Yanks Waste Big Comeback. Reasons Why Phil 8 NY 7 in 10

DJ LeMahieu hit a game-tying 3-run homer in the 9th inning to bring the Yanks all the way back from 4-0 and 7-2 deficits and send the game into extra innings at 7-7. But the Yanks couldn’t move their inherited runner over in the 10th, while Philly did — and so NY lost 8-7 in 10. The Yanks are now only 33-31 on the year, falling 7.5 behind Tampa.

There was a lot of good news in the loss; but at this point in the season the Yanks can’t afford many ‘moral victories’ anymore.


1. Taillon Chased in 1st Inning After 1 Out

First the bad news: Jameson Taillon was chased after only 1 out in the 1st inning, with 4 runs in. He allowed leadoff single, single, single, single, walk, RBI sac fly, and single.


On many of the batters he got to 2 strikes but couldn’t put the batter away — it was foul, foul, foul, single.

Afterwards, he said he felt great, and didn’t know quite what was wrong — except that he was probably too predictable on trying to get batters with the fastball.

“I think part of it could be showing more looks.” said Taillon afterwards. “Like they know I’m going to try to finish them off with fastballs up. That’s where some of the damage is. And they’ll just kind of foul everything else off if it’s in an area that they’re not looking for. So maybe it’s adding my curveball more to righties; throwing my slider more to lefties; just to give them different looks.”

“It’s embarrassing, it’s humiliating; it’s tough. Tough day at the office for sure,” added Taillon.

Some good news: Taillon said “Mechanically I’m in a fine spot; I feel super healthy; I feel like it’s coming out of my hand fine. I think it just comes down to execution, command, and making the right pitch at the right time.”

When asked if his uneven starts are the result of a pitcher taking a long time to come back from Tommy John, Taillon reiterated how good he feels: “I feel super healthy. I feel like I’m in a fine place. I’ve thrown a lot of quality innings in the big leagues before. I know how to do it. If anything I should be throwing better because I feel healthier than I have in a long time.”

2. Cortes Jr Pitches 3 Decent Innings

An unsung hero on the day was Nestor Cortes Jr. who came in for Taillon in the 1st and struck out the last 2 batters to end the inning. He then pitched decent ball for 3 innings — allowing a run in the 4th on a double then single — and got the Yanks to the middle innings without too much damage.

 3. Sanchez Homers; Continues to Hit Well

The Yankees began their comeback with 2 runs in the top of the second; the first on a homer by Gary Sanchez.

Later in the inning Brett Gardner‘s clutch, 2-out, 3-2 pitch RBI double made it 4-2 Philly.

Later in the game, Gary Sanchez hit a big 2-out, RBI single in the 8th to get the Yanks within 7-4.

Sanchez got 2 hits (again) to go 2 for 5 and raise his average to .224. His slash line is now 8-19-.224 (.333 OBP). Not bad!

4. Cessa Loses It; Finds It

Luis Cessa didn’t have it when he came in for the 5th — walk, single, single, double made it 7-2 Philly and it looked like the game was over and a blowout was in progress.

But Cessa found it — with runners on 2nd and 3rd nobody out — he got a line out to 1st, a ground out to 2nd that didn’t plate the runner, and another groundout to get out of the inning without further damage.

So that was bad news; good news. It was Luis Cessa in a nutshell?

5. Britton Back; Green Rebounds

More good news: Zack Britton was back baby and he looked good. He pitched a shutout 7th — a 1-2-3 inning — getting a groundout, pop out, and strikeout. This may have been the best development on the day.

Chad Green also looked good after having not looked so good recently. He pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning and a shutout 9th after getting into trouble by allowing a leadoff double.

6. Gleyber’s D Saves the Day

Green was helped by a huge, game-saving play in that 9th by Gleyber Torres who turned an apparent game-winning basehit up the middle with 1 out and a runner on 2nd, into a force out at 2nd for the 2nd out.

7. DJ Ties It with Homer in 9th

Down 7-4 in the 9th, Philly ace reliever Hector Neris got Miguel Andujar out but then walked Brett Gardner and Tyler Wade — sending DJ LeMahieu to the plate. DJ hit a game-tying homer to left.

8. Chapman OK, But Yanks Lose in 10th

Aroldis Chapman pitched for the first time since his single-homer-single-homer debacle against Minnesota on Thursday, and he looked much better — so that was good news — but he lost due to his own error on the field.

Chapman inherited the COVID-rules baserunner at 2nd to start the inning, and Travis Jankowski laid down a bunt that Chapman threw poorly on to 1st — allowing 1st and 3rd nobody out. He got centerfielder Odubel Herrera to pop out to 3rd however, and was a strikeout away from getting in position to get out of it.

But Philly shortstop Jean Segura hit a hard grounder down 3rd that Gio Urshela made a play on and threw home too late for the game winner.


The Yanks got more bad news when it came across the wire that Luis Severino was pulled from his rehab start in Trenton. It was later revealed he pulled his groin. An MRI scheduled for Sunday will reveal the extent of the pull but at least one doctor on twitter was predicting 1-3 months to fully heal. That means Yanks won’t see Severino until September at earliest.

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