Game 157: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 7

While Burnett clearly didn’t have it early on, he completely lost it in the third inning.  He walked Snider and hit Escobar with a pitch before giving up a three run homer to Vernon Wells.  Lyle Overbay followed with a double to center and Buck singled him home.  Adam Lind singled to right, moving Buck to third and a sac fly by Edwin Encarnacion put the Blue Jays in front 7-0.

New York finally got on the board in the top of the fifth.  A walk to Austin Kearns was followed by Curtis Granderson’s 24th homer of the season, making the score 7-2.  The Yankees struck again in the seventh.  With one out, Derek Jeter singled to first and Nick Swisher singled to left.  Mark Teixeira continued to bust out of his slump with a big homer to center, getting the Yankees back in the game as the score sat at 7-5.  Unfortunately, the Pinstripes went down in order in the top of the eighth and ninth, ending any threat and giving Toronto the victory.

Bronx Cheers:
A.J. Burnett: A.J. was terrible Monday night.  He went just 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits.  He walked a batter, hit one with a pitch and struck one out.

Alex Rodriguez: While A-Rod may have done his best to beat the Red Sox this weekend, he struggled against Toronto Monday night.  He went 0-4 with two strikeouts and three runners left on base.

Curtain Calls:
Bullpen: The only reason the Yankees still had a chance at the end of the night was because the bullpen didn’t let Toronto get even further away after Burnett was pulled.  Jonathan Albaladejo went 1.2 innings without giving up a run or a hit.  Dustin Moseley gave the Yankees two innings of one hit baseball.  David Robertson also gave up just one hit in his 1.1 innings of work.  Boone Logan and Chad Gaudin each got the batter they pitched to out.  Combined, the bullpen gave up just two hits and two walks.

Mark Teixeira: Teix’s big homer put the Yankees back in the game.  He seems to be breaking out of his slump in a big way these days.  He went 2-5 with a run scored and three RBIs.

In The On Deck Circle:
As the Yankees are still trying to clinch a playoff spot, CC Sabathia will take the ball for New York on Tuesday.  CC is coming off an ugly outing, where he went just 5.1 innings against the Rays and was pounded for seven runs.  Kyle Drabek will toe the rubber for Toronto.  Drabek was brought up from Double-A on September 15 and is still trying to pick up his first win.  He is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA.  The rookie’s first two games were losses, though he gave up just three runs in each outing.  First pitch is at 7:07pm.

About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

5 thoughts on “Game 157: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 7

  1. imho, you could add Cano to your Cheers – after the third inning, he seemed to lose interest.  Not that I can blame him – watching last night’s game, one could almost agree with Alex’s comment – that it’s hard to have an “edge” when the starting pitcher puts you in a hole to start the game.
    Given a decent starter – or maybe even Javy – the Yankees could have easily won last night.  I’d hate to be Girardi – its going to be hard to put Burnett into the playoff rotation.  Sadly, its going to be even harder to get rid of him.  Have you noticed, he’s looking more like Randy Johnson, the more he pitches like him?

  2. I have to agree, it is hard for me to have any confidence in A.J. right now.  He needs to pull it together fast if he wants the rest of his time in pinstripes not to be miserable.  Which is sad, since he was pretty crucial in the playoffs last year…

  3. If Girardi starts Sabathia tonight, it’s a terrible decision in my opinion. Here’s why: 1) CC has 1 regular season start left no matter what; 2) CC prefers pitching on 4 days rest; 3) CC hates pitching on long rest. Why wouldn’t you then pitch him on Friday to line him up for normal 4 days rest for game 1 of the ALDS? If you pitch him tonight, he’s now going to be on 7 days rest. Huh? How is this not the easiest decision in the world again? Tonight I’d rather see Javy or Nova audition for the 4th starter (if they make it past the ALDS) and push CC back to Friday so your ace is on point for game 1. Honestly for the 4th starter slot, I would also prefer to see 4-5 innings of Nova and then patching up with Mitre for an inning or 2 before you get to the solid workhorses of the pen. I doubt that happens, but I hold out hope.