Cole Brilliant But Yankee Baserunners Blunder It. Seattle 1 NY 0 in 13 Innings

Gerrit Cole pitched like an ace — 7 shutout innings — in his pitchers’ duel with Luis Castillo — who pitched 8 shutout innings — and the Yankee bullpen was phenomenal. But Yankee baserunning blunders cost them a win — as they ran into outs in the 10th, 11th, and 12th innings. Finally, Jonathan Loaisiga yielded 2 singles in the bottom of the 13th for the Seattle 1-0 victory.

It was a phenomenal back-and-forth game if you didn’t mind the Yankee loss; or gut wrenching game if the Yankee baserunning blunders tore at you.

“It’s been one of the real strengths of this team, so I don’t want to see us lose our aggressiveness,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “But obviously we have to be a little smarter.”

Wandy Peralta and Lou Trivino both got out of HIGH-PRESSURE situations in the extra innings — Peralta getting an inning-ending double play in the 11th with a runner on 3rd, and Trivino pitching to a 3-2 count with bases loaded and 2 out in the 12th — and getting the strikeout.

The 5-hour game in Seattle started at 10pm EST, and ended past 3am in the morning. The Yanks are now 71-40, still 10.5 over Toronto and 12 over Tampa which both lost. Baltimore is now only 12.5 back. The Red Sox are 17 out. Seattle is now 60-52, 11.5 behind Houston.

1. Cole Pitched Like an Ace

A week ago, Gerrit Cole was matched against Luis Castillo in a pitchers’ duel at Yankee Stadium — and Cole allowed 6 runs in the 1st inning. Then 17 of 19 in going 6 innings.

This time, Cole did not have any 1st-inning hickups. He pitched like an ace — 7 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits, striking out 8, with no walks.

Cole was helped by excellent Yankee defense, including a terrific sliding catch by Aaron Judge in the 1st inning.

2. Castillo Shut Yanks Down

But Luis Castillo did his job too — 8 shutout innings, 3 hits, 7 K’s, 2 walks — leaving many on Yankee Twitter muttering that the Yanks should have given up the prospects needed to land him, instead of trading for Frankie Montas. The hitch in the trade was the Yankees unwilling to include Anthony Volpe in the trade. NY reportedly offered a prospect-package headlined by Oswald Peraza, but Seattle did better.

3. Yankee Baserunning Blunders

Yankee baserunning blunders in the extra innings killed them.

  • In the top of the 10th, the Josh Donaldson was hit by a pitch leading off, putting runners at 1st and 2nd (the inherited runner) with nobody out. But Andrew Benintendi — the inherited runner — was gunned down trying to steal 3rd.
  • In the top of the 11th, Aaron Hicks led off by hitting a line drive that was caught by the 2nd baseman, who doubled off the Yankee inherited runner at 2nd (Miguel Andujar).
  • In the top of the 12th, Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with a grounder to 3rd — and Seattle caught the Yankee inherited runner — Jose Trevino — out at 2nd in a rundown — then got Falefa out as well, trying to leg it to 2nd!
  • In the top of the 13th, the Yanks loaded the bases with 1 out after an intentional walk to Aaron Judge leading off, and a walk to Marwin Gonzalez. But Gleyber Torres struck out swinging, and Miguel Andujar grounded out to end the threat.

4. Bullpen Brilliant on the High Wire

The Yankee bullpen — sans Loaisiga — was brilliant:

  • Aroldis Chapman pitched a shutout 8th,
  • Clay Holmes hit the leadoff batter in the 9th, but then got a huge double play and then an out to end the inning,
  • Scott Effross pitched a shutout 10th — not allowing the inherited runner to score, getting a strikeout, fly out, fly out,

Wandy Peralta pitched a shutout 11th — not allowing the inherited runner to score. A sacrifice put that runner on 3rd with 1 out, but Wandy intentionally walked Sam Haggerty and got Carlos Santana to ground into a HUGE double play.

Then came the 12th. Peralta got the 1st out, and was relieved by Lou Trivino. Trivino got an out but then walked two straight batters to load the bases. He went 3-2 on Suarez — and with the game hanging on the next pitch — struck out Eugenio Suarez to end the inning!

In the bottom of the 13th, Jonathan Loaisiga came in and allowed a leadoff single to Cal Raleigh, and then got a groundout — but with 2nd and 3rd, 1 out — intentionally walked Sam Haggerty to load the bases.

Luis Torrens pinch hit an RBI single to right for the old ballgame.


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