Indians, Helmet Take Advantage of Yankees Latest Struggles

Cleveland Indians’ Oscar Mercado, right, is congratulated by Francisco Lindor after Mercado hit a two-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia in the fifth inning in a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Lindor scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

From the beginning of May to June, the Yankees were able to record a league-high 9 straight series wins.

However, this week has been one of the toughest of the season as the Pinstripes have lost the last 5 out of 6 games and 2 back-to-back series against the Blue Jays and Indians. They have also dropped the A.L East lead and are currently one game back of the Tampa Bay Rays.

In almost identical fashion to Friday’s game, the Yankees got off to a solid start. C.C Sabathia, whom was likely making his final stop in Cleveland, didn’t allow a run in the opening three innings but gave up a pair in the fourth that tied the game. Things turned sour in the 5th for C.C as Oscar Mercado took advantage of a hanging slider and hit a two-run homer put the Tribe in the lead for good.

Jonathan Holder also had a rough outing and allowed 3 runs and 2 HR’s off of Indians DH Roberto Perez and C Kevin Plawecki.

It was another failed attempt at win number 250 for C.C, but the 36-year-old remained optimistic after the game.

“It’s a long season. We have played well up to this point,’’ said Sabathia following the Indians’ 8-4 victory. “It’s a tough stretch for us, but we will be fine.’’

Gardner’s frustration backfires

While the Yankees lefty will have to wait another day towards accomplishing his winning milestone, another Yankee veteran is putting an official end to helmet throwing.

After getting robbed of a hit in the sixth inning by Jordan Luplow, Brett Gardner decided to take matters into is own hands and launched helmet against a brick wall in the dugout which backfired and smacked him in the lip.

Despite not listening to his own advice, the impact of the hit caused Gardner to receiver 6 stitches.

“I just got done telling DJ [LeMahieu] last week that he shouldn’t throw his helmet in the dugout,’’

Gardner never left the game but frustrations continued to settle as he is currently in an (0-22) hitting slump.

The Yankees will look to avoid the sweep in Cleveland as Chad Green takes the mound against Shane Bieber. The first pitch is set for 1:10PM.