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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

Arenado, LeMahieu combine to drive in five runs as Rockies win 6-3

In what was once again a tough outing for Ivan Nova (5-4, 4.77 ERA), as well as another failed day of Yankees offense, the Rockies completed the sweep of the first half of a home-and-home Interleague series with a 6-3 win. Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu combined to drive in five of the six Rockies runs, and Chad Bettis, who had been struggling as of late, found his groove on Wednesday afternoon in Denver to lead Colorado to victory.

Picture Credit: Associated Press/David Zalubowski

The Yankees offense tends to either score in bunches or grind out runs in the worst fashion possible. With the game tied in the fourth, the Yankees took a 2-1 lead via an Aaron Hicks infield single and a throwing error by Rockies C Tony Wolters. However, Nova could not contain the Rockies offense in the fifth. After LeMahieu tied the game with a RBI single, Nolan Arenado homered to left center, giving the Rockies a 4-2 lead. Later that inning, Mark Reynolds, the former Yankee, would extend the Rockies lead to 5-2 on a RBI single.

Similar to last night, the Yankees used a string of singles with two outs to plate a third run. After consecutive singles by Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius in the sixth, Aaron Hicks’s RBI single to center made it 5-3. However, the Rockies bullpen, which was horrendous last night, did its job the rest of the way.

Picture Credit: Associated Press/David Zalubowski

Miguel Castro, Boone Logan, Jason Motte, and Carlos Estevez pitched the final three innings, and they did not allow a single Yankees baserunner from the seventh inning on. LeMahieu added an insurance run in the eighth with a RBI triple off Aroldis Chapman to make it 6-3.

Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks both went 2-for-4, but Brett Gardner, who was hitting .450 in June entering today’s game, went 0-for-4. Ivan Nova allowed ten hits and five earned runs in 5.0 innings, while striking out five.

Article by: Bryan Peng
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