Bullpen Ruins Spirited Effort in Loss to Jays

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GAME 104: For the second straight game, the Yankees’ bullpen gave it up at crunch time. The Blue Jays officially cooled the Yankees’ post-All Star break momentum, taking their first series in The Bronx in two years with today’s 5-4 win. Toronto also jumped over New York for second place in the AL East.
Here’s the box score and recap.

Sudden Bullpen Woes

What has kept this team in contention to this point has been the standout starting pitching, and equally reliable effort from the bullpen. And in the case of the bullpen, sometimes absolutely lights-out, lockdown performances. Not the case yesterday and today, however. Dellin Betances, despite getting out of a bases-loaded jam, was not 100% on. His throwing error on a pick off attempt set the stage for a run that never should have happened, which proved pivotal in the outcome. And David Robertson, who allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th, was admittedly not on his game.

“Today just wasn’t our day. We’ve been doing a pretty good job of pitching out of the bullpen. I just didn’t have my sharp stuff today, and I wasn’t able to get it done.”

— David Robertson after today’s 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays
The bullpen can’t be expected to be a savior every time out, and were overdue for an inevitable let-down. This one hurts because the offense actually came back from three deficits in the course of the game, and there was a vibe that it would happen again if the ‘pen could have extended the game.

Joe Torre Inducted in Hall of Fame

 “Might as well cut to the chase — I’m here because of the New York Yankees. However, in order, as Tommy said, to be ready, you had to make stops along the way. You had to fail along the way.”

Great day for baseball. 48,000+ in attendance. Here’s a recap: Class of 2014 takes its place among game’s legends.


MEMORY LANE: On July 27th, 1988, Tommy John makes three errors on one play in the Yankees’ 16-3 rout of the Brewers.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!:  New York Yankees sharing a July 27th birthdate include Alex Rodriguez (1975), Enrique Wilson (1975), Johnny Kucks (1933), and Shane Rawley (1955).

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