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MLB Weekly Recap: After a rough start, New York grinds back to .500


Monday 4/9: Scheduled off day

Tuesday 4/10: at Boston Red Sox (L 1-14, 5-6)

Boston embarrassed New York in the season series opener by a whopping 13 runs. Starter Luis Severino was tagged for five earned as he permitted eight hits and three walks. He didn’€™t have his slider all night and it hurt him badly. Somehow, he was able to grind through five innings of work but it wasn’t pretty. What really hurt the Dominican righty was the fact that he allowed Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Hanley Ramirez each time they stepped to the plate. Austin Romine and Miguel Andujar both committed errors which led to six unearned runs to score. Aaron Judge was the lone bright spot offensively. The reigning Home Run Derby champion went yard off Sox starter Chris Sale to deep, dead center field in the top of the fifth inning.

New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez watches the flight of his second two-run home run, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Wednesday 4/11: at Boston Red Sox (W 10-7, 6-6)

The Yankees dug deep and got a very important win to even the series up in Boston, MA on an emotional Wednesday evening. The benches cleared twice, first on a questionable Tyler Austin slide that resulted in Austin spiking Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt. In retaliation, Sox reliever Joe Kelly plunked Austin with a 97-mph fastball. Austin charged the mound and punches were thrown. Austin, Kelly, Phil Nevin, and Tommy Kahnle were all ejected. The game saw offensive breakouts from Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez. All four scored at least two runs, drove in two, and recorded multi-hit contests. Sanchez had a monster game, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and double. Masahiro Tanaka churned in a below average start, pitching five innings and allowing six earned on seven hits and two walks. Chad Green and David Robertson followed and allowed just a combined one hit in three innings pitched. Manager Aaron Boone decided to turn to Aroldis Chapman to finish what proved to be an eventful ninth. The closer allowed a run on two hits, turning a non-save opportunity into a save conversion.

Thursday 4/12: at Boston Red Sox (L 3-6, 6-7)

New York was dominated by Rick Porcello on Thursday night. Porcello tossed seven innings, struck out six, walked none and permitted just two hits. Gary Sanchez got to reliever Marcus Walden in the top of the ninth, as he crushed a bases-clearing three-run double to deep center field. The two-bagger by Sanchez would be enough for Sox manager Alex Cora to pull Walden in favor of Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel would earn his fourth save of the season as he retired each of the three batters he faced (two via strikeout). Pitching-wise Sonny Gray looked nothing short of awful. The former Oakland Athletic permitted six earned runs on seven hits and two walks in just three innings of work. Domingo German did a great job eating innings, as he held Boston scoreless over the next three frames.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Hicks is congratulated after his solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Friday 4/13: at Detroit Tigers (W 8-6, 7-7)

The Yankees got back into the win column and back to playing .500 baseball, beginning the weekend series in Detroit. Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park two-run home run in the top of the second, putting the Bronx Bombers on the board. Brett Gardner would add to the 2-0 lead by doubling home Miguel Andujar in the top of the fifth inning. The next batter, Aaron Judge, singled home Gardner to give New York a 4-0 advantage. Judge would later come around to score on a fielding error by second basemen Dixon Machado. Starter Jordan Montgomery pitched very well to begin the game, holding the Tigers off the scoreboard until James McCann hit a solo-homer in the bottom of the fifth. Hicks answered right back in the following frame by hitting another home run. Detroit got to Montgomery in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two more earned runs off the southpaw, forcing Aaron Boone to turn to David Robertson to finish the seventh (recorded all three outs in the inning). In the eighth, we saw yet another Dellin Betances meltdown. Betances allowed the Tigers to score three runs on five hits in 0.2 innings pitched, increasing his season ERA to 8.10. Chad Green was able to escape the jam for Betances and gave way to closer Aroldis Chapman, who struck all three batters that he faced. Ronald Torreyes and Didi Gregorius did answer back for the Yankees in the top of the eighth with an RBI-single and a sacrifice fly, respectively.

Saturday 4/14: Game postponed due to rain, doubleheader scheduled for Sunday

Sunday 4/15: Doubleheader postponed to Monday, June 4, 2018

On Deck

Monday 4/16: vs Miami Marlins, 6:35 pm

Tuesday 4/17: vs Miami Marlins, 6:35 pm

Wednesday 4/18: Scheduled off day

Thursday 4/19: vs Toronto Blue Jays, 6:35 pm

Friday 4/20: vs Toronto Blue Jays, 7:05 pm

Saturday 4/21: vs Toronto Blue Jays, 1:05 pm

Sunday 4/22: vs Toronto Blue Jays, 1:05 pm