Domingo German was roughed up by the Rangers early on and the Yankees' offense couldn't overcome the deficit in a 6-4 loss on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. >> Box score
The Rangers' offense went to work immediately, as Jurickson Profar launched a three-run home run in the first inning to give Texas an early 3-0 lead. In the second inning, Robinson Chirinos scored on a wild pitch by German and Ryan Rua scored another run when Nomar Mazara grounded out to first. German allowed a sixth run in the fourth when Ronald Guzman hit a solo home run.
Cole Hamels pitched well against New York's lineup, lmiting the Yankees to two runs on four hits in six innings. Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, and Austin Romine all homered to account for the Yankees' four runs. Cole
The Yankees tried mounting a comeback in the later innings, as Andujar hit a solo home runs in the seventh and Romine, who replaced Gary Sanchez, hit a two-run homer in the eighth to trim Texas' lead to 6-4.
The Yankees' rally fell short in the ninth when the offense went down 1-2-3 against Rangers RHP Keone Kela, who earned his ninth save of the season.
The Yankees were able to overcome a sloppy pitching effort last night, but tonight the bats could not dig out of the hole German put them in.
Since German's exceptional first MLB start, he has allowed 12 runs on 10 hits (three home runs) and six walks in just 8 2/3 innings (two starts). As such, it will be interesting to see if German makes his next start or if the Yankees will look at another option.
The expectations for the Yankees is that they will make a trade for a starter this summer with Hamels among the names recently bandied about. If anything came out of this game, it might be that Hamels has demonstrated he might have figured something out this season (3.38 ERA through tonight's effort) after a rough 2017.
Hamels' contract cost might be on the loftier side for the Yankees and it can be argued that they should go after a controllable pitcher that can make a larger impact. Regardless, the Yanks and Hamels will be linked from here out and New York got to see what he has firsthand.
The Yankees and Rangers will conlude their series on Wednesday at 7:5 p.m. CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.40 ERA) is slated to face Doug Fister (1-4, 3.43 ERA)