Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The New York Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Toronto Blue Jays

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays be the score of 4-2 in game one on Wednesday afternoon and 2-1 on Wednesday night. The games were played at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. In the first game Andy Pettitte started and pitched well in his return from the disabled list. Dave Robertson struggled and Rafael Soriano picked up a four out save. Ichiro Suzuki had three hits in the game to lead the offense. In the nightcap David Phelps was great and the bullpen did it’s job. Suzuki had four more hits and stole four bases to lead their offense once again. Henderson Alvarez started the day game for the Blue Jays and started off horribly but settled down. Rickey Romero pitched very well in the night cap and their bullpen gave up a late run. The Jays offense was led by Omar Vizquel, Adam Lind and Hechavarria in the day game. Toronto only managed three hits in the night cap. 
Pettitte pitched five shutout innings giving up four hits. He walked two and struck out three and won his fourth game of the season. Clay Rapada gave up a hit to his only batter, Derek Lowe pitched a perfect inning and Joba Chamberlain pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit. Boone Logan retired the only batter that he faced, Robertson pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up four hits and two runs with two strikeouts and Soriano saved his 41st game pitching 1 1/3 innings giving up a walk and striking out two. Alvarez lost his 13th game of the season pitching seven innings giving up five hits and three runs and striking out seven. Darren Oliver pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run.

In the second game Phelps pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up three hits and a run with three walks and six strikeouts. Logan pitched an inning striking out two, Cody Eppley pitched to one batter and picked up his first win with a strikeout. Soriano picked up his 42nd save pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Romero pitched six innings giving up seven hits and a run with five walks and five strikeouts. Steve Delabar lost his third game of the season pitching 1 1/3 innings giving up a run and a walk and two strikeouts, Aaron Loup pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Brandon Lyon pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two walks and a strikeout.

In the first game Suzuki had three hits, Nick Swisher had two hits and an RBI and Robinson Cano had two hits and an RBI. Alex Rodriguez had an RBI, Curtis Granderson had an RBI and Cano and Suzuki each hit a double. The Yankees were 2-3 with runners in scoring position and left two men on base. Swisher committed two errors. In the second game Suzuki had four hits and four stolen bases with an RBI. Derek Jeter had a hit and drew a walk, Swisher had a hit and drew two walks and Cano had a hit. Granderson drew a walk, Jayson Nix drew a walk and McGehee drew a walk. Chris Stewart had a hit, an RBI and drew two walks. Stewart and Suzuki each hit a double and the Yankees were 3-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. Nix had a stolen base, Suzuki had four stolen bases, Granderson and Stewart each had a stolen base. Jeter committed an error.

In the first game Rajai Davis had a hit, Colby Rasmus drew a walk and Brett Lawrie had a hit. Lind had two hits, Kelly Johnson had a hit and an RBI and Moises Sierra had a hit and drew a walk. Omar Vizquel had two hits and an RBI and Hechavarria had two hits and Anthony Gose drew a walk. Hechavarria, Lawrie and Vizquel each hit a double. The Jays were 3-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

In the second game Davis, Gomes and Hechavarria each had a hit. Hechavarria had the only RBI and J.P. Arencebia drew a walk and so did Johnson. The Jays were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Davis was caught stealing and Rasmus had an outfield assist.

In the first game the Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead. They gave up two runs in the eighth inning but then scored a run in the bottom of the eighth and held on for a 4-2 win. In the night cap they were down 1-0 in the second but tied the game at one in the second and it stayed that way until Suzuki had an RBI single in the eighth and the Yankees won the game 2-1.

The Yankees swept the doubleheader and will look for the sweep of the series on Thursday night. The Yankees are a full game up on the Baltimore Orioles and it could be 1 ½ if they lose their game on Wednesday night. The Yankees have won six out of their last seven games overall.

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