The Yankees would have found a way to win the game they played on Friday night earlier in the season.
This is no longer the first half of the season.
Closer Clay Holmes struggled into his second straight appearance as the Yankees lost 4–3 in the third straight, giving up an infield hit, a walk, two runs, and a go-ahead double to Paul DeJong in the eighth inning. to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
With the reconstituted bullpen, manager Aaron Boone went to Holmes for a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Boone later said that if the Yankees were still leading, Aroldis Chapman would have pitched in the ninth inning.
Boone rates the team’s winning percentage at 70-36, but just 12-16 in its last 28 games.
Holmes was not the only culprit. The Yankees scored just three runs and didn’t score after the fifth, but he beat St. Louis 10-5.
Matt Carpenter said he had two hits and a near homer but hit a ground ball to end the game on a tying run. It kept us close and kept us away.”
The eighth started innocently enough as Holmes gave up an infield hit to Nolan Arenado with one out. He then walked Tyler his O’Neal with his two outs, and then DeJon hit his two-run double against Holmes in a 5–7 win.
“What got me to success was limiting my contact with the right,” Holmes said. “Especially when you have runners, you can never give up on doubles.”
The fact that Chapman has pitched better lately, the fact that Scott Efros (acquired from the Cubs on Monday and pitched good in 1¹/₃ innings on Friday) and Lou Trivino added to the deadline is a blast. A different bullpen.
“Hopefully we can all roll, [Chapman] It’s gaining momentum,” Boone said. “There are many options out there.”
That way, Holmes can hit a right-hander in the 7th, 8th, or 9th, which isn’t very effective these days.
Néstor Cortés pitched well, but not as sharply as usual, setting a season record with four walks in just 5¹/₃ innings.
The Yankees took the lead in the first top after DJ LeMahieu took the lead with a walk. Aaron Judge jumped out, but Lemahue moved to third on Carpenter’s single.
With two outs, Josh Donaldson drilled an RBI double to right center to score Lemahue and send Carpenter to third.
The Cardinals tied the score in the bottom of the second thanks to two walks by Cortez and a two-out run-scoring single by Yadier Molina.
Donaldson hit a single in the run to come up with his second RBI of the night in the third after Judges and Carpenter singled to lead off Dakota Hudson.
Torres scored in the fifth inning. After the judges stole second on a single, he moved to third on Carpenter’s groundout after Hudson was replaced by Andre Palante. Then Torres hit an infield hit that forced the judges to make it 3-1.
Cortez, who had allowed only three runs in 18 innings in his previous three starts, settled into a ditch after Molina’s RBI single and retired with nine straight hits to walk the fifth inning.
However, Cortez also had a season-high four bases on balls, including one to Paul Goldschmidt, ending the night for Cortez with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
A wild pitch by Alberto Abreu, who replaced Cortez, put Goldschmidt in second.
Arenado’s single put a runner in the corner, with two outs as Abreu struck out Nolan Gorman on a pinch-hitter for Albert Pujols.
However, Abreu faltered as Cortez was charged for a two-run run and allowed a hit by O’Neill to make it 3-2.
Efros came in and beat Dejong to maintain a one-run lead.
Palante, meanwhile, took over for Hudson and went scoreless through four scoreless innings.
Ryan Hesley finished the Cardinals game. A Tim Locastro pinch ran after he walked his LeMahieu with his one out in the ninth inning, but Judge and Carpenter couldn’t get past.