TORONTO — Sonny Grey stood within the guests’ clubhouse at Rogers Centre late Friday night time going over what had occurred just a few hours earlier than. He talked about a stroll right here, a foul pitch there and a number of other doubtful pitches in between.
As he recalled his outing, virtually batter for batter as a result of it was so temporary, he settled on the apparent conclusion with a shrug.
“One other poor efficiency,” he stated.
Even at Rogers Centre, the place Grey was almost dominant over seven earlier begins, he was completely ineffective. In his shortest outing of the yr, Grey allowed 5 runs, six hits and two walks in solely two innings because the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees, 6-2, for Grey’s third consecutive loss.
It created a tie within the loss column of the American League East between the Boston Pink Sox and the Yankees, who fell two video games behind Boston.
Grey, now 5-7 with a 5.85 earned run common, not solely surrendered a three-run residence run to Justin Smoak within the Jays’ five-run second inning, however he additionally threw two wild pitches and hit a batter with a pitch.
Supervisor Aaron Boone stated Grey would make his subsequent begin in opposition to the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday and added that it was unlikely the Yankees would take away Grey from the rotation earlier than the All-Star break, which begins July 16.
“A part of it proper now could be we really feel like he’s our greatest choice,” Boone stated. “That’s actually a part of it.”
Boone stated he nonetheless had religion in Grey however questioned if he was making an attempt too exhausting to make excellent pitches, compounding his current troubles. Boone added that it was as much as everybody on the workforce, together with himself, the pitching coach Larry Rothschild and Grey’s teammates, to assist him by way of this tough interval, if attainable.
“Yeah, I’m involved,” Boone stated. “However we additionally imagine within the stuff. As finest we are able to, we’ve bought to attempt to assist him proper the ship.”
One factor that ought to assist the Yankees is that Masahiro Tanaka is due again from the disabled record on Tuesday. Tanaka injured each of his hamstrings whereas operating the bases final month at Citi Area in opposition to the Mets. He pitched in a rehabilitation begin on Wednesday for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and tossed 69 pitches over 5 innings.
There could possibly be different choices within the offing, too. On Saturday, the Yankees will get an in depth take a look at Toronto’s J.A. Happ, the left-handed starter who might conceivably be part of the Yankees rotation within the coming weeks. The Blue Jays, who’ve fallen out of the pennant race, are anticipated to commerce Happ earlier than the non-waiver deadline on the finish of the month, and the Yankees, like a number of different groups, might have sturdy curiosity.
Earlier than Friday’s recreation, Boone was requested if he would watch Happ extra rigorously than common. He stated he all the time watched the opposing pitcher rigorously, however he lauded Happ’s expertise basically phrases.
“He’s been a very good pitcher on this league for some time,” Boone advised reporters within the dugout.
Grey was requested if he was involved that his place within the rotation could possibly be in jeopardy.
“I’m going to go on the market and compete so long as they may permit me to,” he stated.
Friday’s recreation was particularly alarming as a result of Grey had a 1.88 E.R.A. in his seven different begins right here. Boone stated he took no particular that means from the truth that Friday’s recreation was a deviation from Grey’s common performances in Toronto. Nonetheless, the outing was placing.
Grey was lucky to flee from a bases-loaded, two-out scenario within the first inning with out giving up any runs, by placing out Russell Martin.
However within the second Toronto cashed in. Randal Grichuk led off with a double and scored on a single by Devon Travis, who then scored on a single by Curtis Granderson. Three batters later, Smoak put his stamp on the proceedings with a blast to right-center area, his 12th residence run.
The Yankees had a superb probability to get again within the recreation within the fifth after they loaded the bases with one out. However reliever Joe Biagini struck out Giancarlo Stanton, after which Didi Gregorius lined out to left fielder Teoscar Hernandez to finish the Yankees’ finest risk.
“I imply, all of us need him to return by way of and all the time get a giant hit,” Boone stated of Stanton. “However you’ll beat your head into the wall. Backside line is, most of the time, you’re not going to return by way of.”