The Yankees hit three home runs in an inning, including a grand slam, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Blue Jays' offense in an 8-7 loss on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
1) CC Sabathia gave up five runs -- including three home runs -- and New York was forced to go to their bullpen after just 2 1/3 innings. It was the shortest outing of Sabathia's season and marked the second time in three starts that he did not complete four innings.
2) Didi Gregorius hit his 25th home run of the season in the sixth inning to give the Yankees their first run of the game, but the offense exploded an inning later. The Yankees hit three home runs in one inning and totaled four round-trippers on the day. Gregorius hit his second home run in the seventh, Miguel Andujar hit a grand slam, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo homer.
3) Chad Green and Jonathan Holder were able to stop the bleeding after Sabathia's departure, but that wouldn't last long. The Blue Jays scored three runs against Tommy Kahnle, who only recorded two outs. Stephen Tarpley and Zach Britton pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively, allowing no runs.
Highlights from today's game
Back in business. pic.twitter.com/BKc8Yc4QIW- New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 15, 2018
That's two on the day. And a new career high. pic.twitter.com/pDdcO6to8q- New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 15, 2018
In less than 24 hours, the Yankees reminded us how dominant they can be, how dominated they can be, and that they are loaded enough for a large comeback win. Unfortunately, the comeback charge came up short in this one.
For all the positive excitement the Yankees gave fans in Friday night's 11-0 win, New York sent the Bronx faithful through the rigors of a downer early in this game courtesy of a poor starting pitching performance from Sabathia and some subpar relief from Tommy Kahnle. Sabathia had the shortest outing of his season, just two starts after he tossed what was his previous mark for shortest outing of the season. If the Yankees reach the division series, it would seem Sabathia would be the fourth pitcher in line for a start.
The Yankees have exploded for 18 runs in the last two games, winning one and losing the other. The difference has been the pitching, which has simply not been as good as a whole from the first half (3.48 team ERA) to the second half (4.27 team ERA after today's game). The Yankees are built on offensive fire power and a strong bullpen, but if they cannot get solid starting pitching and find a way to utilize their best relievers _with the lead_ then the postseason ride could be short-lived.
Lance Lynn (4.79 ERA/2.28 FIP and 1.355 WHIP in 41 1/3 innings) will try to get the Yankees back on track in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Thomas Pannone (4.13 ERA/5.19 FIP, 1.125 WHIP in 24 innings this season) will get the start for Toronto.