Gleyber Botches Double Play. Game Explodes. Dodgers 11 Yankees 3

Gleyber Torres botched a tailor-made double play in the 8th inning, and an out and a walk later, Teoscar Hernandez hit a Grand Slam to turn a 4-2 game into an 8-2 Dodger lead in an inning that should have been over.

Dennis Santana relieved Tommy Kahnle for the 9th, and after getting the first 2 outs, allowed single, walk, double, walk and the Yanks waived the white flag — bringing in Oswaldo Cabrera to pitch in a 10-2 game.

Yank starter Nestor Cortes pitched Ok; he was hurt by a rare misplay in left by Alex Verdugo, who misjudged a line drive by Freddie Freeman in the 6th, which ended up allowing LA to turn a 3-2 game into a 4-2 lead.

At least Aaron Judge hit 2 homers — a solo shot in the 3rd to tie the game 2-2 at the time, and a solo shot in the 9th. He went 2-4 with a walk and is now slashing 23-57-.298 (.432 OBP) with a 1.117 OPS. Judge is leading the MLB in homers and OPS, is 2nd in RBI’s, and is 6th in the AL in batting average.

“Thought we had a couple of good at bats with guys out there,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Especially the Giancarlo (Stanton) at bat where he flew out to deep center, and he even got his swing off the time before where he popped up to the infield; just weren’t able to cash them in to take advantage.”

NY drops to 45-21 and is only 2.5 ahead of Baltimore, having lost 2 games on their lead the last 2 days. The Dodgers improve to 41-25.

1. Cortes So So

Nestor Cortes pitched OK but did not dominate. Old Yankee nemesis Teoscar Hernandez — who won the prior game with a 2-RBI double in the 11th — got to them again, blasting a 416-foot homer to center off Cortes in the top of the 2nd for a 1-0 Dodger lead.

The Yanks tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the 2nd, but Cortes allowed the Dodgers to re-take the lead in the top of the 3rd, allowing a walk and single to lead off the inning, then a 1-out RBI single to Shohei Ohtani for a 2-1 Dodger lead (before getting a double play to end the inning).

Aaron Judge tied the game 2-2 with a homer in the bottom of the 3rd, but Cortes coughed up the lead again, allowing a solo homer to Enrique Hernandez in the top of the 5th to make it 3-2 Dodgers.

Then in the top of the 6th, Verdugo misplayed a line shot by Freddie Freeman — it went over his head for a 1-out double instead of an out. A single by Will Smith sent Cortes from the game — Michael Tonkin came in and guess-who Teoscar Hernandez drove in the runner from 3rd with an RBI groundout. LA 4 NY 2.

“I thought I executed a lot of pitches, just didn’t get the results I wanted,” said a not-so-happy Nestor Cortes afterwards.

“I thought Nestor was alright,” agreed manager Aaron Boone. “Teoscar got him pretty good there; he’s gotten him before. Enrique got him. Overall I thought he was ok and gave us a chance there. Just the two long balls and we’re trying to play a little bit of catchup all night.”

2. Judge Ties Game 2-2 with Homer

The Yankees got 10 hits in the game, 8 of them off Dodger starter Gavin Stone. NY tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the 1st, when Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu led off with singles, and Austin Wells grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Torres. It was initially called a double play (scoring the run) but the Yankees challenged both the out at 2nd and the out at 1st; NY lost the challenge at 2nd but won the challenge at 1st as Wells reached 1st before the out.

After LA took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 3rd, Aaron Judge promptly tied the game by banging a line drive just over the wall in left — hitting off a fan’s glove and back onto the field.

3. Stanton ‘LOUD OUT” in 5th

The Yankees looked like they might take a lead in the 5th when with 2 outs, Alex Verdugo doubled and Aaron Judge walked. Giancarlo Stanton then hit a deep drive to center that looked like a 3-run homer off the bat — but the ball died and was caught at the warning track 400 feet from home plate.

4. Gleyber Botches Double Play; Game Explodes

With LA up 4-2 in the top of the 8th, Tommy Kahnle walked leadoff batter Mookie Betts but then got Ohtani to hit a tailor-made double play to 2nd. Gleyber dropped the ball. Both runners were safe.

Kahnle then struck out Freddie Freeman, but walked Will Smith and Teoscar Hernandez hit a Grand Slam to left. Dodgers 8 NY 2.

5. Oswaldo Pitches in the 9th

Dennis Santana came in to get the last two outs of the 8th after the Teoscar Grand Slam.

Santana came back out for the 9th. He struck out the first 2 batters but then allowed an infield single, walk, and Freddie Freeman 2-RBI double to left made it 10-2 LA.

Santana walked Will Smith and the Yanks waived the white flag, bringing in Oswaldo Cabrera to pitch. Oswaldo walked Teoscar Hernandez to load the bases, walked Andy Pages to force in a run, then got a groundout to end the inning.

“I thought last night he threw the ball well; I think tonight he just got tired,” said Boone about Santana. “After being in there last night, not really fair to him to go that long in the 2nd inning of work where he had to wear it a little bit. I thought he threw ok just ran out of steam there.”

6. Judge HR in 9th

Aaron Judge hit a 2-out, 379-foot homer to right center for an 11-3 game in the 9th, but Ryan Yarbrough got Giancarlo Stanton to pop out for the old ballgame.

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