Toronto got a little life when Moises Sierra hit a two-run homer off Hughes in the top of the fifth, but a double by Nix and a RBI single by Jeter gave the Bombers those runs back, making the score 10-4. The Blue Jays rallied in the top of the eighth, as the Yankees sent Cory Wade to the mound for the first time since September 9th. Johnson promptly hit a solo homer to right and J.P. Arencibia lined a single to right. Wade struck out Hechavarria, but Gose hit a double deep to center, putting runners on second and third and prompting the Yankees to call on Joba Chamberlain. Lawrie singled in Arencibia and Gose scored on a ground out, cutting the Yankee lead to three runs. David Robertson came out in the top of the ninth and struck out the side to preserve the Yankees’ win.
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout. His batting average dipped below .300 for the second time this month after being above it since June 25th.
Russell Martin: Russell went 0-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. He drew two walks but struck out three times, left two on base and had a passed ball.
Alex Rodriguez: After an ugly day at the plate yesterday, A-Rod did pick up one hit, but otherwise it was a quiet day for the veteran slugger. He went 1-5, striking out once and stranding three batters.
Phil Hughes: Hughes lasted just five innings and gave up four runs on four hits, three walks and a homer. He did have nine strikeouts (helped in part by a passed ball third strike that led to him striking out four in one inning), but that wasn’t going to help him get very deep in the game after throwing so many pitches early on.
Cory Wade: In just 0.1 inning of work, Wade gave up three runs on three hits and a homer. He struck out one.
Ichiro Suzuki: Ichiro went 2-4 with two runs scored, three RBIs, a double and a homer.
Derek Jeter: The Captain went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Nick Swisher: Swish may finally be breaking out of his abysmal slump (hitting .161 in September). After collecting a few hits yesterday, Swisher went 1-4 with a big grand slam that seemed to really open up the game for the Yankees. On the negative side, he struck out three times. Still, hopefully these last couple days have helped Swisher get his swing back.
David Robertson: After Soriano pitched both games yesterday, Robertson got the ball for the save. He had clearly put his last rough outing behind him, striking out the side. One of the strikeouts came on a particularly nasty curve.
In the On Deck Circle:
CC Sabathia will take the ball for the Yankees as they host the Oakland Athletics and Jarrod Parker. Parker is 11-8 with a 3.51 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05pm in the Bronx.