New York Yankees: 4 takeaways from Yankees loss to the Blue Jays

New York Yankees, Brooks Kriske

After losing two games in a row against the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees went into their Labor Day game with the Toronto Blue Jays, hoping to right the ship and get a win with Jameson Taillon on the mound. Unfortunately, that plan failed as the Yankees came away with their 3rd consecutive loss. The Yankee team of the first half again showed up listless, failing to hit, making errors, and hitting into double plays. The final score was the Jays 8, the Yankees zero.

Taillon gives up 2 then pitches great

Jameson Taillon took to the mound yesterday, hoping to get a win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Instead, fans were shocked when he immediately gave up a back-to-back homer to the Jays. But then he was stellar, saving the Yankees’ overworked bullpen by pitching into the seventh inning, only giving up just one more hit.

As Taillon settled in in the first inning, both Marcus Semiem and Vlad Guerrero Jr. homered back to back. But then Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez went down on strikes to end the inning and put the Yankees down by two. Taillon found his form and pitched a scoreless second even though he was challenged by two Yankees, Gleyber Torres, and Gio Urshels, committing errors in the inning. In the third, Urshela committed another error, but an inning-ending double play helped Taillon.

In the end, Taillon was masterful, completing seven innings and only allowing one more hit in the seventh.  He put down the side in order in the fourth. He followed that with a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. Then, in the sixth inning, he used just 7 pitches to put down the Jays. Unfortunately, the Yankees closing woes continued yesterday when Brooks Kriske in the ninth allowed the Jays to blow it open, scoring five earned runs off him.

Where is the team that won 13 straight

New York Yankee fans are scratching their heads after three consecutive losses, wondering where the team that won 13 straight games had gone. In the last three games, the Yankees have only gotten 15 hits and scored only 10 runs. Yesterday they were dumbfounded by the Jays pitching and were shut out.

It seems that the 13 consecutive winning team has disappeared and replaced by the team that played in the first half. They have failed to lift the ball, failed to hit and yesterday committed three errors in the same game. To be fair, all three errors were committed by players Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres, both of whom have just come off the IL. The two errors yesterday was shocking coming from Ushela, who is usually perfect. But for Torres, it was his second error in as many days.

The Yankees only got 5 hits yesterday, all singles. Only Brett Gardner reached second base when Gio Urshela ground out in the third. Then, DJ LeMahieu ground out, stranding Gardner.

Shortcomings still evident in the bullpen

The New York Yankees have lost faith in  Aroldis Chapman; he hasn’t figured out his lack of fastball control. Chapman was lights out during the first half of the season with an ERA of 0.00 through May 21st. During July, that ERA rose to 4.00 due to him seemingly losing control of his fastball. August wasn’t much better, but on August 26th, he was dominant, encouraging the Yankees. He followed that up on September 1st with another scoreless close. But last night, the old Chapman showed up in the ninth.

These shortcomings have led the Yankees to use various relievers to close games. For example, yesterday, with a short bullpen, the Yankees resorted to using Brooks Kriske in the ninth. However, the Toronto Blue Jays made quick work of him, getting 5 earned runs off him and sealing the Yankee’s fate.

Yankees have more concerns than that Rays

Since the collapse of the Red Sox, the Yankees and their fans have been concentrating on winning and watching what the Tampa Bay Rays were doing as we near the postseason. In the last month of the regular season, scoreboard watching is common as teams jockey for a higher place in the standings. With just three weeks left to the season, it appears the Rays have a lock on the AL East unless the Yankees start winning again and the Rays have a colossal collapse.

But there is more to watch, yesterday the Yankees were in danger of losing their home-field advantage in the wild card as it appeared the Red Sox would beat the Rays, but in the end, the Yankees were saved when the Rays won the game. As a result, the Yankees only have a 1/2 game advantage in the wild card. In the last week, the Toronto Blue Jays that the Yankees are now playing and the Seattle Mariners have advanced quickly with winning streaks and are now just 3 games out of the wild card. The Yankees cannot afford to lose more games against the Blue Jays.

Note: The Yankees continue their series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. EDT. Yankee ace Gerrit Cole takes the mound against Steven Matz for the Jays. The game will be televised on the YES Network and SNET in Canada.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees shut out by the Jays for third loss in a row

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

Today the New York Yankees entered a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 1:05 pm Labor Day matinee featured Jameson Taillon on the mound for the Yankees and Hyun Jin Ryu, the Blue Jays ace on the mound for the Jays. The Blue Jays are coming into the Stadium hot after winning 7 of their last 10 games and stopping the Athletics shutting them out yesterday.

It is challenging to win a four-game series for any team, but with the Yankees wild card berth in jeopardy, the Yankees are going to have to put their best foot forward, pitch well, and hit well to put down a team that has nothing to lose as they are out of the postseason this year. The Yankees are just 1/2 a game ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card standings. Next is the Seattle Mariners surging recently with a 5 game winning streak. The Yankees looked to Taillon to right the ship after an embarrassing series loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Unfortunately for the Yankees things just got worse as they were shut out by the Blue Jays 8-0.

Jameson Taillon faced the DH George Springer in the first inning, who grounded out to Urshela at third. Marcus Semien homered to left. Vlad Guerrero Jr. also homered out to right. Bo Bichette went down on strikes. Teoscar Hernandez struck out, but Taillon gave up two runs in the half. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off against Ryu by chopping out to third.  Joey Gallo struck out. Aaron Judge ground out to short as the Yankees went down 1-2-3. Blue Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Corey Dickerson led off the second inning by striking out looking. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. reached on an E6 by Torres when he dropped the ball. Gurriel tried to steal second, but Taillon fired and got him out. Danny Jansen singled off a Urshela dropped ball E5. Kevin Smith flew out to Stanton on the warning track in right. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton led off by flying out to right. Anthony Rizzo lined out to right. Gary Sanchez ground out to short as Ryu put down six Yankees in a row. Blue Jays 2 Yankees 0.

The third inning was led off by Springer, who worked a walk off Taillon. Semien flew out to Gallo in left. Guerrero Jr. reached on another E5 by Urshela. Bichette hit to center and was caught with a diving summersault by Gardner for an inning-ending double play. Gleyber Torres struck out swinging. Brett Gardner got a single up the middle. Gio Urshela ground out, but Gardner moved to second. LeMahieu ground out to leave Gardy stranded. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the fourth by grounding out to short. Dickerson went down, tipping into  Sanchez’s glove. Gurriel Jr. ground out to LeMahieu for a 1-2-3 inning for Taillon. Joey Gallo led off the bottom by striking out. Judge ground out to short. Stanton went down swinging. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

The fifth inning was led off by Jansen, who popped out to short. Smith popped out to LeMahieu. Springer rocketed one directly to Gallo in left. Rizzo led off the bottom by singling to left. Sanchez popped out to first in foul territory. Torres went down on strikes. Gardner ground out to end the inning. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

The sixth inning was led off by Semiem, who lined out to center. Guerrero Jr. flew out to Stanton. Bichette popped out to end the half with Taillon only using 12 pitches in the last two innings. At the bottom, Urshela led off with a base hit to left. LeMahieu hit into a doubl play. Gallo went down looking. Jays 2 Yankees 0.

Teoscar Hernandez led off the seventh inning by walking and then stealing second. Dickerson struck out. Gurriel Jr. singled driving in Hernandez. Jansen flew out to left with Gallo fighting the sun. Gurriel made it back to first. Smith also flew out to Gallo, but the Jays tacked on a run. At the bottom Judge facing the new Jays’ pitcher, Trevor Richards struck out. Stanton struck out swinging. Rizzo singled to left on a drag bunt. Sanchez popped out to the infield to end the inning. Blue Jays 3 New York Yankees 0.

The eighth inning was led off by springer who struck out. Semien ground out to Urshela at third. Gierrero Jr. singled up the middle for a base hit. Bichette ground out to Urshela. At the bottom, Torres ground out to third. Voit pinch-hitting for Gardner went down looking. Urshela flew out to left-center to end the inning. Blue Jays 3 New York Yankees 0.

Hernandez led off the ninth by facing Brooks Kriske and homered to left. Randal Grichuk walked. Gurriel Jr. walked. Jansen struck out. Smith flew out to Rizzo. Jake Lamb pinch-hitting walked to load the bases. Semien got a Grand Slam to blow the game open. Guerrero Jr. singled to center.  Bichette popped out in the infield. At the bottom with last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, it was the top of the order. LeMahieu singled. Gallo struck out. Judge hit into a double play to end the games as the Yankees were shut out.

The final score was the Toronto Blue Jays 8 and the New York Yankees 0. The winning pitcher was Hyu Jin Ryu, and the loser was Jameson Taillon. It was the Yankees’ third loss in a row. It was the Blue Jay’s second shutout in a row.





New York Yankees: 3 Takeaways from the implosion of the Yankee bullpen

New York Yankees, Chad Green

After four straight wins, the New York Yankees entered a four-game series with the rival Boston Red Sox last night. With such positivity the Yankees looked to get their fifth win in a row, it was not to be as the Yankee bullpen gave the game to the Red Sox. It was a crushing 5-4 loss for the Yankees in the tenth inning.

Montgomery’s bad luck continues

Jordan Montgomery is without a doubt the bad luck kid. For the fifth game in a row pitched adequately, but the game was lost by the Yankee bullpen. Last night Montgomery pitched really well and had good control of all of his pitches, especially his curveball. He pitched 5 2/3rd innings giving up only 3 hits and one walk. He threw 83 pitches, 57 for strikes. After not allowing a run, he left the game with the one-run Yankee lead.

Montgomery has gotten the least run support than any other Yankee pitcher. He is now 3-5 in 19 starts, with an ERA of 3.96. in four of his games, he got zero run support. in another 11 games, the Yankees only scored 3 or fewer runs.

One out away from another win bullpen implodes

After Jordan Montgomery pitch a fine game into the sixth inning, call-up Sal Romano pitched a clean 2/3 of an inning. Lucas Luetge gave up a run tying the game. Luis Cessa pitched a scoreless eighth. That was when everything went south. With the Yankees picking up two runs, the score was 3-1 when Chad Green stepped to the mound to close out the win. Green had no command of his pitches and gave up two runs pushing the game into extra innings.

At the top of the tenth with ghost runner Tyler Wade on second LeMahieu against closer Matt Barnes ground out, but Wade went to third base. Brett Gardner sac flew to left, driving in Wade for the as the Yankees again took lead. What happened next was something no one could ever predict. Yankee reliever Brooks Kriske threw four wild pitches. In doing so he gave the game away to the Red Sox as they scored two runs off the lost reliever.

Two steps forward, one back

It seems this season that every time things are starting to look rosy for the Yankee they take a giant step back. Last night the Yankees entered the game after winning four straight games and two series. With a win last night they could have gained a game against their rivals that lead the AL East, but no, they lost the game and went further back in the standings.

If the New York Yankees are going to turn their season around they have to win games against their division foes, particularly the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. The next six games are against those teams. Gerrit Cole will take the mound tonight to face Eduardo Rodriguez in game two of the series. Jameson Taillon and Domingo German will pitch the last two games. The Yankees need to take these next three games to advance on the Red Sox.

Note: After this Red Sox series the New York Yankees will move on to face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa. The Yankees this season are 5-8 against the Rays. In the news yesterday the Rays improved their lineup by acquiring Nelson Cruz from the Twins.


New York Yankees: Yankees lose in the tenth as relievers fail miserably

New York Yankees, Brooks Kriske

Tonight the New York Yankees started a critical four-game series with the Boston Red Sox that could turn around their season. Jordan Montgomery faced Tanner Houck. Unfortunately, this first game was not that game as the Yankee relievers gave away the game. Boston Red Sox 5 New York Yankees 4 in a ten-inning game.

DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees facing Tanner Houck and flew out to Renfro in right. Brett Gardner went down on strikes. Giancarlo Stanton flew out to center to end the half. In the bottom, Enrique Hernandez led off by flying out to Florial in right-center. Rafael Devers popped out to second. Xander Bogaerts struck with both pitchers going 1-2-3 for a quick scoreless inning.

At the second, Rougie Odor led off by picking up a lead-off single. Gleyber Torres went down by striking way outside. Rob Brantly struck out. Greg Allen went down looking for another quick inning for Houck. At the bottom, JT Martinez struck out. Hunter Renfroe flew out to Florial in center. Christian Vazquez flew out to Greg Allen in right for another 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. No score.

The third inning was led off by Estevan Florial, who lined out to second. Tyler Wade struck out with light rain falling at the park. DJ LeMahieu was Houck’s sixth strikeout of the game. In the bottom, Alex Verdugo, who was hit by a ball by a Yankee fan at the Stadium, led off for the Red Sox, and he hit a single for the first baserunner for the Sox. Bobby Dalbec flew out to Gardner. Michael Chavis singled, moving Verdugo to third. Hernandez struck out. Chavis took second on a ball in the dirt. Devers walked, loading the bases. Xander Bogaerts lined out to Torres as Montgomery got out of a jam unscathed. No score.

At the top of the fourth, Gardner led off by walking. Stanton walked. First and second, nobody out Odor struck out. Torres ground out. After a very long half, Gardner scored for the Yankee’s one-run lead in the game. Tyler Wade singled. As the rain came down heavier, the umpires called for the tarps, and the game was halted for 55 minutes after the bottom of the inning.

At the top of the fifth, with Wade on first and Josh Taylor now pitching LeMahieu walked, Wade advanced to second base. Brett Gardner ground out to finally end the half. At the bottom, with Montgomery still on the mound after an hour and 12-minute wait, Alex Verdugo ground out to first. Dalbec struck out swining. Chavis struck out, and the fifth was finally over. It looked as though Montgomery hadn’t lost a beat. New York Yankees 1 Boston Red Sox 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the sixth; he rocketed one to third for the first out. Odor struck out swinging. Torres, who drove in Gardner in the last inning single off Chavis’s glove. Torres stole second. Brantly went down on strikes to end the half. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Red Sox. Hernandez against Montgomery ground out to short. Devers ground out to short. Bogaerts singled to right with two outs. Martinez faced the new pitcher Sal Romano making his Yankee debut, and he singled off Romano with Bogaerts going to third. Renfroe flew out to right to end the inning and protect the Montgomery one-run lead. Yankees 1 Red Sox 0.

The seventh inning was led off by Greg Allen, who has been filling in for Judge in right field. He tapped back against Harwinzon Hernandez for out number one. Florial tipped into the glove for Vazquez. Wade struck out to end the half. At the bottom against Romano, Vazquez tapped back to Romano for the first out. Verdugo faced new pitcher Lucas Luetge and singled to second. Dalbec singled to right. Chavis two on and one out lined to Wade, but Wade dropped it to load the bases with an E5 and still with one out. Hernandez sac flew to center for the tied game. Devers singles, but Dalbec was out at home to end the inning tied. Yankees 1 Red Sox 1.

It was the top of the lineup for the Yankees in the eighth. LeMahieu against former Yankees Adam Ottavino walked. LeMahieu stole second on Ottavino. Gardner walked. With two on and no outs, Stanton singled to center to score LeMahieu for the Yankee lead in the game. Odor moved the runners up with a bunt out. Torres got a sac fly to right scoring Gardner. Brantly struck out, but the Yankees took the two-run lead. At the bottom against Luis Cessa Bogaerts ground out to first. Martinez lined to Wade. Renfroe tapped back to Cessa as Cessa put down the Red Sox in order. New York Yankees 3 Red Sox 1.

Greg Allen led off the ninth inning, who popped out against Yacksel Rio for the first out. Estevan Florial walked. Florial was thrown out trying to steal second. Tyler Wade was tagged out running to first to end the half. With last licks on the line for the Boston Red Sox at the bottom, Christian Vazquez against Chad Green struck out looking. Alex Verdugo got a base hit in front of Gardner in left. Bobby Dalbec singled to center. Kevin Plawecki pinch-hitting for Chavis flew out to Gardner for the second out. Hernandez got a game-tying two-run double to tie up the game in the ninth. Rafael Devers flew out to Allen in right, but the damage was done as the game went into extra innings. New York Yankees 3 Red Sox 3.

In the tenth, with Tyler Wade on second, LeMahieu against closer Matt Barnes ground out, but Wade went to third base. Brett Gardner sac flew to left, driving in Wade for the Yankee lead. Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging. At the bottom with the Yankee one-run lead, On the first pitch by Brooks Kriske Devers, the ghost runner went to third on a wild pitch. Unbelievably a second wild pitch allowed the Red Sox to tie the game. Martinez at the plate a third wild pitch allowed Bogaerts to advance. Another wild pitch advanced him to third. Martinez struck out. Renfroe flew out to Allen in right, but Bogaerts scored to win it for the Red Sox.

This winning pitcher was Matt Barnes, and the loser was Brooks Kriske. The final score was Boston Red Sox 5 and the New York Yankees 4.

Yankees’ reliever Brooks Kriske can now say he is a major leaguer: “I wasn’t going to quit”

New York Yankees, Brooks Kriske

MLB is the perfect example that dreams do come true if one is willing to work and make sacrifices. New York Yankees reliever Brooks Kriske was stuck in Class A Staten Island as recently as two years ago, wondering if he could make it past that level and maybe reach the bigs someday in the distant future.

Fast forward the two years and, as incredible as it may sound, Kriske can say he is a major leaguer with the New York Yankees, no less. He made his debut this week at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles in a Bombers’ 9-3 victory, and it was a clean appearance.

In one inning of work, the righty retired three of the four batters he faced. He allowed no hits but conceded a mere walk, striking out two foes in the process. The 26-year-old is now part of the rich Yankees’ history.

“I was never going to quit,” Kriske said to “We get one shot at this and I think most of us are kind of wired the same way — we’re not going to quit. I definitely went into 2019 not sure if I was going to make it through Spring Training. I was getting older and I kind of felt like I was on my last legs. I gave it my all that offseason and it paid off.”

The Yankees’ secret strikeout weapon

Kriske was selected by the Yankees in the 2016 MLB draft, out of the University of Southern California. During his time in the minor leagues, he routinely ran strikeout rates over 10.00 K/9 (as high as 12.04), suggesting that he had bat-missing ability and that he had a future in the bigs.

On Wednesday, he forgot to ask for the ball of his first strikeout, but Yankees’ teammate Gerrit Cole presented him with the lineup card as a keepsake.

“There’s a lot of friends and family congratulating me,” said Kriske, who said that his immediate family members were watching from Arizona. “It’s really cool. It’s people that have been part of this journey with me. They say it takes a village and I’ve been lucky to have a lot of people in my corner.”