Late Inning Disaster. 3 Reasons Why Washington 11 Yankees 4 on 5-7-21

This looked like it could be a Yankee win in the 7th. And then avalanche. The Washington Nationals scored 6 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th for the blowout, 11-4 win.

1. Loaisiga Imploded in the 8th

Jonathan Loaisiga has been brilliant for the Yankees thus far this season — their #2 reliever behind Aroldis Chapman. Loaisiga has even been drawing comparisons to a young Mariano Rivera.

Not in this game.

It all started innocently enough — a line drive just over the leaping Gleyber Torres‘s glove over 2nd base into right field for a single by right fielder Yadiel Hernandez. It knuckle balled out to Aaron Judge in right and tipped off the front of his glove; Hernandez made a double out of it. A rare error for Judge the last one coming 3 years ago in 2018.

But it was huge as Washington had the potential go-ahead run at 2nd to lead off the inning.

Then centerfielder Victor Robles hit a bunt to 3rd and DJ LeMahieu threw the ball badly to 1st, taking Tyler Wade (playing 1st) off the bag.

1st and 3rd nobody out.

That’s a lot of writing for 2 plays in a 6 run inning. But maybe all of that rattled Loaisiga, it’s hard to say. In any case, he then allowed a single to shortstop Trea Turner for the Washington lead, 4-3 and then a home run to 2nd baseman Josh Harrison for a 7-3 Washington lead and ballgame.

Loaisiga allowed another single, to Soto before finally getting an out, striking out Bell. With still only the 1 out, Luis Cessa came in for Loaisiga.

2. Cessa Brought Gasoline

Luis Cessa has been brilliant for the Yankees thus far this season.

Famous last words.

Walk, single, error, walk and it was 9-3 Washington.

Cessa allowed a walk and a homer (to Soto) in the 9th to really blow it up.

LeMahieu & Sanchez Provide Most of NY’s Offense

DJ LeMahieu hit a homer off Washington starter Pat Corbin in the 1st to put NY up 1-0, and a homer off Corbin in the 6th to tie the game at 3-3. LeMahieu went 3 for 4.

Gary Sanchez hit a homer in the 2nd to make it 3-2 Washington at the time. Sanchez went 1-3 with a walk.

Clint Frazier singled in a run in the 9th.

Miguel Andujar played his first game of the year. He started as the 1st baseman. He hit a shot to deep center his first time up that was caught, and went 0-4.

The Yankees only got 5 hits in the game.

Taillon Looked Good

Jameson Taillon started and looked good for NY. He gave up two homers in the 2nd inning for 3 runs but otherwise pitched strongly into the 7th — 6.1 innings, 3 hits, 5 K’s.

Clint Frazier made ANOTHER Superman catch in this game — in the 3rd to help Taillon out.

Wandy Peralta relieved him in the 7th and looked great again — retiring two batters faced.

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