Yankees lost a heartbreaker last night in Fenway 7-5. With a 3 run lead in the 9th inning and All-Star relief pitcher Dellin Betances on the mound, the Yankees found a way to lose. Yankees would waste starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's 7 innings of one run ball.
Yankees had one out in the bottom of the 9th after LHP Tommy Layne started the inning and struck out right handed hitting Aaron Hill who pinch-hit for the lefty Jackie Bradley Jr. Chris Young then pinch-hit for lefty Drew Benintendi and Girardi countered with RHP Blake Parker. Tommy Layne after just striking out the righty on 4 pitches was taken out for Parker. Parker would then plunk Chris Young and then be taken out for the closer Dellin Betances. Betances came on with a runner on first with one out and a chance to shut it down in the 9th. Betances would surrender two singles and ultimately Hanley Ramirez’s game winning 3-run HR with two outs.
Betances has not looked like his dominant self as of late. His previous outing he got the loss allowing two runs in the top 9th of a tie game against the Dodgers. In his last 4.0 innings (since Sept. 6th) he’s allowed 9R (7 ER), 10 hits, 4BB and an ERA of 15.75. Needless to say he is struggling right now and has to turn it around if the Yankees want to continue their playoff push.
The Yankees newest addition DH Billy Butler added two RBI’s in the loss. Yankees signed Butler on September 15th for his knuckleball hitting skills, and did not hesitate to put him right in the lineup.
Yankees have lost four of their last five and I believe are in a must-win four game series against the 1st place rival Boston Red Sox. Youngster Luis Cessa gets the ball tonight in Fenway as the Yankees try to bounce back and take the next three against the Sox.