Yankees offense loses life again in 4-0 shutout loss to Blue Jays

One can’t say enough about how bad the Yankees look right now. They entered August with a lackluster record for the previous six weeks and have somehow made it look good compared to their current game. It’s the same shit day in and day out with the only respite being minor miracles that lead to narrow wins. But those have been rare, and New York is now 4-13 in August and 12-24 since its peak on July 8 after another terrible effort Friday night.

The offense never got a man past second base, and Kevin Gausman barely broke a sweat as he turned seven scoreless innings in the Blue Jays’ 4-0 victory. The Yankees went completely blank for the fifth time in 13 games. They have scored just 14 runs in the last 7 contests, with 8 of them coming during Wednesday’s unlikely win, a true outlier. Otherwise, it has been absolute misery.

The fans at Yankee Stadium had barely settled into their seats when rookie Oswaldo Cabrera gave them their true highlight of the night. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got the nod as Toronto’s leadoff hitter with George Springer struggling knee painbut he made a good impression on Springer by lofting Jameson Taillon’s first pitch into the outfield at Yankee Stadium.

Cabrera went back to the wall, jumped…

…and robbed Gurriel of a home run to start the game. As a reminder, Cabrera had never played the outfield before 2022, and this was only his fourth pro start there (and first in the majors). The 23-year-old is making a great first impression on fans in his home debut.

It all went downhill from there. A walk by Aaron Judge and a single by Josh Donaldson gave Andrew Benintendi a chance to put them on the board with two outs in the first, but Gausman grounded him out. From there, the 2021 All-Star had no trouble flipping the lineup, and instead Taillon allowed Toronto to take the lead in the third. Whit Merrifield led off with a single, Cavan Biggio drove him to third base and while Jamo did a decent job of limiting the damage, Gurriel’s grounder scored the first run of the game.

The real problem for Taillon came in the fourth, when he again allowed the leadoff hitter to hurt him with a single to left field (this time by Alejandro Kirk). Teoscar Hernández was the next batter and threw a fat offering that ended up right in the middle.

The Apple TV+ stream might have been mostly missed because they were airing an Aaron Boone interview, but it sure did count. That was just a terrible pitch, and the score was 3-0 with the Yankees offense showing no signs of life. Even the small hope sparked by a leadoff single from Gleyber Torres in the fifth was so fleeting, as Isiah Kiner-Falefa immediately got into a double play. Very useful! I’m glad it’s around and not Oswald Peraza or Anthony Volpe.

Taillon pitched a perfect fifth but wouldn’t survive the next inning. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Kirk led off the sixth with a double and a single respectively, and the call went out to Lou Trivino. Unlike Monday night, the former Athletic brought the goods and rescued Taillon from more trouble with a fly ball from Hernandez, a strikeout from Bo Bichette and a force out from Matt Chapman. Honestly, it was a great job keeping him in a three-run game and saving Taillon from an ugly throwing line. Five innings of six-hit ball with three runs allowed doesn’t look good, but it sure looks better than four or five-run ball. Taillon has Triviño to thank for that.

There’s not much else to say about the rest of this game because the Yankees’ lineup just kept going. It was so inanimate and futile that in the PSA Slack, we went on to talk about our preferred forms of drinking. The only runner to reach base in the sixth was Anthony Rizzo bleeding two out to left field for a single, and Donaldson quickly snorted to put an end to that nonsense.

From the seventh? Oh whatever, I’ll just list play-by-play because if the Yankees are calling it a Friday night like they have better things to do, then you can bet your ass I am too:

  • Benintendi flied out on third pitch out to left field
  • Torres second pitch lineout to right
  • IKF First Pitch Fly Right — Bottom of 7th
  • Cabrera’s sixth fly ball to left (at least the rookie is trying!)
  • José Treviño grounded out on the first pitch to shortstop
  • DJ LeMahieu grounded out on third pitch to second—Bottom of 8th
  • Judge hits receiver interference (lol)
  • Rizzo’s five-pitch strikeout
  • Donaldson’s first pitch lineout to shortstop
  • Benintendi six-pitch fly to center field (final out)

Oh, and just for fun, Aroldis Chapman came in and melted down in the ninth with a single, two walks and a wild pitch. Ron Marinaccio relieved him with one out and the fourth run scored on a sacrifice fly. This Yankees lineup wasn’t coming back anyway, but I still can’t wait until Aroldis Chapman is off my baseball team.

Gerrit Cole will get the ball tomorrow afternoon for a morning start against Mitch White, and will try to prevent the AL East lead from falling to seven games for the first time since June 9. The first pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. No word yet on whether Cole, his three-career homer, will attempt to insert himself into the lineup in hopes of someone scoring a damn run for him.

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