What a Disaster. Yanks Blow 6-3 Lead. Boston 11 NY 6

What a disaster.

The Yanks blew a 6-3 lead in the 5th inning as Jameson Taillon didn’t have it, again. And neither did the bullpen. And the Yankee defense kept making errors all over the place. And the Yankee offense stopped scoring.

Boston ended up winning going away, 11-6.

On a Sunday night at Fenway.

The Yankees and Red Sox ended up splitting the 4-game series at Fenway, and Boston is still 14 games out. But the Yanks came “this close” to taking Saturday’s game, and with better pitching, could have swept. Instead Red Sox fans leave the series Bragging that the Yankees aren’t that good.

And Yankee Twitter was left examining the Yankee fuselage to find the cracks.

1. Yanks JUMPED On Top

It all started off well enough — the Yanks jumping out to a 4-0 lead early against Boston’s Nick Pivetta. In the top of the first, Aaron Judge got a 1-out single and Giancarlo Stanton hit an opposite field missile to right for a 2-0 Yankee lead.

In the top of the 2nd, Matt Carpenter led off with a walk, Aaron Hicks walked, and Jose Trevino singled home Carpenter — 3-0 NY. Trevino — who had just been named an All Star before the game — was gunned down trying to get to 2nd but it was not a huge deal.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with an RBI single and it was 4-0.

The Red Sox came right back against Taillon in the bottom of the 2nd with a 2-run homer to centerfield by Franchy Cordero to make it 4-2 — but Matt Carpenter answered with a 2-run bomb in the top of the 3rd and it was 6-2 NY.

2. Taillon Didn’t Have It. Again.

But Taillon just didn’t have it. And he hasn’t had it in general since he pitched the Perfect Game into the 8th inning early in June — pitching to an ERA well over 6.00 since then.

Taillon coughed up a homerun to Christian Vazquez in the 3rd to make it 6-3. After a shutout 4th, Taillon really got lit up in the 5th, after 2 were out: a 2-run homer by Vazquez, followed by a homer by JD Martinez tied the game 6-6.

“The mistakes are hurting him,” said manager Aaron Boone about Taillon afterwards. “That’s what we have to work to correct. Making sure that when we do make a mistake that it’s not into an area where it’s getting slugged, because that’s what’s really hurting him. Because I thought tonite he threw the ball really well. There was a lot of conviction. There were a lot of good pitches. The stuff was quality. Just the mistakes are hurting him right now.”

3. Chapman Got the Blame But DJ Did the Damage

Taillon got the final out of the 5th but it was into the frying pan with Chapman for the 6th: a leadoff popup by Trevor Story behind 2nd fell for a hit as DJ LeMahieu misplayed it.

Chapman then walked the next two batters to load the bases with nobody out.

But Chapman struck out Bobby Dalbec for out #1.

Boston then put in Jeter Downs for some voodoo — and it worked. Chapman got Downs to popup behind 2nd — and again DJ LeMahieu misplayed the ball and it dropped — DJ picking up the ball and getting the out at 2nd but the run scored. It looked like Aaron Hicks had an easy play on the ball but LeMahieu never veered off.

Chapman struck out Vazquez but the Yanks were down 7-6.

Yankee Twitter blasted Chapman but it really wasn’t his fault — he got two popups that should have been outs, and the strikeout. The run should have been unearned.

4. Live and Die by Castro

And then the Yankees went from the fire to the frying pan to the fucking Oven turned up to 600 degrees as Miguel Castro came in and coughed up the ballgame.

Castro came in to pitch the 7th and Isiah Kiner-Falefa made an error on a grounder to start the inning. Castro did not pick up his teammate: walk (by Xander Bogaerts), single (by Alex Verdugo), double (by Trevor Story) followed and it was 10-6 Boston.

Albert Abreu came in and Franchy Cordero sacrifice-bunted but Abreu threw it away and it was 11-6 Boston.

And that as they say, was the Old Ballgame.

The Boston bullpen of Kaleb Ort, Hirokazu Sawamura, Matt Strahm, and Ryan Brasier shut the Yankees out the last 6 innings.

And Red Sox fans crowed. Disaster.

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