Right from the beginning of the game, the Yankees made mistakes. The Blue Jays’ first run came in part because of Jacoby Ellsbury making a pair of mistakes in the field. Their next couple runs came via Michael Pineda serving up a couple home runs.
Despite that, the Yankees had a lead late. Aaron Judge and a debuting Ji-Man Choi led the way as the Yankees went up 6-5. Then some more mistakes happened.
First was a wasted chance at runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by what will be a divisive bunt. In the eighth inning, Dellin Betances couldn’t throw a strike and walked in a run. Because of those mistakes, that lead turned in a 7-6 loss.
The Blue Jays got on the board first after a sloppy play from the Yankees. Jose Bautista led off the game with a single. Two batters later, Justin Smoak singled to center. First, Ellsbury bobbled the ball as he tried to corral it. He then botched the throw in to the cut off man. That allowed Bautista to come all the way around and score.
A couple innings later things got worse. In the third inning with a runner on, Pineda allowed a home run to Smoak. Kendrys Morales immediately followed that with another home run. Then in the fourth, Kevin Pillar added yet another home run. With the score now 5-0, Pineda would not make it out of the fourth. He allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk in just 3.0 innings.
The Yankees finally go on the board in the bottom of the fourth. After Brett Gardner walked, Judge hit his 29th home run of the season, cutting the Yankees’ deficit to three runs. The home run also tied the Yankees’ rookie record for home runs in a season. It is July 5th.
The following inning, the Yankees’ offense got going again. After Ellsbury drew a walk, Ji-Man Choi marked his arrival in the Bronx with a long home run to right center. Later in the inning, Austin Romine and Brett Gardner both walked, following by a Judge single. With the bases loaded, Didi Gregorius delivered with a double, giving the Yankees the lead.
After Pineda exited, Chasen Shreve threw two innings in relief of him. Chad Green was brought in for the sixth and threw a 1-2-3 inning. He came back out for the seventh, but allowed a game-tying homer to Russel Martin on the first pitch of the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees missed a chance to retake the lead after a lead-off Tyler Wade walk and an ill-conceived Gardner bunt. Missing that opportunity came back to haunt the Yankees in a big way.
Betances came in for the eighth, but just could not find the zone. He walked the first three batters of the inning, throwing ten straight balls at one point. He struck out Bautista, but then walked a fourth batter, plating a run. That put Toronto back in the lead and chased Betances from the game. Adam Warren came in and escaped the inning, limiting the damage to just one run. Warren also threw a scoreless ninth inning after the Yankees went down in order in the bottom of the eighth.
In the ninth, Roberto Osuna got the first two outs quickly, but Gardner singled to keep the game alive. That brought Judge to the plate as the possible winning run, which is certainly what Yankees’ fans would have wanted. However, Osuna struck out Judge, ending the game.
The Yankees do now get their first off day since mid-June. After the run they’ve been on recently, it will probably be nice to get a day off.