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Yankees Highlights: Bombers avoid shutout, lose anyway

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This was annoying.

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Over eight innings and two outs, it looked like the Yankees would lose on a shutout for the first time since June 30, 2018. The bats couldn’t get it going against the Blue Jays for most of the afternoon, but then the ninth-inning fight came. Unfortunately it wasn’t a strong enough dose to take the win.

We’ll have a full recap up shortly, but in the meantime, here are the highlights.

Winner of the Game

J.A. Happ had one of his better starts of the season on Saturday afternoon. The left-hander allowed two runs over 5.1 innings, while striking out five and walking one. They were cheap, BABIP-fueled runs, however, so it’s tough to blame Happ for that. This was exactly the kind of start the Yankees expected from the left-hander when they signed him to his free agent deal. If Happ pitches like this down the stretch, it will be tough to be disappointed in him.

Loser of the Game

The Yankees had a ton of bad luck going against them in the sixth inning. With one on and one out, Cavan Biggio hit a bloop single to no-man’s land in left field, driving Happ from the game. Then, with two outs, Randal Grichuk hit a bloop single to right field. This one came off Adam Ottavino and scored two runs for the Jays.

I also would be remiss to mention that home plate umpires routinely screw Aaron Judge.

Credit: Baseball Savant

Andy Fletcher was responsible for this afternoon’s egregious missed call.

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Credit: FanGraphs