For 8.2 innings Monday night, the Yankees never trailed. In fact, the Yankees owned a 6-4 lead with one out left to get in the top of the ninth, but with one swing of the bat Colby Rasmus gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the night with a booming three run home run into the right-center field seats to turn that deficit into a 7-6 Blue Jays lead. The Yankees wouldn’t go down without a fight, however, forcing the game into extra innings on the strength of a Derek Jeter home run to lead off the bottom of the inning. But a throwing error on Derek Lowe would allow the go ahead run to get to third base with no outs in the eleventh, and eventually score on a groundball for what would become the winning run as the Yankees ultimately fell to Toronto 8-7.
- Like I said, for 8.2 innings, this looked like a pretty good performance for the Yankees. The offense put six runs on the board on the strength of two home runs by Robinson Cano and a two run shot by Nick Swisher, and David Phelps had been darn good over 6.1 innings in his start. The bullpen was maybe playing with fire, but were generally limiting the damage in doing so, and obviously Soriano only needed to get one more out to close out the game. Obviously that didn’t happen, but it shouldn’t erase what happened earlier in the night either.
- Speaking of Phelps, he really deserves his own bullet point. Working into the seventh, Phelps struck out seven batters while walking just one opponent and giving up five hits. He was, however, charged for four total runs, thanks to the inconvenient fact that two of those hits were home runs, resulting in a total of three runs allowed. If there’s a nit to be picked here, it’s that those home runs both came following innings in which the Yankees scored, but I guess that’s less important than the fact that Phelps never trailed in the game. Pretty good for a guy who’s spent the entire season being jerked around, huh?
- Soriano is going to get most of the blame tomorrow, but it’s worth pointing out that neither Cody Eppley nor David Robertson were able to keep Toronto off the bases either. They did, however, manage to avoid the big hit, which Soriano did not.
- The top of the order really delivered tonight, with the first three Yankee hitters accounting for four home runs and five of the Yankees’ seven RBI in the game. When Jeter homered in the ninth, it felt like they were going to pull the game out after all.
- They did go on to lose, however, and did allowed the tying run to score in one of the most annoying ways possible. Yorvit Torrealba singled to lead off the 11th for the Blue Jays, and after a pinch runner came into the game, Derek Lowe got far too cute in throwing over to first base, especially since Eric Chavez had moved over to the position after Mark Teixeira left the game, and predictably, the ball skipped away from Chavez, allowing the runner to move to third. A strikeout of the next batter provided a brief glimmer of hope, but Toronto would then get what proved to be the winning run by virtue of a ground ball out. Just letting the runner have second base would have worked out better for Lowe.
- Again, however, the Yankees refused to quit in the bottom of the 11th, and put the tying run on base thanks to a rare Ichiro Suzuki walk. The top of the order couldn’t come through this time, though, as Jeter bounced into a fielder’s choice and Swisher struck out on a call he clearly didn’t agree with to end the game, and put an end to a thoroughly depressing night.