Pitching is 90% of the Game: Toronto 11 Yanks 5 — Sept 21, 2020

Pitching is 70 to 90% of the game, they say. “Hitting and fielding is the other 1/2“, added Jeter’s Jockstrap on twitter.

This was Yank prospect Michael King‘s possible final chance to stick in Yankee management minds as a potential starter someday. He has not pitched well this year but looked great in this game through 2 innings, on a cold night in Buffalo, striking out 4 and holding a 1-0 lead on a Gio Urshela RBI single in the 2nd.

But King couldn’t get out of the 3rd — single, strikeout, walk, RBI single, RBI single, strikeout, RBI single. With the Yanks down 3-1 Jonathan Loaisiga — who has looked good this year as a reliever but did miss a week with injury recently — came in and immediately gave up a 2-RBI double and it was 5-1 Toronto.

Loaisiga got the final out of the 3rd but got even more roughed up than King in the 4th: double, batter reached on catcher’s interference — defense remember, walk, RBI single, RBI single, double play to score a run, walk, RBI double and Loaisiga was gone — not able to get the final out of the inning. The Yanks were down 9-1.

Nick Nelson came in to get the final out and pitched a scoreless 5th before allowing a home run to centerfielder Randal Grichuk in the 6th to make it 10-1 Toronto.

Pitching Makes Yanks Look Disinterested

Scuttlebutt on Yankee Twitter was of the Yankees playing like they didn’t care about this game, the way they were losing — after having clinched the playoffs the night before. Thus the pitching is 90% of the game comment. And the defense and hitting being the other 50%.

Shoemaker’s Great, Great Grandfather’s Occupation

Meanwhile the Yankee offense (part of the other half of the game) was doing nothing further against Toronto starter Matt Shoemaker — although there was a lot of speculation of what his great, great, great grandfather did for a living on Yankee Twitter.

Captain Kirk

T.J. Zeuch relieved Shoemaker after 3 and really gutted the Yanks with 3.1 strong innings. The Yanks got a run in the 7th on a Gio Urshela RBI groundout to make it 10-2, countered by a home run by Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk — who went 4-4 on the day — causing Yankee Twitter to switch to meme’s of Captain Kirk.

It was that kind of lost evening. The Yanks mounted a 2-out rally in the 9th — two walks to load the bases and then Mike Tauchman pinch-hit a bases-clearing double to make it 11-5. But Giancarlo Stanton struck out to end it.


The Yanks clinched the playoffs the night before, but are still racing to get home field advantage. They are in 5th place amongst the 8 playoff teams, and have lost 2 in a row in blow out fashion. NY is 31-23; Toronto is 28-26.

The Yanks are 1.5 behind 4th place Minnesota — who they would at this point play in the 1st round — in Minnesota, unless they can jump ahead of them into 4th and get home field advantage. The Yanks lead 6th place Cleveland by 1 game, are 3 ahead of Toronto, and 4 ahead of 8th place Houston.

DJ LeMahieu went 2-4 to raise his average slightly to .365. Chicago’s Tim Anderson is at .355.

Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks all got 1 hit; Gio Urshela got 2 hits (now batting .289).

The Boxscore



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