We’re not in the Bronx anymore. The Yankees have won 16 in a row at home vs the Blue Jays but it’s a different story when they play in Canada.
On Monday night the Yankees started their three-game series north of the border with an 8-3 loss to the Blue Jays. The game was a disaster from the beginning, as Chase Whitley gave up eight runs on 11 hits and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning.
Whitley became just the fourth Yankee starter in the last 100 years to allow at least eight earned runs and 11 hits in fewer than four innings pitched. The last Yankee to do that was Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez in 1998 against the Angels.
On the other side of the dugout, Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was fantastic, holding the Yankees to only three hits and one run in eight innings.
The last pitcher before Stroman to allow three hits or fewer in eight-or-more innings against the Yankees this early into his career (within his first 10 career games) was Kevin Brown for the Rangers in 1989.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…. it did on on Tuesday night. After digging themselves into a 6-0 hole, the Yankees actually managed to tie the game before losing it in the bottom of the ninth on a throwing error by Yangervis Solarte.
It was the first time the Yankees lost a game via a walk-off error since June 15, 1997 vs Marlins, when Pat Kelly botched a bases-loaded grounder that allowed Edgar Rentaria and Cliff Floyd to score.
Not even the presence of Mark Buehrle on the mound helped the Yankees. Buehrle (who got a no-decision) entered the game (and left the game) with a 1-11 career record vs the Yankees, which is the second-worst by any pitcher with at least 15 starts against the team.
He is now winless in his last 14 starts against the Yankees, which is tied for the fifth-longest such streak over the last 100 years and the longest since Sidney Ponson’s 15-start streak from 1999-2003.
The only other left-hander with a streak as long as Buehrle’s was Bob Weiland, who was 0-11 in 14 career starts vs the Yankees from 1929-34.
This was the third consecutive game the Yankees allowed the first six runs of a game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other time in franchise history the Yankees did that was in July 1952.
David Robertson closed out the win with his second career save of at least five outs – and both of them have come against the Blue Jays. Four other Yankees have had multiple five-out saves vs the Blue Jays: Dave Righetti (9), Goose Gossage (7), Mariano Rivera (5) and Sparky Lyle (2).
Things didn’t start out well as Jose Reyes hit a leadoff homer on the first pitch of the game, the second time he has done that against the Yankees this season. Since pitch data became available in 1988, this is the first time the Yankees have allowed two first-pitch leadoff homers in a season, never mind to the same batter.
Reyes’ homer was also the sixth leadoff home run allowed by the Yankees this season. That’s the second-most allowed by the team in any season over the last 75 years, behind only the seven given up by the 2001 Yankees.