The Yankees had their 4-game winning streak snapped yesterday afternoon. They were looking to prevent their post-ASB series winning streak from ending today, but ended up giving up runs at inopportune times one time too many for their offense to come back and fell 5-4 to Toronto, who now has a winning streak at The Stadium going.
It was all about escaping early on for New York starter Shane Greene. He worked around runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the 1st with only 1 run against him, erased a 1-out infield single in the 2nd with a well-timed double play ball, and needed Zelous Wheeler to nail Dan Johnson at the plate to make it out of the 4th scoreless.
J.A. Happ came into this game with a 6.27 ERA on the road this season, but you wouldn’t know it with the way he tamed the Yankee lineup. They were taking a lot of bad swings against him, letting good pitches to hit go by, and straight up botching pitches down the pipe and popping them up through 4. Chase Headley and Francisco Cervelli finally ended the madness with back-to-back home runs in the 5th to the game at 2.
Greene got tagged for a solo HR off the bat of Juan Francisco to lead off the 5th and couldn’t work through the gaggle of lefties in the middle of Toronto’s lineup a third time in the 6th, coughing up the go-ahead run on a Colby Rasmus double to left-center. The Yanks manufactured a run on a Jeter base hit, Ellsbury walk, and McCann infield single to tie the game in the 6th, but Joe strangely elected to stick with David Huff to start the 7th.
Huff put the first 2 runners on, which led to another Dellin Betances firefighting endeavor. He put it out in the 7th, then ignited it and accelerated it in the 8th with a leadoff walk of Colby Ramus and a wild pickoff throw attempt that allowed him to score on a sac fly and push the Jays back ahead 4-3. Carlos Beltran drove in Brett Gardner with a clutch 2-out single to tie the game again in the bottom half, but a bad job by D-Rob of holding Jose Bautista at first and a Dioner Navarro bloop single to right in the 9th made for the final go-ahead Toronto run and an uber-frustrating loss.
– Today was the first time this season that Betances and Robertson gave up a run in the same game. Not surprising that the Yanks came out on the losing side when that happened.
– Headley hit streak counter: 6 games. Also his first home run as a Yankee.
– Not to be outdone, Cervelli now has an 8-game hitting streak of his own going.
– On the decision to let Huff start the 7th, you have to wonder what Joe’s thought process was there. That situation screamed for Adam Warren. No reason at all to have Huff out there in a tie game and even less of a reason to leave him out there to face Jose Reyes after he gives up a hit to the pinch leadoff hitter. I know Betances is a great fireman, but Joe could have saved some work on him and maybe had him fresher and sharper for the 8th if he goes Warren or even Kelley there to start the inning.
– Solid day of infield defense all-around. Derek Jeter made a nice lunging play to his left with the infield in in the 1st, Brendan Ryan made a nice diving catch shifted onto the left side, Headley made a great scoop and throw in the 9th, and Big Mac made some good plays on balls hit to him at first.
– Ryan was the only Yankee hitter to not reach base. Beltran (hit and a walk) was the only one to reach more than once.