Game 145 Recap: BAL 2 NYY 1

It was a Friday day game after an emotional Thursday night win and the Yankees were missing 4 of their regular starting bats.  That's a perfect recipe for a letdown game if you ask me, and in the end that's what the Yankees did.  They let us and themselves down again. Brandon McCarthy certainly wasn't in letdown mode on the bump.  In what was easily his best start since his complete game shutout of the Astros last month, McCarthy held the Baltimore lineup to 3 measly singles in 6 scoreless innings pitched.  He didn't walk a batter, he struck out 5 (including the side in the 4th), and he retired 13 in a row from the 2nd into the 6th.  His sinker/cutter command was back and he was using his curveball well with 2 strikes.  It was everything we've come to expect from McCarthy when he's been on his game.

The Yankee lineup wasn't quite as bad as you'd expect with a 6-9 of Drew-Murphy-Ryan-Richardson.  They did get 6 hits and draw 2 walks against Kevin Gausman through 6.  They had a runner on base in every inning except the 2nd.  They just couldn't get the 1 big hit when they needed to.  Jacoby Ellsbury lined out with 2 on and 2 out in the 5th and John Ryan Murphy flied out to left with the bases juiced to end the 6th.

McCarthy got another 1-2-3 in the 7th and exited at 106 pitches when former Yankee great Kelly Johnson hit a ground-rule double off him to start the bottom of the 8th.  Dellin Betances fought his way out of a 2 on/0 outs scenario without any damage and he and D-Rob got the game into the 11th with a few bumps along the way.  It looked like that was going to be rewarded when Chris Young struck AGAIN and hit a go-ahead solo home run, but Joe had to go to Adam Warren for the bottom half and he gagged the win away with 2 walks, a hit batsman, and a walk-off 2-run double by the immortal Jimmy Paredes.  Total gut punch loss.

Game Notes:

- Helluva start for B-Mac.  I feel like he needed one of these.  7 scoreless, no walks, 6 K.  Didn't get a lot of GB outs, but pounded the strike zone and commanded his fastballs well.  He worked hard to get through those 7, so I had no problem with Joe pulling him after the leadoff double in the 8th.

- Nice 2-hit day for Martin Prado in his first day back in the lineup full-time since last Sunday.  He can't be 100% but good on him for gutting through it and keeping the hot streak going.

- Young continued to shine as well, going 2-5 with a double and the homer.  They were the team's only XBH in the game.

- Betances K count: 128 after he picked up 2 big ones in the 8th today.  Came into the game with runners on the corners and nobody out and went K, fielder's choice at the plate, 5-pitch walk, K to keep the O's at zero.

- Just the worst time for Warren to spit the bit and have a bad game.  Zero command.