Saturday, August 5, 2017

Garcia's Yankee Debut Worse Than Gray's

A night after Sonny Gray's Yankee debut turned sour, through little fault of his own, Jaime Garcia made his Yankee debut, and he provided the sourness himself. He didn't get out of the 5th inning, and was down 6-1 when he left.

The Yankee bats didn't get the job done, either. Unlike the night before, they at least put enough guys on base to put themselves in position to score runs. They just didn't get those runs home. Todd Frazier led off the top of the 3rd inning with a single, but got erased on a double play. They got men on 1st and 2nd in the 4th, but didn't score.

Frazier -- Todd, not Can't Miss Clint -- hit a home run in the 5th, to give the Yankees some hope. But no one was on base. Right after that, Ronald Torreyes singled, and Brett Gardner did the same, getting Torreyes to 3rd. Up came Can't Miss Clint. If he had done anything but ground to 3rd, another run would have scored. He grounded to 3rd, and Torreyes was thrown out at the plate. No further runs were scored in the inning, and the Indians took 2 runs back in the bottom of the inning.

Chase Headley doubled with 2 out in the 6th, but Todd Frazier couldn't get him home. There was some hope in the 9th, as Headley led off with a single, but Todd grounded into a double play. Torreyes singled and took 2nd on fielder's indifference. Gardner singled him home, to bring up Can't Miss Clint, but he, yet again, grounded to 3rd, and that ended the game.

Indians 7, Yankees 2. WP: Trevor Bauer (10-8). No save. LP: Garcia (1-1 -- remember, stats with both teams are counted together).

So: 2 days, 2 games, 2 new starting pitchers debuted, 2 defeats, 2 games fallen further behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, and the biggest prospect in the system (unless you count the injured Gleyber Torres) failed in the clutch again.

If the Yankees had an equivalent to Arsenal Fan TV, the venom directed at Brian Cashman (and, sometimes, Joe Girardi) would be ceaseless. But we don't, and too many people continue to drink the Cashman Cool-Aid.

The series continues tonight. Jordan Montgomery starts against Danny Salazar. Montgomery, the guy we thought either Gray or Garcia would force out of the rotation.


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