Even Nestor Cortes Jr.and his usual 6 good innings couldn’t break the Yanks out of this now horrid losing streak — as the Yanks got swept in the 4-game series to Toronto, losing this one 6-4.
Sal Romano came back like a ghost to haunt the Yankees — they had released him in July and Milwaukee picked him up but there he was on the mound in the 7th allowing the go-ahead run. And Andrew Heaney allowed 4 hits and 2 runs in the 9th to really put the game away. Down 6-2, the Yanks got a Luke Voit 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, but it was too little too late.
Toronto swept the 4-game series at Yankee Stadium and are only .5 behind the Yanks for the 2nd Wild Card. The Blue Jays have now won 8 in a row.
1. Cortes the Conquerer Again
Nestor Cortes Jr.allowed a solo homerun to Bo Bichette to lead off the game in the top of the 1st, and allowed another solo homerun by Randal Grichuk to lead off the 5th — and those were the only runs he allowed. His line: 6 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 5 K’s, and 0 walks.
Nestor gets the big strikeout to strand runners at second and third pic.twitter.com/aY8fWG6Ixn
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) September 9, 2021
Cortes has been one of the bright spots of the Yankee season.
2. Rizzo 2-Run Homer Ties It
The Yanks were getting shutout through 5 innings when finally in the top of the 6th Aaron Judge reached on an infield single to 3rd with one out, and Anthony Rizzo hit a 409-foot bomb to right for a tie game.
Rizzo Rocket 🚀 pic.twitter.com/pBkD5htkn1
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 10, 2021
3. Romano Returns
But there was Sal Romano taking the hill at the top of the 7th. Listening on the radio you weren’t sure if he was some other Romano pitching for Toronto when you heard the John Sterling call of the single to center to score the run — and then he said that makes it 3-2 Toronto and you knew. Romano was released by the Yanks in July (the 18th), picked up by Milwaukee, then released by Milwaukee and signed again by the Yanks on August 14.
He allowed a double to catcher Danny Jansen and the go-ahead single to Bo Bichette.
4. Double Play Kills Yanks Again
Wandy Peralta allowed a run in the top of the 8th to make it 4-2 Toronto but the Yanks came back with a rally in the bottom of the 8th: DJ LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled right behind him to put 1st and 2nd nobody out.
But Rizzo hit a fielders choice grounder, and with 1st and 3rd, 1 out Giancarlo Stanton… hit into a double play.
You had to laugh.
5. Heaney Coughs Up More
Andrew Heaney came in to cough up 2 more runs in the top of the 9th on 4 hits, including a homerun to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. — and that was essentially the old ballgame.
Age…22 💥 pic.twitter.com/XhkCNlqrdd
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 10, 2021
Luke Voit hit the 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out to make it close.
- Aaron Judge continued to brake out of his mini slump that had dropped his average from .301 to .289 — by going 3 for 4 to raise his average to .294 with a .380 OBP. He had gotten a hit the previous game.