Again we could have used some offense.
Marcus Stroman has a pretty good start. He went 6 innings, allowed 7 hits (6 singles and a double), 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
He gave up a couple of runs in the second. The inning started with a infield single ground to Freddy Galvis and a Gleyber Torres line drive double. After a ground out, Gio Urshel hit a ground ball single into left, scoring both base runners. Marcus got out of the inning with 2 strikeouts.
He gave up one more in the fifth. Urshela reached on another infield single and then Austin Romine walked. The Yankees bunted, and it popped up to Vladimir Guerrero. Vlad maybe should have let it drop and made a double play, but that’s asking a lot to make a split second decision like that. A ground out put runners on the corners.
Then Marcus threw a wild pitch that bounced off the wall behind the plate and right back to Danny Jansen. Jansen moved to make the tag (maybe he should have made the short throw to Marcus) and got the call, but, replays showed the runner was safe. We should have had the out.
A couple of plays on ‘infield singles’ would have made it a different game.
Derek Law started the 7th inning, giving up a 1-out homer to Mike Tauchman. Two singles and a strikeout later, Justin Shafer came in to get the last out. Shafer pitched a nice quick eighth.
I guess the good news is that Stroman showed he was healthy.
Offensively, we didn’t do much. Two solo homers (Randal Grichuk and Eric Sogard) was all the scoring we would get. Other than that, we had four singles. Danny Jansen had two hard hit singles.
We did have a chance in the seventh. Jansen had a 1-out single. Rowdy Tellez came in to pinch and the Yankees, with the help of Joe West, stalled for long enough for a pitching change. Tellez struck out. Sogard walked, putting the tying run on, but Galvis struck out to end the inning.
We had troubles against Masahiro Tanaka, who went 6 innings, allowed 4 hits, no walks and 5 strikeouts, with the 2 solo homers. And we only had 3 base runners reach against the Yankees bullpen.
Vlad and Cavan had a tough time, going a collective 0 for 8 with 3 strikeouts.
Jay of the Day: Sogard (.196 WPA, 1 for 3, walk).
Suckage: Biggio (-.156, 0 for 4, 1 k), Vlad (-.117, 0 for 4, 1 k) and Law (-.094).
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