New Yankee Oswaldo Cabrera made a spectacular, homerun-saving catch, and got his 3rd hit in his 3rd Major League game, but he couldn’t save the Yankees.
Kevin Gausman pitched 7 innings of 4-hit shutout baseball to send New York to another loss — 4-0; their 2nd in a row against Toronto; their 13th loss in their last 16 games.
On a warm summer Friday night in the Bronx.
“It’s surprising. It is baseball. But we gotta do better,” said Yank manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “We all know it. I feel like the guys are working; we’re prepared. But we gotta go out and execute and continue to try and turn over leafs where we can find on the margins to get a little bit better. Because we’re scuffling as a group right now.”
The Yankee lead in the division is now only 8 games over Toronto, 9.5 over Tampa, 10.5 over surging Baltimore, and 14 over Boston.
1. Taillon Pitched Ok
It would have been worse had Yankee rookie Oswaldo Cabrera — playing right field in his 3rd game in the majors — not made a spectacular catch to rob Lourdes Gurriel of a leadoff homer in the top of the 1st!
Oswaldo-no-no-no 😤 pic.twitter.com/lAYvuZF7B2
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 19, 2022
And it would have been worse if Lou Trivino had not saved Taillon in the 6th — when Taillon was yanked after allowing a leadoff double then single to put 1st and 3rd, nobody out.
2. Trivino Does Great
3. Gausman Shut Yanks Out
Gausman entered with an 8-9 3.16 record — so someone must have beaten him. In fact he had lost more than he’d won despite the good ERA.
Gausman mowed down the Yanks using his 94-MPH four-seam fastball, 84-MPH splitter, 82-MPH slider mix. He struck out 7, walked 1.
“He’s obviously a really good pitcher in the middle of a really good year,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “That fastball-split combination, mix in the breaking ball a little bit.”
The Yanks had more than one baserunner in only 2 innings.
- In the bottom of the 1st, DJ LeMahieu smoked a line drive out, Aaron Judge walked and James Donaldson got a 2-out single but Andrew Benintendi grounded out.
- In the 5th, Gleyber Torres led off with a single, Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded into a double play, and Oswaldo Cabrera singled (his 3rd hit in the bigs in 3 games).
And that was it for Yankee rallies on the evening.
4. Yank Pen Does Well, Except for Chapman
Good news for the Yanks.
But then came the 9th and Aroldis Chapman didn’t have it again. He got Bichette on a fly but then yielded a single to Matt Chapman, and walked Whit Merrifield and Espinal to load the bases with 1 out and was gone.
Ron Marinaccio came in and got 2 outs — the first being a sac fly for a 4-0 Toronto lead and pretty much the old ballgame.