Yankees drop tough one to Jays; Betances implodes late

(Rich Quiñones) – The New York Yankees are not only dealing with injuries, but they also have some major issues regarding their bullpen after Wednesday night’s 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays in the Bronx.

Despite Aaron Judge’s major-league leading 29th homer, New York could not hold the lead late, as Dellin Betances struggled once again.

Betances (3-4) forced in the go-ahead run for the Jays when he walked Russell Martin in the eighth inning, giving Toronto a 7-6 lead.

In his last four outings, totaling 2 2/3 innings, he has walked 10 and allowed seven earned runs, what makes matters worse, he has absorbed the loss in three of those games, including Wednesday’s disaster.

Starter Michael Pineada had a rough outing for New York, allowing five runs — all earned — on nine hits in just three innings of work.

New York had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Judge stuck out with a runner on first to end the game.

The Yankees have now dropped two of three and are just 4-6 in their last 10. They currently sit four games back behind the front-running RedSox in the A.L. East. Boston saw it’s six-game winning streak come to an end after an 11-4 loss to Texas Wednesday night.

“They have to hope Pineda can turn it around,” USA Today’s baseball writer Steve Gardner said on “Midday’s w/Q” with Rich Quiñones on 97.3 ESPN FM.

“Pineda is very inconsistent of late, he is an enigma, he has struggled of late, and they have to get their bullpen straightened out.

The Yanks will start a three-game road set against the Brewers beginning Friday night before they head into the All-Star break.

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