The good news for the Yankees, their first homestand on the books, is that Gary Sanchez has shown signs of life, their biggest risk of the offseason playing as if he could be salvageable.
The bad news? Another winter risk – less, it appeared at the time – has given a boost.
Gleyber Torres ’10th inning pitch error didn’t directly lead to the Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, as the game ended in 11th frame. Still, the second official shortstop mistake of the year, in addition to a few other memorable unofficial fouls, highlighted the Yankees’ first loss to the Orioles at home since May 15, 2019, bringing an end to a 12 game winning streak against these guys. in the Bronx.
And that intensified the scrutiny of the fourth-year, who arrived in the big leagues as a useful second baseman and struggled to pass to Didi Gregorius ‘successor at shortstop even s’ he played there as a toddler in Venezuela. While it is obviously too early to question a change in the crucial position, it is late enough to see the problem here.
“He’s got all the skills to go out there and do it,” manager Aaron Boone said of Torres after the game. “When he makes a high profile mistake, he has to get over it. … He’s got all the gear to get through that, through the bumps, and he has the confidence to know he has the gear to get through it.
While Boone is clearly not opposed to the rotation on behalf of a player (he was of the opinion before the game that Baltimore’s Ryan Mountcastle should have been called up on Tuesday in a ninth inning match that Torres put way too far. of time to run, offering Mountcastle a field single.), he offered no alibis for Torres’ groundbreaking stint.
Chad Green had recorded two strikeouts, allowing extra-inning runner Anthony Santander to advance only from second to third, when O receiver Pedro Severino knocked down an easy Grounder in Torres. With plenty of time to get the slow-footed Severino, Torres unleashed an absolutely terrible pitch that inexperienced first baseman Jay Bruce couldn’t corral, allowing Santander to return home. Those who remained from the announced crowd of 10,254 let Torres have him with a flood of boos.
“He made a really tough pitch there for Jay,” Boone said. “It has to be more on target.”
Kyle Higashioka gave his teammate a temporary reprieve by knocking out home pinch runner Tyler Wade in second at the end of the heat. Still, when Green served a one-out single to pinch hitter Chance Sisco in the 11th, scoring Rio Ruiz from third base, the spotlight turned to Torres.
He stood on the deck at the bottom of the sleeve as Santander grabbed DJ LeMahieu’s line on the right pitch and nailed a Gio Urshela tag at home, leaving Urshela disheveled and Yankees fans hoping the questionable sendoff produced. no injury. Boone said Urshela was fine, having ‘put his miserable neck on’, and it seems like a good time to mention that injury-prone Judge Aaron was not available and is in doubt for Friday due to pains in his left side.
Sanchez had a good night’s sleep, contributing a walk, singles and doubles, and completing his duties behind the set without controversy. He returns to Florida with a slash of .278 / .350 / .667.
Torres contributed a walk and a single to raise his line to .250 / .333 / .292, well below what is expected of him. His brand, after all, asks him to overcome his mistakes with the glove.
Right now, the Yankees don’t have much to do except support their youngest player and hope their faith will pay dividends. That while he will never be Ozzie Smith there, he will dramatically reduce mental errors. They made their bed with him at the premium spot.
It’s a puzzle for now. Not incurable, of course. One, however, that the Yankees were hoping to avoid before playing a game on the road.