Sunday, September 4, 2011

Yankees complete the sweep of the Blue Jays

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by the score of 9-3 on Sunday afternoon. CC Sabathia made the start and pitched very well. Rafael Soriano gave up a run but was able to shut it down from there even with the tying run at the plate at that point. Cory Wade closed out the game easily. The offense was led by Derek Jeter who tied a career high with five RBI, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher hit homeruns as well as Jeter. Jesus Montero playing in his third game had two hits. Montero looks to be more comfortable after recording his first major league hit on Saturday.

Sabathia pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out ten. Sabathia picked up his 19th win of the season and is 19-7 with a 2.97 ERA on the season. Soriano pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and one run and Wade pitched one inning giving up one walk and striking out two.

Jeter led the offense with two hits and five RBI, Brett Gardner had three walks and Mark Teixeira had a hit. Rodriguez had a hit and an RBI, Robinson Cano had a hit and Swisher had a hit and two RBI. Russell Martin had a walk, Montero had two singles and Eduardo Nunez had a hit. Montero after starting his career 0-6 is now 3-10. Jeter, Rodriguez and Swisher all hit homeruns for the Yankees. The Yankees were 3-7 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base. Gardner had a stolen base and an and that was how it would end. Swisher hit a two run homerun and Jeter had a two run single.

The Yankees swept the three game series from the Blue Jays. The Yankees are now 10-5 against them on the season. The Yankees extended their AL East lead to 1 ½ games over the Boston Red Sox who lost to the Texas Rangers. The Yankees moved to a season best 32 games over 500 at 85-53. The Yankees have won seven of their last eight games and appear to be peaking at the right time. Sabathia was taken out before facing Bautista who is 0-18 against him in his career. Sabathia became the first american league pitcher with 19 or more wins in three straight seasons since Dave Stewart did it with Oakland from 1987-1990. The Yankees after the game announced that they will remain with a six man rotation for now. Sabathia doesn’t know when his next start will come but he will go out and do what he can whenever that start is. He said he would prefer a five man rotation but he isn’t going to complain and after throwing a lot of pitches once again a little extra rest isn’t going to hurt him. The Yankees will now open up a three game series against Baltimore at home before going to Baltimore for a makeup game and then to the West Coast to take on the Angels and Mariners.

The Yankees opened up the scoring with a first inning run. Teixeira had an RBI single. In the third inning the Yankees took a 4-0 lead on a Jeter three run homerun. In the fourth the Jays broke through with an RBI double by Mark Teahen and an RBI groundout by Jose Molina. The Yankees now had a 4-2 lead. In the sixth inning Rodriguez hit a solo homerun to make it 5-2 and then after a Jose Bautista monster homerun into the left field bleachers to make it 5-3 the Yankees broke the game open. The Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning making it a 9-3

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