Clint Frazier hit a double and a home run in his big-league debut to help the Yankees jump out to a 6-3 lead after seven innings, but the bullpen collapsed and the Yankees lost to the Astros 7-6, on Saturday. >> Click here for a full box score.
Dellin Betances was charged with four runs in the eighth inning and Aroldis Chapman allowed a two-run double as soon as he came into the game. The Yankees
Jordan Montgomery allowed three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings of work for the Yankees. He walked one and struck out four, but twice fell victim to the long ball. He allowed homers in the fifth and sixth innings.
Didi Gregorius hit his 10th home run of the season in the sixth inning and had four RBIs in the game. Frazier added his home run the seventh, a solo shot. Gary Sanchez had an RBI single in the sixth and later scored.
The Yankees relievers had an incredibly bad month in June and it has now bled into July.
In a game when the Yankees actually handed a lead to Betances via a scoreless seventh inning, Betances completely imploded. It's the second straight poor effort from Betances, who has seemingly lost his mechanics. He's allowed runs in three of his last five appearances (eight runs allowed in those games). Unfortunately, Chapman couldn't bail him out and the loss overshadowed a strong debut by Frazier.
Frazier's hands are incredibly fast through the zone and he displayed what solid contact with that swing can generate. While Frazier's stay with New York might not be permanent this time around, it is reasonable to suggest that he can make an impact as long as he is with the big league club. Hopefully, his next strong effort won't be wasted.