasen Shreve got it over with quickly. First pitch walk-off homer to lefty hitting Jake Bauers. Shreve has gone full Clippard and you never want to go full Clippard. His last five outings: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 HR. He’s allowed 14 runs on 21 hits and 11 walks in his last 14 innings. Drop him from the 40-man roster, phantom disabled list, whatever. Hard to justify Shreve’s spot on the roster right now.
- Leftovers: Stanton went 5-for-5 with the homer and is the first Yankee with five hits since Curtis Granderson in 2012 … Stanton went 5-for-5 and the rest of the Yankees went 5-for-40 (.125) … I think we might be nearing the end of the Neil Walker era. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, and didn’t take the bat off his shoulders during an inning-ending strikeout with two men on base in the fourth even though got some pitches to hit … and finally, this was the latest into a season the Yankees went without a three-game losing streak since 1954. 1954! Their first three-game losing streak came in August that year.
Here are the box score, video highlights, updated standings, and our Bullpen Workload page. The series in Tampa is thankfully over and now the Yankees are heading to Philadelphia for a three-game set. It’s the first time the Yankees will play in Philly since the 2009 World Series. Fun! Jonathan Loaisiga and Vince Velasquez are the scheduled starting pitchers for Monday night’s series opener.
Minor League Update: No DotF tonight, folks. Like I said, I’m taking it easy today. Here are all the box scores. Peruse them at your leisure.