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.
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.
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.