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Yankees blame 10-run disaster inning on lighting, tipped pitches

The Yankees’ struggles continue, as the team many picked to win the World Series this season gave up 10 runs in one inning in its 12-7 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday night.

New York jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning, and it appeared the team was going to cruise to a decisive win against its divisional foe. The problem was they had to pitch in the bottom of that inning, and that’s when the Blue Jays lit them up for 10 runs — capped off by a grand slam.

It was arguably their worst loss of the season, and it prompted plenty of questions from the New York media as to how exactly it happened. Their catcher,  Kyle Higashioka, believes tipped pitches may have played a role, and given how the inning shook out, we agree there. However, he also thinks the lighting at Sahlen Field played a role.

“A lot of it had to do with (that) he had a tough time seeing the signs,” Higashioka said, via the Toronto Sun. “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.”

He continued:

“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.”

The team can blame external factors all it wants, but the fact remains that the Yankees continue to underperform, and they’re just finding ways to lose games.