The Yankees didn’t show up today. Not the starting pitcher, not the manager, and not the offense. As a result, the Rays stomped the Yankees, 12-2. Let’s not waste any more time and get right to the takeaways:
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The Yankees really, really tried to give this one away, but a late-inning rally headlined by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton led the Bombers to a 6-3 win and a dramatic sweep of the Boston Red Sox. This weekend was everything it needed to be, and the Yankees are now a full game up on the top wild card spot going into another big series against the Toronto Blue Jays. To the takeaways:
With 15 games to play and the scramble for the AL Wild Card spots becoming no less intense, every game is a must-win for the Yankees – especially games like today’s, against a team like the Orioles, with a pitcher like Jordan Montgomery on the mound. Alas, despite an excellent outing from Montgomery and holding a lead with 8 ⅔ innings in the books, the Yankees found a way to blow it in Baltimore and dropped this game 3-2 in 10. To the takeaways –
With their hopes for the division all but buried, the Yankees lost a frustratingly winnable game to the frustratingly beatable Baltimore Orioles this afternoon, 4-3. Joey Gallo’s late-inning heroics were not enough to overcome six innings of an offensive blackout and shaky pitching, and the Yankees are now looking at a 7-game deficit in the AL East if the Rays hold their lead against Minnesota today. To the takeaways –
A new win streak did not start today. Instead, the A’s topped the Yankees 3-1 thanks to a clutch two-run homer from Tony Kemp against Chad Green in the eighth inning. The Bombers offense was quiet as they often are when Jordan Montgomery starts, for whatever reason. Monty was very good today, of course.
After taking the first two games of this series and riding a 13-game winning streak, the Yanks have now lost two in a row. That pushes them to six games behind the first place Rays in the division, though the Yankees do hold a two game edge on Boston for the top Wild Card spot. Fortunately, Tampa Bay is done playing the Orioles this season, though they did what they were supposed to do against them. Anyway, let’s get to the takeaways from this evening’s loss: