Good news and bad news as Yankees split series with Boston

Alexander Wilson
New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees blew a second consecutive lead on Sunday evening against the Boston Red Sox, splitting the series over four games. The Bombers won the first two, showcasing offensive prowess, but their pitching failed to hold up against a potent Boston batting order. The Yanks lost 11-6 on Sunday night.

Good news and bad news as Yankees split series with Boston:

Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon got the start on Sunday but failed miserably to temper Boston’s offense. Over 5.0 innings, Taillon gave up seven hits, six earned runs, and three homers.

Taillon was plastered by home runs, giving up one to Franchy Cordero in the 2nd inning, a two-run blast to Christian Vázquez in the 3rd inning, and another two-run homer to JD Martinez in the 5th.

Taillon has been incredibly disappointing over the past few weeks, elevating his ERA to 4.01 on the season. In the month of July, he’s made two appearances, giving up 13 hits and 11 earned runs. The former Pittsburgh Pirate wasn’t too hot in June either, posting a 4.59 ERA, allowing 40 hits and 17 runs over 33.1 innings.

It makes sense why general manager Brian Cashman has been connected to Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds. Clearly, the Yankees need a bit of starting pitching support. They also have Domingo German working his way back after joining Scranton to commence another rehab outing.

Offensively, the Yankees did enough to win the game, let alone sweep Boston. They collected 11 hits and six earned runs, striking out eight times. Utilityman Matt Carpenter continues to provide efficient performances, collecting two hits and two RBIs, increasing his batting average to .344.

Giancarlo Stanton also added two hits and two RBIs. Unfortunately, the bullpen struggled mightily, with Aroldis Chapman walking two batters and giving up a run. However, two poor defensive plays from DJ LeMahieu made things a bit more tumultuous for the veteran relief arm.

The Yankees will enjoy a day off on Monday before traveling back to the Bronx to face off against the Cincinnati Reds. Luckily, they still maintain a 14-game lead in the AL East and 4.5 game cushion in all of baseball.