Game 59 | 33-26, 1st : Bad news cames in bunches for the Yankees today, as their 7 game win streak ended, and even worse came the reports of closer Andrew Miller to the disabled list.
The Yankees had little answer for Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, who held the Bombers in check over 6.1 innings, but charged back to plate 4 in the bottom of the 7th for a 4-2 lead. New York starter Nathan Eovaldi looked sure to notch his 5th win of the season after turning it over to the pen in the 8th. Dellin Betances in the 8th and Miller in the 9th, right?
Why Betances didn’t come in started the speculation swirling. He only threw 14 pitches the night before, and tomorrow is an off day. Was he hurt? Jacob Lindgren came in with a runner on surrendered game-tying blast to rookie outfield Michael Taylor. When Bentances nor Miller came in as the game went to extras, something was definitely up — and it possibly the worst news to be expected, as a strained forearm puts Miller on the 15 day DL. Which probably projects to about a month without the closer, assuming all goes well in his recovery.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Nationals 5, Yankees 4
“He’s done a helluva job. He’s probably done the best out of any closer probably in baseball right now. He’s converted every save he’s gotten a chance to, so it’s hard losing him, but we have to step up. Everyone has to look forward for the challenge and just try to get the job done.” ‐ Dellin Betances on Andrew Miller (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)
MUST READ: “After weathering Tanaka and Ellsbury (so far), Yankees must survive without Miller” by Chad Jennings/LoHud.
YOU BET : Smart money was on the Yanks for this one (-1.5) with the Over/Under at 8.5 runs…
FOOTNOTES : The Yankees will enjoy an off-day tomorrow, then invade Baltimore for a weekend series against the Birds. Michael Pineda, on the heels of an extended rest takes the mound with his 7-2, 3.33 record in the opener. The Bombers then travel down to Miami for a 2-game series on Monday and Tuesday, only to return home for a reciprocal 2-game set against the Marlins in The Bronx. The home stand extends with 3-game sets against Detroit and Philly before the club hits the road again for a 4-game series in Houston, then 3 in Anaheim to close out June and start July …