OAKLAND — Thank goodness Aroldis Chapman is coming back on Sunday, because the Yankees’ bullpen has been absolutely atrocious.
Once again, the Bombers’ relievers blew a lead. And once again, the Bombers lost.
Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder gave up a combined three runs in the seventh and eighth innings, and the Yankees dropped their season-high fourth game in a row, 7-6, to the A’s on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum. They are 1-4 on their seven-game West Coast roadtrip.
Matt Chapman’s first career MLB hit off Holder with one out in the eighth was the go-ahead two-run single.
Shreve and Holder aren’t the only ones struggling. Tyler Clippard has a 5.06 ERA in June, while Adam Warren (4.73 ERA since May 14) was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday afternoon. Both were effective when Chapman was the closer and Dellin Betances (0.42 ERA) was the setup man. But both have struggled in expanded roles.
Aaron Judge’s MLB-leading 23rd homer appeared as though it was going to spark a much-needed, come-from-behind victory. Instead, it didn’t.
Luis Severino gutted through six innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits – all of which came during a 40-pitch second inning. Severino had given up just five earned runs in his previous five starts. Severino had stumbled during a pitch to Chad Pinder in the second, but remained in the game.
The Yankees trailed 4-0 heading into the third inning. Enter Aaron Judge. His three-run homer to right — which travelled a pedestrian 379 feet — with two outs in the frame got the Bombers within 4-3.
PLAY OF THE GAME
With the shift on, Ronald Torreyes went from shortstop to foul territory near third and slid to catch a popup from Yonder Alonso with one out in the third inning.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Aaron Judge. Who else? Judge also whacked a 109.9 mph triple with one out in the seventh inning. Some fans chanted “MVP!” after that.
STAT OF THE GAME
Aaron Judge leads all of baseball with nine opposite-field homers, according to Statcast.
Chris Carter blasted a 430-foot leadoff solo homer in the sixth inning to put the Yankees ahead 5-4. And consistent producer Starlin Castro made it 6-4 with an RBI single with one out in the seventh.
Despite doing a nice job behind the plate, Austin Romine did not have a hit. Chasen Shreve walked Oakland’s No. 9 hitter, Jaycob Brugman, in the seventh inning, and he eventually came around to score.
Luis Cessa (0-0, 5.40 ERA) or Masahiro Tanaka (5-6, 6.07) vs. Jesse Hahn (2-4, 3.56)