Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4: My baseball people said David Phelps!

I jokingly referred to this game as a Friday night fright in the game thread, mainly because of the pitching matchup. I figured a game started by Ivan Nova and Aaron Laffey had the potential to be really awful. When Francisco Cervelli left the game with an injury about 37 seconds (give or take) into the game, I just shook my head. When Ivan Nova left the game in the third inning with an injury, I wanted to crawl into a hole.

What on earth is happening to this team? Can the training stuff just start lining people’s uniforms with bubble wrap? Thankfully, both of their replacements came up big.

Chris Stewart threw out some runners and walked twice tonight. As for David Phelps, all he did was come in, pitch four innings of relief and strike out nine batters. He picked up the win.

Of course, the Blue Jays’ usual suspects, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, hit home runs – Encarnacion hit two: one off of Nova and the other off of Phelps but thankfully, the Yankees scored more. Bautista’s came in the eighth against David Robertson.

Luckily for the Yankees, the Jays’ sloppy play helped them out and canceled out those home runs.

Brett Gardner hit a home run in the eighth inning to put the Yankees up two which was good because the Blue Jays made things interesting for their fans by loading the bases in the top of the ninth against Mariano Rivera. Thankfully, Mo settled down and calmly picked up his eighth save of the year.

Funny notes from the game:

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.