Yankees 2-5 Padres: Bronx Bombers’ bats silenced in loss to San Diego

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New York Yankees 2-5 San Diego Padres

In a contest marked by a slow offensive ignition, the San Diego Padres ultimately prevailed over the New York Yankees in a late-inning bullpen showdown, securing a 5-2 victory to avoid a series sweep.

How it happened

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Initially, the game unfolded as a testament to pitching prowess, with Clarke Schmidt for the Yankees and Joe Musgrove for the Padres engaging in a tense duel on the mound. Despite occasional glimpses of offensive opportunity, both teams remained scoreless through the early innings. However, as the contest transitioned to the bullpen, the Padres managed to maintain defensive resilience, while the Yankees faltered.

Throughout the first five innings, the Yankees struggled to penetrate Musgrove’s defences, with their offense stymied by the Padres’ pitcher. Compounding their challenges, the Yankees found themselves thwarted by base-running missteps, including a couple of outs courtesy of former teammate Kyle Higashioka. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Yankees managed to break the deadlock.

Anthony Volpe ignited the Yankees’ offensive charge with a crucial single, extending his hitting streak to an impressive 19 games. Following a stolen base, Juan Soto delivered a pivotal double, driving Volpe home and giving the Yankees a fleeting lead.

However, their advantage was short-lived. A defensive error by Gleyber Torres allowed Jake Cronenworth to reach base at the onset of the bottom of the sixth inning, setting the stage for a Padres resurgence. Subsequent walks and strategic plays loaded the bases for San Diego, culminating in a series of runs driven home by Donovan Solano, Luis Arraez, and Fernando Tatis Jr.

Despite valiant efforts from the Yankees’ bullpen, including standout performances by Caleb Ferguson and Michael Tonkin, the Padres maintained their offensive momentum, extending their lead with additional runs in the seventh inning.

In the eighth inning, the Yankees mounted a brief comeback attempt, with consecutive walks to Volpe and Soto setting the stage for Aaron Judge. However, hopes of a turnaround were dashed as Judge was caught looking, extinguishing the rally.

Although the Yankees showed signs of life in the ninth inning, with Alex Verdugo’s homer offering a glimmer of hope, a subsequent single by Anthony Rizzo failed to spark a decisive comeback.


Up next

Looking ahead, the Yankees will seek to regroup during an off-day before resuming their West Coast road trip against the Los Angeles Angels. Nestor Cortes is slated to take the mound in the series opener, as the Yankees aim to rebound from their defeat and reignite their winning momentum.

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  1. One thing the article doesn’t point out is that Gleyber Torres leads ALL MLB Second Basemen in Errors, by a Wide Margin.


    And Torres’ 7 errors leads the majors for second basemen. The second worse 2B in baseball has 5 errors, and NO OTHERS 2B HAS MORE THAN 4 ERRORS.

    Moreover, 3 2Bs have Zero errors & a 1.000 field percentage, 10 2Bs have a fielding % of .991 or higher, and 17 2Bs have a fielding % of .980 or higher.

    Torres is one of only 2 second basemen with a fielding in the .960s.

    Put another way, 24 second basemen in MLB have better fielding percentages that Torres. That’s EVERY Qualifying 2B in the major leagues!

    That’s how much Torres SUCKS as a second baseman. He’s 75% WORSE than the Average Bad 2B, who has 4 errors at this point.

    The idea that the Yankees are better with Torres at second is a myth. He disappears at the plate for weeks on end, he makes mindless errors in the field, he lazy & careless, and he runs the bases like a demented Little Leaguer on crack.

    So why do Boone & Cashman act as if this piece of dung is an accomplished MLB player?

    While Torres is finally hitting a little bit, trade him immediately for whatever you can get & promote Caleb Durbin, who leads the Yankees AAA team in NINE Offensive Categories: Average (.299), Runs, Hits, Doubles, RBI, Walks, FEWEST Ks by a starter, Steals (20 of 22), and OBP.

    Btw, if you were thinking this year might be an aberration, Durbin hit .304 in 2023.

    How about his Field? Glad you asked. He’s made ZERO ERRORS AT 2B in 162.2 innings for a 1.000 fielding percentage.

    Of course, since the Yankees just love screwing up young players, they’ve also made him play 3B, SS, LF & CF, rather than allow him to play consistently at the position he Excels at: second base.

    The Yankees would probably argue that they want him to be more versatile, but he’s fielded poorly this year at SS & 3B, so it’s apparently screwing him up being rotated everywhere imaginable.

    And why in the world would you want to screw with a guy who’s Clearly the Best Overall Player on the AAA team? He leads the team in NINE Offensive Categories, for god’s sake, so WTF would you want to screw with his head by making him play 5 different positions?

    Caleb Durbin already appears to be a Much Better Option at Second than the God Awful Torres. STOP screwing with the kid!

    It once again looks like Cashman is determined to destroy every good Yankees’ prospect by meddling in their development because this stupid policy has to be a policy that was initiated by Cashman’s front office.

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