The losing streak has reached seven games, and it continues in humiliating fashion. The Yankees lost on a walk-off at their own damn ballpark (thanks to a rescheduled game). The club is now 16-13 on the season. Ouch.
Since it’s Friday night, and we just sat through two games and a rain delay, let’s recap this bullet-point style.
- Embarrassment - Aroldis Chapman came on in the seventh, making just his second appearance on the season. That’s a recipe for disaster, as he’s prone to lose the zone without regular work. He walked Jeff McNeil, then served up the walk-off home run to Ahmed Rosario. I just have no other words. Th team was outright humiliated by their crosstown rivals in their home park. Unreal.
- Party Like It’s 2013 - Jordy Mercer and Erik Kratz, leading the Yankees’ offense, just how we drew it up in spring training. The Yankees scored three in the third off Mets starter David Peterson in the most 2013 way possible. Mercer drew a walk to lead off the frame, then advanced to second on a Thairo Estrada single. Kratz plated the first run, then Aaron Hicks singled with the bases loaded to give the Yankees the lead. A bases loaded walk by Gary Sánchez made it 3-1, Bombers. They aren’t the biggest names, but they got the job done.
- Lo and Behold - Jonathan Loáisiga made his third start for the Yankees, and you know what? He did an all right job. The 25-year-old allowed one run on three hits across three innings. He struck out three as well. The only run off Loáisiga came in the first inning, when Dom Smith laced a two-out RBI single. The right-hander averaged 96.9 mph on his fastball, maxing out at 98 mph. He still didn’t miss as many bats as one would like, but I’ll take it tonight.
- Leftovers - Adam Ottavino worked around a one-out double in the fourth, but Nick Nelson wasn’t as lucky in the fifth. He allowed a run on a double by Brandon Nimmo. Sánchez’s struggles at the plate continued as well, as he went 0-2 with a walk. And, lastly, this game feels entirely inconsequential because actor Chadwick Boseman tragically lost his battle to cancer tonight. He was 43. Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42, and he passed away on Jackie Robinson Day. Just terrible news.
The Subway Series continues tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting, with first pitch set for 1:05 PM. J.A. Happ is the Yankees’ probable starter, while the Mets have yet to announce theirs. Here’s today’s box score, and the win-probability chart is below.