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Yankees Bash Rodon

July 5th, 2016 vs New York Yankees

Toon Squad Update:
Martin Prince
Yankees were Nelson Muntz bullying the Sox like Martin from "The Simpsons"

Short Take:   Rodon struggles, Tanaka dominates in 9-0 shutout loss.

It was "Grateful Dead Night" at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday and the play on the diamond by the home team was certainly worthy of the name "Dead". The South Siders came into Game 2 of the Yankees series riding a 3 game winning streak and looking to secure their 5th straight series victory. If they are to keep the series winning streak going, it will have to wait one more day as the Yankees offense and ace Masahiro Tanaka overwhelmed the Sox in Game 2 evening up the series at one game a piece.

Carlos Rodon struggled right out of the chute in this one and never really was able to find any command. The Yankees jumped on Rodon in the 2nd inning with an RBI single from Beltran and then scored a second run on Tim Anderson's first career E6. The struggles for Carlos carried into the 3rd as Chase Headley crushed a hanging center cut slider deep to LF for his second HR of the series. Headley continues to move up the charts in "Sox Killer" territory. Chase's OPS is about 200 points higher against the Pale Hose than his career average line.

Mark Teixeira doubled home Carlos Beltran for the Yankees 5th run and the hits didn't stop there. For good measure, Austin Romine hit a solo HR in Rodon's final inning of work. Rodon's final line was ugly. 5 innings pitched, 12 hits (most of them hard contact), 6 runs scored, 5ER, 2BB, and only 3Ks. Historically, Rodon's best pitch is his slider and tonight, he had almost no idea where that pitch was going. Many of them were center cut and didn't feature the sharp break we are used to seeing. To compound his problems, his fastball and changeup command were also spotty. It was a disappointing outing for Carlos but its important to remember that we are watching a guy with only 200+ innings of big league experience. That being said, in a race for a playoff spot, the Sox are going to need more quality innings from him down the stretch. The secondary relief corps of Chris Beck, Michael Ynoa, and Dan Jennings soaked up the remaining 4 innings left by Rodon's short outing. If there is one silver lining in this game, the high leverage Sox relievers Nate Jones, Zach Duke, and David Robertson should be rested up for tomorrow's game.

On the offensive side, not much of note happened in this one. The biggest Sox offensive threat went by the boards in the 2nd inning. Brett Lawrie continued his torrid hitting with a 1 out single that was followed by an Alex Avila double which put runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. The problem is the table was set for the coldest hitter on the club which is Avisail Garcia who promptly struck out. J.B. Shuck followed Garcia's K with a flyout and that would end the threat. It was the only meaningful inning the Sox offense would muster. It may seem unfair to pick on Garcia since this game was hardly his fault alone. However, Garcia is hitting an icy cold .158 in the last 2 weeks with only 3 RBI and he hasn't hit a HR in over a month. He has officially entered "busted prospect" territory. Regardless of what Jusin Morneau has left in the tank, it is hard to imagine that he can't improve on that line.

From the opening bell, this game felt like "one of the 60 you're supposed to lose" that Hawk Harrelson often mentions during broadcasts. The short take is they hit and pitched well and we did not. We were never really in this game. To make matters worse, Alex Avila left this game with tightness in his right hamstring. This is the same injury that caused him to miss 2 weeks earlier in the year. This is bad news as Avila was hitting the ball well and the team doesn't have a whole lot of depth at catcher. Tomorrow's rubber match will feature Miguel Gonzalez taking on Michael Pineda at 7:05PM

Game Notes-

-It was announced during the postgame show that Alex Avila is headed to the 15 day DL.

-Top of the 9th inning featured the dumbest umpire call of 2016. In an 8-0 game the 1B ump decided to call runner interference on Ynoa. He was barely in the baseline. Robin went out to argue to no avail.

Chris Sale was named an AL All Star prior to the game. Jose Quintana was unfairly snubbed.

-The Yankees battered Sox pitching for 20 hits.

That's all folks:
 Not our night. Martin will have to get his revenge against Nelson Muntz tomorrow.

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