Bullpen implodes as Yankees blow six run lead

The Yankees came into Tuesday’s bout with the Blue Jays on a bit of a roll, winning five of their last six games. The Yankees unfortunately were facing off against one of the best pitchers in the American League this year in Marco Estrada. In two previous starts against the Yankees this season, Estrada was lights out. He allowed just three runs over 15 innings while striking out eight, which was good enough for a 1.80 ERA.
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After a quick top of the first inning for Michael Pineda, everyone’s favorite bilingual shortstop got the scoring off with a bang, launching his 16th home run of the year and it didn’t just stop there. Tuesday was Gary Sanchez’s night. He left the yard for his third career home run in the second inning into the visitors bullpen, but he wasn’t done. He came up in the fourth inning again, following a Starlin Castro single and a Brian McCann walk and hit a mammoth home run into the second deck in the left field stands.

After Pineda faced the minimum in the top of the fifth inning, the skies opened up and forced the game into a rain delay. The game was delayed for 44 minutes before play resumed and that was long enough to knock Pineda out of the game. Before he left, he was excellent. He threw five shutout innings while only allowing four hits. It was an unfortunate delay for “Big Mike” as he only threw 68 pitches and was likely going to save the Yankees bullpen. This marks two consecutive solid outings from Pineda that is something the Yankees really needed from the big right-hander; consistency.

The Yankees offense didn’t cool off when they hit in the bottom of the sixth, as Didi Gregorius continued his hot hitting, driving a single right back up the box to score Chase Headley after Headley doubled in front of him. But holding the Blue Jays scoreless in two consecutive games wasn’t going to happen.

The Jays saw Anthony Swarzak take the mound for the Yankees in the sixth and their eyes lit up. Swarzak got rocked, He allowed four runs total, including two home runs, one to Troy Tulowitzki and one to Russell Martin. Tommy Layne was able to come into the game and retired the final batter in the sixth inning.

After a dominant seventh inning from Tyler Clippard, Adam Warren entered in the eighth inning with a two-run lead. That lead quickly evaporated after a leadoff walk to Josh Donaldson followed by a two-run moonshot by the league leader in RBI, Edwin Encarnacion. The Jays didn’t stop there, however, as Russell Martin belted another home run, giving the Jays at two run lead in the eighth.

Things didn’t get better once the skipper didn’t took Adam Warren out and inserted Chasen Shreve into the game. Shreve faced five batters and every single one reached, as he allowed four earned runs putting a cap on Toronto’s eight-run eighth inning.

When you’re up 6-0 on a team in front of you in the standings, you have to capitalize. This is a game you chalk up as a tough loss. The Yankees had been playing extremely well and a loss like this could really put a damper on the rest of their season.

Win: Scott Feldman (6-4, 3.71 ERA): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
Loss: Adam Warren (4-3, 3.18 ERA): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Michael Pineda; 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 0 BB
Gary Sanchez; 3-for-4, 2 HR (4), 4 RBI, 2 R
Didi Gregorius; 2-for-4, HR (16), 2 RBI, R
Anthony Swarzak: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Chasen Shreve: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K
Blake Parker: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Troy Tulowitzki; 4-for-5, HR (21), 2 RBI, 2 R
Russell Martin; 2-for-4, 2 HR (12), 3 RBI, 2 R
Edwin Encarnacion; 2-for-5, HR (34), 3 RBI, 1 R

Article by: James Grande
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