How fitting that such a nutty game features an even nuttier inscription.
Amidst what is already a crazy Yankees season.
Friday night showed more than five hours of baseball, leading to a 14-inning, 7-3 loss in the hands of Orioles, with New Yorker Pedro Alvarez delivering the game-winning Grand Slam by Jonathan Holder. The Yankees, saddled with high expectations after the surprise climb last year, are now 4-4.
That's the way it was in the first week and a half, but the fans did not feel exhaled, because the many early pinstripe retreats seemed manageable. There was a chance when the Yankees officials squatted on Saturday morning that none of CC Sabathia, Brandon Drury, Tyler Wade, Gary Sanchez, or Aroldis Chapman, who would all sound the alarm during the match, would have to be on the disabled list [1
Sabathia, who had gone through a sore right hip after four innings, later said that an MRI scan was clean again and he hopes to be in next Thursday Boston to start against the Red Sox. Sanchez, limping off the field in the top of the 14th (just before Alvarez went low), said an investigation revealed nothing more serious than convulsions.
Brandon Drury, who was sixth in Pinch Hitter Ronald Torreyes, felt a migraine and blur, Boone said. And Tyler Wade, defensively picked up in the ninth inning, looked very much like a young man struggling with flu-like symptoms, just as Boone said.
Oh, and fortunately, Aroldis Chapman passed a team doctoral exam after Boone and dr. Coach – triggered by Sanchez – Concerned about the speed of closer – visited the hill to check on him. Chapman stayed in the game and beat Trey Mancini to become ninth.
Wow! Talk about drama. For a moment, it seemed that the Yankees wanted to pay homage to the 2017 Mets.
Drama was not short for these Yankees. Prior to Friday's developments, Yankees Greg Bird, Aaron Hicks, Billy McKinney and Ben Heller lost in the last two weeks due to injury, and Jacoby Ellsbury, who retired since the start of the Grapefruit League, suffered a setback. Boone has felt through his new job, his surprisingly inconspicuous bullpen dropped him more than once. Ironically, seven enthusiasts, including Holder, joined forces for nine shutout frames on Friday before Alvarez broke it. At least one move will likely give Boone a new arm for Saturday's game.
Sanchez was absolutely terrible on the plate and showed an anemic .063 / .188 / .091 slash line. New guy Giancarlo Stanton has three homers and two doubles, but a low .297 on base percentage.
On the bright side, Didi Gregorius met a playful homer from Baltimore's Miguel Castro in the eighth inning, and he nearly hit the walk-off run in the 11th, trying to progress on a flawed pitch of MYCHAL Givens only to be marked on the plate in a large relay from Joseph to Givens. On the other hand, the service depth remains a strength.
"Every loss is tough, they are all tough," said Aaron Judge, who made a remarkable 13-inning catch to deprive Caleb Joseph of a home run. "How will this team fight back?"
The more orchestras, the better the Yankees' chance to end this two-game losing streak, and a bigger picture of where they want to go for the season. Will this season calm down for her? Or is your journey destined to prove itself in always strange situations?