Publicly, Aaron Boone and the Yankees say that Sonny Gray will make his next start, the stuff is there, they believe in him, blah, blah, blah, …
Privately, you have to wonder, because after a while, you have to be getting tired of it.
Gray spit the bit again, and again got knocked out early after putting the Yanks in a huge early hole… just like last Saturday against Boston.
Once again, for a batter or two, he looked good, then the roof fell in again.
In the first inning, he got the first two batters, then loaded the bases before getting out of it.
In the second, not so fortunate, as he gave up five runs, three via a HR, and was taken out after just two innings.
With the 6-2 loss, the 56-29 Yankees fell two games back of Boston. They are even in the loss column, the Yanks have played four less games, meaning that the Yanks would have to win all four to force a tie.
David Hale did an excellent job in relief trying to keep the Yanks in the game, but the Yanks couldn’t claw back.
The Yanks got a run in the third on an Aaron Hicks HR (16), and Hicks walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to cut it to 5-2 but that was it.
Toronto got a run in the eighth for the final of 6-2.
Most of the questions in the postgame show were all about Gray’s disheartening (again) performance, and some of the questions seemed more of the psychological, and not physical type.
Like I wrote in the last start, it seems like Gray is a deer in the headlights right now.
A few months ago, a scout said that he didn’t think Gray could be straightened out. I hope he’s wrong, but if he’s right, the Yanks have to move Gray. Of course, they’d be selling low right now.
But this can’t continue. Not if they want to catch Boston.
The Yanks only got five hits. Both Judge and Stanton struck out three times each.
Bird and Walker, both under the Mendoza line, continued their struggles.
Gardner 2 hits.
Hicks HR, 2 RBI
Gray (L, 5-7, 5.85) 2 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. Threw 2 WP.
Hale 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.61 (Nyy/min)
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 0 K. 4.80
Baseball passing: Mike Kilkenny, a lefty starter/reliever, mostly for the Tigers from 1969-1971, died at the age of 73.