New York Yankees Game Recap: Bullpen Falters As Yankees Lose In Extras

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Joe Girardi loves his numbers and and loves using that New York Yankees bullpen. It’s why many Yankees fans call him “Binder Joe”. He may want to rip a few pages out and start fresh from that binder.

Nathan Eovaldi was pitching well enough through 5.2 innings. He was only at 86 pitches. Opposing hitters were hitting .409 against Eovaldi when his pitch count goes between 75-100. Eovaldi was pulled in favor of Chasen Shreve with the Yanks up 3-2 in the sixth.

After getting Josh Reddick, Billy Butler deposited Shreve’s offering into the left field stands for the game tying homer.

The parade went on. Adam Warren, Justin Wilson and Dellin Betances pitched shut out baseball for the next three innings striking out six and giving up nothing.

This wasn’t enough for Girardi. His overuse of Betances continues and he wanted to squeeze an extra inning out of the All-Star. Girardi may want to re-think that too. Betances may find himself in an Andrew Miller situation and be out for a month if he isn’t more careful with him. 

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Brett Lawrie took a hanger and smashed over the left field fence to give the A’s a 4-3 lead and the win. It’s the first time Betances has given up homers in consecutive appearances.

The A’s had the lead right away in the first. Stephen Vogt singled and came around to score on Josh Reddick’s single.

The Yankees came right back in the bottom half. Brett Gardner led off with a single and Chase Headley walked. Three batters later Brian McCann would drive in Gardner with a single. Garrett Jones would follow that with another RBI single.

The A’s came back to tie it in the third with three straight singles to kick off the frame by Marcus Semien, Billy Burns and Vogt.

The Yanks would take the lead back in the fourth when McCann walked, Jones singled and two batters later, Didi Gregorius drove in a run with a single. But that lead would disintegrate.

CC Sabathia looks to get back on track in his final start before the break against Scott Kazmir at 7:05.

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