There was at least a silver lining, and it was throwing 99 mph.
Jonathan Loaisiga was probably the Yankees’ only bright spot after an otherwise ugly 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Center on Wednesday night.
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Loaisiga pitched a clean seventh inning, striking out a batter and needing only 12 shots.
It was his first outing since being on the injured list on September 5 due to a strained right shoulder.
Loaisiga went through the toughest part of Toronto’s roster, forcing George Springer to pull out sticks before Marcus Semien and Vladimir Guerrero were each knocked out.
“Lo was great,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I thought the material was really good, but it was also very lively. We threw it in a pretty big place there, draw, at the top of the order. He mowed them quite easily. Really efficient. Things looked really crisp. It’s good to bring it there and to a big place.
Loaisiga could be a huge addition to the Yankees’ box as he fights for a wildcard spot in the American League. He fell to just one game ahead of the Red Sox for first place in the one-game playoffs, giving the advantage on the pitch. The Yankees have four games to go.
Loaisiga has been the Yankees’ most stable field play, posting a 2.22 ERA in 55 games. He did 67 in 69 innings.
“I think you know the preparation and all the treatment that has prepared me for this point,” Loaisiga said via the Spanish Yankees interpreter. “I just wanted to attack the hitters and throw my shots the best I could. “
And how did Loaisgia’s shoulder feel?
“It doesn’t worry me at all,” he says. “I activated today and you are going from the injury. The injury is now a thing of the past.
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