Clay Holmes takes another save to sink the Yankees who lose to the Cardinals

The Yankees in the first half of the season would find a way to win the match they played on Friday night.

It’s not the first half of the season anymore.

Closer, Clay Holmes battled for a second consecutive appearance, stepping into the eighth inning and giving up field hitting, the walk and the two-speed two-speed two-speed to Paul DeJong as the Yankees lost their third consecutive, 4-3 cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

With a reconfigured bullpen, manager Aaron Boone landed on Holmes in the bottom eighth place with a 3-2 advantage. Boone later said that Aroldis Chapman would have dropped in ninth if the Yankees were still in the lead.

“It’s not easy for us right now,” said Boone of his side, which are 70-36 but only 12-16 in their last 28 games.

Holmes was not the only culprit. The Yankees only scored three runs and not after fifth despite having beaten St. Louis 10-5.

Clay Holmes reacts after giving up a double double run in the eighth round.
Clay Holmes reacts after giving up a double double run in the eighth round.
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Clay Holmes made another defense.
Clay Holmes made another defense.
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“It’s quite frustrating,” said Matt Carpenter, who had two hits and was almost home but was doomed to end the game with his first draw attempt. “It definitely feels like a game that we have had control over all the time. They held him close and pushed us away.

The eighth inning started innocently when Holmes gave a soft shot into the goal area to Nolan Arenado with a single throw. He then took Tyler O’Neill out with two outs before DeJong – now 5v7 against Holmes – struck a double two-speed.

“Something that has made me successful is to limit my contact to the righteous,” said Holmes. “Opting out of doubling the lane, especially with runners, can’t happen.”

The fact that Chapman has been playing better recently, as well as the addition of Scott Effross (who was taken over from Cubs on Monday and played well on Friday in 1 ¹ / ₃ inning) and Lou Trivino by the deadline, are numbers that could provide a much different bullpen in the hole.

“I hope we all start rolling as if we were capable and [Chapman] It’s gaining momentum, ”said Boone. “We have many options there.”

Nestor Cortes rolls in on Friday during the Yankees' defeat to the Cardinals.
Nestor Cortes rolls in on Friday during the Yankees’ defeat to the Cardinals.
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This would have allowed Holmes to attack seventh, eighth, or ninth right-handers, but has been less effective lately.

Nestor Cortes played well but wasn’t as tight as usual, reaching the peak of the season with four walks in just 5 ¹ / ₃ rounds.

The Yankees took the lead in the first one after DJ LeMahieu led the way for a walk. Aaron Judge was fired, but LeMahieu moved up to third on the Carpenter single.

With two scraps, Josh Donaldson shot double the RBI to the right center, scoring LeMahieu and sending Carpenter to third place.

The Cardinals tied the scores in the bottom of the second with a pair of Cortes walks and Yadier Molina’s scoring single twice.

Matt Carpenter greets Cardinals fans as they return to St.  Louis.
Matt Carpenter greets Cardinals fans as they return to St. Louis.
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Tyler O'Neill (27) and Nolan Arenado (28) celebrate after scoring in the eighth round.
Tyler O’Neill (27) and Nolan Arenado (28) celebrate after scoring in the eighth round.
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Donaldson came up with his second RBI that night in Game Three, singing on the run after the referee and Carpenter were knocked out with singles against Dakota Hudson.

Torres delivered in fifth place. After the referee scored a duel and stole second place, he moved to third on the ground floor after Hudson was replaced by Andre Pallante. Torres then reached for a hit that hit the referee to make a 3-1.

Cortes, who allowed only three runs in 18 rounds compared to the previous three starts, found himself in the groove of Molina’s RBI single, retreating for nine in a row until the fifth march.

But Cortes also hit the peak of the season with four walks, including one to Paul Goldschmidt who ended Cortes Night with one drop out at the bottom of a sixth.

Tyler O'Neill circles the first in his single RBI in the sixth round.
Tyler O’Neill circles the first in his single RBI in the sixth round.
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The wild field of Albert Abreu, who took over Cortes, sent Goldschmidt to second place.

The single Arenado threw runners into the turns before Abreu beat Nolan Gorman by hitting Albert Pujols in a pinch.

But Abreu staggered and allowed O’Neill to hit 3-2 as Cortes was charged with two strokes.

Effross stepped in and punched DeJong to keep the lead in one gear.

Meanwhile, Pallante took over Hudson and threw four goalless innings.

Ryan Hesley ended the game for the Cardinals. After LeMahieu pulled out with one drop in ninth place, Tim Locastro fled, but the referee and Carpenter were unable to pass.

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