I jokingly referred to this game as a Friday night fright in the game thread, mainly because of the pitching matchup. I figured a game started by Ivan Nova and Aaron Laffey had the potential to be really awful.
When Francisco Cervelli left the game with an injury about 37 seconds (give or take) into the game, I just shook my head. When Ivan Nova left the game in the third inning with an injury, I wanted to crawl into a hole.
What on earth is happening to this team? Can the training stuff just start lining people’s uniforms with bubble wrap? Thankfully, both of their replacements came up big.
Of course, the Blue Jays’ usual suspects, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, hit home runs – Encarnacion hit two: one off of Nova and the other off of Phelps but thankfully, the Yankees scored more. Bautista’s came in the eighth against David Robertson.
Luckily for the Yankees, the Jays’ sloppy play helped them out and canceled out those home runs.
Brett Gardner hit a home run in the eighth inning to put the Yankees up two which was good because the Blue Jays made things interesting for their fans by loading the bases in the top of the ninth against Mariano Rivera. Thankfully, Mo settled down and calmly picked up his eighth save of the year.
Funny notes from the game:
- As I mentioned above, Chris Stewart walked twice.
- So did Jayson Nix.
- So did Travis Hafner.
- Lyle Overbay hit a triple.
- Nix also had two strike outs.
- So did Ichiro Suzuki.