Bryan Mitchell allowed six runs (two earned) and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings as the New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2, Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more
- Mitchell (1-1) allowed one run in the first inning, three in the second and two in the third.
- In the second inning, Aaron Judge dropped a Chase Utley line drive that allowed two runs to score, and Utley scored on Corey Seager's RBI single to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
- Catcher Gary Sanchez made a throwing error trying to throw out Howie Kendrick at second base that allowed Josh Reddick to score in the third inning.
- The Yankees' 5-9 hitters combined to go 2 for 17.
- Judge and Starlin Castro both hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who remained two games back of the second wild card spot in the American League after the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox.
- Jose De Leon (2-0) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings for the Dodgers.
- Yasiel Puig homered off James Pazos in the eighth inning, and Justin Turner homered off Ben Heller in the ninth.
- Richard Bleier pitched four innings of scoreless relief.
The Yankees could not afford to come out flat, but Mitchell allowed some hard-hit balls and the fielders didn't help matters with some poor defensive plays. Both factors pushed the Yankees well behind a much crisper Dodgers team. The Yankees offense looked sluggish other than the two moonshot home runs by Judge and Castro, who also doubled.
Altogether, the Yankees looked more like the team that forced management to sell assets at the trade deadline than the squad that reversed fortunates after it. Coming after a stretch in which the Yankees were playing solid baseball, the last two losses might be pointing to a team that is tiring from the emotional strain of their resurgence.
The Yankees will have to find a boost quickly, or else the team will find itself out of the playoff picture as quickly as it got back into it.
CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.27 ERA) faces Julio Urias (5-2, 3.69 ERA) in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.