Former Met Stephen Matz shut the Yankees down for 6 innings, allowing only 1 run, and Gerrit Cole had to leave the game in the 4th inning with a tight hamstring. The Yankee batters were shutout by the Blue Jays pen as well in this dismal 5-1 Toronto victory on a Tuesday night in the Bronx.
1. Cole Leaves with Hamstring Tightness
Cole allowed a homer to Alejandro Kirk in the 2nd to put Toronto up 1-0.
In the 3rd, Cole had bad luck. He allowed a leadoff single but then got a double-play grounder up the middle by Kirk — that found its way thru under the glove of DJ LeMahieu for a seeing-eye single. A sac fly by Lordes Gurriel Jr made it 2-1 Toronto. Cole then balked the runner Kirk to 2nd, and walked Jake Lamb. A passed ball by Kyle Higashioka allowed Kirk to go to 3rd, where he scored on a sac fly by Reese McGuire. Cole immediately pointed to the bench to signify he had an injury and was pulled from the game with a tight hamstring.
Albert Abreu came in to get the final out of the inning.
2. Velazquez Speed Gets Yanks their Lone Run
The Yankees got their lone run in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game at 1-1 when Andrew Velazquez led off with a single, stole second as DJ LeMahieu struck out, moved to 3rd on a fly out by Aaron Judge, and scored on a 2-out single to left by Anthony Rizzo.
3. Matz Shuts Yanks Down
But that was the only run Matz would give up in 6 good innings. He is now 11-7 3.70 on the year.
After Matz, Joakim Soria, Tim Mayza, and Jordan Romano came in to pitch a shutout inning each — allowing the Yankees only 1 hit in the last 3 innings of the game.
Aaron Judge went 0-4 to continue his mini slump, lowering his average to .291. He was at .301 a few days ago.
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