Let’s just focus on the eighth inning, shall we?
I don’t really want to talk about Phil Hughes and David Huff both giving up home runs in the fourth to give the Jays a 3-0 lead. Nor do I want to discuss the fact that the Yankees’ offense couldn’t do anything against J.A. Happ.
Oh wait, I just did.
Anyway, let’s flash forward to the eighth when John Gibbons did us all a favor by removing Happ from the game after he surrendered a ground-rule double to Brendan Ryan. Dude, Brendan Ryan? Really? I would have given you the hook as well.
Next, Gibbons called upon Steve Delabar to keep the Yankees off the board. He started off well enough by striking out Alex Rodriguez but then he gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano which cut the score to 3-1. Granderson advanced to second. Alfonso Soriano came up next and he got in on the act by hitting a double to score Granderson. That pulled the Yankees to within 3-2 and Cano advanced to third. Gibbons kept Delabar in to face Vernon Wells and well, that was a mistake because he laced a 0-1 pitch into left field for a double which scored Cano and Soriano giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
Rivera induced a groundout to second for the third out of the eighth and the Yankees escaped unscathed.
After the Ichiro singled to start the inning, the next three guys stranded him there. Ryan lined out attempting a bunt, Granderson hit a bad hard but right at Davis in right field and Rodriguez flied out to center to end the inning.
So with a 4-3 lead, Mariano Rivera ambled to the mound to record the last three outs of the game and because it’s 2013 it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing.
Adam Lind singled to start the inning and Colby Rasmus followed with another single to put two on with no outs. Kevin Pillar, was pinch running for Lind and was on second. Pillar should really change his name. I don’t think he wants to be associated with an idiot.
Anyway, this is when things got hairy and when my breathing got a bit out of hand.
Munenori Kawasaki who is a cool dude off the field but a pain in the ass on the field, bunted into a force out. Overbay threw to Reynolds at third to get the lead runner, Pillar so there was now one out with runners on first and second.
Then, Ryan Goins hit into a 4-3 put out which allowed the runners to advance to second and third with two outs.
A base hit would win the game. Thank goodness, J.P. Arencibia and his hovering around .200 BA was up because Mo mowed him down to end the game.
Ballgame over, Yankees win.