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Yankees 1, Blue Jays 4: Buffalo blues

The Yankees wrapped up their season series against the Blue Jays in a less than ideal fashion.

MLB: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The nadir of the Yankees’ struggles this season was probably the series opener of their first trip up to Buffalo to play the Blue Jays. After that, they seemed to get a little healthier and got things back on track. However, the return to Buffalo has added a couple more annoying games, this one included.

The Yankees wrapped up their season series against the Blue Jays by dropping the finale 4-1. They got decent but not flawless pitching from Jordan Montgomery, and the offense just couldn’t do anything to back him up. Facing Hyun-jin Ryu, the Yankees managed just one run on seven hits, leaving 11 runners on base. Thanks to this loss, they still have some work to do going into the final series of the season.

The Blue Jays opened the game’s scoring when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took Montgomery deep for a solo homer in the second. The following inning, they added another when Bo Bichette doubled home Cavan Biggio. After that Montgomery settled down, but the Yankees’ offense remained dormant.

Then in the sixth, Montgomery departed after allowing a single to Randal Grichuk. Adam Ottavino came in, but his enormous struggles in Buffalo only continued. He allowed a single to Guerrero, but then bounced back with an out to get on the verge of escaping the inning. However, Alejandro Kirk plated both runners with a double, increasing Toronto’s lead.

Montgomery finished the game with a line of three runs allowed on six hits and no walks in 5.1 innings, striking out eight. Far from a great outing, but he was already not the main problem for the Yankees.

The Yankees did get on the board in the eighth and came quite close to completing a significant rally. With two outs and Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton on thanks to walks, Gio Urshela singled to score Hicks. A walk to Clint Frazier loaded the bases and brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate. The Yankees opted to make that potential run Gary Sánchez and sent him up as a pinch-hitter. Sánchez made great contact on a ball, but Grichuk made a catch at the wall to end the inning. According to Statcast, the play had an expected batting average of .880, so Sánchez just really ran into a massive bit of bad luck.

They had one last chance in the ninth when Luke Voit reached via infield single, but it wouldn’t lead to any further rally. The Blue Jays closed it out in the next at-bat and clinched their spot in the playoffs.

Now we head the final series of the regular season where the Yankees still have something to play for. There’s still a battle for second place in the AL East and maybe home field in the first round series. Thankfully, none of the remaining games will be in Buffalo.

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