Game 140. Wild card race tightens as Yanks lose sixth straight, get bad news on pitchers.

When it rains, it pours.

On a day when the Yanks got more bad news pitching-wise, the Yanks (78-62) lost their sixth game in a row, and tenth in their last twelve, to Toronto, 6-4.

Toronto has won eight in a row and has turned the wild card race into a crapshoot.

Before the game, besides the uncertainty on ace Gerrit Cole and his tight hamstring, the Yanks had to put Jameson Taillon on the 10 day IL due to a partially torn tendon in his ankle. They are holding out hope he still might make a start this season, but it doesn’t look good. Sal Romano was called up. OF Jonathan Davis was DFA’d , and expect Michael King up soon.

Also, Zack Britton, already done for this year, will in most likelihood miss ALL of 2022. Besides a bone chip being removed from his elbow, he also went TJ surgery.

Now for the game. Bo Bichette, the first batter of the game, hit a HR (22) off of Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes, Jr. to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 immediate lead.

Cortes pitched well, giving up another solo HR, this one to Randal Grichuk (22) in the fifth, and the Blue Jays were up 2-0. That is all “Nasty Nestor” gave up. But he got little run support.

But the state of the Yankees bullpen is such that in a big game in September, Sal Romano and Andrew Heaney had to pitch.

The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the sixth when Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo followed with a 2-run HR (19).

But Toronto scored in the top of the seventh and never looked back. An error by Tyler Wade led to Toronto getting another run in the eighth and Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit HR #42 in the ninth off of Heaney to put the Blue Jays up 5-2. Toronto got another run off Heaney later in the ninth and it became 6-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez (21) and Luke Voit (9) hit back-to-back HRs, Voit as a PH, to make it 6-4, which would be the final score.


Judge 3 hits
Rizzo 2-run HR (19; Cubs/NYY)
Sanchez solo HR (21)
Voit solo HR (9)


Cortes, Jr. 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.70
Romano (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 5.84 (Combined Reds/Brewers and NYY)
Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY)
Heaney 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.86 (Combined LAA/NYY)

The Yanks are 10 behind Tampa Bay, 3rd in AL East, with 22 games to go.

Now for the wild-card picture.

Bos 80-62, top wild card seed
NYY 78-62 -1 from Boston. At present, the second wild card.
Tor 77-62 -1 1/2 from Boston and only 1/2 game behind the Yanks.
Oakland AND Seattle each 76-64, 3 behind Boston and both just 2 1/2 behind the Yanks.

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