By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 18th, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Blue Jays 3 Yankees 7
For the second straight night in the Bronx the New York Yankees were able to take the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays down a notch this time with a 7-3 victory on Wednesday evening. The victory moves the Yankees to (37-33) on the season, and they are now just 2.5 games behind the Blue Jays in the division.
Yankees Starter Chas Whitley once again pitched well, but not long for the Yankees, as after four straight no decisions to start his career, he has now won three straight games. The fourth inning was difficult for Whitley, as he allowed two runs on three singles and one hit by pitch, but that was his only poor inning in the short outing. He finished going five innings allowing just the two fourth inning runs on five hits and one walk. Whitley’s walk streak did however end in the fifth inning to Melky Cabrera after 133 consecutive batters faced without allowing a free pass.
Looking to tie again with Masahiro Tanaka for the most wins in the majors, Mark Buehrle was handed his fourth loss of the season despite giving his team a quality start. A rare two-out base-hit for the Yankees came off the bat of Alfonso Soriano for the first run of the game, which was unearned due to a Brett Lawrie error in the first inning. Brian McCann would start his big day at the plate off of Buehrle in the fourth inning with a two-run homerun that scored Carlos Beltran, and was the eighth homerun of the year for McCann.
When Buehrle departed from the game after his six innings of work the bullpen would get rocked by the Yankees in the seventh inning. Three singles against Chad Jenkins would load of the bases with just one out leading to Jenkins being pulled for Brett Cecil after Joe Girardi Made the move to Ichiro Suzuki, who drew a walk off of Cecil. A Beltran foul out would bring up McCann with a chance to do more damage with the bases loaded, and he did with his first triple of the season that cleared the bases.
Adam Warren shined in his two innings of work after Whitley left the game, not allowing a base-runner, and striking out three batters. In the eighth inning, Girardi went to Jose Ramirez with a five run lead, but back to back double from Cabrera and Jose Bautista ended Ramirez’s day quickly, as he was pulled for Dellin Betances. Betances would come in and strikeout two of the four batters he faced, allowing one walk however in a rather easy eighth inning.
Next up for the Yankees will be the opportunity to sweep the team ahead of them in the standings, as David Phelps (2-4, 4.32) will be facing off against Drew Hutchinson (5-4, 3.62) on Thursday night.