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Yankees Highlights: Cleveland embarrasses Bombers’ bullpen

The Yankees did not find their usual success with the opener strategy tonight, as Cleveland pummeled New York’s bullpen into submission.

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After spending about a week pounding on Baltimore pitching, the Yankees got a taste of their own medicine tonight. Cleveland tore New York’s staff asunder, blowing up the Yankees’ bullpen game immediately in the first inning and continuing unabated from there. By the end, the carnage added up to a 19-5 loss that was reminiscent of the Yankees’ shellacking at the hands of the Red Sox in game three of last October’s ALDS.

Winner of the Game

At least someone had a good game! Didi Gregorius recorded three hits, including a solo shot into the second deck in right:

That was Gregorius’ 10th homer of the season, giving the Yankees 11 players who have reached double-digit dingers in 2019.

Honorable mention: Gary Sanchez crushed a solo home run in the sixth to give him homers in back-to-back games.

Loser(s) of the Game

This space is much easier to fill when the Yankees lose by 14 than when they play the Orioles. Nearly every pitcher in pinstripes that touched the ball tonight received a profoundly rude greeting from Cleveland’s bats. Chad Green had the ugliest outing, absorbing five runs and two homers while recording a lone out in the first inning. Jonathan Loaisiga also yielded a pair of homers, and four runs total, across 2.2 innings in his return to the majors. Chance Adams gave up ten hits and five runs in 3.2 innings. And Mike Ford, DH-turned-pitcher, gave up five runs, including a disheartening pop-up three-run homer to Greg Allen.

Honorable mention: Aaron Judge’s slump deepened with four more strikeouts in five at-bats.