If it was a boxing match, the Phillies would have scored a knockdown in the first round. Jameson Taillon allowed four runs while registering just one out, and that deficit was almost too big to close. However, the Yankees managed to get back on their feet after a count of nine only to see Aroldis Chapman blow him up as extras. Let’s see how it went.
The Yankees swayed out and came down in sequence on six pitches on top of the first. Things couldn’t have been different for Taillon in the lower half as he was on the ropes from the first pitch he threw. The Phillies loaded up the goals with three straight starting singles.
Bryce Harper hit in half with a single in the middle to put the Yankees in a two-run hole in the first inning. Taillon then reloaded the goals with a walk to Rhys Hoskins, only for Andrew McCutchen to lead in the Phillies’ third inning with a sack fly to the warning track. They then added a fourth on an RBI single from Alec Bohm, who knocked Taillon out of the game.
It’s by far the worst we’ve seen from Taillon this season. He gave most of the counts double-barreled, but proved quite unable to fend off the guys. The Phillies hitters had no problem committing off-court fouls until Taillon made a mistake, and they made him call every time.
That’s 14 two-shot pitches without recording a single output. Ouch. Taillon’s final line: 0.1 inning, five hits, four runs, one walk, no strikeouts, 34 pitches. Nestor Cortes came in relief and quickly loaded the groundwork once again on a Ronald Torreyes single. He escaped the inning with strikeouts from Vince Velasquez and Odubel Herrera to limit the deficit to 4-0.
Gary Sánchez took a bite out of the Phillies’ lead with his solo deep center-left home run early in the second against Velasquez, as he continued to advocate to regain the role of permanent receiver.
After Miguel Andújar mustered a single on the left, Brett Gardner reduced the backlog to two with a triple RBI on the right.
Cortes struggled in the half, knocking Realmuto out and giving Harper a single, but escaped with the score still 4-2. DJ LeMahieu led the third with a brace on the straight field line but was left stranded. Not much happened until the end of the fourth when Herrera doubled up to take the lead, took third on wild ground and scored on a Jean Segura single to bring the score to 5- 2 Phils.
The Yankees created some traffic in the fifth with a Gardner single and a Chris Gittens nip walk, but Velasquez struck out the next three in order. The Phillies added two more in the lower half, with Luis Cessa looking like the Cessa of yesteryear. He walked Hoskins, then gave up two straight singles and a double to Torreyes before registering a single in the inning. He calmed down the rest of the frame, but not before the Phillies extended their lead to 7-2.
Rougned Odor recovered a consolation run in the sixth with a solo shot of 428 feet from the coating of the upper deck to the right.
There was a bright spot on the pitching side for the Yankees, with Zack Britton making his season debut after working out after offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow. Even though the speed was between 92 and 94 mph, his lead displayed its characteristic bowling ball action as it retreated to the side in order for eleven lengths.
Sánchez collected his second RBI of the night with a single in the eighth inning. The bloop to right field marked Aaron Judge, who started the set with a single and moved up to second on Gio Urshela’s pitch.
Just when all hope seemed lost, the Yankees mounted a rally in the ninth inning. Gardner and Tyler Wade each shot single goals, bringing LeMahieu to the plate. He pierced a 2-2 Hector Neris divider in the left center seats. The 109.1 mph, 397-foot three-point shot brought the Yankees all the way to the end to tie it all at 7-7.
Chad Green looked set to spoil the comeback after giving Harper a brace in the bottom of the ninth. However, he strapped in and struck out the next three hitters, including a saving dive from Gleyber Torres, to send this one to the extras.
The Yankees missed their chance to take the lead in the tenth. Torres started in second, but misread a ground player from Urshela and failed to advance. Sánchez and a pinch-hitting Higashioka both punched, and you could feel this one pulling away.
Indeed, Aroldis Chapman came into play at the end of the tenth and made a throw in the first during a bunt attempt by Travis Jankowski, allowing Torreyes to pass in third. He scored the winning point on a single in Segura’s infield which Urshela gloved on a dive, but couldn’t pitch fast enough to get home.
It wasn’t as immediately devastating as Chapman’s recent blown stoppage against the Twins and didn’t really have much hard contact, but the result was the same: a loss for the Yankees. They now sit just two games out of 0.500, or exactly where they were after the Red Sox swept them away last weekend.
The Yankees will try to divide this series tomorrow, with Domingo Germán taking on Aaron Nola. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET, so join us in the thread.
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