The Yankees have struggled to beat up on weaker teams all season, and that remained true tonight. Pitching was bad, defense was sloppy, and the offense failed to get much going at the plate. They had a chance to wrap up the season series against the Marlins with a two-game sweep, but had to settle for a split once again.
Nothing too exciting happened through the first five innings of the game. Inexplicably, the Yankees managed just ONE hit off of Trevor Richards during that time. In the fourth, Aaron Hicks worked a walk, and Neil Walker hit an RBI double to put New York on the board. They added a second run in the sixth after Brett Gardner and Hicks singled, and Miguel Andujar walked to load the bases. With just one out, Walker hit a fly ball deep enough to score Gardner and make it a 2-0 game.
Lance Lynn looked okay through the first five innings. He got into trouble in the fourth with runners on second and third with just one out, but was able to work out of the jam without giving up any runs. The game got away from him in the sixth though. Brian Anderson and Starlin Castro hit back-to-back singles, then Derek Dietrich moved the runners over on a ground out. Austin Dean hit an RBI to score Anderson, then Rafael Ortega launched a three-run homer to left. After Magneuris Sierra singled, Aaron Boone finally made the call to the bullpen. He sure likes to leave his starting pitchers in too long.
Tommy Kahnle took over for Lynn and promptly gave up an RBI to pinch-hitter Yadiel Rivera, before striking out Ortega and J.T. Realmuto to end the frame. The Yankees were able to make up one of those runs in the seventh, but it would also be their final run of the game. Luke Voit made himself useful with a one-out single, Gardner walked, then Stanton brought Voit home on yet another infield single. It’s too bad he didn’t hit his 300th home run in Miami, but it is always entertaining to watch him hit infield singles.
The Yankees called Chance Adams up today as the corresponding move for the Aroldis Chapman injury, and they put him to work right away. He came in for what ended up being a very sloppy seventh inning. Adams walked the first two batters, and Anderson advanced to third when Austin Romine airmailed a ball into center field. Dietrich hit an RBI to make it a 6-3 game, then Dean reached on a force attempt as Gleyber Torres made a fielding error and failed to get the runner out at second.
Adams came back out for the eighth inning and was responsible for three more runs. After giving up a leadoff single to Sierra, pinch-hitter JT Riddle hit a two-run blast to right field. A walk and two singles gave the Marlins a 9-3 lead. With two outs, Boone decided to bring in A.J. Cole. The right-hander got Dean to fly out to end the inning.
The Yankees tried to get something going in the ninth, as they love to do. Greg Bird grounded out, but Romine and Ronald Torreyes hit back-to-back singles. Unfortunately, Gardner grounded into a double play to end the game.
Tomorrow is an off day, but the Yankees will kick off a four-game series against the Orioles on Friday. CC Sabathia is scheduled to make that start opposite of Alex Cobb at 7:05 ET.