The Yankees got out to an early lead but the bullpen quickly faltered in their 15-7 loss to the Red Sox in Boston. >> Box score
Things to know about tonight's game
1) CC Sabathia wasn't explicitly awful, allowing two runs in three innings while escaping multiple jams, but he turned the game over to the bullpen earlier than they could handle.
2) Didi Gregorius got the Yankees on the board with a three-run home run in the first inning but by the fourth the lead completely evaporated. Gregorius enjoyed a successful day personally, going 2-4 with two home runs (his 20th on the season) and four RBI. Giancarlo Stanton added a home run long after the outcome of the game was decided in the seventh inning, his 25th of the season.
3) The bullpen was... not great. Jonathan Holder didn't retire a single batter and gave up seven runs in relief of Sabathia. Then Chad Green gave up a run in less than an inning before Luis Cessa came in to eat innings, but allowed five runs in 3.2 innings. That meant Zach Britton had to come in to throw six pitches and get the final two outs in the eighth.
Highlights from today's game
The Yankees jumped to an early four-run lead and somehow got crushed.
The Yankees pitching staff was horrendous tonight and as a result, the rest of the weekend is going to be a struggle for New York pitching. The Yankees will likely be without three of the bullpen members tomorrow and a Triple-A reliever will likely be called up as well, meaning Luis Severino better be ready to turn around his own skid with a strong and long outing.
A team's pitching gets thumped every once in a while, however the lack of fundamentally sound baseball being played by the Yankees is astounding. There were multiple lapses in this game alone and as a whole, the club does not look especially ready to play baseball at times.
The players are responsible for their actions on the field, but the manager has to be willing to get in their ears when the same issues crop up. No tables need to be tipped over, just a voice saying that what they are doing is not going to cut it. Sooner or later the urgency for this club needs to be raised or catching the Red Sox will impossible.
The Yankees continue their series with the Red Sox on Friday at 7:10 p.m. as Luis Severino looks ready to get back on track against Rick Porcello.