Well that was ugly. The Yankees didn't pitch well or play good defense last night, and they did next to nothing with the bats on their way to a decisive series-opening loss to the Dodgers.
The BABIP gods were not on Bryan Mitchell's side last night. His final line says he gave up 8 hits and 6 runs in 2.1 innings, but I'd say about half of those hits were GB singles that found holes or straight up infield dribblers. What did him in was poor defense, on an Aaron Judge dropped flyball in the 2nd that led to 3 runs scoring with 2 outs and a Gary Sanchez throw into center field on a stolen base attempt in the 3rd. The run that scored on the errant throw made it 6-1 Dodgers and that was pretty much that.
At least the 2 Yankee runs were entertaining. Both came on home runs and both were massive shots. Starlin Castro got ahold of a hanger in the bottom of the 2nd and hit it into the second deck in left field to put New York on the board. In the 5th, Aaron Judge took a 2-0 fastball down the pipe from LA starter Jose De Leon and hit it over the left field bullpen into the bleachers. When he figures out big league pitching and starts making a little more contact, Judge is going to do some serious damage.
The Dodgers tacked on late against James Pazos and Ben Heller, but it was all over at that point. Yankees need to put that one behind them and get ready for today because the going doesn't get any easier against Clayton Kershaw.
- 2-4 for Starlin. He was the only Yankee with multiple hits.
- Outside of Judge's homer, the rest of the lineup went 2-24 with 3 walks.
- Give a call to Richard Bleier, who came in after Chasen Shreve finished the 3rd and gave Joe 4 strong scoreless innings to spare a few bullpen arms. He looked real good too, throwing strikes, getting swings and misses, and jamming all the lefty Dodger hitters into GB outs.
- Judge was given an error on the dropped catch in the 2nd and I think that's fair. He got to the ball and he had it in his glove. You've got to complete that catch. On the cause of the drop, though, I'd say there was equal blame to go around. Judge should probably back off and let the center fielder have that one, but from watching replays I'd say Ellsbury needs to take charge more and call Judge off earlier. Neither guy says anything until right before they almost collide. Somebody communicate out there and call the other guy off earlier, preferably the veteran center fielder.