The Yankees struggles continued on Saturday in their 8-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in extra innings, as the team is now only two games above .500.
DJ LeMahieu came up clutch in the ninth inning, hitting a three-run homer to tie the game at 7-7. After the game, he spoke about battling hard despite the frustrating loss.
“Thought we fought hard today, put ourselves in striking distance at the end,” LeMahieu said. “Offensively, defensively, and pitching wise, I feel like we battled best we could today. Jameson [Taillon] had a tough start, but thought we really battled today.”
The Yankees have now lost via the walk-off in back-to-back games for the first time since September 2014. LeMahieu went on to talk about how the team’s competing as best as they can and knows the wins will come.
“I liked they way we competed, I like the way we competed the last two days,” LeMahieu said. “We didn’t get the result, we didn’t get the win. But I really how we competed and how we’re playing. I know those results are gonna come. It’s frustrating when we play well but don’t get the win.”
The 2020 AL batting champ was straightforward when asked what the Yankees need to do moving ahead in the season.
“We’re trying to roll out W’s right now,” LeMahieu said. “Doesn’t really matter who we’re playing, or who where playing, or whatever. We need to roll out W’s. That’s the focus from day one. But the way we’ve played, we just need to roll out W’s, and when we don’t it’s frustrating.”
Manager Aaron Boone gave a similar message as LeMahieu after the loss, saying the team isn’t searching for moral victories. The Yankees have gone 4-6 over their last ten games, and are now 7.5 games back in the AL East standings.
“Yeah I mean look, we’re not into moral victories right now certainly,” Boone said. “The compete of the guys right now is excellent. The offense is certainly waking up, and we’re seeing better and better at-bats. We had a lot of chances today to do even more offensively. But definitely good to see DJ obviously put a really good swing on one in that spot to tie the game, but we got to continue.”