YANKEE BOO HOOS? Bronx Bombers gripe about lighting, tipped pitches after getting rocked by Blue Jays — Toronto Sun

BUFFALO — The vaunted but struggling New York Yankees came here for the first time on Monday night and didn’t like what they saw, apparently. Read More

YANKEE BOO HOOS? Bronx Bombers gripe about lighting, tipped pitches after getting rocked by Blue Jays — Toronto Sun

BUFFALO — The vaunted but struggling New York Yankees came here for the first time on Monday night and didn’t like what they saw, apparently.

From a 10-run sixth inning inflicted on them by the Blue Jays to what they hinted was a minor league experience at Sahlen Field, the 12-7 defeat in Buffalo didn’t sit well with the visitors.

YANKEE BOO HOOS? Bronx Bombers gripe about lighting, tipped pitches after getting rocked by Blue Jays

The Bronx Bombers didn’t like the temporary lighting — which certainly isn’t up to Yankee Stadium standards and those of other parks around Major League Baseball — and they openly questioned whether Jays hitters had an idea about what pitchers were coming as they batted around in an explosive sixth.

“A lot of it had to do with he had a tough time seeing the signs,” Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka said on a Zoom call, when asked following the game about his pitchers’ struggles. “It’s pretty dark there. Once it really got dark, yeah.

“I had the stickers on my fingers but it still seemed like it didn’t help much.”

In a stadium where lighting is an issue, catchers often wear bright stickers on their fingers to help the pitchers see the signs, something Jays backstop Danny Jansen has been employing most of the season.https://www.youtube.com/embed/MMTn0g6a48o?embed_config={%27relatedChannels%27:%20[],%27autonav%27:true}&autoplay=0&playsinline=1

“I know, (pitcher Jonathan) Holder when he came in was having a hard time seeing the signs, lighting wise,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Then there was the issue of the lengthy, savvy Jays at bats, which had more than one Yankee wondering what was up.

“Um, I mean, I’m not sure,” Higashioka said. “I guess I’ll have to take a look to see if they were maybe tipping, or something. We were a little erratic that inning.”

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Ottavito, the biggest victim of the Jays’ 10-run sixth, the most runs they scored in an inning since 2010, acknowledged it didn’t make sense to him.

“It’s just bizarre,” Ottavito said. “Myself and (fellow reliever Chad Green) didn’t get any swing and misses that whole inning and we’re both well above average swing and miss pitchers.

“Not getting swing and misses, it’s either and indication that my stuff wasn’t good, my location wasn’t good or that they had something on me. They either had a great approach or they knew what was coming, any of that.”https://www.youtube.com/embed/q4lJqB7Ogo8?embed_config={%27relatedChannels%27:%20[],%27autonav%27:true}&autoplay=0&playsinline=1

Originally, several Jays players griped about having to play in Buffalo, where the home of the triple-A Bisons is decidedly minor league. But the team spent some serious coin on upgrades, the players feel mostly comfortable, and the Jays have certainly forged a noticeable home-field advantage in Buffalo.

They are now 9-5 at Sahlen Field, where their 6.1 runs per game average at home leads the major leagues.

The lighting, meanwhile, was always going to be a potential issue, even though the team upgraded the existing system prior to their home opener. It’s still darker than most major league stadiums, but few will feel sorry for the Yankees, as a witty Tweet from Jays pitching prospect Adam Kloffenstein suggests.

Reports are saying the lighting was at its worst in the 6th inning https://t.co/GqpkmUpA3q— Adam Kloffenstein (@KingKloff) September 8, 2020

“Reports are saying the lighting was at its worst in the sixth inning,” Kloffenstein (@KingKloff) tweeted.

Ouch.

rlongley@postmedia.com

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