The Yankees couldn't complete their comeback in the Subway Series, as they dropped their first game back from the All-Star break, 7-5, in the Bronx.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) The Yankees managed to string together 14 hits, but they didn't come when they needed them most. They left 14 runners on base, and were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position on the night. That's not going to get the job done even when five runs come across to score.
2) Domingo German imploded once again, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two over 3.2 innings. In turn, he was demoted to Triple-A with Luis Cessa taking over his spot in the rotation. German's blunder was the first inning, where he struggles the most. He allowed three earned runs, raising his ERA to 9.00 in the first.
3) Gary Sanchez returned to the lineup, but he definitely needs to work some kinks out. Sanchez came up with a runner on third and a chance to tie the game in the eighth, but came up empty for his first strikeout on the night. Behind the plate, Sanchez let up a costly passed ball that eventually allowed an insurance run to come across in the 9th.
4) Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius returned from the All-Star break with hot bats, both going 3-for-5. The Yankees especially need Gregorius to continue his rise back to what he was in the first month of the season.
Chances, chances, chances. The Yankees had plenty of them, yet they could not get the job done.
German once again put the Yankees at a disadvantage, coughing up three runs in the first inning. The pitching matchup was not in the Yankees favor to begin with, so getting behind by that much so early in the game surely hurt them.
The Yanks are going to need to figure out who is going to take over for German, whether it is someone from within the organization or via trade. For now, it will be Cessa, but that might not be the permanent answer.
The Yankees banged out 14 hits, but not enough of them came when it mattered most. The Yankees have failed to be fully productive when they have runners in scoring position for the last two months, and the All-Star break did nothing to help. The Yankees went 2-for-13 in such circumstances tonight, and it helped to defeat them in the first game of this chapter of the Subway Series.
The Subway Series starts back up Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Steven Matz will face off against Sonny Gray.