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Yankees Highlights: Brett Gardner gets ejected for no reason whatsoever

J..A. Happ gave up a ton of dingers, too.

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The Yankees saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night. You know what that means? The sky is falling. They get to start a brand new one tomorrow afternoon. An annoying loss, sure, but this team is too good to get bent out of shape over.

We’ll have a full recap up soon. In the meantime, here are some highlights:

Winner of the Game

It’s a day that ends in -y, so that means Mike Tauchman homered. The outfielder swatted a solo shot in the fourth inning to get the Yankees on the board. He also singled in the top of the ninth, going 2-for-4 on the night. His transformation from Quad-A outfielder to mid-140s wRC+ guy is still so fascinating.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Ford

Loser of the Game

Home-plate umpire Chris Segal erroneously ejected Brett Gardner in the fourth inning. Think about that sentence for a minute. The umpire had a contested zone all game, and the Yankees’ dugout let him hear it after making a bad call on Tauchman. Cameron Maybin in particular had words, and that led to Segal ejecting Gardner. It’s ridiculous because Gardy didn’t even say a word!

Take a look at this full breakdown:

In the YES Booth, David Cone noted that Segal will now have to file a report explaining why he ejected Gardner. I imagine his explanation will be more of a stretch than high school students trying to fake their way through an in-class essay.

Oh, and J.A. Happ got shelled again. He gave up six runs on three homers across five innings. Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu did him no favors defensively—no, for real—but Happ has to execute his pitches better.


Credit: FanGraphs