Isiah Kiner-Falefa
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The New York Yankees lost to Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday and leveled the series 1-1. The series decider will take place on Wednesday.

After a thumping series win against the San Franciso Giants, the New York Yankees moved on to the second one against the Philadelphia Phillies. Further, the Bombers absolutely crushed the Phillies in the first game by taking home a commanding 8-1 victory. DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres scored two runs each, with the top order taking care of the rest.


However, things went haywire in the second game. The Yankees’ front office went ahead with a different lineup as they rested a few players. But, the decision turned out to be horrendous as the team collectively could register only 4 hits in total. Naturally, the Phillies kept on piling up the pressure and registered a perfect 4-1 victory to level the series. Meanwhile, fans and analysts, raged by the outcome, blamed the front office for the bizarre team selection.

Famous Podcaster Blames The Yankees Middle Order Trio For Loss Against The Phillies

Aaron Hicks, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Kyle Higashioka

The New York Yankees front office decided to change the lineup for the second game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Aaron Hicks, the veteran outfielder, received his first start of the season after nearly selling out the team in public. Moreover, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the newly transformed utility player and catcher Kyle Higashioka, was featured in the lineup. However, all three failed to impress, as none succeeded in getting a hit.

Naturally, the fans and analysts were left highly fuming and called out the trio for their underwhelming performance. One podcaster named Eric Hubbs was so frustrated that he said he would rather gouge out his eyes than watch Hicks, Isiah, and Kyle bat in the middle order. Eric also mentioned Josh Donaldson but said he is a little worse than the trio. While Eric’s criticism may seem harsh, it’s not entirely untrue. The Yankees are struggling in the middle order and remain highly dependent on the top hitters, including Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and DJ LeMahieu. Hence, the team needs more production from the middle if they want to be successful this season.

Gerrit Cole Outperformed Aaron Nola In Series Decider

On a chilly Wednesday afternoon, the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies locked horns in the series decider. Standing 1-1 in the series, both teams were poised to play a cracking series finale. However, the weather condition got the better of Phillies starter Aaron Nola. Coming off a horror show on opening day, Nola couldn’t hold off runs in the Bronx as well.

Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole pitches against the Phillies. via @Yankees Twitter

In six innings, he allowed seven hits and three runs before striking out five of the Yankee hitters. On the other hand, the Yankees ace starter Gerrit Cole had a fantastic outing. He fell short of another 10-strikeout game as he went down after getting eight strikes in 6.1 innings. Moreover, Cole allowed just one run in the and gave away three hits. Regardless, Cole emerged as the better starter on Wednesday and took home a comfortable series victory for the team.