The Yankees were bested by the A’s, 10-5, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, suffering consecutive losses for the first time since April 8 and 10 against the Orioles and Red Sox. Sonny Gray gave up five runs on nine hits in five innings, a step back from the righthander’s progress in his two previous starts, and the Yankees fell despite home runs from Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres.
Aaron Boone called on David Robertson for the ninth inning to keep the Yankees’ deficit at 7-5. After loading the bases with only one out, the bullpen Houdini failed to pull out any magic tricks as Marcus Semien lined a double down the left field line to clear the bases and put the game out of reach after the Yankees had battled back from an early 4-0 hole to get as close as 5-4 and 6-5.
1. The clouds have returned for Sonny Gray, whose former team teed off with homers by Khris Davis and Matt Chapman. Gray, who was unable to pitch into the sixth for the fifth time in eight starts this season, had not previously allowed more than one home run in a start, and walks remained a theme of his season, with three free passes on Friday bringing his season total to 24 in 39 innings.
2. Torres’ solo shot in the third inning was his third of the season, all in the last seven games, and the 21-year-old rookie extended his hitting streak to nine with the dinger off Kendall Graveman. Torres is hitting .344 with a .917 OPS while playing some spectacular defense at second.
3. Didi Gregorius’ slump continued with an 0-for-4 night as the shortstop remained without a hit on the homestand. A non-run producing fly out with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh was a key moment as the Yankees failed to tie the game after Giancarlo Stanton popped up – followed in the top of the eighth by a Matt Joyce homer off David Hale. Gregorius’ slump stands at 0-for-28 since a third-inning double off Lance McCullers in Houston on May 3.
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Judge continued his hot homestand by driving in four of the Yankees’ five runs, three coming on an opposite-field homer in the fifth inning, tying Gregorius for the team lead with 10 taters. Judge also drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh, again bringing the Yankees within one run before they ultimately fell short.