Bullpen Blows Another. Cincinnati 7 NY 6 in 10 innings

Jonathan Loaisiga and Lucas Luetge gave up 3 runs each to spoil a terrific start by Nestor Cortes Jr, who was locked in a pitchers’ duel with Cincinnati Ace Luis Castillo for 7 innings, resulting in the Reds’ 7-6 win in 10 innings.

The poor outings by Loaisiga and Luetge also wasted the heroics of the Yankee offense — with late homers by Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres to tie the game in the 8th, and Matt Carpenter, who almost brought the Yanks back in the 10th.

On a hot summer Thursday night in the Bronx.

1. Cortes Terrific in Dueling Castillo

The good news was that Nestor Cortes Jr was Terrific with a capital T in dueling Reds’ ace Luis Castillo.

Cortes pitched 7 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 4 strikeouts and 1 walk.

Cortes got in trouble in the top of the 5th in a 0-0 game — a 1-out single, walk, and hit by pitch loaded the bases with 1 out. Cortes allowed a sac fly for a run — with Matt Carpenter, playing right — oddly not throwing home but to 2nd instead when he had a shot at getting the runner. Cortes then got the final out on a line out to Carpenter in right.

Cortes was helped by a terrific diving catch by Aaron Judge on a soft liner in the top of the 7th.

Cortes threw an efficient 89 pitches. His cutter was more effective than his prior starts. “I’ve adjusted and did some things, and I think I was better today commanding it (his cutter) to areas that I wanted to,” said Cortes afterwards.

Castillo, meanwhile, shut down the Yanks with dominant pitching that had Yankee Twitter demanding that NY trade for him and proposing players to trade for him.

NY finally got a run off him in the 6th when he appeared to be tiring and was near the 100-pitch count. A 1-out Aaron Judge walk and Anthony Rizzo double put runners in scoring position, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a fielder’s choice for a run and tie game, 1-1.

The Yanks got 2 runners on against a tiring Castillo in the 7th, but he got out of it by striking out DJ LeMahieu . Castillo ended up throwing 114 pitches.

2. Boone Mismanages Loaisiga

Jonathan Loaisiga was available for the first time in over a month, coming off the Injured List. Boone put him into the 1-1 tie in the 8th. He was greeted with single, single, fielder’s choice, single and it was 2-1 Cincinnati and Yankee Twitter was HOWLING for Boone to take him out.

A weak grounder back to Loaisiga made it 2 outs, 2nd and 3rd — and a single by Kyle Farmer made it 4-1 Cincinnati. Yankee Twitter went ballistic on Boone. Finally Boone took Loaisiga out and brought in Albert Abreu who got the final out.

Afterwards, Boone admitted it was his mistake to leave Loaisiga in for the final batter.


3. Judge & Gleyber Bring Yanks Back

The Yanks came right back. With Castillo gone, NY feasted on the Reds’ bullpen. Aaron Judge led off the bottom of the 8th with a homer to centerfield off Jeff Hoffman.

With 2 outs, Matt Carpenter walked and Gleyber Torres smacked a game-tying homer to right!

4. Luetge Buries NY

Albert Abreu — who has unbelievably rejoined NY after being cut by Texas 2 weeks ago and now become a lynch pin of the Yankee bullpen — pitched a scoreless 9th.

Lucas Luetge came in for the 10th and got the 1st out, with the inherited runner remaining on 2nd — good. But then back-to-back doubles by Joey Votto and Tyler Stephenson gave the Reds a 6-4 lead. A single by Donovan Solano made it 7-4.

5. Carpenter Gets NY Back In It

Matt Carpenter led off the bottom of the 10th with a 2-run bomb, scoring the inherited runner to make it 7-6.

With 1 out, Joey Gallo walked and the Yanks were in business — hoping for another Gallo stolen base. Instead a groundout fielder’s choice put Jose Trevino on 1st, and a single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa put 1st and 2nd, 2 out.

DJ LeMahieu hit a SHOT to centerfield — caught for the old ballgame. The Yanks came “this close”.

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