20 baserunners, as a matter of fact – 12 hits and 8 walks.
In the rubber game of their three-game set with the Red Sox, the Yankees didn’t find effective pitching until midway through the 6th inning, after they had already surrendered 7 runs. Chase Whitley allowed 5 Earned over 4+ innings, while Shawn Kelley, who entered in the 5th, had the line of the night – 0 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, H.
The Yankees looked to be keeping pace early on, answering a towering 3-run bomb from David Ortiz in the 3rd with three runs of their own in the following two innings – two of those coming on Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran homers.
It was in the 5th that things began to change. There was a curious play with runners on the corners – David Huff had Dustin Pedroia picked off at first, and Brian Roberts ran him back to first base, while checking Daniel Nava at third.…
Well, I asked the Yankees to score three runs in the game thread and they did. Of course, it would have been better if they hadn’t allowed the Blue Jays to score eight of their own. Oops.
Chase Whitley had an awful outing. His final line was 3.1 IP, 11 H, 8R, 8ER, 3BB, 2K and he gave up a home run to Adam Lind that quickly made it 6-0 in the second inning. Toronto went up 7-0 in that same inning thanks to a Dioner Navarro double that scored Edwin Encarnacion.
Mark Teixeira was responsible for the only Yankee run in the first eight innings – he hit a solo shot in the top of the fourth.
Navarro stuck again in the bottom of the fourth, hitting an RBI single to put Toronto up 8-1. Whitley was taken out with one out in the fourth.
The Yankees scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Yangervis Solarte broke out of an 0-28 slump with an RBI single and Kelly Johnson hit career double #200 which scored Carlos Beltran to make the score 8-3.…
Well, that was a fun ending, right?
Of course, everything leading up to tonight’s exciting bottom of the ninth inning was baseball’s version of blue balls. Seriously, how many times can a team have the bases loaded and fail in one game? It happened in the second, happened in the fifth and it happened in the sixth. I guess it’s a good thing the bases weren’t loaded in the ninth but before we get to that, let’s go back to the beginning of the game, shall we?
And I’ll give Jimenez some credit for getting out of all of those jams during the game but a lot of it also had to do with the Yankees’ ineptitude. They were getting thrown out at home, failing miserably with runners in scoring position, hitting into double plays, etc.…
After sweeping a three-game series for the first time in 2014 last week against Seattle in Safeco Field, the Yankees pulled off the same feat at home against the Blue Jays. If you have been paying attention the past couple of seasons, you will know that this isn’t much of a shock because the Yankees have now beaten Toronto 16 games in a row at Yankee Stadium dating back to 9/19/12 and the Yanks swept a doubleheader that day. Isn’t that something?
Starter David Phelps, who was coming off a strong performance in last Friday’s 7-0 victory over the A’s came up big again going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits against the Blue Jays. He also set a career high in pitches with 115.
If MLB wants to re-do the scheduling again and make every team play its divisional rivals more each season, I would have no problem with that. It would just mean more free wins at home for the Yankees against the Blue Jays. If you were keeping track, that tally is now up to 15 straight after last night.
Chase Whitley continues to impress as the team’s de facto 3rd starter. He got the same hard work treatment that Tanaka did on Tuesday night, needing 98 pitches to complete 5 innings. But he held to the Jays to 5 singles and 2 runs in those 5 innings, left with the lead, and ended up with the W. If Vidal Nuno could come close to matching Whitley’s consistency, the rotation would be in pretty decent shape.
The Yanks got another early run thanks to Brett Gardner‘s speed. He singled to lead off the 1st, got to second on an error, moved to third on a flyout, and scored on Alfonso Soriano‘s single away from the shift with 2 outs. …
Seriously, gang. I don’t think we’re worthy of seeing starting pitching like this. Masahiro Tanaka turned in another virtuoso performance last night in his second start against the Toronto Blue Jays, his first time facing them since his first start of the season. His only blemish was the first pitch he threw to Jose Reyes to start the game, a 4-seamer down the pipe that Reyes hit out for a solo home run. After that, he was standard Tanaka. Lotta swings and misses, lotta Ks, and only 1 real scoring threat in 6 innings of work.
Offensively, the Yanks were driven by Brett Gardner‘s 2-run Yankee Stadium Special home run in the bottom of the 3rd. Kelly Johnson hit a 1-run double to put a duck on the pond for Gardner, and he did what a good hitter should do with a hanging curveball. The only other run came on a good manufacturing job in the 5th. Derek Jeter singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, third on an Ellsbury groundout, and scored on a single by Mark Teixeira.…
Yes. Yes he is.
Okay, so that may be unfair. Heading into Sunday afternoon, Vidal Nuno had started 10 games for the Yankees, pitching to a 4.19 ERA (a tick below-average) and mostly keeping the team close, allowing fewer than three runs in seven of those starts. He did fail to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of those starts, to be sure, but he was mostly serviceable as what amounted to the team’s seventh or eighth starter.
Of course, none of that felt relevant yesterday, as Nuno allowed 8 hits (including 2 home runs) and 8 runs over three innings in the rubber match against the A’s. Despite the Yankees recent offensive outburst (which, for them, meant 13 runs between Thursday and Friday), the game felt over when Nuno allowed a 400-foot three-run blast to Derek Norris in the first inning. And then it was essentially over when Coco Crisp knocked out a three-run homer of his own in the second.…
Chase Whitley went 7 2/3 innings, gave up two runs on five hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
Ellsbury also robbed Robinson Cano of a home run in the fifth inning with an amazing catch up against the left-centerfield wall – it was near the spot where Cano hit his home run against Tanaka in last night’s game. He was pulled from the game after that play because he aggravated his sore right hip which started bothering him in Kansas City this past weekend.