Didi Gregorius hit it hard. Right on the nose. But you can’t direct it. With the bases loaded, two out and the Yanks down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Didi hit a line drive–right at the second baseman.
Yankee fans now know how Willie McCovey felt when he lined out to Bobby Richardson to end the 1962 WS.
There were a couple of other plays in the game that proved it wasn’t the Yankees’ day. A liner by Beltran down the line that normally is a double but the first baseman was in “no doubles” defense and playing right on the line. A one hopper up the middle by A-Rod that normally is a single except for the shift.
The Yanks lost 3-2 and with Toronto’s victory, fell 1 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East. They are 75-59. They still hold a four-game lead for the first WC spot and a 5 1/2 game lead for the second WC spot. The magic # to play in the WC game is 23 over the Twins.
Nathan Eovaldi was so-so. My main concern with him, despite his 14-3 record, is that he doesn’t go deep into games, and he did not on Saturday afternoon. He gave up a run in the second and two in the third to put the Yanks behind 3-0. All the runs came after two were out and the runs in the third were set up by two walks and a HBP.
The Yanks got two in the fifth on a walk to Murphy, RBI double by Didi, and two groundouts. On the second groundout, by Gardner, which scored Didi, a fine play was made to rob Gardner of a single.
So it went. Hard hit balls that didn’t find holes.
James Pazos made his MLB debut.
Eovaldi (L, 14-3, 4.20) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 7 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 1.86
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.28
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.53
Pazos (MLB DEBUT) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 0.00.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 13.50