The winning streak is over. The record has dropped back below .500. All hope is lost. Enjoy Arby's. The Toronto offense decided to show up last night , conveniently when most of the offense didn't, and they beat up on the Yankee middle relief to secure a double-up victory in the second game of this series.
He took the loss in the scorebook, but this one wasn't on Ivan Nova. He turned in another solid start with 6.2 innings of 3-run ball and 8 strikeouts. The fourth run charged to him was on the relief pitcher in my book. Even the first 2 could have been avoided if Chase Headley was able to make a play on a soft grounder. But he couldn't, the inning continued, and Ryan Goins smacked a 2-run double to right on a 3-1 fastball to put the Blue Jays ahead 2-1. Nova's other run came on a Russell Martin solo shot in the 6th.
When things really fell apart was in the top of the 7th, when Nova exited after hitting Edwin Encarnacion with a pitch with 2 outs. Joe played the matchups and went to Chasen Shreve to face lefty Michael Saunders, and watched as Saunders hit a hanging 3-2 slider for a 2-run home run. Justin Smoak followed up with a double, Martin hit his second home run of the game to make it 7-1 Jays, and the game was essentially over.
The 4 runs for the Yankees is a tad misleading. They had but the 1 heading into the bottom of the 7th, and even back-to-back solo home runs by Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius didn't really bring them close. The sad reality is that the 6 Yankee hits last night all come from the bats of Headley (2), Didi (3), and Austin Romine. That's the bottom third of the lineup, so when they're the only ones producing the chances of winning aren't good. Oh well, CC the stopper is back on the hill today.
- Top 5 spots in the lineup were a combined 0-20 with 1 BB and 4 strikeouts. Oof.
- It was a homer and 2 singles for Didi, who has brought his batting average back up to .275. He did make a throwing error, his 7th error of the season.
- Headley homered, singled, drew a walk, and scored 2 runs in 4 trips. He continues his slow and steady progress back up from his horrid start.
- What can you really say about Shreve at this point other than he's horrible? He's given up 7 home runs on the season and all of them have come after 4/20. Since the first 2 weeks of the season he's been an absolute disaster, and if we're being honest there's no way to argue that he deserves a spot in that bullpen right now.
- The 8 Ks were a season-high for Nova. He had 8 in his first 3 starts combined (16.1 IP).