Well that was ugly. Everything was going right for the Yankees, until it wasn’t. Just when it seemed like the Yankees were ready to re-energize their faltering season and put the horror show of the last week behind them, they lose a very winnable game and kickoff what could be a very tense three days in the Bronx.
- On the backs of Luke Voit’s and Clint Frazier’s offensive outburst, the Yankees looked to be cruising toward an easy victory over the Mets. Chad Green had other ideas, surrendering three home runs in the top of the sixth to lose the game.
Luke leads the charge in the 1st: pic.twitter.com/rlq7D9m5zz— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 28, 2020
- Both teams have a brief respite before taking to the field once more for Game Two of the doubleheader. Players will wear the number 42 jersey in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, though the fight he helped lead against social injustice still rages on 73 years later.
- In a week where Aaron Boone came under scrutiny for his bullpen decisions, Monty appeared to make the skipper’s job easier by dominating his opponent in 5+ strong innings. He had all of his offerings working today, and made hitters look silly on his four-pitch mix. His most effective pitch was the changeup, generating seven whiffs and three strikeouts.
- He ran into some trouble in the top of the sixth and was replaced by Chad Green, who promptly gave up a game-tying three-run blast to dead center off Pete Alonso’s bat, renewing unease over Boone’s bullpen management. Green wasn’t done however, as he would surrender back-to-back solo shots to Dominic Smith and Jake Marisnick to give the Mets a lead they would not relinquish.
- Estevan Florial debuting seemed about the only positive he could take away from the game, as he looked completely overmatched by big league pitching in his first two at-bats. However, all of that was forgotten when he collected his first major league hit with a humpback liner dumped into center. Congrats Estevan!
Fresh out the box! Stop, look, and watch! Ready yet? Get set! It's Florial That! pic.twitter.com/sQ3o7Cbm9i— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 28, 2020
The Yankees will hope to bounce back in Game Two later tonight. First pitch is minutes away, so join us in the Game Thread as the Yankees face David Peterson.