Yankees’ debacle in Miami is more than just a single loss

Yankees manager Aaron Boone and slugger Giancarlo Stanton

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The unbelievable 8-7 loss to the Marlins on Sunday was not just another loss but one of the worst ones that the Yankees couldn’t forget. In every conceivable aspect, it struck like a significantly more debilitating setback, potentially leaving a lasting impact on their season.

In a season that has been marred by an excess of painful defeats, Clay Holmes and the Yankees squandered a four-run advantage in the ninth inning, resulting in a stunning and disheartening 8-7 loss to the Marlins in a capacity-filled loanDepot Park.

Having been on the brink of securing their initial series victory against a winning-record team since late June, the Yankees (60-58) suffered a disheartening downfall.

The Yankees’ collapse in Miami

After holding a commanding 7-1 lead at one point, the Yankees found themselves in the bottom of the ninth still ahead at 7-3. However, the Marlins (62-57) mounted a comeback against Holmes, eventually leveling the score and clinching victory through Jake Burger’s decisive walk-off single off Tommy Kahnle.

Holmes was held responsible for all five runs, an unexpected turn given his track record of yielding only three runs in his previous 35 appearances, spanning 34 ²/₃ innings, leading up to Sunday’s game.

Holmes acknowledged the growing challenge posed by each loss, noting that the team recognizes the need to accumulate victories and establish a streak to build momentum. He mentioned the significance of potentially winning the series as a means to boost momentum for the remainder of the road trip. However, he also conveyed that defeats like the current one carry a certain level of emotional impact.

In matches initiated by Gerrit Cole, the Yankees have achieved a record of 16 wins against 9 losses, and among these defeats, a notable portion has been of the disheartening kind, a category which Sunday’s match now joins.

Departing the field with a commanding 7-2 advantage following six innings of play, the star pitcher could only witness as the situation took a sudden downturn.

In the bottom of the ninth, Yuli Gurriel initiated proceedings with a double on a 1-2 pitch, yet Holmes managed to strike out the ensuing batter.

Subsequently, Nick Fortes executed an infield single through the middle, while Holmes then issued a full-count walk to Jazz Chisholm, resulting in the bases being loaded.

Following, Josh Bell stepped up and struck a ground ball back to the pitcher’s mound, where Holmes attempted to field the ball but encountered difficulty.

In missing an opportunity for a potential double play that could have concluded the game, Holmes managed to retrieve the ball; however, his hurried throw to first base not only exacerbated the situation but also resulted in an errant throw that permitted a second run to cross the plate.

Holmes commented that the ball was struck in an awkward position, directly towards his hip. He reflected that even if he had managed to cleanly field it, there might have been an opportunity to make a play at home or potentially initiate a double play. He acknowledged that this particular turn of events marked a significant shift in momentum.


Subsequently, Luis Arraez executed a triple down the first-base line, the ball rolling along the path all the way to the corner in right-field, resulting in a tie at seven runs.

Upon Kahnle’s entry, he proceeded to issue a walk to a batter, paving the way for Burger to deliver a single to left field, surpassing a defensive arrangement involving five infield players and culminating in the conclusion of the game.

The effects of the Yankees’ loss

The Yankees had managed to string together yet another commendable display of at-bats on Sunday but their bullpen squandered it.

With less than two months remaining in the season and a desperate need for momentum to fuel a late surge, the Yankees found themselves a mere three outs away from attaining this much-needed boost. Yet, their hopes crumbled dramatically as they squandered it all in a remarkable unraveling.

Their record now stands at 1-8-3 in their most recent twelve series, while they find themselves trailing the Blue Jays by five games for the last wild-card spot in the American League.

Aaron Judge remarked that facing a loss is always challenging, particularly given the current circumstances where each game holds significant weight and importance, especially as they approach the latter part of the season.

“This one sucks right here, especially with the lead we had and the at-bats we had……maybe when the season’s over, you can reflect on games like this,” Judge said.

Expressing his sentiment, he mentioned that the current outcome was disappointing, particularly due to the substantial lead they had and the quality of their at-bats. However, they emphasized the need to regroup and be prepared for the upcoming day.

Rather than heading into the challenging series against the formidable Braves with a sense of optimism on Monday, the Yankees are now faced with the task of recovering from yet another demoralizing loss.


Starting from the second inning through the sixth, they managed to score in each frame, gradually establishing and expanding their advantage while Cole commanded the pitching mound.

Nevertheless, all the promising momentum they had amassed swiftly dissipated in a solitary inning, which had the potential to inflict lasting harm upon the Yankees’ season.

Manager Aaron Boone acknowledged the inherent discomfort associated with such outcomes, emphasizing the team’s awareness of the undesirable feeling. He stressed the urgency of the situation, highlighting the limited time available and expressing the need to quickly regroup and prepare for the upcoming challenge on Monday.

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2 thoughts on “Yankees’ debacle in Miami is more than just a single loss

  1. It’s now up to the coaching staff. They have to coach and manage the players’ psyche if they are to have a glimmer of hope. Mariano should be brought in to assess and strengthen Holmes’ pysche.

  2. I love the Yankees…always have always will….this year they are a horrible hitting team….home runs don’t count when your team average is .230 and lower in many instances. When you can’t hit with men in scoring position you do not have a clutch team. Stop focusing on the distance of home runs and the constant silly stats. If a player is hitting .200 they are not good…no matter how many hard hit balls they’ve squared up or even if they have some home runs. In fact, most players would not even be in the majors hitting at those low numbers. Fans really need to wake up. I know things have changed in today’s day and age. But last place teams, and teams under .500 fighting for a playoff spot is now the norm and has ruined the game – and really diminishing the accomplishments of the division winner….

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