Dellin Betances is lost.
The 6-8 right-hander walked in the game-winning run in the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium as the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays, 7-6.
The Bombers have now lost six of their past seven series. The only series they didn’t drop was a four-game split last week at the White Sox.
Betances has struggled mightily with his command over the last two weeks. He issued seven walks in 2.2 innings from June 27 to July 3, and his strike-zone problems reached a new low Wednesday. He loaded the bases by walking the first three batters of the inning before striking out Jose Bautista. Then Betances misfired on a 3-2 pitch to Russell Martin to bring home the deciding run.
Michael Pineda started for New York and allowed five earned runs on nine hits over three-plus innings. But the Yankees eventually came back to take the lead in the fifth on a two-run double from Didi Gregorius before Betances’ meltdown.
The Yankees (44-39) are 6-16 over their last 22 games.
PLAY OF THE GAME
After tossing a scoreless sixth, right-hander Chad Green remained in the game for a second inning trying to hold a 6-5 lead. Russell Martin led off the frame. Green fired a 91-mph cutter on the first pitch of the at-bat, and Martin was ready for it. The 34-year-old former Yankee crushed the pitch the opposite way to right-center, a sky-high fly ball that landed in the home bullpen for a game-tying homer.
Betances walked Montero on six pitches to begin the top of the eighth inning, and his afternoon only unraveled from there. Betances threw eight straight balls to Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins to walk the bases loaded. Betances rebounded by striking out Jose Bautista on a 2-2 count, but he lost Martin in the next at-bat on six pitches. Joe Girardi was forced to yank Betances after the walk to Martin. He threw 27 pitches and just nine of them for strikes.
STAR OF THE GAME
Martin, who tied the game with his solo shot in the seventh before earning the go-ahead RBI in the eighth on his bases-loaded walk.
352, number of plate appearances it took Aaron Judge to hit his 29th home run and tie Joe DiMaggio for most homers in a rookie season by a Yankee. DiMaggio needed 619 plate appearances to hit his 29th dinger as a rookie in 1936. Judge’s 29th homer was a two-run shot in the fourth inning that broke up Marco Estrada’s no-hitter.
First baseman Ji-Man Choi, who blasted a 457-foot two-run home run in the fifth inning of his Yankee debut.
Pineda, whose ERA has ballooned from 3.39 to 4.39 over his last five starts.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“In the short term, I’m concerned about him. In the long term, I’m not. Obviously he’s too good and his track record is too good for this to continue.” – Joe Girardi on Betances
Friday, July 7 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Jordan Montgomery (6-4, 3.62) vs. RHP Junior Guerra (1-3, 4.95)