Thursday, September 24, 2015

The New York Yankees watch their AL East hopes fade as they lose in Toronto

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.  The game took place at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the final score was 4-0 Jays.  Ivan Nova started and pitched very well, the bullpen didn't pitch well and the offense didn't do too much at all. 

Nova pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up a run on four hits.  He walked two and struck out six and lost his ninth game of the season.  James Pazos gave up a hit to the only batter he faced, Caleb Cotham pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and drew a walk and Andrew Bailey pitched an inning giving up two hits and three runs with a walk and two strikeouts.  Bryan Mitchell pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. 

Marcus Stroman won his third game of the season pitching seven innings giving up five hits and no runs.  He walked one and struck out five.  Brett Cecil pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts and Roberto Osuna pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one. 

Alex Rodriguez had a hit, Brian McCann had a hit and Carlos Beltran drew a walk.  Greg Bird had a hit, Chase Headley had a hit and Dustin Ackley had a hit.  Didi Gregorius had a hit, Ackley and Rodriguez each hit a double and the Yankees were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Gregorius committed an error. 

Josh Donaldson had three hits, Edward Encarnacion had a hit and drew a walk and Russell Martin had a hit, three RBI and drew a walk and Ryan Goins had a hit and drew a walk.  Kevin Pillar had a hit and an RBI, Darwin Barney had a hit and Ezequiel Carrera drew a walk.  Encarnacion and Donaldson each hit a double and Martin hit a homerun.  The Blue Jays were 2-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.  Pillar and Encarnacion each had a stolen base. 

In the sixth Pillar hit an RBI single to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.  In the seventh Martin hit a three run homerun to give them a 4-0 lead and that would be the final score.  The Yankees are now 3 1/2 games back in the AL East with 11 games to go.  They are a long shot now but it ain't over till it's over.  They do have a substantial lead for the first wild card and need to focus on clinching that this week at home.  They will begin a four game series with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. 

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