Garcia pitched a 1-2-3 first inning, but quickly fell into trouble in the second. Adam Lind started the game with a solo homer, giving the Blue Jays the lead. Garcia walked Edwin Encarnacion, but Russell Martin gunned him down trying to swipe second. Kelly Johnson worked a walk and stole second, but Garcia was able to keep the Toronto lead at 1-0, striking out Brett Lawrie and getting Colby Rasmus to pop out to third. Lind struck again in the fourth, when he drove another solo shot over the wall in center for a 2-0 Toronto edge.
The Blue Jays threatened to blow the game open in the fifth, as J.P. Arencibia worked a walk and Mike McCoy followed with a bunt single. An error by Garcia allowed Arencibia to move to third, putting runners on the corners with one out. A sac fly from Eric Thames pushed another run across the plate and Jose Bautista singled to left, putting two on with two outs. Girardi called on Aaron Laffey to relieve Garcia. He walked Adam Lind, loading the bases for Luis Ayala who got Encarnacion to fly out and end the inning.
Scott Proctor made things interesting in the seventh inning, allowing a leadoff double to Arencibia who moved over on a sac bunt. David Cooper worked a walk, after Eric Thames managed to foul the ball off his face and had to leave the game. Proctor intentionally walked Jose Bautista and was replaced by Raul Valdes who struck out Lind and got Encarnacion to ground into a force out to keep the Yankees in the game. Unfortunately, the Yankees were never able to put together a rally and the Blue Jays held on for the 3-0 win.
Freddy Garcia: He wasn’t completely awful, but he clearly didn’t have it working Sunday. He lasted just 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out four. He also had a throwing error on a bunt, which led to a run.
Scott Proctor: He allowed more baserunners than he got outs, as he gave up a hit and two walks in his .1 inning of work.
The Offense: The Yankees clearly threw out the B lineup today (or maybe it was the C lineup?) and it looked like it. They got five total hits from three players, while the rest of them failed to get on base, with the exception of Cano who picked up the lone walk. Even when they did get runners on, they were unable to do much with it. Cano got caught stealing and Nunez got thrown out trying to turn a single into a double.
Eduardo Nunez: Nunez provided most of the Yankees offense, going 3-4 with a double. He did get thrown out trying to make that two doubles, but he still managed to do more than the rest of the offense.
Russell Martin: Martin went 1-3 and threw out Kelly Johnson trying to steal second.
Luis Ayala and Raul Valdes: Both come in to the game in tough spots and ate up some crucial innings for the Yankees after Garcia’s early exit. Each threw 1.1 innings. Ayala didn’t allow a base runner and picked up a strikeout. Valdes, making his first appearance for the Yankees, gave up one hit and struck out two batters.
In The On Deck Circle:
The Bombers finally head back to the Bronx, where they will face the Minnesota Twins for a makeup game on Monday. A.J. Burnett will take the ball, as Phil Hughes is sitting out his turn with back spasms. Burnett started shaky in his last outing, before turning it around and giving the Yankees some solid innings. He allowed just two runs and struck out eleven in six innings. He is looking to rebound from the last time he faced Minnesota, when he lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up seven runs. Scott Diamond will toe the rubber for the Twins, as the rookie southpaw will make his first start against the Yankees. He is 1-4 with a 3.94 ERA over five starts, going six innings against the Tigers in his last start. He spread out seven hits and four walks, holding Detroit to just two runs (one earned). First pitch is at 1:05pm in the Bronx.