This, the second half of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, was a tale of two bullpens. The Yankees employed a full-on bullpen game, giving the ball to Jonathan Loaisiga to start before turning to the rest of their relief corps in the third inning. The Phillies put Aaron Nola on the mound, and while he dominated for six innings, a lone inning of exposure was enough for the Philly bullpen to combust on the spot. The Yankees capitalized on the seventh-inning meltdown en route to a 3-1 victory and a split of the twinbill.
Winner of the Game
After doing a fair bit of damage on offense in the early game, the Yankees’ bats were quiet for most of the nightcap, as Nola had the Bombers off balance all night. There was nothing quiet, however, about the shot Luke Voit lined off of Nola to open the scoring in the second inning:
Voit also added a single in the decisive seventh inning, before Mike Tauchman drove in the winning run with a double:
Tauchman held his season slash line at .357/.438/.429 and burnished his case for regular playing time.
Honorable mention: Chad Green continued his tremendous start to the season with 2.1 innings of perfect relief work. He’s now pitched eight shutout innings on the year, having allowed just one hit.
Loser of the Game
Add injury to insult for Gary Sanchez. The struggling catcher struck out two more times, then suffered a painful hit by pitch in the final inning. Hopefully, the Yankees backstop is OK, and able to eventually snap out of the funk that sees him hitting a miserable .074/.167/.111 for the season.