Yankees fail to capitalize on opportunities, fall 7-5 to Giants

Yankees' Clark Schmidt and Giants' Pederson had a long duel in Game 2 on April 1, 2023.

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On Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees lost 7-5 to the Giants in front of 41,642 fans in The Bronx. The Yankees had enough power to retake the lead and emerge victorious, but they failed to deliver the required knockout punches. Missed chances cost them the game at Yankee Stadium. Even though they tried hard at the plate and on the mound, the Yankees couldn’t finish off the Giants to get the win.

The Yankees took the game to 185 pitches but failed to make the most of the chances they had and at the end, it came to hurt them. Clarke Schmidt, in particular, allowed too many Giants batters to stay at bat for too long. Both the Yankees’ defense and their bullpen could not take advantage of many chances that would have allowed them to come back. In the ninth inning, they tried to win, but it wasn’t enough.

When Yankees batters failed to capitalize

Even though the Yankees had some bad luck, they had some bright spots in Game 2. Giancarlo Stanton hit the season’s first home run, and Anthony Volpe got his first two hits of his career. In the ninth inning, the Yankees came back and scored one run against Camilo Doval, who was throwing very hard. They even loaded the bases for Stanton. Unfortunately, he hit the ball hard to the shortstop, which started a double play that ended the game.

“[The Giants] did a good job. When they did get some leverage counts, that’s where they’re able to do their damage,” manager Aaron Boone commented after the game. “They worked some long counts against us.”

Yankees failed to hold the lead, missed opportunities

In the fifth, the Yankees had another excellent chance to win. They tied the game for a short time but couldn’t take the lead.

In the sixth inning, the Giants took the lead for good when reliever Michael King hit left fielder Blake Sabol, putting runners on first and second with no outs. The Giants got the winning run with a hit from LaMonte Wade. King made light contact, but both he and catcher Jose Trevino ran toward the ball, leaving no one to cover home. This made sure that everyone was safe, and with two outs in the inning.

Thairo Estrada scored another run for the visitors when shortstop Anthony Volpe failed to stop his hit.

The Yankees took the lead in the first inning when Aaron Judge singled, Anthony Rizzo walked, and Stanton hit a bullet that pitcher Alex Cobb caught well. But he threw poorly into center field while trying to start a double play, letting Judge score on the error. Stanton hit a home run to right field in the third to make the lead 2-0. But Schmidt could not get rid of enough batters to keep that lead intact.

Schmidt blew off the team’s lead

The Yankees were up by two runs after Giants pitcher Alex Cobb made an error in the first inning and Stanton hit a home run in the third, but Clarke Schmidt couldn’t keep the lead.

Schmidt fought for 3 1/3 innings, but he lost too many of those fights. Even though he was always ahead of the Giants’ batters, he couldn’t get them out. It took him 76 pitches and three runs to get 10 outs. The first run was scored on the 10th pitch of an at-bat. In the fourth inning, Schmidt and Joc Pederson went back and forth for a long time, but Schmidt couldn’t get strike three. Pederson, on the other hand, found a low, middle-of-the-plate sweeper that he hit to right field for a home run.

The Yankees starter trailed Brandon Crawford 3-0 after Yastrzemski hit a double after that. The Giants’ superstar then hit a down-the-middle cutter for a two-run homer.

The New York Yankees team is discussing during the game against the Giants on April 1, 2023.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

When New York’s comeback bid faltered

DJ LeMahieu hit a lazy fly ball to center that Mike Yastrzemski couldn’t catch. The ball fell behind him, giving LeMahieu a double. Aaron Judge hit a single to left field, and then Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double to right field to tie the game at 3-3.

But with runners on second and third and no outs, the Yankees were one big hit away from taking. However, their big three failed with “Stanton grounded out, Donaldson struck out, and Gleyber Torres tapped out.”

In the sixth inning, the Giants took the lead for good.

In the end, the Yankees were unable to beat the Giants on Saturday afternoon, no matter how hard they tried. Even though there were some bright spots for the Yankees, they didn’t win because they missed too many opportunities. Even though the Yankees had enough power to take the lead back, their knockout blows kept missing.

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