The Yankees had the early lead, but the Marlins' bats got red hot late in the game to split the two-game series in a 9-3 loss for the Bombers. >> Box score
1) The sixth inning is where everything went south for the Yanks. Lance Lynn was rolling through the Marlins' lineup through the first five innings, and the Yankees had managed to put two runs across the board. However, Lynn gave up back-to-back singles to start the sixth, and it would lead to one run coming across on an infield single by Austin Dean. The big blow was Miguel Rojas, though, who belted a three-run homer to take a 4-2 lead. Tommy Kahnle, then, let up a double to score another run.
2) Chance Adams, who was recalled from Triple-A in place of Aroldis Chapman, had an outing he probably would like to forget. He allowed four runs, three earned on four hits and three walks over 1.2 innings. He also allowed a homer to JT Riddle as well. He isn't making a good first impression in the Bigs with a 8.10 ERA.
3) Though he went 0-for-4, it was fun to watch Gleyber Torres at shortstop tonight. He flashed some leather with a nice back-handed, off-balance throw to first that showcased his range and cannon of an arm. Torres is a natural shortstop, and the Yankees are lucky to have him playing there with Didi Gregorius on the DL.
Of late, the Yankees had been doing quite well against teams that are inferior to them, according to win/loss record. They might have gotten away with a win Tuesday night in a game they could have easily lost, but they could not hold a lead tonight. Once again, it is hard not to wonder why the manager is so late to make bullpen decisions.
With Lynn approaching a high-pitch count, Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild failed to have anyone ready in the bullpen in case their starter began to falter (and as he began to falter). Yes, the Yankees are battling with a depleted bullpen, but even so, a fresh reliever should be better than a tired starter, and the Yankees have a day off Thursday, which would seemingly allow for more options.
Once the pitches and baserunners began to mount for Lynn, Yankees' manager Aaron Boone had to be ready to insert a reliever. Instead, Boone once again tried to steal outs from a tired pitcher and paid for it.
Highlights from tonight's game
The Yankees will make their way back up to the Bronx, with a pit stop in Baltimore for a four-game series with the Orioles starting Friday night at 7:05 p.m. CC Sabathia is expected to be activated off the DL for this one, and will face Alex Cobb.