The New York Yankees haven’t had the smoothest of rides since the All-Star break.
They have lost far more than they have won since the Midsummer Classic: they were bound for some regression after their stellar first half, but injuries and some slumps have hit the team really hard.
Once in the double-digits, their lead in the AL East is now eight games.
The team, however, earned an important win on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
They were losing a lot, but some of the trade deadline reinforcements made sure to stop the bleeding and perhaps signal a turnaround for the Yankees’ recent funk.
“Two trade deadline acquisitions got it done for the #Yankees, making sure New York isn’t swept by the Blue Jays. – Andrew Benintendi: First home run in pinstripes gave the Yankees a lead in the seventh – Lou Trivino: Gets the win, recording the final seven outs,” SI.com’s Max Goodman tweeted.
Two trade deadline acquisitions got it done for the #Yankees, making sure New York isn't swept by the Blue Jays.
– Andrew Benintendi: First home run in pinstripes gave the Yankees a lead in the seventh
– Lou Trivino: Gets the win, recording the final seven outs
— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) August 21, 2022
The Yankees Deadline Haul Is Starting To Produce
Benintendi wasn’t performing as well with the Yankees as when he was with the Kansas City Royals, but he appeared on a big stage with a runner on and the game tied at two in the seventh frame.
He delivered: high drive to right field, and the Yankees were leading 4-2.
They hadn’t stepped to the plate with a lead in a while, but Benintendi changed that in a hurry.
Another trade acquisition, Lou Trivino, made sure to protect that lead and finished off the game.
The former Oakland Athletics reliever now has a 1.00 ERA in nine frames with New York.
For now, Benintendi and Trivino (and, to a lesser extend, Scott Effross) are the ones producing.