After scoring two runs in the first, the Yankees' offense couldn't muster anything else as they fell to the Blue Jays, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
1) The tone was set by Andrew McCutchen after hitting a leadoff homer to begin the game. And Didi Gregorius would add a sarifice fly to give the Yankees a nice 2-0 lead to start the game. But the bats went silent from there on. There were a few opportunities, but New York went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
2) Lance Lynn had a quality start for the Yanks. He allowed just one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one over five innings.
3) Dellin Betances was the one that blew the Yankees lead late in the game. In the eighth, the righty allowed two runs on four hits while collecting a strikeout. Betances' ERA rose to 2.77.
4) Luckily, the Rays defeated the A's 5-4, so the Yankees still have a 1.5-game lead for the first Wild Card spot.
Highlights from today's game
Manager meetings, the star right fielder being activated for motivational purposes and an offensive explosion for two games mean absolutely nothing if the Yankees can only secure one win in a three-game series against a struggling Blue Jays club.
The Yankees are limping toward the playoffs, maybe even dragging themselves along the ground to get there. Once again, they pathetically drop a series to a team long out of the playoff picture, and fail to utilize a great chance to separate themselves from the Athletics in the battle for the top wild card spot.
The Yankees have an off-day Monday before the Red Sox come to town for a three-game series, so the schedule is not exactly getting easier (the Yanks still have four games against Tampa Bay and finish in Boston). Fortunately, New York has its top three pitchers lined up for the Boston series, so if a turnaround is in the works, it will have to start with them.
The Yankees will have an off-day Monday before taking on the Red Sox Tuesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. It wll be J.A. Happ against Nathan Eovaldi.