*Sigh* I guess you can’t win them all. The Yankees mounted a valiant comeback but the Bichette-led Jays ended up winning this one 6-5. Boston also won their game against the O’s so the Wild Card home advantage lead is now 1 game over the Red Sox, and two over the Jays.
To the takeaways:
Cole struggles mightily… but settles down
In what was looking like a really bad performance from Cole, showing no command of anything the first couple of innings. He still manages to go for 6 innings (even with some defensive shenanigans behind him). The Baby Jays were hunting for his fastball early, and hitting for an overall 95.1 average exit velo in the process. That is… not good. Add that to a measly 3 whiffs in 25 swings against the heater and woof, you can start seeing how amazing it was that he kept it relatively close.
Overall, Gerrit went for 6 IP. Allowing 5 runs (one that should have definitely been un-earned) on 9 hits and no walks, striking out 6 hitters along the way. The first 3 of those runs came in the first two innings, where the Jays were absolutely teeing off:
After that, he kept it to two more runs. One on a high fastball that wasn’t badly located, and another one on a pop-up to LF that Gallo and Gio misplayed for a Springer double that ended up with him scoring on a barely fair ground-single from Vladito. The key to keeping it close was the off-speed pitches. He worked his slider and changeup for a combined 51% of his pitches. While getting a much more healthy amount of whiffs with them 40% and 26% respectively. We can see this in the Pitch Chart as well, take a look:
The slider was much better than everything else even with a couple of over the middle there, keeping it away on righties and in on lefties. The changeup’s command wasn’t amazing. But, he still managed to get the job done, probably because of the overall nasty stuff even in a clear off-day.
Even an absolute great like Cole has an off-day, it’s normal and I can’t blame him for it. The amazing thing is that he still managed to go for 6 innings keeping it in range for the offense. That saved the bullpen after quite some work yesterday, and allowed the Yankees to actually tie it up!
So about that:
Berríos was dealing… right until he didn’t
What would you say about Berríos start if I told you he went 6 IP, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and no walks with 7 K’s? Probably something along the lines of he was good, but not great being hurt by some long balls. Well, he actually had… a perfect game going until the third batter of the 5th inning. Yeah, I know hahaha.
He was absolutely dealing (with some help from the ump) right until a couple of worm-killers from Gleyber and Gio for a double and a single scoring the first run for the Yanks. After that, Zombie Thanos… I mean Brett Gardner pulled a double to the CF-RF gap for a second run. They showed that Berríos indeed bleeds, and also started working that count up.
After that, the Yankees managed to score another one in the 6th. After a DJ double, a Rizzo grounder that advanced DJ and a Judge sac-fly. That was enough to get Berríos out of the game and get the not-good Jays bullpen in. The Blue Jays bullpen made its grand entrance with Tim Mayza hitting Gallo and allowing an infield single to Gleyber. He did get a couple of K’s on Gio and Voit immediately after that. And when that rally seemed dead with Higgy instead of Gary in the plate…
Higgy ties it up!
Punishing a hanging slider for a 98.7 exit velo single to LF that tied all things up. It was weird not seeing Gary pinch-hit there with Cole already out of the game. But hey, it worked so *shrugs*.
Yankee-Killer Bichette gives them the lead
With a tied game going into the bottom of the 8th he inside-outed a Clay Holmes demon sinker for a 106 mph HR to RF. Absolutely crazy stuff, it wasn’t a bad pitch at all. Take a look:
Ridiculous, nothing to do right there. Sadly the Yankees couldn’t mount a comeback after that giving them their first L in quite some time. Let’s start another W streak tomorrow my guys!
- In the suckiest of sucking events Gallo might be hurt after that Mayza HBP. It was in the not good news wrist/hand zone. He was then taken out for a pinch-hitting Gary Sánchez in the 9th. Hope it’s not bad.
- Loásiga is back!!! He threw a clean 7th inning in typical Lasagna fashion with a K and two grounders on 12 pitches.