According to Joe Girardi, the Yankees could only afford to lose seven games of their last thirty in order to be where they wanted to be. After tonight’s loss in Toronto, that number is down to six. A week ago, the Yankees looked poised to make a run as they finally had some fire power in the lineup. But after two losses in three games to the Tampa Bay Rays and the same result with the Toronto Blue Jays, the “Ay’s” have it. And this game was over rather quickly as the Blue Jays scored four runs in the first inning, another two in the second and a seventh run in the third. The Yankees managed only two runs on five hits and struck out thirteen times.
Pettitte held Toronto scoreless over seven innings of work, giving up only five hits, walking two and striking out three.
Soriano finished the night 2-5 but the two hits were home runs and he finished with four RBI on the night. Derek Jeter was 2-5 with an RBI, Alex Rodriguez was 2-4 with a home run, an RBI and a walk and Curtis Granderson was also 2-4.
Noticeably absent from the recap is poor Robinson Cano who was nailed by a J.A. Happ pitch in his first at bat and had to leave the game. It seemed like forever until we found out the results of his x-rays – negative, thank goodness – and he’s day-to-day.
That wait was agonizing because everyone assumed the news would be bad from how Cano’s hand was reacting to being hit. It was trembling similarly to Jayson Nix‘s and Nix is out for the season.…
My apologies for not posting a recap immediately after the game last night. I was too annoyed to pen anything other than a really nasty diatribe about Phil Hughes and I figured I’d sleep on those feelings before I attempted to write about last night’s debacle.
And I know that 5-2 doesn’t seem like a debacle but the Blue Jays are pretty bad and they recently lost a series to the Houston Astros who are even worse. The Yankees really need to beat teams like Toronto if they want a chance to make the playoffs so last night was an unmitigated disaster in that sense.
I am not one of those people who believes the season is now over because of one loss or because the Yankees have slipped a bit in recent days but I do see the importance of these kinds of games and I feel like the players and coaches need to do so as well.
I also believe that their recent run of good games was not a fluke.…
The Yankees are probably going to have to win about twenty more games this year if they want to make a run for a Wild Card spot. That’s a tall order for any team, particularly one that has struggled to score runs as much as the Bombers have this year. Dropping the first two games of a three game set in Tampa this weekend didn’t help the cause. Fortunately the Yankees managed to turn things around in the final game of the series.
Ivan Nova and Alex Cobb pitched to a draw. Cobb was solid. He gave the Rays 5.2 innings of work allowing just two runs on seven hits. Super Nova was better. He lasted 6.2 innings, also allowing just two runs to score. There was an element of luck to Nova’s performance, as he did allow six walks. He also gave up a game tying homer to Evan Longoria in the sixth inning, but managed to keep the Yankees competitive.…
It was unfortunate that Hiroki Kuroda picked tonight of all night’s to have his worst start in two years. He gave up seven runs on nine hits in six innings of work. He struck out three, served up four home runs and the Yankees’ five game winning streak came to a disastrous end.
The Yankees’ offense didn’t do much of anything either. They were held to two runs on four hits in seven strong innings by Chris Archer. At least it’s better than the last time they faced him when he held them scoreless.
It was an ugly night.
Andy Pettitte (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)- He allowed just 2 base runners in the first 4 innings, both of which were the speedy Rajai Davis. He actually had Davis picked off at first in the first inning, but no one was covering second. Davis stole second twice against Pettitte, and with a runner in scoring position for so long, Pettitte had to grind through a couple of early innings. Pettitte allowed a run to score in the fifth inning off of a J.P. Arencibia bomb, but then worked out of trouble later in the inning thanks to a great double play by Alex Rodriguez. Overall, he’s looked very good for 3 straight starts now, and hopefully he’ll continue this once we get to September.
Adam Warren (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR) Warren had a mediocre spot start. The line doesn’t look great, but he was showing a high quality change up. The strike zone tonight was a little… odd (Jose Reyes was ejected early in the game for arguing), and Adam Warren ran into some trouble dealing with Ted Barrett. At 61 pitches he was pulled for David Huff in the top of the 4th inning.
David Huff (5.0, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K) Outside of Friday’s appearance, Huff was actually up earlier this year with both the Indians and Yankees, and came into tonight’s game with 6 runs allowed in just 4.1 innings of work. But tonight he looked like a different pitcher. He allowed just 5 base runners on 4 walks (again Ted Barrett’s strike zone was a mess at times) and 1 hit, and earned 2 strike outs along with them.…
Phil Hughes (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K) Good Hughes showed up tonight and only allowed two runs to score. Rajai Davis singled on a ground ball, stole second, reached third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch. The only other run scored on a sac fly by Davis after Munenori Kawasaki tripled. I don’t know how he did it, but Hughes earned 7 groundouts over just 2 flyouts.
Robinson Cano (2-4, 1 RBI) After going 4 for 4 in the first game, Cano had two singles and a game tying hit in the third. He’s 20 for his last 35. (.571)
Austin Romine (3-3, 1 2B, 1 PB, 2 SB, 1 CS)- What a game for Romine. After watching Chris Stewart hit the go ahead home run in the first game, Romine tried to out perform his counterpart. He doubled once and singled twice, one of which missed being a home run by just a couple of feet.…
Ivan Nova (6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K)- This afternoon’s starting pitcher wasn’t particularly sharp in the early going. Combine that with poor defense and the Blue Jays were able to push across 4 early runs in the 2nd inning. After that inning, the right-hander settled down, locating both his curveball and two-seam fastball extremely well.
Robinson Cano (4-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI)- The guy just keeps hitting. He now has 18 hits in his last 31 at bats (.581). From the get go, Cano was seeing the ball out of Roger’s hand, and in his second at bat of the game, he hit a long three run home run to dead center that made this a 4-3 game. Not only did he cut the deficit to 1 run, but he hit his 200th career home run.
Chris Stewart (1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 PB)- As I mentioned above, Nova didn’t look particularly sharp in the first two innings, but you can blame some of that on his catcher.…