By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 19th, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Blue Jays 4 Yankees 6
The New York Yankees were able to complete the sweep of the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays at home on Thursday night with yet again anther good game from the offense. The victory moves the Yankees to (38-33), and now are just 1.5 games behind the Blue Jays in the AL East.
On offense the Yankees did a great job of working Blue Jays Starter Drew Hutchinson early, which resulted in a lot of good at-bats, and high pitch count early for Hutchinson. The Yankees would score in the first three innings off of Hutchinson, as in the first inning a Jacoby Ellsbury sac-fly scored Brett Gardner for the first run of the game. Another sac-fly in the second inning from the bat of Kelly Johnson would score Carlos Beltran, and then in the third inning, Beltran would hit a sac-fly to score Ellsbury. In the fifth inning Hutchinson’s day would end after a single by Ellsbury, followed by a walk to Mark Teixeira, as Aaron Loup was called upon, but after getting the hero of Wednesday night game out in Brian McCann, Beltran delivered a ground-rule double to score Ellsbury. Hutchinson finished going just 4.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits and four walks, as he was handed his fifth loss of the year.
David Phelps came through with another good start from a Yankees Starting Pitcher, as Phelps went seven innings allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks, with a surprisingly high seven strikeouts in his third victory of the season. The only mistake for Phelps came in the third inning, as Melky Cabrera hit a two-run homerun that scored Jose Reyes and tied the game at the time.
Against the Blue Jays bullpen the Yankees would do well again, getting some very important insurance runs, as against Loup in the sixth inning, Derek Jeter had a RBI ground-out to score Brian Roberts for the Yankees fifth run. In the seventh inning, Steve Delabar would really struggle, allowing three walks and a base-hit in the inning, with the walk to Yangervis Solarte forcing home the sixth and final Yankees run.
The bullpen for the Yankees wouldn’t be all that great in this game, with Shawn Kelley allowing a walk, and then a two-run homerun to Edwin Encarnacion, which was his 21st of the season. Matt Thornton would get one out in the eighth and ninth innings, before Adam Warren would come on to get the final two outs and earn his second save of the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be another series against a division opponent, as they will be hosting the Baltimore Orioles, and in Game 1 of the series, Hiroki Kuroda (4-5, 4.32) will be facing Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.86).