The Yankees lost to the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon in Toronto in an offensively impotent showing that has fans scratching their heads and pulling at their fingernails. Andy Pettitte tossed five and two-thirds innings of solid, albeit unspectacular ball (3 ER, 5 H, 4 K’s, 3 BB), and the bullpen (more or less) managed to keep Toronto at bay, but the Yankee offense couldn’t find a hit when it mattered. Time and again they’d strand runners in scoring position, searching desperately for the one hit that just couldn’t seem to fall in.
It was a terribly frustrating spectacle.
The loss puts the Yankees in position to fall into a tie for the AL East with Baltimore, if the Orioles beat Boston this evening–almost a foregone conclusion this year. The Yankees play Toronto again tomorrow, then host Boston in a season-ending (-defining, -determining) three game set. The Orioles get, arguably, the harder season-ending series, as they travel to Tampa to take on the Rays–a schedule that probably favors the Yankees.
Breakdown after the jump.
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