Yankees Offense Struggles Under Marcus Stroman in a 5-2 Loss to the Marlins

On Wednesday night in the Bronx, the Yankees were defeated by the Miami Marlins, 5-2, as Marcus Stroman was not as effective and the offense was unable to produce a huge hit.

-Stroman didn’t allow a run going into Wednesday’s game, but that quickly changed. Despite Jake Burger’s three-run blast capping his four runs allowed in the third inning, the rookie Yankee was struggling to locate his pitches.

In his first two starts, he walked just three hitters in total; however, in his first three innings on Wednesday, he walked four.

After the third inning, Stroman did calm down and managed to throw through five innings (95 pitches, 58 strikes) while striking out seven batters and giving up four runs on four hits and four walks.

-LHP Ryan Weathers, the son of former Yankees pitcher David Weathers, presented few opportunities for the Yankees offense to respond. The 24-year-old allowed just one run in five scoreless innings while giving up three hits, three walks, and one strikeout. Moreover, he reduced his ERA with Wednesday’s game from 4.00 to 2.57.

But the Marlins bullpen would eventually be reached by the Yankees. With a solo shot in the sixth inning, Giancarlo Stanton extended his current hot streak to cut the lead to 4-1. The slugger is 8-for-19 (.421) with three home runs and seven RBI over his last five games after starting the season 3-for-24. He went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk to finish.

Stanton has now hit a home run against every MLB team after his performance on Wednesday.

In the eighth inning, Juan Soto doubled to drive in Anthony Volpe, who had hit leadoff for the first time this season. The score was now 4-2. After Stanton walked to score the tying run, Aaron Judge struck out. To halt the threat, Gleyber Torres struck out and Anthony Rizzo flied out.

Volpe ran and walked to finish 1 for 3. After manager Aaron Boone stated before the game that he thought his infielder was pressing as the leadoff hitter, Torres was moved to the No. 6 spot. In response, the infielder went 0-for-2 with two walks. He went 0-for-12 in the end, recording two walks and three strikeouts.

-Volpe hit Rizzo with a bouncer in the ninth that the first baseman ought to have scooped, giving the Marlins a crucial insurance run. Tim Anderson’s heads-up sprinting allowed the baserunner to score in addition to allowing him to remain safe at first due to the error.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Volpe’s walk and Jon Berti’s infield single gave Soto a chance to tie the game. On a seven-pitch at-bat, the lefty walked, scoring Judge with the winning run. To end the game, Judge popped out on a 1-0 count. Judge had four walks and went 1 for 8 at bat.

The Yankees left ten runners on base overall and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

-Boone was dismissed from the game after yelling at home plate umpire John Bacon over his strike zone from the dugout. The captain was ejected seven times a year ago, and this is his first ejection of the season.

The slugging third baseman’s game-changing single came on his birthday, and Scott earned his first save of the year by getting five outs and out of two situations where there were a lot of runners on base.