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Phillies 3 Yankees 0 | Luis Cessa and silent bats lead to series finale loss

Matt Gregory

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Luis Cessa struggled in his first start back from the disabled list on Wednesday night. He allowed seven baserunners in three innings of work while giving up all three runs on a Rhys Hoskins homerun. This tweet from Lindsey Adler sums up Cessa’s night:

The offense did not help much, producing just six baserunners, and stranding all of them. The Yankees end the series taking two of three from the Phillies and get a well-deserved day off before their three-game series in the Bronx against the Boston Red Sox.

Turning Point

Cessa flirted with trouble in the first inning as well but was able to get out of it, he was not so lucky the second time around. He struggled in the second inning, allowing two runners before giving up the home run to Hoskins and the Phillies did not look back.

Three Takeaways

—The Yankees came into tonight tied with the Red Sox for top-rated outfield by FanGraphs WAR. They also came in as top-rated defensive outfield by UZR/150, and it showed tonight. Giancarlo Stanton and Brett Gardner both made fantastic catches in the third inning to support Cessa. Even with their bats lacking tonight, without those defensive plays, this game could have been out of reach far earlier.

—Giovanny Gallegos, who was part of the call-up with Kyle Higashioka, came in the fourth inning and bridged the gap between Luis Cessa and the rest of the Yankees bullpen. He started off by striking out the first four batters he faced and ended with six strikeouts in his three innings of work. He could provide another weapon for manager Aaron Boone in an already strong bullpen

—Aaron Hicks was the bright spot for the Yankees lineup, collecting two hits and continuing a solid June with a .280/.337/.587 line, he’s added six home runs this month. Not to mention providing solid defense in centerfield. Hicks’ skill has never been in doubt, but he has struggled to stay on the field the past three seasons.

Player of the Game

Three-way tie for Gallegos, Jonathan Holder, and Domingo Germán for holding the Phillies scoreless over five innings of relief with only three hits allowed and eight strikeouts. They kept the Yankees close enough to try and rally, but the bats never came alive.

Born and raised in New Jersey in a Yankee household, Matt works with computers by day but has always loved baseball. When he's not doing either of those things, he's probably thinking about Villanova basketball way too much. Follow him on Twitter @MattchewGregory.

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