Yankees: Good news and bad news in loss to Washington, taste of their own medicine

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The New York Yankees lost their second consecutive game against the Washington Nationals on Friday, falling back to .500 on the season. After failing to sweep the Houston Astros in a three-game series, the Yankees are now looking to take down Washington, who have had their fair share of struggles this season. Unfortunately, they weren’t only beat, they were demolished, as Jameson Taillon lasted 6.1 innings and gave up three hits and three runs, including two homers. The bullpen failed to support Taillon, though, as Jonathan Loaisiga gave up four hits and five runs in just 0.1 innings. Luis Cessa didn’t fare much better, as Washington plastered the Yankees with home runs toward the end of the game.

Normally, the Yankees are the team hitting long balls routinely, but the Nationals gave them a taste of their own medicine, with a six-run eighth inning. Nonetheless, the Yankees have to put this game behind them, as they have another matchup on Saturday afternoon as they look to break this two-game losing streak.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

There was some good news to come from Friday, as the Yankees learned that starting third baseman Gio Urshela will be day-to-day after suffering an injury sliding into home plate. This is great news, as the Yankees recalled Miguel Andujar, who they stuck at first base and moved LeMahieu to third.



“He checked out pretty well after the game, and then the MRI confirmed that everything is structurally sound,” Boone said. “He’s got a little bit of swelling in there. Whether he’s back in there tomorrow or whatever, we’ll go day by day, but he’s doing a lot better.”

Offensively, it was nice to see DJ getting back to his old self, recording three hits and two homers, one in the first inning and another in the sixth inning. He is currently hitting .283 on the season with a .400 slugging percentage. However, the rest of the Yankee lineup struggled, recording a total of five hits compared to Washington’s 10. The Bombers aren’t going to score a plentiful amount of runs if they don’t make contact with the baseball in fair play, as they’ve been streaky as of late.
The pitching also struggled, but we can expect a bounce-back performance from the bullpen, as they’ve been quite strong this year.