Heading into the doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Yankees were riding a seven-game win streak, only to have it snapped in an 11-7 loss to the Phillies in game one. The Yankees got back to their ways in game two, with a 3-1 victory.
In the first game, the Phillies bats took advantage of Yankees starting pitcher, J.A. Happ, who surrendered four runs on three hits while walking six batters.
Left fielder Bryce Harper got the scoring started for the Phillies when he drilled a two-run home run off Happ in the third inning. Later on in the inning, Happ walked Phil Gosselin with the bases loaded, to bring in a run and tie the game at three-all, and took the lead for good in the next at-bat.
Despite a four-run third inning, the Phillies were not done yet. Throughout the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, they would go onto score another seven runs, courtesy of reliever Nick Nelson, who had an outing he surely wants to forget.
Nelson came in to start the fifth inning, in relief of Jonathan Holder, and the first batter, catcher J.T. Realmuto, took him yard for a solo shot. Over the course of 1.2 innings, Nelson gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits.
Starting pitching for the Phillies was no problem, as Zach Wheeler pitched six strong innings, allowing three runs, two earned on six hits, leaving the game with an 11-3 lead. But it was the bullpen that let the eight-run lead to shrink down to four.
Austin Davis was in to pitch the seventh and final inning of the first game, as Phillies manager Joe Girardi did not need to tax his bullpen with another game coming up right after this one. Davis could only muster one out while giving up a three-run home run to Aaron Judge. Two pitchers later, game one was in the books.
While game one was full of fireworks and a total of 23 hits, game two was much quieter with the two teams combining for only 10 hits.
Once again, the Phillies got six solid innings from their starting pitcher, this time coming from the hands of Aaron Nola, who struck out 12 Yankee batters while allowing only three hits in the contest. For New York, it was a bullpen game, as starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga lasted only 2.1 innings despite giving up only one run.
The Yankees bullpen was the unsung heroes of the game, as four pitchers combined for 4.1 innings of relief, allowing zero hits. Adam Ottavino picked up the win while Zack Britton picked up his fifth save on the season. Britton, who now has five saves in the first 11 games, ties Marino Rivera and John Wetteland as the only Yankees to save five games in the team’s first 11.
Game two came down to the seventh and final inning, as Phillies relvier Tommy Hunter allowed four straight hits, giving up two runs, before Girardi yanked him with the basesload and no outs. Adam Morgan came on in relief, struck out Brett Gardner and got DJ Lemahieu to ground into an inning ending double-play, started off by for former Yankee, Didi Gregorius.
During the seventh inning, Yankees catcher, Gary Sanchez, was drilled in the left elbow by Hunter. As the camera panned to Sanchez receiving attention from the trainer, an imprint of the baseball seams was visible.
Following Gardner’s two-run homer in the first game and Luke Voit’s solo home run in the second inning of the second game, the Yankees have now hit one in all of the first 11 games played this season, a team record.
The Yankees find themselves sitting comfortably atop the AL East with a 9-2 record, while the Phillies now sit at 2-4, after sitting out an entire week due to COVID-19.