Yankee Losing Streak Continues. Cincinnati 8 NY 4

Ben Rice with his 1st homer in the big leagues.

Another day another loss for the Yankees — this one on a July 4th afternoon at Yankee Stadium — their 3rd loss in a row as they get swept by the Reds, and their 14th loss in 19 games.

This time it was Marcus Stroman getting ripped for 3 homerun balls that put them behind 5-0 by the 5th.

Again the Yankee offense was stymied early but came around too late — pulling to within 5-2 before the bullpen blew it up; NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins’s cousin Jake Cousins allowing a bases-clearing triple in the 7th to make it an 8-2 game.

At least Austin Wells and Ben Rice both hit homers — hope for the near future as both players look like keepers. Juan Soto also homered — in the 7th to make it 8-4 — but it was too little too late.

“I felt pretty good honestly overall,” said Stroman afterwards. “Just a few pitches; few AB’s. Just frustrating because we ended up scoring 2 in the bottom there (of the 5th); it would have been a tie game; we would have had momentum. This one’s on me. I have to do a better job in that 5th and get my team back to the dugout keeping it at 2 runs.”

“It was just one pitch,” added Stroman. “(Spencer) Steer ended up hitting a sinker away out. I was one pitch away from keeping our team in the game for a potential win.”

NY drops to 54-35. At least Baltimore lost so the Yanks remain 2 games back. Cincinnati improves to 42-45.

1. Stroman Coughed Up 3 Homers

Marcus Stroman pitched well except for the homerun ball.

He allowed a solo homer to left fielder Nick Martini with 1 out in the 2nd, a solo homer to Jonathan India with 1 out in the 3rd, and a 2-out, 3-run homer to 1st baseman Spencer Steer in the 5th.

Stroman had allowed a 1-out infield single and walk, then got the 2nd out and was a strike away from getting out of the 5th down 2-0 when Steer hit the opposite-field homer into the short porch.

2. Wells Homers

Good news came for the Yanks in the bottom of the 5th, when Austin Wells led off with a 423-foot homer to center to make it a 5-1 game. Wells has been hitting the ball hard and working walks.

3. Rice Homers

Two batters later, Ben Rice ripped a 409-foot homer to right and it was a 5-2 game. Rice, like Wells, has been hitting the ball hard and working walks. It was Rice’s first homer in the Majors.

Rice was promoted to leadoff batter in this game, with the slumping Anthony Volpe demoted to 6th. Rice went 1-5; Volpe 0-4.

4. Cousins’ Cousin Kills It

Lefty Tim Hill came in to pitch a shutout 6th, but then got in trouble in the top of the 7th — allowing 1-out singles to Jonathan India and Elly De La Cruz. He got the 2nd out though, then was relieved by righty Jake Cousins — NFL star Kirk Cousins’s cousin — to face the righty Spencer Steer.

Cousins walked Steer to load the bases and rightfielder Jake Fraley tripled to center, clearing the bases for an 8-2 game.

5. Soto Homer

A faint hope at a comeback came in the bottom of the 7th, when Trent Grisham singled and Juan Soto hit a 2-out, 2-run 431-foot moon shot to center for an 8-4 game.

6. End Game

But Justin Wilson pitched a shutout 8th, and Sam Moll pitched a shutout 9th, striking out the last two Yankees for the old ballgame.

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