All good things must come to an end, and that includes the Yankees’ eight-game winning streak. Unfortunately it came to a close in a frustrating fashion, with two of the Bombers’ worst pitchers getting tagged for nine runs.
We’ll have a full recap later this evening. In the meantime, here are some highlights:
Winner of the Game
DJ LeMahieu made history, and he did it against a brand name. His three-run homer in the fifth inning broke the Yankees’ record for consecutive games with a home run. The franchise record now stands at 26, eclipsing the mark set by the 1941 Yankees. To make things even better? He hit it off Justin Verlander.
Loser of the Game
The Yankees have a J.A. Happ problem. The left-hander’s miserable season continued on Sunday afternoon, when he surrendered eight runs on three homers—including a grand slam off the bat of Tyler White. That performance tied his career worst, and it brought his season numbers to a 5.23 ERA with a 5.47 FIP.
Happ puts the Yankees at a disadvantage whenever he pitches. In only three of his 16 starts has he avoided giving up the long ball, and on six instances he surrendered multiple homers in a game. His signing was well received by Yankees fans, but he’s been nothing short of a disaster this season.