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Luis Gil continues to fight

Luis Gil continues to fight
Luis Gil continues to fight

NEW YORK — With fingers firmly crossed and fervent prayers, the Yankees sent Luis Gil to the mound on Wednesday night and asked him to do what Gerrit Cole failed to do: knock out the Mets.

Not only did Gil fail, but he did so in a manner that left no doubt as to his level of exhaustion. Gil had to score five runs before being knocked out in the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 12-2 disaster against the Mets.

It was the Bombers’ ninth loss in 12 games. They have lost four series in a row. They are in danger of losing first place, which is just one game ahead of the Orioles.

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The Bombers entered the evening hoping Gil could rebound from his troubling start against the Orioles last week. Manager Aaron Boone wrote off Gil’s seven-run collapse in 1.1 innings as an anomaly that would be hard to forget after a strong performance against the Mets.

But both Gil and the Yankees were in trouble from the first inning. The Mets had all the bases loaded and looked ready to do damage. Tyrone Taylor ended the threat by throwing a foul to Jose Trevino, but the message had been received: Gil was being hunted.

The Mets finally caught up with him in the third inning when Francisco Alvarez hit a two-run home run after JD Martinez’s RBI single.

From there, it was all downhill for the Yankees. They only managed two hits in five innings against Sean Manaea and had to watch helplessly as the Mets scored four more runs in the fifth inning.

Gil, visibly tired, walked Brandon Nimmo to open the inning. One out later, the right-hander singled Martinez to end his night. Alvarez greeted reliever Caleb Ferguson with an RBI double to right to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.

At this point, the rain gods decided they had seen enough of the Yankees. At 8:45 p.m., it started to rain heavily, preventing the Mets from scoring many runs for at least the next hour and a half.

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REMARKABLE:

— Aaron Judge and Juan Soto both hit home runs Tuesday night, continuing their unique assault on their opponents.

The two hitters rank first and second in the major leagues in walks, on-base percentage and times on base, respectively. They also have two of the three highest batting averages in the American League.

– Cole’s analysis of his four-inning, four-home, no-strikeout collapse against the Mets the day after.

“I just haven’t thrown enough strikes and made good throws with my arm-side four-seamer,” he said. “That’s on me, but it’s also because I’m preparing to throw 100 pitches. I’m not there yet.”

Cole admitted he was surprised by the Mets’ discipline in not allowing throws right next to the plate.

He noticed seven pitches in the first inning that were less than three inches from the outside corner that either were not counted as strikes or were not hit by the Mets.

“It made a big difference,” Cole said.

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— Yankees midseason grades: Lots of cause for concern given losses, injuries and poor seasons

— Time to worry? What the Yankees should think of Gerrit Cole’s 4-homer and no-Ks disaster | Klapisch

— Juan Soto reflects on Aaron Judge, who hit an astonishing 29 HR and 75 RBIs in the first half

– What the Yankees had to say about JD Davis’ terrible debut

— DJ LeMahieu remains on the ground due to his greatest weakness

— Yankees can’t handle Gerrit Cole’s failure in loss to Mets

— Yankees, Mets super team: Joe Torre or Casey Stengel? Al Leiter or Luis Severino? Difficult decision at 2B

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