Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Yankees can't put the game away and lose to the Toronto Blue Jays

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon by the score of 3-2. The game took place at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees and although this was his worst start since returning from the DL he wasn’t too bad. The bullpen was ok and the offense couldn’t get it done with runners in scoring position. The Yankees scored two early runs and then were shut down and they had plenty of chances. Ricky Romero started for the Blue Jays but left the game early due to injury. The Blue Jays bullpen was very good and their offense was led by Rajai Davis. 
Pettitte pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up five hits and three runs with three walks and four strikeouts. Pettitte took the loss, his fourth of the season. Joba Chamberlain pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and striking out three, Cody Eppley pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and Boone Logan walked the only batter that he faced. Dave Robertson pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up nothing. Romero pitched three innings giving up six hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Shawn Hill won his first game and pitched for the first time in a couple of years. He pitched three scoreless innings giving up two walks, Brad Lincoln pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Aaron Loup pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit. Steve Delabar pitched one perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts and Casey Janssen pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one.

Derek Jeter had a hit, Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and Alex Rodriguez drew two walks. Robinson Cano had two hits and an RBI, Nick Swisher had two hits and drew a walk and Curtis Granderson had an RBI. Eduardo Nunez had a hit and Chris Stewart drew a walk. The Yankees were 2-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Suzuki and Gardner were each caught stealing. Suzuki had an outfield assist.

Brett Lawrie drew a walk, Davis had three hits and two RBI and Yunel Escobar had a hit and drew a walk. Yan Gomes had a hit and drew a walk, Adam Lind drew a walk and Jeff Mathis had a hit. Luke Hechavarria had a hit and an RBI. Mathis and Adeiny Hechavarria each hit a double and Davis hit a homerun. The Jays were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Hill and Gomes each committed an error. Loup had a pickoff.

In the first inning the Yankees took a 2-0 lead. Cano and Granderson each hit a sacrifice fly. Davis hit a solo homerun in the first to make it 2-1. In the fifth Davis hit an RBI single to tie the game at two. Hechavarria hit an RBI double to give the Jays a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning and that was the final run of the game. The final score was 3-2 Blue Jays.

The Yankees have lost two of the first three games in this four game series. The two teams will play the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees are now in a first place tie with the Baltimore Orioles for the AL East lead. The Yankees record fell to 91-67 and the Blue Jays record improved to 70-88.

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