Game 159: Yankees 4, Blue Jays 8

In the bottom of the fifth, Yunel Escobar singled to left.  He moved to second on a groundout by Jose Bautista.  With two outs, Vazquez walked Lyle Overbay and Hill connected with a big homer to left, giving Toronto a big 7-0 lead.  Vazquez’s night was done and Royce Ring came in to get out of the inning.

Despite the big hole, the Yankees offense finally struck back in the top of the sixth.  Sparked by a lead off homer by Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees rallied.  A pitch hit Robinson Cano and Austin Kearns worked a walk.  Francisco Cervelli singled to right, bringing Cano home.  Greg Golson then singled to right, scoring Kearns.  Jeter singled to load the bases with just one out, but Hill fielded Nick Swisher’s hard grounder for an inning ending double play.   Still, the Yankees were back in the game, with the score at 7-3.

The Blue Jays got a run back in the seventh.  With Joba Chamberlain on the mound Vernon Wells reached on a throwing error by Rodriguez.  A wild pitch let Wells reach second and he stole third.  Joba struck out Overbay, but a single by Hill brought wells home and Toronto’s lead grew to 8-3.

The Yankees had a chance to rally in the ninth. Jeter worked a lead-off walk and Swisher singled to center.  Teixeira hit a slow grounder to Overbay, who bobbled the ball and had to get the sure out at first instead of going for the double play.  Rodriguez grounded out to short, but brought Jeter home before Cano flew out to end the game, with the Yankees losing 8-4.

Bronx Cheers:
Javier Vazquez: As Jason has already pointed out, Javy did little to improve his chances of making the postseason roster with Wednesday’s outing.  He went just 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs on ten hits.  He walked two, gave up three homers and didn’t have any strikeouts.

Robinson Cano:  Robbie went 0-4 but scored a run.

Curtain Calls:
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod got the Yankees offense started with his 30th homer of the season.  That would give him thirteen straight seasons of 30 homers and 100 RBIs.  Alex went 1-5 with a run scored and two RBIs.  He did have an error that led to a run in the seventh.

Bullpen: Royce Ring, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre combined to go 4.1 innings, giving up just two hits and one unearned run.  They did not walk anyone and Joba had two strikeouts, while Mitre struck out the side in his inning of work.

Francisco Cervelli:  Cervelli went 3-3 with a RBI.  He also walked once.

In The On Deck Circle:
New York will get a day off before heading to Boston for the final series of the regular season.  Andy Pettitte should be getting the start for the Yankees.  He put together a solid first start when he came off the DL, but was horrible in his last outing, giving up six runs on ten hits in just 3.1 innings.  The Yankees will take on Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had a strong start against New York last week.  He gave up just two runs on four hits over eight innings while striking out seven Yankees.  First pitch is Friday at 7:10pm at Fenway.

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.

3 thoughts on “Game 159: Yankees 4, Blue Jays 8

  1. Sad to think, for all of his good work, had Eiland gone with his gut feeling, and not allowed Javy to convince him that he could Hill out, the Yankees might have pulled out a win and been in first place this morning.


    Dave – you're a pitching guru – but you can't figure out that Javy has nothing, and pull him before the deficit approaches double digits.


    Tamar – let's keep track – last night's game became hopeless early, and Cano did nothing.  I'm willing to bet that he produces in a close game, and takes a dive in the next blowout.  I'll check with you later on that. ;)

  2. jon- I'm not sure why you keep focusing on Cano. A lot of players have been at fault for not doing much offensively in some of these ugly games.  I think that Cano's slide at the end of the season has more to do with the fact that he has played every game this season except one (and I think that game was back in July).  He did go 2-4 with a run scored last week when the Yankees got killed by Tampa 10-3.  I do think it's easier for the younger players to struggle in games like that than it is for veterans like A-Rod and Jeter who've seen enough big comebacks they know they can do it.


    I was hoping that between AJ and Javy at least one of them would figure it out by the end of the season, but apparently that's not going to happen.  What a waste.  When I start feeling like Nova is definitely a better option in the post-season I know there is something wrong.


  3. I dunno – prly a combination of the constant MVP chatter from the announcers – that and the fact that he almost always looks so disinterested(?) – unfocused – lackadaisical?- even when he's batting .400+.   I just have this nagging inner fear of him turning back into the guy who Torre benched.


    But I can go along with the worn out part – everyone else on the team gets breaks – even Gardner (albeit for different reasons) – if nothing else, it could be eating away in Cano's head.  –overanalyzing? probably.  But Robbie is a danged important cog in the machine; that and the fact that I expect a lot more from him than I do from, say, The Big Puma. ;)


    Fine – I'll chill.  This pitching thing is just getting me REALLY nervous.  (reading today that Petite's last outing was short and nasty because of a "tight back")  – C.C. is great, but he can't pitch every game.  And a two man rotation with Hughes isn't much better.