It’s a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, and yet the Yankees still managed to put a damper on it with an uninspired loss. Thanks to Aaron Nola’s dominance, they mustered only four baserunners all game while the Phillies clubbed Domingo Germán for seven runs on ten hits. Here’s the full recap, if you’re brave enough to peruse the sluggishness described therein.
Much like Jameson Taillon’s start yesterday, this one looked like it could get out of hand early, as Germán gave up three straight leadoff singles to spot the Phillies a 1-0 lead with the threat for more. However, a sliding play up the middle by Gleyber Torres initiated a 6-4-5 double play that for a moment looked like the Yankees’ second triple play of the season. Germán then got Rhys Hoskins to flyout to limit the damage to the single run.
The troubles continued in the second for Germán. Andrew McCutchen and Alec Bohm led off with a double and single, and the former was driven home on an Odubel Herrera double. Bohm and Herrera then scored on Jean Segura’s single up the middle, and the infielder advanced two bases to third on a wild pickoff throw by Germán during the next at bat. J.T. Realmuto grounded out to end the inning, but not before the Phillies had grabbed a commanding 4-0 lead.
Germán settled down for the next two innings, but was sent to the showers in the fifth, as the Phillies extended the lead to 5-0 on a leadoff Segura triple and back-to-back singles by Bryce Harper and Realmuto. Wandy Peralta came in and allowed both inherited runners to score on a McCutchen double, giving Germán two more blemishes on his scorecard.
The Yankees’ starter just didn’t have it today, and struggled from the first pitch. He had none of his pitches working and gave up hard contact on all of them. In particular, Germán could not locate a single curveball the whole outing, leaving too many over the middle of the plate or missing by too much to induce a chase. His final line: 4.1 innings, ten hits, seven runs, one walk, two strikeouts, 82 pitches.
Here are all the curveballs that Germán threw — notice only one swinging strike:
If you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned the Yankees offense yet, it’s because they gave me no reason to do so. After a leadoff single by LeMahieu in the first, Nola retired 16 of the next 17 batters he faced until DJ singled in the sixth, the only other baserunner coming on a third inning Clint Frazier walk. Through six innings, the only two Yankees hits belonged to LeMahieu.
Nola lasted 7.2 shutout innings, giving up only three hits and a walk. That third hit came off the bat of Rougned Odor in the seventh, but in keeping with the theme of the 2021 Yankees, he was erased on an absolutely foolish baserunning gaffe. The Yankees bullpen did its job, tossing 3.2 shutout frames, but that only goes so far with a lifeless offense. The Philly relievers got the final four outs, and outside of a Torres ninth-inning double, the Yankees offense rolled over and died.
With the loss, the Yankees now fall to 33-32, their worst 65-game start since missing the playoffs in 2016 (credit Bryan Hoch). They sit fourth in the AL East, 8.5 games back of the Rays. As Yogi Berra said, “It gets late early out there.”
The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow before flying into Buffalo for a three-game set against the Blue Jays at the dreaded Sahlen Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM ET Tuesday night, with Jordan Montgomery set to face Hyun Jin Ryu. Make sure to join us in the game thread.