Sunday, September 18, 2011

Yankees lose finale in Toronto and end long road trip

The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon by the score of 3-0. The Yankees sat most of their regulars as they were finishing a long, tough road trip. They will begin their last homestand of the season on Monday afternoon and they have to win a few more games to clinch but they are in good position. The Yankees magic number to clinch the division is seven and it is five to clinch a playoff spot. Freddy Garcia started and pitched ok, he wasn’t great but he wasn’t bad. The bullpen did a good job. The offense was completely shut down by Brandon Morrow.
Garcia pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up five hits and three runs. He walked three and struck out four. Garcia took the loss and is now 11-8 on the season. Aaron Laffey faced one batter and walked him, Luis Ayala pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings with a strikeout and Scott Proctor gave up a hit and two walks pitching 1/3 of an inning. Raul Valdes pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up one hit and he struck out two and George Kontos retired the only batter that he faced.

Eduardo Nunez had three hits, Robinson Cano had a walk and Russell Martin had a hit. Chris Dickerson had a hit, Nunez had a double. Cano was caught stealing and the team was 0-3 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base. Garcia made a throwing error.

Adam Lind hit a solo homerun in the second inning to give the Jays a 1-0 lead. Lind hit another solo homerun in the fourth to give the Jays a 2-0 lead. In the fifth Eric Thames hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. That would be all the scoring in the game as the Yankees bullpen held the Jays down but the Yankees bats did not do much at all in this game.

The Yankees lost two out of three in this series. The Yankees will now come home to play a makeup game against the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon and then begin a four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday followed by three against the Red Sox. The Yankees will be looking to clinch a postseason berth and the division title on this homestand. They will also look to get Mariano Rivera the all-time saves record of 602. He needs one more save for the record. The Yankees finished their ten game, four city road trip at 4-6. The Boston Red Sox lost once again to the Tampa Bay Rays and only have a two game lead in the wild card race. The Yankees magic number is five for the postseason and seven for the division. Any combination of their wins and Tampa and Boston losses that equal five or seven will give them the playoffs and division. It should be a fun week at Yankee Stadium as they look to clinch and also get their closer his all-time saves record.

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