Andrew Heaney's Yankees debut did not go as planned

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Andrew Heaney holding ball in Yankees debut
Andrew Heaney holding ball in Yankees debut

Andrew Heaney's debut as a Yankee did not go as he and the rest of the organization had planned.

The lefty got the start on Monday against the last place Baltimore Orioles, but he made them look like one of the hottest hitting teams in the league.

Heaney allowed back-to-back home runs in the third inning and followed it up with another two home runs given up in the fourth. Heaney was lucky that all four home runs were solo's, but the newly acquired pitcher set a new record for most home runs allowed in a debut by a Yankee.

"Just started working behind guys for sure, kinda had to get back into the zone more," Heaney said after his debut. "Just wasn't quite as aggressive with some pitches whenever I was falling behind.

"Usually I say solo homers don't beat you, but you give up four in four innings. ... that's probably gonna do it. It's just frustrating to put the team in a hole like that and not really give us a chance to win there."

His outing was done after four innings of work, allowing six hits, four earned runs and no walks while striking out four.

"I thought his stuff fell off a bit there," Aaron Boone said after the game. "In that third inning, ends up I think it was two strikes with [Cedric] Mullins where he just missed down and in with a fastball right in kinda the nitro zone for him, that he homered on. And then it looked like another down and in one that [Austin] Hays got him on.

"And then I just felt like that following inning, I just felt like his stuff ticked down a little bit. When he's good, he's got that good life on the fastball, where he can get it by -- especially up in the zone. I thought it fell off a little bit there after a couple of innings and then made some mistakes in some nitro spots."

Heaney came into the game with a 5.27 ERA, so he wasn't exactly a prize that the Yankees sniped acquiring at the deadline, but the organization felt they would be able to help Heaney move up a step.

It's just one start and people have bad days, but this is not the way the Yankees would've liked to get things going for Heaney, who will play an important part in the rotation until Corey Kluber and Luis Severino are ready to return.

"I wish I could've done better," Heaney said.