TARANT – It was 11 games, that’s all. On Wednesday night, the leading victorious series in the Yankees Premier League ended, because Nestor Cortes was not as sharp as usual, and the bombers were reassured by Yusei Kikuchi. The Blue Jays held the Bombers 2-1 at Rogers Center to break the series.
“It’s just 11 games. We still have work to do, ”said Aaron Judge, a Yankee reflector. “It’s hard to talk about it after such a defeat, but a lot of good things have happened. We have shown what this team consists of, how we can win games by serving and attacking. We can play a little ball or let it fly.
“We just have to keep it consistent when we get home.”
Joey Gala, who returned to the squad after missing three games with a tense left crotch, scored Kikuchi in the third inning to equalize. It was one of three hits that the Yankees received from the Blue Jays left team. He passed six innings, one went and struck out seven.
In total, the Yankees had five strikes.
The referee went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Anthony Ritz went 0-for-4 and ran out of three rebounds. Giancarlo Stanton finished ninth after becoming 0-on-3 earlier in the evening.
“I thought he was good,” Aaron Boone said of Kikuchi after the game. “He threw hard. I thought it flashed a good change. The cutter was a good move for him. I know the beginning of the year for him was a bit up and down, but I thought he was pretty sharp and made some good innings. And, unfortunately, we failed to break through tonight. “
The Yankees had the last chance to keep the series in Stanton’s singles in the ninth and then Josh Donaldson’s single to put the balance on a second footing. The Blue Jays closer to Jordan Roman struck out Aaron Hicks, followed by Joey Halo.
With loaded bases and two outs, Isia Kiner-Falefa moved to third base.
But Boone wasn’t there to see it. He was removed in the eighth inning for arguing over swords and hitting with home cookie judge Marty Foster. He was clearly upset by the judge’s low strikes, but said it was a disappointment that night.
“We play a lot and it felt like there were a couple (packages) that didn’t go our way,” Boone said. Foster and crew leader Ron Culp declined to comment.
The Bombers continued to leave Toronto with a 2.5-game lead in the Eastern American League, destroying the highest number of wins out of 18 and the best percentage of wins (0.720) in baseball. On this trip they went 5-1, won both series and have now won six of the eight series this season.
Cortes struggled to control his fastball, skipped and had to work harder with his slider and cutter on Wednesday night. Cortes managed to make four innings, allowing two runs with four strokes and four moves. He singled out three.
He gave up solo home run Matt Chapman in the second inning. After all, Bichet doubled it in the fourth and scored a goal in the single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
“I didn’t hit enough,” Cortes said simply. “I walked a bunch of guys. He was not there today. And I felt that this is what counted my speech. “
Cortes still has the best ERA (1.82) in the starting rotation, with 31 draws for 24.1 innings.
And the bullpen extended its lane to 21 zero innings. Michael King made three innings without points, scoring three to save his series. King has scored 13.1 without points now and holds a lean 0.31 ERA.
They still have all the parts of the team that put together a winning streak of 11 games, so Hicks said it’s time to get back to work.
“We’re starting it again,” Hicks said of the series against the Rangers in the Bronx, which begins Friday. “That’s pretty much all you can do. We played well and we know what we are capable of when we play well. We can win so many games again. “