New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 12: Aaron Hicks #31 of the New York Yankees reacts after being hit on a foul tip in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium on July 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)


Nobody has been more automatic out of the Yankees bullpen than Clay Holmes. Since becoming the Yankees closer when Aroldis Chapman landed on the injury list, Holmes has been electric in the ninth, pitching to a 0.47 ERA coming into Tuesday’s game.

The Reds had other ideas.

With the Yankees up 3-0 in the ninth, it looked New York was well on their way to coasting to another victory. However, Holmes just didn’t have it in the ninth. He walked Tommy Pham, gave up a single to Joey Votto and hit Tyler Stephenson with a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Tyler Naquin followed with a infield single to drive in Pham to cut the Yanks lead to 3-1. Finally Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch, scoring Votto to make it 3-2. Aaron Boone had seen enough at this point, and removed Holmes from the game with the bases still loaded and nobody out.

Wandy Peralta came in, got a couple of quick fielder’s choice groundouts, but couldn’t silence Jonathan India, who ripped a two-run single to center to push the Reds in front 4-3.

The loss spoiled a great outing by Gerrit Cole, who shutout the Reds through seven innings, while striking out 11.

The loss to Cincinnati is the Yankees third straight, tying for the longest losing streak this season. The last time New York suffered a three-game skid, came May 22 and 23 when it got swept in a double header by the Chicago White Sox, and lost a game to the Baltimore Orioles.

To add injury to defeat, the Yankees lost Aaron Hicks in the middle of the game after he fouled a ball of his shin. He he left the game with a very noticeable limp. X-rays were negative, but the Yankees will be cautious with Hicks. Hicks now joins Aaron Judge, who has been hurt lately with tightness in his calves.