There’s Always a Chance — July 13, 2019: Toronto 2 NY 1

For the first time in 172 games the Yankees were about to be shutout — Toronto’s ballpen stifling them for 8 innings — but a 2-out rally in the 9th plated a run and made it 2-1 Toronto, with 2 runners on (tieing run at 3rd) and Luke Voit at the plate. Voit struck out on a called strike 3 for ballgame.

“There’s always a chance”, said Luke Voit after the game. With this Yankee offense — there is always a chance.

Happ Sadly Happy

It was a sadly happy day for J.A. Happ who pitched well (5.1 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs) but took the loss to go 7-5. Nestor Cortes Jr. pitched 1.2 innings of perfect relief striking out 3 — with Domingo German back in the rotation and the Yankees not currently needing an “opener” and a ballpen day — the Yankee ballpen is now stronger than ever with Cortes added to it and Chad Green also pitching well. An embarassment of riches and remember Delin Bettances is still aiming to come back this year. Even David Hale is adding to the ballpen brilliance — he pitched a shutout inning in this one to lower his ERA to 2.63. Adam Ottavino (1.72 ERA) pitched 2/3 of an inning shutout and Zach Britton (2.41 ERA) pitched 1/3 of an inning shutout.

The Offense

The Yankees got 8 hits and 3 walks on the afternoon — 3 of those hits and one walk coming in the 9th for the rally. They left 11 Runners in Scoring Position (RISP) — not great.

Etcetera

It was Military Appreciation Day and an Army paratrooper landed in the Stadium before the game carrying a Yankee flag.

Tampa and Boston also lost so the Yankees remained 6 games ahead of Tampa and 9 games ahead of Boston, in 1st place with a 58-32 record.

The Boxscore

https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401076113

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