There is literally nothing that went right for the Yankees in this game.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed six earned runs, seven total, in five innings. Even then, four of those runs came after the inning could have been over, but wasn’t because of a defensive mistake.
That’s another thing that went wrong. The Yankees’ defense made two errors, and there was at least two other plays that were bad, but went down as hits anyway.
Of course, there was also the offense. When you leave nine on base, go 0-10 with runners in scoring position, and only get a run on a solo homer with two outs in the ninth, you’re going to lose.
The Marlins haven’t been a great team this season and probably won’t be. However, when you mess up those three aspects of the game, you can still lose to them, and the Yankees did.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Yankees after it took them over 20 pitches to record their first out. Derek Dietrich led off the game with a single on the second pitch of the game. Tanaka followed that by issuing a five-pitch walk to Miguel Rojas. Starlin Castro then exacted some manner of revenge on his old team by singling home Dietrich.
Justin Bour followed that with another single, loading the bases with still no one out. Tanaka then got a ground ball and appeared to finally get an out, but Didi Gregorius’ throw to first was high and off, and Tyler Austin couldn’t come down with it. Two more runs scored on the error. After that, Tanaka got a double play and another grounder to finally get out of the inning. However, the Yankees were now losing 3-0 to the Marlins, which was far from ideal.
Miami tacked on another run in the second. Cameron Maybin hit an infield single on a bunt attempt to lead off the second. He moved to second because Gary Sanchez’s throw wasn’t corralled by Austin, and the ball got into foul territory. It should not have been ruled a single, as Maybin would have been out had Austin caught it. The error also probably should have gone to Austin instead of Sanchez. Maybin moved to third on a ground out, and then scored on Dietrich’s single, extending the Marlins’ lead.
Things then got real out of hand in the fifth inning. Tanaka had settled down after the first two innings, and then got two quick outs in the fifth. The third batter of the inning, Castro, then hit a grounder to third. Miguel Andujar, who had just made a nice play in the previous at bat, slightly misplayed the grounder allowing Castro to reach with an infield single. Tanaka then walked Justin Bour, and allowed a home run to J.T. Realmuto. It was now 7-0.
Jarlin Garcia threw four no-hit innings to start the game, after throwing six in his first start against the Mets. Andujar finally got the Yankees their first hit in the bottom of the fifth. That would go to waste, as would the Yankees loading the bases in the sixth.
Luis Cessa had replaced Tanaka in the sixth, and threw two fairly clean innings to start his outing. He came back out for a third in the eighth, and gave up a run on two hits and a walk to start the inning. After a visit from the trainer, Cessa was removed from the game with an oblique injury. Chad Green came in and eventually worked out of the jam, but not before the Marlins scored again.
The Yankees’ lone run came in the ninth inning. With two outs, Andujar put one into the seats in left for his first career home run. It’s a cool moment for him, but otherwise, it was a game to forget for the Yankees.