There’s no denying that today, April 18, the Yankees at 8-8, six games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox at 14-2, are on a precipice —- either they will pull back back from falling further behind by winning, or fall headlong to an under .500 record and fall even further behind the Red Sox.
In the 9-1 loss to the Marlins, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post, the Yankees had “shaky fielding, shoddy work out of the bullpen and Giancarlo Stanton’s inability to hit at Yankee Stadium.”
Marlins’ pitcher Jarlin Garcia made Major League history at the Yankees’ expense when he tied the Major League record for innings with no-hits allowed to start a career as a starting pitcher, with 10 hitless innings. Miguel Andujar hit a one-out double to end the streak on Tuesday night.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka did not make history and did not make the highlight reels either. In another five inning start, Tanaka gave up eight hits, two walks, five strikeouts, seven runs, and six earned runs. Similarly, in his last outing against the Red Sox, he gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings pitched.
What went right? Andujar made his presence felt by hitting a double and then his first home run at Yankee Stadium, which accounted for the only run in the game. Eric Boland of Newsday remarked on the historical significance of Andujar’s extra-base hits in the game:
Lost a bit in the ugliness: Miguel Andujar went 2-for-4, including his first career big-league HR, and a double, giving him six extra-base hits in his last three games. Became 2nd Yankees third baseman with at least 2 extra-base hits in 3 straight gms, joining Bob Muesel (1920)
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 18, 2018
Judge, Stanton and Sanchez were a combined 1-10 against Garcia and the Marlins. Judge had two walks and Sanchez had a single, but Stanton was hitless with two strikeouts in the game. The Yankee faithful in the stadium booed Stanton once again.
What’s next? CC Sabathia is on the mound for the Yankees against the Blue Jays on Thursday and he’s the Yankees’ stopper. In 2017, the Yankees were 9-1 with Sabathia on the mound after a Yankee loss.
Let’s hope the big guy can deliver a quality start against the Blue Jays and set the Yankees’ sights in a winning direction.