Couldn’t Come Back Enough Times. Seattle 8 NY 6

Josh Donaldson hits game-tying 2-run homer in 6th.

The Yankees came back from a 4-0 deficit and 6-3 deficit to tie the game 6-6, but fell behind again 8-6 and couldn’t get the big hit with bases loaded, 2 outs in the 9th — falling to Seattle on a Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Seattle closer Andres Munoz used 102-MPH heat and a nifty slider to strike out the first two batters of the 9th. With their backs to the wall, the Yanks mounted their final comeback — a single and 2 walks loaded the bases. But Munoz whiffed Gleyber Torres swinging on a 90-MPH slider to end it.

Just before the game, the Trade Deadline had ended at 6pm — and in the 11th hour, the Yankees traded Jordan Montgomery to St Louis for outfielder Harrison Bader — throwing a bit of a shock through Yankee Twitter and the Yankee Clubhouse (noted after the game).

NY falls to 70-35, 11 games in front of Toronto, 15 ahead of Tampa, 16.5 ahead of Baltimore, and 17 ahead of Boston. Seattle improves to 56-49, 11 games behind Houston.

1. Taillon Not So Good

Jameson Taillon started for the Yanks and was charged with 6 runs allowed in 4.2 innings — despite only allowing 2 hits.

After the game, both manager Aaron Boone and Taillon felt he had pitched with good stuff, but walks and mistakes killed him.

Taillon allowed a walk and then a 2-run homer to 3rd baseman Eugenio Suarez in the 1st inning to put Seattle up 2-0. He allowed a solo homer to catcher Cal Raleigh in the 2nd and it was 3-0 Seattle.

Taillon walked Adam Frazier to lead off the 3rd, and a Josh Donaldson throwing error got Frazier to 3rd base, where he scored on a sac fly. Seattle 4 NY 0.

After the Yanks pulled back to within 4-3, Taillon was charged with 2 more runs in the top of the 5th — a half inning that seemed to last forever. Taillon got the 1st out but then walked Adam Frazier (again), got the 2nd out but then walked Suarez was lifted for Lucas Luetge.

On the mound, Taillon visibly felt he had struck out Suarez but the ump didn’t give him the call.

Luetge then coughed up a 2-run double to 1st baseman Carlos Santana and it was 6-3 Seattle — Santana thrown out at 3rd to end the inning.

“The 2 walks in the 5th ending up really hurting us,” said Taillon afterwards. “I lost the zone to Frazier. And I think those 2 walks against him were kind of what hurt me tonite. Drove the pitch count up. Got me out of the game. He’s a guy I wanted to attack against. And Suarez there, I made a competitive 3-2 pitch, and he took it; just good baseball by him. Yea the walks were really the thing that I’m upset about.”

2. Yank Comeback #1

Down 4-0 in the 4th and up against Seattle ace Logan Gilbert, who came in with a 10-4 2.78 record — it wasn’t looking good for NY.

But Anthony Rizzo led off the 4th with a walk, and with 1 out, Josh Donaldson doubled to left, scoring Rizzo and it was Seattle 4 NY 1.

Andrew Benintendi struck out for out #2 but Jose Trevino hit a 389-foot homer to left and it was a ballgame again, 4-3 Seattle.

3. Yank Comeback #2

Down 6-3, the Yanks launched comeback #2 against Gilbert in the 6th — Anthony Rizzo led off with a 400-foot homer to right center and it was 6-4.

Matt Carpenter then singled and Josh Donaldson hit a 415-foot homer to center to tie the game 6-6!

Gilbert was replaced by Penn Murfee, who yielded a 1-out double to All Star Catcher Jose Trevino, followed by an infield single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa which put 1st and 3rd with 1 out. But Aaron Hicks grounded into an inning ending double play.

The Yanks’ chance to take the lead was vanquished.

4. Seattle Jumps Back on Top

Luetge pitched a shutout 6th, but in the top of the 7th, after the Yanks had just tied the game, Luetge allowed a lead off homer to Sam Haggerty and Seattle was back on top 7-6.

Adam Frazier singled in a run in the top of the 9th off Abreu for insurance and an 8-6 Seattle lead.

Then came the 9th, as described above — the Yanks loading the bases after 2 were out, but then a single by DJ LeMahieu, walk by Aaron Judge (after a mound visit by the pitching coach, Munoz threw very carefully to Judge), and walk by Anthony Rizzo (again Munoz pitching him carefully).

But Munoz went after Gleyber and whiffed him on a 1-2 slider for the old ballgame.


  • Jordan Montgomery was shocked about being traded, and was clearly sad in the post-game interview.
  • Lou Trivino made his first appearance as a Yankee in the 9th, pitching to Jose Trevino and getting the last 2 Seattle outs.
  • The homer by Rizzo made it his 4th straight game with a homer.
  • Donaldson came into the game 3 for his last 41 — but had a walk, double, and homer in the game.

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