By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 24th, 2014
New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 6 Blue Jays 7
The New York Yankees were unable to complete what would have been a very nice comeback north of the border on Tuesday night, as they were defeated for the second straight night by the Toronto Blue Jays. The loss moves the Yankees to (39-37) on the season, and they are now 3.5 games behind the Blue Jays in the AL East.
Yankees Starter David Phelps had a tough time against the dangerous Blue Jays lineup on Tuesday night, getting roughed up pretty well. After three good innings from Phelps it started to fall apart in the fourth inning, as Dioner Navarro broke the scoreless game with a three-run shot, which was his fourth of the season. In the next inning the Blue Jays would load the bases, and then Colby Rasmus would clear them with a single that scored Muneori Kawasaki, Jose Reyes, and then Edwin Encarnacion, who advanced on the throw. Phelps finished going just five innings allowing six runs on eight hits and one walk.
Mark Buehrle looked like he was well on his way to his 11th victory of the season after being spotted a six-run lead, but he would run in to problems in the later innings of his start. The Yankees wouldn’t get to him until the sixth inning, with a Derek Jeter solo-homerun, which was his second of the season. In the seventh inning the Blue Jays would see their lead disappear, starting with a Brian Roberts to-run homerun off of Buehrle, followed a batter later by a double from Brett Gardner, which led to the hook for Buehrle for Dustin McGowan.
McGowan and the defense would really struggle to help out his Starter, as to start his appearance he walked Jeter, then Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single to score Gardner, which ended Buehrle’s responsibilities on the bases. An error from Jose Reyes with Mark Teixeira batting would allow both Jeter and Ellsbury to score and tied the game at six all.
In the bottom of the ninth inning the Yankees would lose the game in the blink of an eye with Adam Warren on the mound. Warren surrendered a lead-off double to Jose Reyes, and then what was supposed to be a sac-but by Melky Cabrera, ended up winning the game, as a throwing error by Yangervis Solarte to First Base allowed Reyes to score on a ball that Brian Roberts, who was covering First Base on the bunt may or may not have gotten a little shy sticking his arm in front of the runner, a play he has hurt himself on before.
Next up the Yankees will look to avoid a sweep against the Blue Jays, as Hiroki Kuroda (4-5, 4.23) will be facing Drew Hutchinson (5-5, 3.86) on Wednesday night.