A 4-0 lead against the White Sox in 2019? That should be enough to put a game away. Instead the Yankees’ suddenly shaky pitching staff coughed up five runs, and the Bombers took their seventh loss in their last 11 games.
We’ll have a full recap up first thing in the morning. In the meantime, here are some highlights.
Winner of the Game
After a brutal stretch at the plate that culminated in a busted lip, Brett Gardner has started to show signs of life. The Yankees left fielder went deep for the second time in four games on Thursday night. The two-run shot in the fourth inning gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead.
Gleyber Torres also deserves a co-share of Winner of the Game for his efforts in a ridiculous double play.
That’s not something you see every day.
Loser of the Game
When I started taking notes for tonight’s game, I had J.A. Happ in the winner column. He didn’t look sharp at all—in the bottom of the fourth he threw nine consecutive pitches out of the zone—but he kept finding ways to escape jams. Then the fifth inning arrived and Happ fell apart. The left-hander finished the night having allowed four runs on five innings pitched, His season numbers now stand at a 4.66 ERA and 5.34 FIP.
Please get another starter soon, Yankees.
Honorable Mentions: Adam Ottavino