GAME 1 FINAL:
Phillies 11 Yankees 7
WP: Wheeler (2-0)
LP: Happ (0-1)
SV: Neris (1)
GAME 2 FINAL:
Yankees 3 Phillies 1
WP: Ottavino (2-0)
LP: Hunter (0-1)
SV: Britton (5)
The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies split tonight’s 2-game doubleheader, with the Phillies winning game one by a score of 11-7, and the Yankees taking game two by a score of 3-1.
The Yankees were the home team for game one since it was a makeup of Tuesday’s rain postponed game that was supposed to be played yesterday in New York. In game one, it was Zach Wheeler (2-0) who got the win for the Phillies, JA Happ (0-1) took the loss for the Yankees, and Hector Neris collected his first save of the season for the Phillies.
The Phillies returned to being the home game for game two of tonight’s doubleheader. In game two, it was Adam Ottavino (2-0) getting the win for the Yankees, Tommy Hunter (0-1) taking the loss for the Phillies, and Zach Britton collecting his fifth save for the Yankees.
GAME 1 RECAP:
In the bottom of the first, with bases loaded, Gleyber torres grounded into a double play that scored DJ LaMahieu to put the Yankees on top 1-0 early.
In the bottom of the second, Brett Gardner launched a two-run home run (his third of the season) to right field that scored Kyle Higashioka and the Yankees extended their lead to 3-0 over the Phillies.
In the top of the third inning, Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run to center field that scored Andrew McCutchen. With bases loaded, Phil Gosselin then worked a walk that scored J.T. Realmuto. Following that, Roman Quinn grounded into a force out that scored Jean Segura. The Phillies would take a 4-3 lead in the 3rd.
In the top of the 5th, J.T. Realmuuto hit a home run (2) to left field to extend the Phillies’ lead to 5-3 over the Yankees.
In the top of the 6th, Rhys Hoskins singled on a line drive to left field that scored Roman Quinn. Bryce Harper then reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Jay Bruce and Andrew McCutchen. Following that, J.T. Realmuto singled and scored Rhys Hoskins. Scott Kingery then singled on a line drive to right field that scored Harper. To close out there big inning, former Yankee, DiDi Gregorious singled to score Jean Segura. The Phillies would take a commanding 11-3 lead heading into the 7th inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Yankees attempted a comeback, with Thairo Estrada singling on a line drive to center field that scored Mike Tauchman. Following Estrada’s single, Aaron Judge hit a three-run home run (his seventh home run of the season) that scored Gardner and Estrada.
The Phillies would end up coming away with the game one win over the Yankees 11-7.
JA Happ: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
Jonathan Holder: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 SO
Nick Nelson: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR
Luis Cessa: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO
Aaron Boone spoke with the media after game one. He spoke on JA Happ’s command, stating that he had a hard time getting the ball to arm-side, but that his mix of pitches looked crisp as far as his fastball and changeup went. But Boone mentioned the struggle for him to reach arm-side. Boone stated that Happ just needs to keep building and hold onto the fact that his stuff is coming out well.
JA Happ met with the media following his game one start. Happ went three innings, giving up three hits, four runs, four earned runs, six walks, and one home run, recording just one strikeout. Happ stated that he tried to be aggressive throughout his outing tonight, but might have been trying too hard, as he struggled with command tonight and gave up six walks. Happ stated he needs to get the ball put in play more and needs to force that issue more. Happ stating that he hit the strike zone a few times, but didn’t get the call, stating it happens and is part of the game and that he needs to be able to get back into it and today he didn’t do that. Happ stating he knows he can better than today and that he needs to work on his mindset and continue to be aggressive and pound the strike zone. He hopes to clean up his command on his breaking ball, but that he feels like it’s more of his mentality than mechanics.
GAME 2 RECAP:
Game two was a lower-scoring game. The Yankees started the scoring on a Luke Voit home run to left field (his fourth home run of the season). The Yankees would take a 1-0 lead in the second.
The Phillies would come back in the bottom of the second with Andrew Knapp singling to right that scored Neil Walker.
In the top of the 7th, Mike Tauchman doubled and scored Giancarlo Stanton. Gio Urshela followed with a single that scored Tyler Wade.
The Yankees would go on to win game 2 by a score of 3-1 as the Yankees and Phillies split tonight’s 2-game doubleheader.
Jonathan Loaisiga: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR
Luis Avilan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 SO
Chad Greene: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 SO
Adam Ottavino (W, 2-0): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Zach Britton (S, 5): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Aaron Boone spoke with the media after game two. He spoke on Mike Tauchman’s clutch seventh inning hit, stated that Tauchman’s been really, really good at the plate and has been putting really good at-bats together. Boone spoke on Tauchman understanding the strikezone and getting himself into really good counts.
Boone spoke on his team being able to grind through tonight’s game two win, stating that you have to be able to win these games and that sometimes you get off to a good start, but that the bottom line is it’s not going to be easy every night.
Boone spoke on Gleyber Torres, stating that he looked outstanding at shortstop all night and that Loaisiga did a nice job of holding the Phillies down in game two.
Jonathan Loaisiga also met with the media after his game outing tonight, stating that he was thankful for the opportunity and that it’s a role that since the beginning he’s stated that whatever the role the team needs to use him in, he’s ok with that. Loaisiga stating that today didn’t go how he wanted it to but that he just has to keep working. He stated that overall it was a good outing, and that his fastball and changeup were really good tonight and he was able to get through hitters. Loaisiga stating that at the end of the day, the team got a victory, and that’s what matters.
Luke Voit also met with the media following game two tonight. He was the only one who could get to Aaron Nola. Voit stated he faced him in the minor leagues and knows that he’s a guy who will steal a strike with a curveball. Voit stated that’s what he was looking for, he got it, and the home run was a result of him doing his homework.
Voit stated tonight that he’s always been an aggressive pitcher and always tries to go up to bat with really good plans and when his plan doesn’t work, he tries to get out of his comfort zone and wait for his pitch.
Voit spoke on the Yankees’ bullpen’s performance tonight, stating they were unbelievable (In game 2). Voit stating that Loaisiga had a good start and that Chad Green was clutch in being able to get a lot of great outs.
The Yankees have hit home runs in 11 straight games for the first time in Franchise history. Voit responded, saying, “We’re called the Bronx Bombers for a reason. Any time, doesn’t matter, guys can always do damage and we’re looking to do damage.”
Voit also spoke on the seven-inning game, stating he liked it and that it doesn’t put so much wear and tear on the guys as a nine and nine doubleheader. He also stated that because it goes quick, you have to get runs in early.
Chad Green spoke with the media following game two, stating that he felt good tonight about his outing and his command, stating that it starts with his fastball command and goes from there. He stated he was throwing his curveball for strikes when he needed to and that that pitch played well. He stated he kept his pitch count down and was aggressive tonight.
Speaking on his curveball, Green stated that it’s come a long way and is still a work in progress. Green stating that he’s still getting more comfortable with the curveball, but that he commanded it well tonight.
Chad Green also spoke on Jonathan Loaisiga in the starting role for the Yankees, stating that he’s done a great job and that his stuff fits that profile the best out of the bullpen staff. “He’s got swing and miss, electric stuff,” stated Green, who stated that Loaisiga has the ability to run throughout lineups once to twice and look great. Green also stated that with Ottavino, Britton, and Chapman whenever he’s back, having them deep in the bullpen allows the Yankees to use Loaisiga in that starting role.
Zach Britton met with the media following game two. He stated that he has a lot of pride in the Yankees’ bullpen. He spoke on Loaisiga having a great game two start and stated that what Green did out there tonight was also really, really impressive.
Britton stated that the mindset of the bullpen is to go in and do your job and keep the game as close as possible and to rely on the offense to score runs as well.
Speaking about tonight’s 7-inning game, Britton stated that as a closer he planned ahead and looked at the lineup and who he could potentially be facing, sooner. He stated it’s definitely not easy with it only being seven innings, but that he takes pride in being a good closer and that if this is what he’s asked to do, that’s what he’s going to do. He stated he understands that he is there to win a championship.
Britton again touched on the bullpen’s performance tonight, stating the Yankees are a very well rounded team and that while the offense rightfully gets a lot of credit, there is a good bullpen as well and that their mindset, again, is to keep the game close and feed off each other’s adrenaline and energy. However, Britton stated that the offense deserves a lot of credit as well.
Mike Tauchman was the final interview of tonight’s doubleheader. Tauchman had a huge 7th inning at bat for the Yankees. He stated he was trying to be aggressive in the big part of the strikezone and that he didn’t want to kill a rally. He stated that he stayed relaxed in the zone and that trust his approach, and he got a good hit.
Speaking on the seven-inning doubleheader, Tauchman stated he’s been doing it a while (since being in the minors) and that he’s all for it. He also stated that the Yankees’ mentality is to score every inning, so that mentality doesn’t change for seven-innings, except to get runs in sooner with having less innings to play.
The Yankees and Phillies will finish their series tomorrow night at 6:05 pm EDT at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. It will be Jordan Montgomery for the Yankees vs Zach Eflin of the Phillies.