Boone Blows Another with Pitching Blunder. Tampa 8 NY 7 in 10 innings

The Yanks were up 6-0 and Gerrit Cole was Cruising into the 5th — this was going to be an easy NY win to take 2 of 3 from Tampa.

But Cole got into trouble in the 5th — a Homer (first one Cole had allowed all season), single, single, error, then stolen base and it was a 6-2 game, runner on 3rd. Cole reared back to strike out the last 2 batters of the inning. That tired him.

Top of the 6th Cole allowed consecutive HARD HIT doubles to start the inning. 6-3 game. Cole is clearly gassed. TAKE HIM OUT.

But manager Aaron Boone kept him in.

Cole walked the next batter on 8 pitches. TAKE HIM OUT.

But manager Aaron Boone kept him in.

Next batter — 3-run homer to center. Tie Game.

Finally Boone comes out to pull Cole.

The Yankees lost in 10 innings, when Isaac Paredes singled home the inherited runner with 1 out.

“In hindsight, probably should have got him,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “But he’s our ace, and he’s been good managing situations this year. Obviously he’s pitched great, but even in the outings where he’s had a little bit of trouble I feel he’s done a great job navigating. And being short (Ron) Marinaccio and (Ian) Hamilton today I thought the best way to get there was to have Gerrit work through that. Obviously it didn’t work, and in hindsight probably should have got him when he started to miss with some secondary.”

1. Rizzo, Bader Homers Highlight Early Yankee Barrage

The Rays started Javy Guerra as an ‘opener’ — he pitched the 1st inning and yielded to lefty Josh Fleming. Fleming pitched a shutout 2nd but the Yanks got to him in the 3rd, starting with a solo homer by Anthony Rizzo.

DJ LeMahieu then singled and Harrison Bader — who has been RED HOT — hit a 2-run homer to left. NY 3 Tampa 0.

With 1 out in the 4th, Jose Trevino walked and old friend Aaron Hicks doubled him home. NY 4 Tampa 0.

An out later, Gleyber Torres doubled home Hicks and it was 5-0 NY.

Harrison Bader — RED HOT — led off the 5th with a triple.

“A very exciting player” said John Sterling on the broadcast.

Oswaldo Cabrera hit a sac fly and it was NY 6 Tampa 0.

2. Cole Was Cruising

Cole had a shutout going through 4 innings and was absolutely CRUISING — throwing strikes and getting Tampa’s lineup out with ease.

With NY up 6-0 on a beautiful sunny, 70-degree day for those watching at home in NYC, it was a great day — this was going to be an easy win.

It was a masterful performance — until the homer by Jose Siri in the 5th. The 1st homer Cole gave up all year.

Singles by Yandy Diaz and Wander Franco, and an error by Gleyber Torres scored a 2nd run, and a stolen base by Franco put runner on 3rd with 1 out. But Cole reared back and struck out Randy Arozarena & Brandon Lowe. That tired him.

In the 6th, Harold Ramirez hit a HARD HIT double; Isaac Paredes followed with a HARD HIT double. But Boone left Cole in.

An 8-pitch walk to Manuel Margot should have surely sent Cole to the showers — he looked spent. But Boone left him in.

Christian Bethancourt hit a bomb to center for a 3-run homer and tie game. Boone finally stepped out of the dugout, pulling Cole. Damage done.

Afterwards, Cole said the command of his breaking pitches wasn’t there in the 5th and 6th. “The command of it wasn’t good,” said Cole afterwards. “Those pitches were over the heart of the plate. It feels awful. I have to do a better job to get us out of there and get us a little deeper. They did a fantastic job offensively. I let them down today by coughing up the lead.”

After the disaster of the 6th, when Boone finally did come out he brought in Jimmy Cordero — who walked Jose Siri, then threw a wild pitch, then allowed Siri to score on a groundout — Tampa 7 NY 6.

3. Holmes, Peralta, & King Pitched Well

  • Clay Holmes pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning (groundout, strikeout, strikeout).
  • Wandy Peralta pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning (groundout, strikeout, strikeout).
  • Michael King pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning (strikeout, single, strikeout, strikeout).

4. Yanks Tie it 7-7

The Yanks, down 7-6 — tied it in the 7th inning when Harrison Bader led off with a single, Oswaldo Cabrera hit a 1-out grounds-rule double, and a Jose Trevino groundout to 3rd plated Bader — who took off from 3rd on the crack of the bat.

5. Yanks ‘Just Miss’ Scoring in Top of 10th

The Yankees failed to score in the top of the 10th. They got their inherited runner to 3rd with 1 out, but then a wild play on a grounder by Gleyber Torres had Aaron Hicks tagged at the plate. It appeared the pitcher missed him in a rundown then dropped the ball — Hicks didn’t notice the ball had been dropped and it took him a few seconds to realize — then ran home to be tagged out anyway.

But replay showed the pitcher actually did tag him so he would’ve been out had he gotten up sooner anyway, on a challenge.

6. Abreu Coughs Up Loss

Boone brought in Abreu for the bottom of the 10th — looking for him to strike out a guy or two to keep the inherited runner on 2nd.

When asked if Boone considered leaving King out there for another inning, he said, “No. Not once his pitch .. he was 1 inning today.”

Abreu had gotten the job done earlier in the week but not this time. Pitching Abreu is playing with matches and this time Boone got burnt. Abreu got the first batter on a popup. But Paredes singled in the winning run for the old ballgame.

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