Game 158: Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1

In the top of the fifth, Brett Gardner tripled to center.  This time it was Jeter’s turn to drive in a run, as he hit the ball to third and Gardner made it home to give the Yankees a 3-1 edge.  The score stayed the same through the seventh inning, but the Yankees added some insurance in the eighth.

A single by Jeter got things going and Swisher followed with a single of his own.  Greg Golson replaced Swisher and Teixeira worked a walk to juice the bases.  Rodriguez walked, bringing Jeter home.  Robinson Cano then drove sac fly to left, scoring Golson and putting the Yankees ahead 5-1.

New York picked up another run in the ninth and Sabathia, who was still under 100 pitches, started the ninth.  Snider singled and Yunel Escobar walked before Sabathia got Jose Bautista out on a long fly ball.  Girardi decided it was time to bring Sabathia out and Mariano Rivera entered the game for the last two outs.

Bronx Cheers:
Having trouble finding much wrong with this game so we’ll just go with this: Cano, Berkman and Granderson all went 0-3.  Cano did have a RBI on a sac fly, however.

Curtain Calls:
CC Sabathia: The big lefty went 8.1 innings and gave up just one run on three hits.  He walked two and struck out eight as he led the way to the playoffs for the Yankees.

Derek Jeter: The Captain led the way on offense, playing a key role in most of the Yankees scoring opportunities.  He went 2-4 with three runs scored and a RBI.

Brett Gardner:  Gardner went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple.

Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 1-3 with two RBIs.

In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees have not officially tapped a starter for tomorrow, though Girardi and Pettitte have both confirmed that Andy will not be the starter as originally planned.  According to Mark Feinsand it will be Javier Vazquez. Brett Cecil will take the ball for Toronto.  He held Baltimore to two earned runs on eleven hits on Friday.  He is 3-1 against the Yankees with a 4.21 ERA.  Cecil has a 3-0 record in September, but his ERA is 7.40 for the month.  First pitch will be at the Rogers Centre at 7:07pm.  Anyone want to make a guess at what the Yankees lineup will look like?

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4 thoughts on “Game 158: Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1

  1. My best guess at a lineup:

    Jeter SS

    Granderson CF

    Teixeira DH

    Cano 2B

    Berkman 1B

    Kerns LF

    Golson RF

    Cervelli C

    Nunez 3B

  2. Can I change my mind? ;)  I have accused some of the Yankees of dogging it over the last few weeks – after last night, I would like to change my opinion – comparing last night's game against Burnett's stinker, I'm starting to think that the rest of the team dislike's Burnett's games as much as I do.  Last night (and with Hughes the previous night,) they played with energy, and were smiling.  When Burnett is on the mound – everyone looks like they would like to be elsewhere.


    Apart from that – good game.  Nice to see the Yankees play a little small ball, drive in a run, even at the expense of an out, instead of just leaving a lot of guys stranded.  Good to see C.C. looking fairly sharp, nice to see Mo come into a relatively tight spot (two on, one out, Wells at bat) and cleanly preserve the win.

  3. I thought the lineup was going to look more like Alex's than it actually is going to be tonight.  I thought maybe A-Rod would DH and Teixeira would get a full day off…turns out, neither of them will be resting today…

    Derek Jeter SS

    Nick Swisher RF

    Mark Teixeira 1B

    Alex Rodriguez 3B

    Robinson Cano 2B

    Marcus Thames DH

    Austin Kearns LF

    Francisco Cervelli C

    Greg Golson CF