Congratulations to the Toronto Blue Jays for breaking their 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium. It was starting to get embarrassing. They repaid the Yankees for last night’s series-opening loss by reversing the score and taking this afternoon’s matchup 6-4 behind a strong starting effort by Drew Hutchison, a patient offensive approach, and some bad Yankee defense.
Hutchison held the Yankee offense down for the majority of his 6.2 innings. His only real mistake came when he walked Carlos Beltran on 4 pitches to begin the bottom of the 4th and then left a 1-1 changeup up and over the plate for Brian McCann to hit into the Yankee bullpen. That 2-0 lead was the only one New York would have and Hutchison did a nice job of using the Yankees’ aggressiveness at the plate against them to keep them from threatening further.
The newly acquired Chris Capuano was mostly good through his first 4 innings. He wiggled out of a bases loaded situation in the top of the 1st and retired 6 in a row and 9 of 10 after a leadoff walk in the 2nd. The 5th was the problem for him. A 1-out walk came around to score on a Melky Cabrera RBI double, and a decision to intentionally walk Jose Bautista backfired when the next batter singled and gave the Melkman a chance to score on a sac fly to tie the game.
Capuano managed to complete 6 innings with only those 2 runs against him, so he wasn’t the issue. It was the bullpen and the right side of the infield. Shawn Kelley was ineffective to start the 7th, walking Cabrera and giving up a double to Bautista. Cabrera came around to score after McCann failed to get the out at first on a ground ball and Brian Roberts inexplicably let an infield pop up drop in front of him for a ribbie single. Absolutely no excuse for him not making that play. None. McCann gets a pass for playing out of position, but not Roberts. He blows and he’s got to go.
Down 1 in the 9th, Joe gave the ball to Chase Whitley and watched as he and Jeff Francis combined to put the game out of reach with 3 more runs allowed. Guess Warren needed another day off. Tough to win when your offense doesn’t do much and your second tier relievers get tasked with keeping a game close.
– Beltran hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th to make the final score respectable, his second in as many games.
– Chase Headley kept his Yankee hitting streak going with a single in 5 at-bats. He also managed to remember how many outs there were when he was on base.
– Each team left 11 men on base, so it was a day of RISPFail on both sides. The Yankees were 0-4 while the Jays were 3-14. Final score could have been a lot worse.
– Brett Gardner went 0-5 with 3 Ks today. Tough last 2 games for him.
– Little game of beanball in the 1st when Capuano plunked Bautista and Hutchison hit Beltran in retaliation. Both benches got warned at that point, so chances for carryover to tomorrow are low.