Game 66. Yanks win streak snapped at 9 as the bullpen falters in 10-9 loss.

I was worried about how Luis Severino would do after having been out with an illness. He didn’t do badly, but it turns out I should have been more concerned with the bullpen instead.

The Yanks (49-17) had an 8-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth but couldn’t hold on to it and wound up losing 10-9 to Toronto Sunday afternoon. The loss ended a 9-game winning streak.

Severino gave up a 2-run HR to Vlad Guerrero, Jr. in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the first, a potential Yankees’ rally was snuffed when Josh Donaldson was picked off of first base.

The Yanks got a run back in the second when Gleyber Torres homered (13).

The Yanks then went ahead in the third on a 2-run HR by Donaldson (6).

The Yanks got three runs in the fifth to go up 6-2. Joey Gallo led off the inning with a walk, then D.J. LeMahieu singled, Gallo moving to second. Aaron Judge doubled in Gallo, with LeMahieu stopping at third. Two outs later, Torres doubled in both runners.

Severino gave up a HR to George Spinger in the bottom of the fifth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3, but back-to-back homers by Kyle Higashioka (4) and Marwin Gonzalez (1) in the top of the sixth put the Yanks up 8-3. They were the first two hitters Max Castillo faced in his MLB career. Rude welcome.

But in the bottom of the sixth, Severino was pulled after a single and a walk. Miguel Castro couldn’t get out of the inning, giving up a two-out grand slam to Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., and the Yanks’ lead was now 8-7.

Wandy Peralta gave up a 3-run HR to Teoscar Hernandez in the bottom of the seventh and the Blue Jays now had a 10-8 lead.

PH Anthony Rizzo homered (18) for the Yanks in the eighth, and it was 10-9. The Yanks had runners on second and third in the ninth with two out, but Rizzo grounded out to end the game. Final 10-9, Blue Jays.

Donaldson 2-run HR (6)
Torres 3 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (13)
Higashioka solo HR (4)
Gonzalez 2 hits, solo HR (1)
Rizzo solo HR (18)

Severino 5+IP, 5 R, 3 H, 4 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.27
Castro 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up Grand Slam HR. 4.35
Peralta (L, 1-1; BS, 2) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 3-run HR. 2.52
Marinaccio 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 3.21

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