Well so much for figuring out how to hit a knuckleball. The Yankees were stymied again by R.A. Dickey, scoring 1 meager run against him in 7 innings and then never scoring another one in a frustrating extra-innings loss. They had plenty of chances to get a big hit too and didn't do it. Had 2 on with 2 outs in the 2nd and got nothing. Had 2 on with 2 outs in the 3rd and got nothing. Carlos Beltran walked to lead off the 4th and was immediately erased by a GIDP. A 1-out single in the 7th led to nothing, the runner didn't even advance. And then just for good measure, they grounded into 2 more inning-ending double plays after leadoff baserunners in the 8th and 9th. The only run of the night came on a Mark Teixeira home run to left, his 30th of the season.
Nathan Eovaldi more than did his job in holding the powerful Jays offense down. He gave up a solo home run to Josh Donaldson in the top of the 1st, almost got in big trouble in that inning, but worked out of it and then pitched the next 5.1 innings scoreless. He got 10 groundball outs, only gave up 5 hits, he was great.
The bullpen did their thing to get to extras, but Joe made the call to remove Andrew Miller after throwing 6 pitches in the 9th and go with Branden Pinder against the heart of the Toronto order. That worked about as well as you'd expect when Jose Bautista hit a go-ahead home run. Ballgame.
- Dellin Betances got the final out of the 7th inning and worked a scoreless 8th. He probably won't be available today. Maybe that was why Joe quick hooked Miller to keep him available.
- At some point the Yankees need to start trying to steal bases again, no? They've eliminated that from their game, and it came back to bite them on some of those rally-killing double plays. If Gardner and Chris Young are on first base late, they need to be trying to steal. Get yourself into scoring position and make it easier to push a run across. If you're going to play for 1 run, that's how to do it.