Sunday, August 12, 2012

Yankees win fourth straight but their ace goes on the DL

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by the score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. The game took place at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Ivan Nova started for the Yankees and pitched very well. The bullpen closed it out with 1 2/3 perfect innings. Casey McGehee and Derek Jeter led the Yankees offense. Aaron Laffey started for the Blue Jays and pitched ok, their bullpen was excellent. Edwin Encarnacion led the Jays offense.  Nova pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out ten and earned his 11th win of the season. Dave Robertson threw one pitch and got a double play and Rafael Soriano earned his 28th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning including a strikeout. Laffey lost his third game of the season pitching 5 2/3 innings. He gave up seven hits and five runs with four walks and two strikeouts. Aaron Loup pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a strikeout, Chad Jenkins pitched a perfect inning and Brandon Lyon pitched an inning giving up a walk and two strikeouts.
Jeter had two hits and an RBI, Nick Swisher drew a walk and Mark Teixeira had a hit and drew two walks. Robinson Cano drew a walk, Andruw Jones drew a walk and Jayson Nix had a hit and an RBI. McGehee had two hits and three RBI and Chris Stewart had a hit. Stewart, McGehee and Jeter each hit a double. McGehee hit a homerun and the Yankees were 3-9 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base.
Rajai Davis had two hits, Encarnacion had two hits, two RBI and drew a walk and Kelly Johnson had a hit. Davis hit a double and the Blue Jays were 2-8 with runners in scoring position and they left five men on base. Davis had a stolen base.
The Yankees jumped out in front in the fourth inning. They had a two out rally when Nix had an RBI single and McGehee hit a three run homerun to make it 4-0. The Jays made it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Encarnacion had an RBI single. In the sixth Jeter hit an RBI double to make it 5-1. In the eighth Encarnacion hit an RBI single to make it 5-2 and that would be the final score.
The Yankees record improved to 67-46 and the Jays record dropped to 53-60. The two teams will play the third and final game of the series on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees will go for the sweep and the Jays will try to stop that. The Yankees now have a 14 game lead on the Jays for first place in the AL East. If the Orioles lose they will have a seven game lead on them.

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