More Buehrle, please The Yankees beat up on their good friend Mark Buehrle on Friday night in a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Buehrle is now 1-13 in 20 career starts vs the Yankees, is winless in his last 16 starts against them and has lost his last 11 decisions vs the franchise. Here's what that means:
• Buehrle's 1-13 record vs Yankees is the worst among any pitcher that has at least 20 starts vs Yankees in last 100 years • His 11 straight decisions lost matches the longest losing streak by a left-handed pitcher vs the Yankees in the last 100 years • Buehrle's 16-start winless streak is the second-longest streak against the Yankees in last 100 years, behind only Slim Hariss (19 straight from 1920-25)
Jacoby Ellsbury had another strong offensive game, becoming the first Yankee leadoff batter ever with a triple and a homer in a game at Toronto (Brett Gardner would later match his feat in the series finale).
David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save of the season. He is the first Yankee reliever not-named Mariano Rivera with at least 35 saves and 75 strikeouts in a season since Dave Righetti in 1986.
Dead Bats Society The Yankees offense went on vacation on Saturday, managing a season-worst one hit a 2-0 loss.
It was just the third time that the Yankees were held to one hit or fewer by the Blue Jays, along with an 8-0 loss in the Bronx on April 10, 1989 and a 6-0 loss in Toronto on September 4, 2009.
It was also just the fourth time in the last 100 years that the Yankees had no more than one hit and at least 12 strikeouts against any team. The other games were on September 10, 1999 vs the Red Sox, September 18, 2000 vs the Indians and June 11, 2003 vs the Astros (a no-hitter).
Michael Pineda took the loss despite only allowing a first-inning two-run home run by Jose Baustita. He extended his streak of allowing no more than two runs to eight straight starts to begin the season, the longest such streak in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Oh, Canada The Yankees dropped their second straight game on Sunday, blowing a 3-0 lead, and fell to 8-7 against the Blue Jays this season.
They need to win at least two of their final four games vs Toronto in order to win the season series. Since the unbalanced schedule began in the AL in 2001, the only time the Yankees lost a season series to the Blue Jays was in 2010.
Brett Gardner sparked the offense from the top of the order, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple and a homer.
He is the first Yankee leadoff batter to miss the cycle by a single since Bobby Richardson in 1965. The only Yankee center fielders in the last 100 years besides Gardner to miss the cycle by a single are Earle Combs (1926), Joe DiMaggio (twice in 1937) and Jackie Jensen (1951). And Gardner is the first Yankee ever to miss the cycle by a single in a game against the Blue Jays.
Dellin Betances struck out four batters in two scoreless innings for his 43rd game this season with multiple strikeouts. That is the second-most multi-strikeout games by a reliever in a season in American League history, behind only Red Sox pitcher Dick Radatz in 1964 (54 games).