J.A. Happ had his second straight ugly outing in Wednesday’s 11-7 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. If you look back to last season, Happ didn’t look good either and he’s been dreadful through his first two starts of 2020. For the Yankees, it was the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader. It seemed that Happ was rattled after giving up a Home Run to Bryce Harper in the top of the 3rd inning as well as his frustration with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez who was not calling strikes. Happ leaves the game going 3 innings and gave up 6 walks, 3 hits and 4 runs with 1 K. Coming to the defense of Happ, the umpire behind the plate was not fair and the game could have been a different outcome. Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin was ejected by Angel Hernandez after arguing a called third strike on Mike Ford with one out in the 7th inning.
Either way, you have to wonder why would Aaron Boone put Nick Nelson in the game with one run down in the top of the 5th inning in a seven inning game? Nelson gives up 7 hits, 1 walk and 6 runs in 1 2/3 innings. To some fans, it does not make sense when you have a bullpen full of veteran arms and this is not the time experiment with young arms.
The Yankees’ first doubleheader of seven-inning contest ended with a split. Phillies manager Joe Girardi gave his old team a gift by pulling ace Aaron Nola after 88 pitches in Game 2 at Citizens Bank Park. Nola was throwing a gem while matching his career-high in strikeouts with 12 through 6 innings. The Yankees rallied in the 7th inning when Tauchman lined a run-scoring double to right-center field to make it a 2-1 game and two batters later, Gio Urshela knocked in an RBI single to make it 3-1. The Yankees made this an all-bullpen game using Jonathan Loaisiga for 2 1/3 innings and the trio of Luis Avilan, Chad Green and Adam Ottavino combining in 4 2/3 innings of perfect relief.. Zack Britton closes out the 7th inning with the save the Yankees win 3-1 over the Phillies.