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Game 107. Yanks win game 7-5, but do they lose out at the trade deadline?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (68-39) beat Arizona today, 7-5, but it seems like they won the game but lost out big at the trade deadline.

I’ll have another post dedicated to what happened or didn’t happen regarding the trade deadline.

Before the game, the Yanks put Luke Voit (sports hernia) and David Hale (lower back problem) on the IL. Voit’s could be a problem. If he requires surgery, he could be out six weeks, meaning not back until mid-September.

As for Greg Bird (sorry if I am shaking my head, or even laughing), he isn’t even close. He isn’t even doing baseball activities yet.

To replace Voit and Hale on the roster, the Yanks called up infielder Breyvic Valera and reliever Jonathan Holder.

As for the game.

The Yanks got two runs in the bottom of the second off of Zack Greinke (and there will be a lot about Greinke in the other post—teaser alert) when Gio Urshela doubled and Mike Tauchman hit his seventh HR of the season.

With the bases loaded and two out in the top of the fourth, Urshela made a great defensive play to save two runs. He would make another great play in the ninth.

Arizona scored three runs in the fifth and in so doing, knocked Tanaka from the game.

There was a slight rain delay, and it knocked Greinke out after five innings. Greinke soon would find out he was traded to Houston.

In the bottom of the seventh, Tauchman doubled with two out and Austin Romine hit a 2-run HR (4) to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead.

The Yanks got three more in the eighth. Aaron Judge and Edwin Encanacion got back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, with Judge going to third on Edwin’s single. Didi Gregorius grounded out, all runners advancing, and in Judge’s case, scoring. 5-3. Gleyber Torres doubled, 6-3. After Gio Urshela made an out, Cameron Maybin singled in Torres, 7-3.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. came in for the ninth, faced one batter, and gave up a HR. He was pulled for Aroldis Chapman, who gave up a run himself, but eventually closed out the 7-5 win.

Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (7)
Romine 2 RBI, 2-run HR (4)

Tanaka 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 4 K.  4.78
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.    5.06
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.68
Ottavino (W, 4-3, 1.53) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Britton (H, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.45
Cortes, Jr. 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  Gave up HR to only batter he faced.   4.39
Chapman (S, 27) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.81

 

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Game 103. Pitching woes continue in Yanks’ 10-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the third straight time, James Paxton gave up a HR to the leadoff hitter.

And this time, that leadoff hitter then proceeded to go deep two MORE times against Paxton.

Mookie Betts hit three HR, all in the FIRST FOUR INNINGS, off of Paxton, to lead Boston to a 10-5 win over the (66-37) Yankees Friday night.

The loss cuts the Yanks’ lead to 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay and 9 over Boston.

Paxton has struggled, while targets like Patrick Corbin, Gio Gonzalez, and Dallas Keuchel are doing Ok elsewhere. Three guys the Yanks could have had (they had Gio, but he opted out when there was no room in the rotation for him).

Also disheartening is when guys like Paxton or Sonny Gray have success elsewhere (and what do you think Gray would tell his former Vanderbilt teammate, Mike Minor of Texas, a trade target, about NY?) come to NY and don’t do well. In Gray’s case, now that he is out of NY, he’s doing well again. You could put J.A. Happ in that category for this year, but to be fair, Happ did pitch well last year for the Yanks before the playoff outing.

Another disheartening thing is not having some players, like Michael Pineda or Nathan Eovaldi, realize their potential while in pinstripes.

You may say, that some guys can’t pitch in NY. True. But when it happens over and over and over again, that pitchers good elsewhere come to NY and have difficulties, when do you start looking at the pitching coach, and not just blame it on NY?

Remember that Larry Rothschild was inherited by Aaron Boone. Boone picked some, not all, of his coaching staff. He inherited the pitching part, Rothschild and bullpen coach Mike Harkey.

If the Yanks don’t turn this abysmal week by the starting pitchers around, they not only could blow their lead (Boston worries me more than Tampa Bay, because the Rays have now lost Snell for a month) and if so, could Rothschild be on the hot seat? The next few months will be very interesting to see how the starting pitching does. Because if it continues to flounder as it has, it won’t be good. Changes would have to be made, and maybe not just the pitchers but also the coach. Maybe this is only a blip. We hope so.

For the first 14 games of July, the Yanks’ starter’s ERA was 2.88. In the last six games, an atrocious 15.61. The Yanks have given up 64 runs in their last six games. 10.66 per game. Amazingly, they won two of those games. No Yankee starter in the last six games has pitched in the fifth inning. None in seven games has pitched in the sixth.

Forget about any of these starters, even when they are going GOOD, pitching in the seventh, eighth or ninth. They just don’t do that.

One worry I have is this. Even if they rebound, and wind up with 100 to 105 wins, who, amongst all the starters in the rotation, do you absolutely trust to start a must-win postseason game? A fair question, I think. None are “old reliable” Andy Pettitte’s, El Duque’s, or David Cone’s.

With this bad stretch, the Yanks’ ERA+, which was about 110 most of the year, has dropped to 104, just 4% above league average. No starter has an ERA less than 4.00.

Tanaka 7-6, 4.79. ERA+ 93 (7 % below league average)
Happ 8-5, 5.23  ERA+ 86
German 12-2, 4.03  ERA+ 111 ( his youth and inexperience are a concern)
Sabathia 5-5, 4.50  ERA+ 99
Paxton 5-6, 4.72  ERA+ 95.

As I mentioned, which of these would you trust to start a must-win playoff game? It’s a huge concern.

One last thing before the game recap. Could it be that Boston sees some guys tipping pitches or has some Yankee pitching been too consistent in their approach? Rumors are that Severino was tipping pitches in Game 3 of the ALDS last year. Boston has pounded Tanaka this year, and Tanaka thought he made good pitches at some points the other night. Did Boston know what was coming? Paul O’Neill on WPIX last night mentioned Boston waiting for hard stuff inside from Paxton, got it, and creamed it.

Paxton’s line is strange. 9 K in 4 IP. But 4 HR given up, 3 to Betts, 7 runs allowed.

If guys ARE tipping, why isn’t the pitching staff seeing it? Remember that Chad Green was straightened out at AAA, not by the major league staff. Once sent down, he worked it out. Also, Jonathan Holder has had to go down. He also, couldn’t work it out at the big league level.

Could there be a problem with the pitching coach? Sorry, Rothschild, but that has to be addressed right now. To stop that, the starting pitching, once again, has to improve, and IMMEDIATELY.

Let’s remember that Gray took some parting shots at Rothschild on the way out to Cincinnati, where Gray is doing well. Could there be something to what Gray said?

And it’s not just Rothschild. Let’s remember that the Yanks lost out on possibly getting Verlander, Cole, Corbin, Keuchel, and Gonzalez, all of whom could certainly be helping right now.  If the Yanks would have just one of those right now…

So something is amiss with their pitching philosophy. Whether it is the coach, or the whole organizational approach of what is coached, who is targeted, what you’ll give up for a stud pitcher…

Anyway you look at it, corrections and improvements are necessary. The Yanks have two more games against Boston this weekend, and after two games against Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday, have four more against Boston next Friday to Sunday, including a DH on Saturday. If they don’t turn it around, and FAST, Boston could be right back in it. Let’s just say Boston takes 6 of 8 in the games this weekend and next. The lead goes from 11 to 7. If they take 7 of the 8, it’s 5. Sweep and 3. Yankees’ fans don’t want 1978 in reverse. Yes, there is the wild card to fall back on, and that wasn’t there in 1978. We don’t want that. Win the division, avoid the wild card game.

This is the time to bury Boston, not have them rise from the dead. So far, the shovels have been put away. Boston has woken up.

As for making a trade, I am getting really discouraged that that may happen. Teams are asking for Gleyber Torres in any deal. That is a non-starter. The two-time All-Star, who has hit 20 or more HR in both of his MLB seasons, isn’t even 23 yet.

As for the game, Paxton gave up, as noted above, a leadoff HR to Betts, marking the third straight time he gave up a HR to the first batter of the game. He has had (like German) first inning woes all season. Then a single, strikeout and HR (by J.D. Martinez) and it was 3-0 already. After the week the Yanks have had, it was like here we go again.

A HR by Betts and an RBI triple by Martinez made it 5-0 after three innings.

Then Betts hits his THIRD HR of the game to make it 7-0 in the fourth.

The Yanks got a run in the sixth when with two out, they got consecutive singles by Encarnacion, Gregorius and Voit.

Boston got two in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-1. Betts doubled in one run and scored the other on another double. He was 4 for 5 with 5 RBI—3 HR and a double.

Before the game, Stephen Tarpley was sent down and Cameron Maybin came off the IL. Maybin walked to lead off the seventh, and went to third on a double by Mike Tauchman. Austin Romine singled in one run, and another scored when D.J. LeMahieu GIDP.

Boston got a run in the bottom of the seventh, 10-3.

The Yanks got two in the ninth before succumbing. Tauchman led off the inning with a single, and scored on a double by Romine. A walk to LeMahieu and an error on a ball hit by Judge loaded the bases. But then three consecutive outs ended the game. One out was a SF by Gregorius.

It is hard to win when you are giving up 10 or more runs a game.

Tauchman 3 hits
Romine 3 hits, 2 RBI

Paxton (L, 5-6, 4.72) 4 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 4 HR, 3 to Betts. Weird line.
Hale 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.89
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.59
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57

The Yanks really could use a well-pitched, crisp victory right now. They are taking it on the chin right now.

July 27. The trade deadline is just four days away.

Is any pitching help coming from the outside? Or do the Yanks have to keep their fingers crossed that internal options who have been on the IL (Severino, Betances, Montgomery, Loaisiga) will be coming to the rescue?

 

 

 

 

 

Game 100. Hicks saves Yanks, pitching woes continue, Sanchez hurt in 14-12, 10-inning come-from-behind win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Where to begin.

Down to their last out, Aaron Hicks homered in the 9th to put the Yanks ahead, then in the 10th, made an unbelievable catch to save and end the game as the Yanks (65-35), won a wild, come-from-behind game, 14-12, Tuesday night.

Gary Sanchez, 0 for 5, 0 for his last 18, and 10 for his last 85 (.229), experienced tightness in his left groin, is headed for an MRI and could be headed to the IL.

Brett Gardner missed another game due to a sore knee.

The Yanks struck first, scoring two in the top of the first. Hicks walked, and with one out, Edwin Encarnacion doubled. With two out, Didi Gregorius, who went 5 for 5 with 7 RBI on the night, doubled in two runs.

But Domingo German gave up a run in the second. 2-1 Yankees.

The struggling Sanchez popped up with the bases loaded in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third, German gave up back-to-back HR to begin the inning. After three innings, it was 3-2 Twins.

German struggled again in the fourth, giving up five runs. A double, a WP, and a single made it 4-2, Twins. Then a flyout. A single. Then his second HBP of the game loaded the bases. A groundout brought in a run. 5-2. Then a 3-run HR. 8-2, and German was finished, probably a batter or a couple of batters too late. David Hale came in, gave up a couple of hits, but then got the third out before any more damage was done.

But German was probably left in a batter or a couple of batters too late. But Boone probably didn’t want to go to the bullpen, because Paxton got knocked out early Sunday and CC knocked out early Monday. This is now three games in a row where the starter had a bad outing. Paxton 3 1/3 Sunday, CC 4 Monday, German 3 2/3 last night. Not good, and it accentuates the need for the Yanks to get pitching help.

You need length from the starters or the bullpen will burn out.

Didi hit a 3-run HR in the fifth (6) to cut the lead to 8-5.

The Twins came right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-5.

After seven, it was still 9-5 Twins. Then things got crazy.

In the top of the eighth, the Yanks scored five times to take a 10-9 lead. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a walk. Gio Urshela doubled him to third. Mike Tauchman doubled, but Urshela couldn’t score, as he tug up in case of the ball being caught. 9-6. After Hicks stuck out, Aaron Judge doubled in two runs to make it 9-8. He missed a HR by maybe a foot or two. After Encarnacion struck out, Luke Voit walked, on a pitch that he probably got a break on. Didi Gregorius then doubled in two runs to give the Yanks a 10-9 lead. Twins’ manager Rocco Baldelli was then ejected for arguing balls and strikes, especially on the walk to Voit. Sanchez then grounded out to end the inning and apparently injured his groin in running to first.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Zack Britton gave up a massive, 457 ft. HR to Miguel Sano, a 2-run shot that put the Twins up, 11-10. It was the second HR of the game for Sano.

In the top of the ninth, with two out, Mike Tauchman walked. Hicks hit the first pitch for his 11th HR of the season to put the Yanks up 12-11.

The Twins’ hitting coach got ejected then, also for arguing balls and strikes.

To the bottom of the ninth, where Aroldis Chapman, like Britton the inning before, could not hold the lead. He walked the first three batters of the inning to load the bases. A SF tied the game at 12. A lineout to Hicks couldn’t bring in the winning run. Chapman then got out of the inning with a liner to Didi.

With one out in the top of the tenth, Didi singled, his fifth hit of the night. Austin Romine, in for the injured Sanchez, singled. Gleyber Torres singled to drive in Didi and put the Yanks up 13-12. After Gio Urshela flied out for the second out that couldn’t score the run, Torres stole second. A WP scored Romine to make it 14-12, Yankees.

But that nearly wasn’t enough.

Adam Ottavino got a strikeout to begin the bottom of the tenth, then walked two batters. Then came a forceout for out #2. Another walk loaded the bases, and in came Chad Green.

Max Kepler ripped a shot into the LCF gap that looked like a bases-clearing 3-run double that would give the Twins a 15-14 win, except that Aaron Hicks made a diving catch to end the game.

Unbelievable finish.

With the win, the Yanks (65-35) have a 10 game lead over both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, as the Red Sox have caught the Rays and both are in a virtual tie for second. Boston at 56-46 has a .549 winning percentage, and Tampa Bay at 57-47 is at .548.

Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, Game saving catch. Game saving HR (11)
Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI
Encarnacion 2 hits
Voit 2 hits
Gregorius 5 for 5, 7 RBI, 3-run HR (6)
Torres 2 hits, GW RBI
Tauchman 2 hits, RBI

The Yanks banged out 20 hits.

German 3 2/3 IP, 8 R, 9 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  4.03
Hale 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.34
Kahnle 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.75
Britton (BS, 4) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  2.63
Chapman (W, 3-2, 2.56; BS, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K.
Ottavino (H, 24) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K.  1.60
Green (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   4.58

 

 

Game 97. Yanks Rout Rockies, 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (64-33) routed Colorado Saturday afternoon, 11-5.

We will see about tonight’s games regarding the Rays and Red Sox.

I am writing this recap early because my bus for Cooperstown, and Mariano’s HOF ceremony (along with Mussina’s and others) leaves at 5 AM tomorrow morning.

Masahiro Tanaka’s day was better than it will appear. He pitched five scoreless innings before tiring because of the intense heat in the sixth inning.

The Yanks scored in the first inning when D.J. LeMahieu singled and Aaron Judge doubled.

The scored five in the second inning to make it 6-0. Didi Gregorius doubled to lead off the inning. Gleyber Torres singled in Didi and went all the way to third on an error. Didi had stopped at third and the error enabled Didi to score and Torres, who was heading for second, to advance to third. Austin Romine singled in Torres to make it 3-0, and after an out, Romine stole second. LeMahieu and Judge each walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled in one run to make it 4-0 then Edwin Encarnacion doubled in two to make it 6-0. At that point, you figured the Yanks had this game. Luke Voit walked to load the bases with one out, but the Yanks didn’t score any more runs that inning.

The Yanks made it 9-0 in the fourth. Hicks led off the inning with a walk, and one out later, Voit was HBP. It hit his shoulder and ricocheted into his face. Although he finished the inning and was OK, Voit was removed after the inning, what with the 9-0 lead and the heat to be sure he was OK. Didi Gregorius then singled in Hicks, Voit moving to third, to make it 7-0. A WP moved Didi up to second, Voit holding. Gleyber Torres then singled in two runs to make it 9-0.

Tanaka, who pitched five shutout innings, fell victim to the intense heat with one out in the sixth, giving up a single, run-scoring double, walk, 3-run HR, double, and RBI single before getting the last two outs. 9-5 Yankees.

On a day as hot as today was, the pitch count limit probably gets dropped from say, 100, to 80. Tanaka threw 85, so the heat may have gotten to him after say, 65? It was about 97 degrees in NYC today, heat index higher.

The Yanks got two runs in the seventh. Brett Gardner walked, and D.J. LeMahieu singled him to third. Mike Tauchman, who replaced Aaron Judge when the Yanks had a big 9-0 lead to give Judge a break, grounded into a force out that brought the run home, making it 10-5. After Aaron Hicks struck out, Edwin Encarnacion hit a ball that should have been caught but wasn’t. Another case of hustle by Tauchman. With two out, he was running on the pitch and scored on a single by Encarnacion, who only moved to second because of the attempt at the plate to nail Tauchman.

Tauchman is growing on me. I like his hustle the past few games.

LeMahieu 3 hits.  .334 leads AL
Encarnacion 2 hits, 3 RBI. Heating up.
Gregorius 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI
Romine 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 7-5, 4.00) 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. Heat got to him in 6th. Gave up no runs on only 2 hits through first five innings.
Kahnle 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.82
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.23

 

 

 

Game 94. Yanks take first game of DH, 6-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I don’t know what it is about Domingo German and the first inning or first batter, but he had trouble again, giving up home runs to the first two batters as he hung curve balls on both pitches. Two batters into the game, down 2-0.

He walked the third batter, got a DP, gave up a single, then got a strikeout.

First inning, 2 HR, 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk. After that, German gave up no runs and only one hit and one walk over his next five innings.

The Yanks (61-33) came back to win the game, 6-2. With the win, German goes to 12-2 on the season.

On mlb.com, I see things about who the leaders are for certain awards. For the AL CYA, I see Verlander’s name, among others. I don’t see German’s. Why? 12-2, 3.38 isn’t exactly shabby.

Gio Urshela tied the game in the bottom of the second with a 2-run HR (9), and soon after that, manager Aaron Boone was ejected for disagreeing with the home plate umpire’s strike zone.

In the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases, but D.J. LeMahieu struck out to end the inning.

The Yanks broke the game open in the fifth. Aaron Judge singled to lead off the inning and Aaron Hicks doubled Judge to third. After Edwin Encarnacion struck out, Gary Sanchez singled in a run to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Didi Gregorius popped up, but Luke Voit singled in Hicks to make it 4-2 and send Sanchez to second. Urshela then doubled in Sanchez, Voit going to third, to make it 5-2. Brett Gardner struck out to end the inning.

Hicks homered (9) in the sixth to make it 6-2, which turned out to be the final score.

Hicks 2 hits, solo HR (9)
Sanchez 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 3 hits, 3 RBI, HR (9)

German (W, 12-2, 3.38) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR (to the first two hitters)
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.89
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.25
Hale 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.37

Game 93. Yanks get six in 8th to defeat Rays, 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Rays were about to cut the Yanks’ lead in the AL East down to four games. They were four outs away from doing so.

But a 2-run HR by Aaron Judge and a grand slam by Didi Gregorius turned a possible 3-2 Yankees’ loss into an 8-3 Yankees’ win and enabled the Yankees (60-33) to stretch their lead over Tampa Bay to six games. The Yankees are 10 up on Boston.

The Rays took an early lead when CC Sabathia gave up a HR to Austin Meadows in the top of the second inning.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the second when Edwin Encarnacion hit a 435 ft. HR (28) to tie the game. Encarnacion’s 28th HR of the season (Seattle and NY) was #408 of his career, passing Duke Snider on the all-time list, and putting him one behind Mark Teixeira.

In the fourth, CC gave up a HR to Yandy Diaz to make it 3-1 Rays. He almost gave up back-to-back HR, but Brett Gardner robbed Avisail Garcia of a HR.

In the bottom of the fifth, Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres both made bad base-running decisions on the same play, and Tampa Bay got a DP to end that half-inning.

Diaz got an RBI double in the top of the sixth to put the Rays up 3-1.

D.J. LeMahieu homered in the bottom of the sixth (13) to cut the Rays’ lead to 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, Nestor Cortes, Jr. came in for CC but loaded the bases with one out, David Hale relieved Cortes, and got a DP to get out of the inning and keep the game within reach for the Yankees.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres walked. Two outs later, Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (10) to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead, but then they got insurance runs when Luke Voit singled, Gary Sanchez doubled, Encarnacion was intentionally walked, and Didi Gregorius hit his fifth HR of the season, this one a grand slam, to put the Yankees up 8-3.

Hale got into a jam in the top of the ninth, but Zack Britton finished off the Rays.

Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling missed the game. He’s missed a couple lately as he (81 years old) is battling a health issue.

LeMahieu solo HR (13)  .331
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, GW 2-run HR (10)  .304
Encarnacion 2 hits, solo HR (28)
Gregorius 4 RBI; Grand Slam HR (5)

Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.06
Cortes, Jr. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  4.50
Hale (W, 3-0, 2.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.31

Game 90. Yanks almost shut out in 2-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

J.A. Happ pitched a great game, but the Yanks didn’t score until there were two out in the ninth as they lost 2-1 to Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

Had they been shutout, it would have snapped a streak of 171 games in which they were not shut out. So it stands (barely) at 172. The record is 308, sent by the Yankees between 1931 and 1933.

I texted-teased my niece and sister, both of whom were at the game, that they were the jinx.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Yanks loaded the bases with two out, but Gary Sanchez liner to CF was caught on a diving catch by CF Randal Grichuk.

With one out in the sixth, Happ gave up a couple of singles, then was pulled from the game for Adam Ottavino. Ottavino struck out Vlad Guerrero, Jr., but then the Blue Jays pulled off a double steal before Grichuk blooped a 2-run single into right field.

In the ninth, Aaron Hicks walked, and after two fly outs, D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge singled, with Judge’s single scoring Hicks and preserving the scoring streak. Luke Voit (just off the IL) then was caught looking on a 3-2 pitch that ended the game.

The Yanks’ (58-32) lead over Tampa Bay was cut to 6 games because the Rays split a DH against the horrible Orioles. Boston stays nine back because they were crushed by the Dodgers.

Judge 4 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits.

Happ (L, 7-5, 4.93) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.77
Cortes, Jr. 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.54
Britton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.41
Hale 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.63

It is two straight games without a HR for the Bronx Bombers. Hopefully that changes in a big way today.