Judge ties DiMaggio, but Betances walks four batters in eighth inning as Yankees lose 7-6
In the rubber match of a three game set in a game the Yankees desperately needed, the Yanks found themselves in a big hole early on, eventually climbing out of that hole only to find themselves on the wrong side of yet another bullpen collapse, as the Yankees dropped this one by the score of 7-6.
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The Yankees got off to a rough start in the first, as a Justin Smoak single in the gap got the best of Jacoby Ellsbury, as he bobbled the ball before ultimately missing the cutoff man, allowing Jose Bautista to score all the way from first, to make it 1-0 Jays. Pineda would get the next two out to stay out of the big first inning.
Pineda would eventually implode in this one, giving up back to back home runs in the third to Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales, before starting the fourth inning by giving up another home run, making it 5-0 Blue Jays and ending Pineda's day before recording an out in the fourth. Chasen Shreve would come on in relief, and throw two shutout innings to reduce the damage caused by Pineda.
The Yanks were without a hit through three innings, until Aaron Judge came to the plate, and took the first pitch he saw into the Yankee bullpen, scoring Brett Gardner and making it a 5-2 game. This was Judge’s 29th home run of the season, which tied Joe Dimaggio's Yankee rookie record which he set back in 1936.
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The Yanks were not done in the fifth, as they got some production from the bottom of the order. After an Ellsbury base hit to lead off the inning, recent call up Ji-Man Choi drilled a pitch 457 feet into the right field bleachers to make it a 5-4 game.
Later in the inning, after two walks and a base hit by Judge, the bases were loaded with only one out. Gary popped out in foul territory, but was bailed out by final vote candidate Didi Gregorius, who has been clutch all year. Didi ripped a two run double down the right field line to give the Yanks their first lead of the game and end Marco Estrada's day on the mound. Chase Headley would then step to the plate with runners on second and third but fly out to left field to keep the game at 6-5 after five innings of baseball.
Chad Green was the next Yankee to get the ball, and worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning. It would not be smooth sailing for Green in the seventh however, giving up a leadoff home run to Russell Martin to tie the game at 6-6. Green would keep the game tied after a two out hit, leaving it up to the offense to respond.
Tyler Wade led off the inning with a walk, and after a Gardner sac bunt and an intentional walk to Judge, Gary had yet another opportunity to drive in some key runs late in the game. Gary once again did not come through, and Didi followed him up with a fly out to right, keeping the score at 6-6 headed to the eighth.
Dellin Betances would come on to pitch in the eighth, looking to fight through his recent struggles, and he would not. Betances walked the bases loaded, throwing nine straight balls at one point. Betances would get Bautista to strikeout looking, but would surrender his fourth walk of the inning to walk in a run and give the Blue Jays the lead, ending arguably his worst outing of the year.
Adam Warren came in for Betances, and got two big outs against Smoak and Morales to leave the bases loaded and keep the score at 7-6. The Yanks would go down in order in the bottom half of the inning, and would go to the ninth down by one.
Warren came back out for the ninth and retired three straight, giving the Yanks one last shot to get a run across. After Romine and Wade both got out to start the inning, it was up to Gardy to keep the game going, which he did with a base hit, giving Judge a chance to extend, tie, or win the game. Judge however would strike out on a 2-2 breaking ball that was down, ending the game by a final score of 7-6 and causing the Yanks to drop their seventh consecutive series.
This was yet another game that was blown by the Yankees poor pitching, as Betances and Pineda both looked about as bad as they have looked all season. The Yankees will have an off day tomorrow, before playing their final series before the All-Star break against the Brewers starting Friday.
Winning Pitcher: Danny Barnes (2-2, 2.39 ERA) 1.2, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Losing Pitcher: Dellin Betances (3-4, 3.29 ERA) 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K
Aaron Judge: 2-4, HR (29), 2 RBI
Didi Gregorius: 1-4, 2 RBI
Ji-Man Choi: 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI
Michael Pineda: 3.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR
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