Last Place. Colorado 7 NY 2

Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run homer in the 1st to put the Yanks on top, but Carlos Rodon allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, and the Yankee offense did nothing the rest of the night in losing to the Rockies in Colorado on a Friday night.

NY drops into a tie with Boston for dead last place in the American League East.

“I thought he finished well,” said manager Aaron Boone about Rodon afterwards. “I thought there were flashes there. But just not quite the command he wanted.”

NY falls to 49-43, 8.5 behind Tampa, 7 behind Baltimore, 2 behind Toronto, and tied with Boston for last place. Colorado improves to 35-57, in dead last in their division.

1. Giancarlo Vaults Yanks on Top

The sun was setting to the West and the game had just begun when Gleyber Torres led off the game with a single off Colorado starter Austin Gomber and Giancarlo Stanton, next batter up, hit a 455-foot missile to left center for a 2-0 Yankee lead.

After that Gomber settled down — pitching shutout ball thru the 6th inning. His final line: 6 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs — he improves to 8-7 6.10.

2. Rodon Not Good

But in the bottom of the 2nd, Rodon ran into trouble: with 1 out a walk, single (by Yankee killer Randal Grichuk), single (by shortstop Ezequiel Tovar) scored a run and made it 2-1, then after a fly out and wild pitch, a 2-out double by centerfielder Brenton Doyle put Colorado on top 3-2.

“Behind in the count,” said Carlos Rodon afterwards, explaining his trouble in the 2nd. “Was in a lot of hitters counts in that 2nd inning, and they made me pay for that. I thought they had a good plan; once again, they attacked the fast ball. I found the slider but it was too late.”

Randal Grichuk hit a homer leading off the 4th to make it 4-2 Colorado. Grichuk used to kill the Yankees when he was with Toronto. He was traded to Colorado before the start of the 2022 season.

3. King Coughs Up HR

Michael King pitched a shutout 6th, but in the 7th, he allowed a 1-out walk and then a 2-out, 2-run Homer to Kris Bryant and that sealed the Yankees’ fate — making it a 6-2 game.

4. Abreu Coughs Up HR Too

Not to be outdone and just to be sure, Albert Abreu coughed up a homer in the bottom of the 8th to Nolan Jones, making it 7-2 Colorado.

5. Gleyber Got 3 Hits

Some good news: Gleyber Torres went 3-4 to raise his average to .257 (.330 OBP) which is the equivalent of a .300 average in the late 90’s — that’s how few hitters are batting .257.

And DJ LeMahieu went 2-4 to raise his average to .224 (.288 OBP) which would be maybe a .260 average in the late 90’s — still terrible.

Josh Donaldson walked and DJ LeMahieu singled with 1 out in the 9th as the Yankees tried a little mini rally — needing 5 runs. But reliever Justin Lawrence struck out Billy McKinney and got Andrew Volpe to line out for the old ballgame.


  • LeMahieu got an ovation from the Colorado fans when he came up the first time — it was his first time back in Coors Field where he made a name for himself with the Rockies.

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