Domingo German wasn’t in his Sunday best on Tuesday night.
In his third career start, the 25-year-old allowed six runs in 3 2⁄3 innings as the Yankees fell to the Rangers 6-4 in Arlington.
Cole Hamels, a potential trade target for the Yankees, allowed just two runs through seven innings in the winning effort. His only mistakes came on solo blasts to Baby Bombers Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar.
It was quickly apparent that German wouldn’t have the same effectiveness that he enjoyed in his first career start against Cleveland. With one out in the bottom of the first, German surrendered an infield single and a walk before Jurickson Profar drilled a line drive home run over the wall in dead center to give the Rangers an early 3-0 lead.
German would rebound with back-to-back strikeouts to escape the first, but needed 26 pitches to do so. The pitch count would continue to skyrocket in the second as the battery of German and Gary Sanchez labored through a painful frame. German plunked Robinson Chirinos to start the second, who advanced to second after a wild pitch that Sanchez probably should have gotten a glove on. The miscue would prove to be very costly.
Chirinos advanced to second on a groundout, but would score on another wild pitch that bounced off Sanchez’s glove on a 1-2 pitch to Ryan Rua. German walked Shin-Soo Choo to put runners on first and second, and the runners would advance after yet another wild pitch by German, this time on a low breaking ball to Sanchez’s glove side. A painfully wild German surrendered another walk to load the bases before a slow roller up the first base line scored Rua to make it 5-0 at the end of the second.
German’s five earned runs through two innings came with just two hits on the board for the Rangers.
An inning that won’t be making the Yankeeography for Gary Sanchez or Domingo German.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) May 23, 2018
After the nightmare second inning, Torres continued his torrid stretch when he launched a solo shot to left for his seventh of the year to get the Yanks on the board in the third, the team’s first hit off Hamels.
Gleyber Torres has 7 HR out of the 9-spot, more than any Yankee during all of last season.— Seth Rothman (@SethDRothman) May 23, 2018
After settling down to strike out the side in the third, German served up an 0-2 breaking ball to Ronald Guzman to lead off the fourth, which Guzman deposited into the right field seats to give the Rangers a 6-1 lead. German would last just 3 2⁄3 innings, walking three and striking out four.
The Yankees offense remained dormant against Hamels, so Aaron Boone decided to light some fireworks after a 1-0 pitch to Sanchez was clearly high and outside, but called a strike by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg. Boone began jawing at Hoberg from the dugout and was quickly ejected for the first time as Yankees manager. Boone came out to give Hoberg a piece of his mind before disappearing into the clubhouse. It was just that kind of night for the Yanks.
The night would get worse, as Sanchez eventually drew a walk despite the bad call from Hoberg. The Yankees probably wish he just struck out. During an inning-ending popout from Didi Gregorius, Sanchez allegedly tweaked his leg running to second, and was removed from the game in favor of Austin Romine. It was later revealed that Sanchez was struggling with leg cramps, and it doesn’t appear to be serious.
Building off of his monster day on Sunday, Miguel Andujar launched a solo homer to left in the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-2. It was his second home run in as many games after sitting out last night.
Romine made an almost immediate impact when he ripped an opposite field two-run home run off of Jake Diekman to make it a 6-4 game in the eighth. A Gregorius single brought up the tying run with one out, but Diekman settled down to retire Tyler Austin and Andujar to end the threat.
The Yanks will look to take the rubber match and clinch their ninth-straight series win on Thursday.