Yankees bullpen ends with an extra-inning loss to the Reds

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Yankees bullpen ends with an extra-inning loss to the Reds

The Yankees had to lose their share of series in 2022, although that hadn’t happened very often in the first half of the season.

But leave two out of three to one of baseball’s worst teams?

That came to fruition Thursday night in the Bronx as the Reds hit the Yankees’ bullpen to secure a 7-6, 10-inning win and claim the stunning series win.

It was the second extra-inning affair of the three-game set: The Yankees (62-27) clinched a 10-inning win on two wild pitches Wednesday after Clay Holmes’ collapse in the ninth inning the Reds (34- 55) to steal the opener. Cincinnati came to the Bronx with the third-worst record in MLB.

“Tough losses, but we always fought back,” Aaron Judge said. “I wish we could have gotten a little more runs early on, especially tonight, but they have a good ball club over there and they struggled. Their record might show otherwise, but they have a lot of good ballplayers over there who fight at bats and put the ball in play. Some good quality weapons and high speed.

Lucas Luetge is sitting on the dugout in the middle of the tenth inning.
Lucas Luetge is sitting on the dugout in the middle of the tenth inning.
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Jonathan Loaisiga reacts during his rough eighth inning.
Jonathan Loaisiga reacts during his rough eighth inning.
Robert Sabo for the NY POST

“It’s hard to swallow. You never want to lose the series. But sometimes you have to tip your hat and get ready for the next one.”

It was only the Yankees’ fourth consecutive 29-chances loss this season. They’ve now lost four of their last five games, with the Red Sox arriving at Yankee Stadium on Friday for the final series before the All-Star break.

On Thursday, the Reds (34-55) came to Jonathan Loaisiga – who returned to the Yankees after over seven weeks on the injured list with a right shoulder sore – for four hits and three carries in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 Draw. Then, after the Yankees (62-27) rushed back to level the score at the end of the inning, Lucas Luetge was marked for three more runs at the top of the 10th with two doubles and a singles.

Gleyber Torres ties the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Gleyber Torres ties the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
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Lucas Lütge
Lucas Luetge gave up three runs in the 10th inning.
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“Some guys I just couldn’t take,” manager Aaron Boone said of Luetge on a night when the Yankees’ bullpen was without some of his top arms due to the recent workload.

Matt Carpenter made things interesting at the end of the 10th, smashing a two-run homer to put the Yankees within 7-6. But with two outs and the first winning run, DJ LeMahieu hit a ball in midfield that landed in Nick Senzel’s glove. LeMahieu left seven men on base in his last three at-bats of the game.

After trailing 4-1 at the end of the round of 16, the Yankees pounced on the Reds’ bullpen. Judge started on his 31st home run of the season before Gleyber Torres hit a homer with two outs and two runs for a 4-4 level.

Luis Castillo plays in the Reds' win over the Yankees on Thursday.
Luis Castillo plays in the Reds’ win over the Yankees on Thursday.
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Jonathan Loaisiga
Jonathan Loaisiga gave up three earned runs in the eighth inning.
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The late flurry of runs wiped out the pitcher’s duel between All-Stars Luis Castillo and Nestor Cortes. Both threw seven strong innings of a one-run ball before giving way to their bullpens.

Castillo, one of the top two starters likely to trade before the Aug. 2 deadline (maybe even to the Bronx as the Yankees suddenly had a hole in their rotation after Luis Severino went to the IL on Thursday), didn’t let a hit through 5 ¹/₃ innings.

The Reds celebrate during their rally in the eighth inning.
The Reds celebrate during their rally in the eighth inning.
Robert Sabo for the NY POST

Cortes, meanwhile, delivered a comeback after being tagged for four runs in 3 2/3 innings in Boston last Friday.

The only run Cortes allowed Thursday came on a sacrificial fly with loaded bases in the fifth inning. Carpenter, starting in right field for just the second time this season, looked like he had a chance to throw Senzel to the plate, but initially looked at second or third base before throwing home late.

Cortes threw his hands behind the plate in apparent frustration, but later credited Carpenter, who made a jump after the wall in right field early in the game.

“I might have reacted a bit afterwards, but I totally understand where he’s coming from,” Cortes said. “He’s playing his heart out there.”

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