The Yankees rickety chances of making a postseason run incurred a body blow on Tuesday in an embarrassing loss to the Blue Jays at the stadium. Rookie Gary Sanchez blasted two thunderous home runs to left field, including a three-run shot into the second deck in the bottom of the fourth, while Michael Pineda shut down the Blue Jays for 5 innings and then the rains came pouring down, and there went the Yankees 5-0 lead.
Pineda's final line prior to the 42-minute delay: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, and 2 SO. After the delay, Didi Gregorius added another Yankee run with an RBI single up the middle to put New York up 6-0 heading into the sixth. Manager Joe Girardi feeling good with a six run lead handed the ball to Anthony Swarzak: It was all Toronto after that.
Swarzak allowed the first four Toronto runs runs, including back-to-back homers by Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin. After Tyler Clippard pitched a clean seventh, it was Adam Warren who picked a fine time to allow his first runs as a Yankee since being reacquired at the trade deadline in the Chapman deal. His inning started badly, with a 12-pitch battle against defending AL MVP Josh Donaldson, who worked a leadoff walk to leave Warren panting and sweating on a hot, humid night. Things went rapidly downhill from there. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a home run to tie the score, and, after Warren got one out, Tulowitzki and Martin combined to give the Jays the lead with a single and Martin's second home run of the night. That chased Warren and brought in Chasen Shreve, who hit a batter, walked another, allowed a pair of singles and walked in another run before giving way to Parker, who allowed two more runs to score on a groundout and a Michael Saunders double. An 8 run eighth and it’s game over. An embarrassing 12-6 loss.
If things weren’t bad enough, there was the news of the Nathan Eovaldi injury. He is expected to miss 14 to 18 months after having sustained two injuries in his right elbow — a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, which will require Tommy John surgery, and the flexor tendon’s shearing away off the bone. Ouch.
Yes, it was a mess, and when it was finally over, the Yankees had dropped to 5½ games back in the hunt for the second AL wild card. Another example of why the Yankees aren’t good enough to make the playoffs.
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