Yankees stunned by Reds after Clay Holmes’ rare meltdown

Yankees stunned by Reds after Clay Holmes’ rare meltdown

Clay Holmes has been so automated this season that when he was handed a three-run lead within the ninth inning Tuesday evening, the busses would have been good to begin warming up.

As a substitute, the freshly named All-Star nearer by no means discovered his command, throwing the Yankees’ win away like he did with a couple of pitches to the backstop.

The Reds did what no different crew had this season, scoring 4 runs off Holmes within the ninth inning to stun the Yankees, handing them a 4-3 loss and solely their second three-game shedding streak of the season.

In a uncommon clunker, Holmes allowed extra runs on Tuesday than he had in his first 39 ¹/₃ innings of the season mixed (three).

Yankees reliever Clay Holmes reacts as he walks off the sector after being pulled from the sport in the course of the ninth inning.Robert Sabo/New York Put up

Reds’ Jonathan India hits the game-winning two-run single within the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 4-3 loss.AP

Getting into the sport with a 3-0 lead, Holmes confronted 5 batters and retired none, loading the bases on a stroll, single and hit-by-pitch earlier than letting two runs in on one other single and hit-by-pitch. Aaron Boone then yanked him for Wandy Peralta, who practically pulled off an escape act that will have taken Holmes off the hook.

Peralta acquired Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel to floor into fielder’s selections — on the latter, Josh Donaldson may need had an opportunity at a game-ending double play however threw dwelling to take the positive out.

The Reds (33-54) took benefit, as Jonathan India got here up subsequent and lofted a two-run single to right-center discipline to present his crew the lead.

Holmes’ off evening wasted seven shutout innings from Gerrit Cole, who struck out 11 and seemed to get the Yankees (61-26) again on monitor after back-to-back losses to the Pink Sox over the weekend.

The Yankees wasted Gerrit Cole’s seven-inning scoreless gem.Robert Sabo

The Yankees had a base runner in each inning however couldn’t muster greater than three runs.

Gleyber Torres supplied many of the offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a stroll and two runs. It marked his sixth multi-hit effort over his final eight video games, this one popping out of the No. 2 spot within the lineup on an evening when Aaron Choose rested. Torres improved to batting .425 (17-for-40) with a 1.050 OPS in 10 video games since getting a cortisone shot in his infected proper wrist.

The second baseman was additionally robust defensively, making a high-quality sliding play to his left, spinning and throwing out Nick Senzel at first within the fifth inning.

Anthony Rizzo belts a two-run single within the Yankees’ loss.Robert Sabo

Earlier than Holmes’ shaky ninth, the one space of concern for the Yankees had been Aaron Hicks, who left the sport within the third inning after fouling a ball off his proper shin. The Yankees mentioned the outfielder had a proper shin contusion and that X-rays have been damaging.

The Yankees pounced on the Reds, who entered the evening with the third-worst report in baseball regardless of simply having swept the Rays. DJ LeMahieu led off the primary inning with a single, Torres adopted with a double ripped into the hole and each got here round to attain on Anthony Rizzo’s lined single up the center for the 2-0 lead.

The Yankees added to their lead within the third inning with a bit of assist from some slippery grass in heart discipline. Torres and Rizzo drew back-to-back walks to steer off the body earlier than Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft recorded the primary out. He appeared to have the second moments later, when Josh Donaldson hit a fly ball to heart discipline. However Senzel slipped on the grass, permitting the ball to fall simply in entrance of him for a single that scored Torres for the 3-0 Yankees lead.

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