I was in attendance at yesterday's game. I guess the Yankees didn't get the message that they were supposed to keep the winning streak going with me there. They couldn't hold an early 1-run lead and got doubled up 6-3 by the Blue Jays.
Toronto actually got on the board first against starter Chris Capuano. Jose Bautista singled and Edwin Encarnacion doubled him home for a 1-0 lead. It was the first of many tough times the Yankee pitchers would have against those 2. Capuano settled down after that and pitched the next 4 innings scoreless, giving his offense the chance to take the lead with 1 run in the 3rd (Jeter single, wild pitch, McCann single) and 1 in the 4th (3 singles in a 4-batter span, the ribbie hit by Francisco Cervelli).
The 2-1 lead only lasted until the 6th, when Capuano walked Bautista to lead off the inning, appeared to tire, and got into big trouble. With the bases loaded and nobody out, it seemed like the perfect time to remove him, but Joe left him in to face Danny Valencia and Valencia hit the first pitch he saw for a 2-run ground-rule double. A John Mayberry Jr. sac fly made it 4-2 and the Yankees never recovered.
Bautista tacked on a solo homer in the 7th and scored another run in the 9th on a Dioner Navarro single. Derek Jeter doubled home a run in the bottom of the 9th, but the rally fell short when Brendan Ryan struck out and Chris Young lined out to end the game.
- It was yet another 2-hit game for Jeter, his third straight. He and Gardner did their job as the table setters at the top.
- Mark Teixeira went 0-2 and left the game after the 5th inning with more wrist soreness. He's going to see his hand surgeon again and could be done for the year.
- Gardner did play but looked absolutely terrible running the bases. Like not even running at 70% strength. I'm a little surprised Joe has him out there with nothing left to really play for.
- Esmil Rogers struck out the side in the top of the 7th. That was the lone pitching highlight.