Fiery Aaron Boone implores New York Yankees ‘to play higher’ after shedding for fifteenth time in 19 video games
NEW YORK — Yankees ace Gerrit Cole twice banged on the dugout roof, shouting in frustration and getting booed as scuffling New York misplaced for the fifteenth time in 19 video games, crushed by the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Saturday.
The AL East-leading Yankees fell to 9-20 since getting into the All-Star break with a 64-28 report. After holding a 15 1/2-game bulge on July 8, their margin over second-place Toronto is all the way down to seven video games.
New York supervisor Aaron Boone, who confirmed some frustration after Friday’s loss in his postgame press convention, took it to a different stage on Saturday when assessing the place his group is.
“We now have to play higher. Interval,” he mentioned, pounding the desk that housed his microphone. “And the nice factor is, it is proper in entrance of us. It is proper right here, and we will repair it.”
The Yankees have misplaced six straight collection for the primary time since 1995, in response to the Elias Sports activities Bureau. Toronto will strive for a four-game sweep on Sunday.
“We’re not completely satisfied about it,” Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge mentioned. “Should you lose one recreation, or for those who lose 10 video games, you are not completely satisfied in any respect. But when we sit right here and keep pissed off about one recreation, it should lead into the following recreation.
“So, it is about us selecting ourselves up, and never forgetting we are the New York Yankees. And we’ve to go on the market and present folks that.”
Cole (9-6) hadn’t allowed a success earlier than the Blue Jays scored 4 occasions within the fifth. After he issued a stroll and misplayed a grounder, Alejandro Kirk capped the burst with a two-run double that left fielder Andrew Benintendi could not fairly catch.
“Look, we simply must play crisp,” Cole mentioned. “We began out so properly.”
When the inning ended, followers booed Cole and tv cameras picked up the right-hander, yelling, and punching the underside of the dugout roof with each fingers.
The response from parts of the group of 45,538 have been just like Cole with boos rising after Toronto went forward and intensifying after the ultimate out.
“It is there and we will run away from this factor,” Boone mentioned. “And we obtained the dudes in there to do it. However we’ve to do it. If we do not rating, it is powerful to win.”
Jackie Bradley hit a two-run, go-ahead double down the left-field line, the ball bouncing off the wall and previous Benintendi when he tried to subject the carom. Bradley delivered after Santiago Espinal obtained Toronto’s first hit, a double two pitches after lacking on a detailed two-strike pitch.
Raimel Tapia reached on an infield hit by beating shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa‘s throw and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached when Cole barely slipped in entrance of the mound fielding the ball. Cole’s misstep allowed Guerrero to beat the throw and the unique name was overturned when Toronto challenged.
Kirk then gave the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead when he lined a double to left-center. Benintendi was enjoying barely in, raced again, tried a diving catch and the ball eluded his glove earlier than heart fielder Estevan Florial fielded it and threw out Guerrero to forestall a 3rd run from scoring.
Matt Chapman added a solo homer within the ninth because the Blue Jays gained their fourth straight. Toronto is 13-6 within the Bronx because the begin of final season.
Florial hit an RBI single within the second and Gleyber Torres homered within the eighth because the Yankees obtained 9 hits however went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring place. New York has managed simply 21 runs in its final 11 video games.
“The nice factor is we’re in first place,” Boone mentioned. “We get to jot down the script the remainder of the best way. Nobody else can get in our method if we go play our recreation.”
Decide made a working catch to forestall a double by Bo Bichette within the second together with his left shoulder crashing into the fence. Cabrera dove face first into the tarp in foul territory to snag Bradley’s popup and accomplished the play after his head hit the padding alongside the facet wall.
The Related Press contributed to this report.