What Another Disaster. Holmes Blows Cole’s Shutout. Cincinnati 4 NY 3

Gerrit Cole pitched 7 innings of masterful shutout ball, and the Yankees led 3-0 in the 9th inning when Ace reliever Clay Holmes blew the save and the ballgame in the Reds’ 4-3 victory.

“I couldn’t get a grip on my sinker,” said Holmes afterwards. “I’ve pitched in hot, humid weather before” he said when asked if it was due to the weather. “I just couldn’t make an in-game adjustment as I have been able to in the past.”

Wandy Peralta almost pulled a Houdini act, coming in with bases loaded and nobody out, NY clinging to a 3-2 lead — and got consecutive easy groundout force outs at home. But with 2 outs and 2 strikes — the Yanks a strike away from victory, the Reds’ star infielder Jonathan India fouled off 2 pitches before rapping a 2-RBI basehit to centerfield to put Cincinnati on top.

On a Hot, Humid July summer Tuesday evening in the Bronx — the game delayed for 1 hour de to a heavy thunderstorm forecast but it never rained.

1. Cole Brilliant

Gerrit Cole pitched a masterful game — 7 innings of 4-hit shutout baseball, striking out 11, walking 1. He should have had the win. Instead he gets no decision — his record is now 8-2 3.05.

Cole was helped in the 5th by the continued spectacular defense being played this year by Gleyber Torres at 2nd base.

2. Yanks Jumped on Top in the 1st

The Yankees JUMPED on top in the bottom of the 1st against Reds’ starter Graham Ashcraft, who came in with a 4-2 4.35 record. DJ LeMahieu led off the inning with a single, next batter Gleyber Torres doubled, and next batter Anthony Rizzo singled them both home and it was 2-0 Yanks and nobody had been retired yet.

But Ashcroft settled down and got the next 3 outs and pitched shutout 2nd.

The Yanks added a run in the 3rd when Gleyber and Rizzo led off with walks, and Josh Donaldson singled home Gleyber for a 3-0 NY lead.

But Ashcroft settled down again and struck out the last two batters to end the inning.

And that was it for the Yankee scoring. Ashcroft ended up pitching 5 innings, allowing the 3 runs, and Cincinnati’s bullpen of Jeff Hoffman, Ian Gibaut, Reiver Sanmartin, and Alexis Diaz pitched 1 inning each of shutout ball.

3. Holmes Blew It

Michael King pitched a shutout 8th, and Clay Holmes came in to perform the obligatory 1-2-3 nint4h inning for he win. But he had control issues from the start. He:

  1. Walked Tommy Pham,
  2. Allowed a single to Joey Votto,
  3. Hit Lance Stephenson with a pitch,
  4. Allowed an infield single to Tyler Naquin for a 3-1 game, and
  5. Hit Kyle Farmer with a pitch to make it a 3-2 game.

And he was gone — replaced by Wandy Peralta who almost performed the Houdini trick described above. But missed by “this much” for the Horrible Yankee loss.

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