How Did they Lose? June 5, 2019: Toronto 11 NY 7

When DJ LeMahieu hit a 3-run homer in the 6th inning to give the Yankees a 7-4 lead and the ballgame — with the vaunted Yankee ballpen waiting in the wings to finish things off — it was time to have a glass of grape juice and concentrate on other things; or kick up the feet on the living room couch and allow the rest of the game to play itself out.

Toronto Comes Back

But Toronto kept coming back. And it was as if the Yankees fell asleep on the couch.

Toronto put 2 guys on base against Adam Ottavino in the 6th, and then a 3rd guy on base — to.. load the bases — against Tommy Kahnle — but Kahnle got past the rally by the skin of his chinny chin chin on an inning ending grounder to Gio Urshela that Luke Voit received the throw on and fell to his knees, cradling the ball.

Then in the 7th, an error by Gleyber Torres ended up costing Jonathan Holder — a 2-out double by Hernandez made it 7-6 Yanks. Zack Britton got the final out of the inning. Phew.

All Hell Broke Loose in the 8th

In the 8th, all hell broke loose. Britton got the 1st out, but then a single, walk, and HOME RUN to superstar rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr.(his 7th in a month of playing time) put Toronto on top 9-7. Luis Cessa came in and put GASOLINE on the FIRE — allowing immediate back-to-back HOMERUNS to leftfielder Randal Grichuk (his 12th) and 3rd baseman Brandon Drury (his 6th).

And that was ballgame.

3 Different Games

This was like 3 different games — Toronto won the first 3 innings; the Yankees won the middle 3 innings; and Toronto won the final 3 innings. James Paxton was so-so in his 2nd start since the long injury break — putting the Yanks in a 3-0 hole in the first 2 innings. But the Yanks battled back to take a 4-3 lead on a homer by Gary Sanchez in the 4th — his American League-leading 19th homerun — and then a 3-run 5th — off RBI hits from Cameron Maybin, LeMahieu, and Sanchez (now batting .270) to chase Toronto starter Trent Thornton.

Clint Frazier News

Clint Frazier played an uneventful right field and had a hit, walk, and run scored. He is always there in the middle of the Yankee scoring — now batting .275 with 11 homers in only 153 At Bats. Aaron Hicks (given the night off in center as Brett Gardner played) came in to replace Frazier defensively late.

The Boxscore

https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401075649

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