Game 64 | 34-30, 2nd : The final chapter on the David Phelps/Martin Prado for Nathan Eovaldi trade is yet to be written, but it’s not looking good for New York at this writing. The Miami Marlins shellacked Eovaldi for a franchise record 8 first inning runs on 9 hits, chasing him before a third out could be recorded, while Phelps was lights out for 7 innings.
You know both pitchers had this date circled on their calendars the minute they learned about it, but Phelps was cool as a cucumber on this muggy Miami night, while Eovaldi was an absolute mess.
How much of a mess? Put this in your pipe and smoke it : never before in New York Yankees history has a starting pitcher allowed 8 runs in the first inning. You watch this game long enough and you see everything.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Marlins 12, Yankees 2
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- Mason Williams The outfielder continues to impress, singlehandedly driving in half of New York’s runs tonight.
- Brian McCann McCann’s sixth inning single ruined a potential shutout for Phelps, closing the gap to 11-1 Marlins. Here come the Yankees.
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- Nathan Eovaldi Joe Girardi still has Eovaldi’s back — “a young pitcher who is still a project” — but it’s been one step forward, two steps back so far for the hard-throwing righty. He is apparently more of a workload for ‘Larry’s Laboratory’ (as in Rothschild) than the club anticipated.
- No Help On The Horizon On May 19th, Jacoby Ellsbury left the lineup with what was described as a knee sprain. Now June 16th, there is no definitive return date on the calendar.
“I was just leaving a lot of balls up in the zone. A lot of the off-speed, my splits were up in the zone, sliders in the middle. Just trying to make quality pitches and get out of that inning.” ‐ Nathan Eovaldi (h/t: mlb.com)
FOOTNOTES : Girardi was understandably crusty in the post-game presser tonight, who can blame him … In a strange quirk in the scheduling, this series now turns around for two games in The Bronx with Michael Pineda (7-3) looking to stop the skid for the Bombers, going against J. Urena (1-2) at The Stadium …