Jays Rally Back To Win 6-5 In 10Posted: April 20, 2011
Last night was the first time the Yankees traveled to Canada this season to play the Blue Jays. It was the first of a two game set in which the hot AJ Burnett would take the mound. He would put himself in a position to win, but the Jays would be able to beat the Yankee bullpen and win it in 10.
In his first three starts of the season, AJ Burnett was great. He had a great curveball, relatively good control, and was making good use of his change up. Last night, however, he was only okay. He went 5.1 innings giving up two earned runs on six hits, five walks and six strikeouts. This isn’t too bad, but the one very alarming thing is the five walks.
I knew AJ wasn’t going to have his best stuff when he threw an up and in fastball to Jose Bautista in the first inning which was blasted for a homer and an early Toronto lead. From there, he somewhat settled down and pitched an okay game until the sixth when he left the bases loaded and one out to David Robertson.
Robertson, ‘the fireman,’ did exactly what he does best by striking out the next two hitters and preserving what was then a 4-3 Yankee lead. Joe Girardi then for what already feels like the 100th time went to Jo-So-Mo to finish things off. Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano got through their innings with ease, Mariano Rivera had trouble.
Mo was brought into a 5-3 game so everyone basically thought the game was over. However, when he gave up a lead off double to Yunel Escobar, I knew he didn’t have it. The pitch he threw stayed up and over the plate, and was rocketed. And three hits, one walk, one wild pitch, and two runs later, we were tied at five. From the walk and the wild pitch, you can tell that Rivera just didn’t have it because those are two things he so rarely does. Whether it happened from overuse or just because he was due, is up for debate.
The Yankees offense was pretty good. In the second, Nick Swisher scored on a Jorge Posada singled and Eric Chavez scored on a Russell Martin double play. In the sixth, Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run homer to make it a 4-2 game. In the following inning, Curtis Granderson went yard to make it 5-3.
Even though they scored five runs, the Yankees still blew a lot of opportunities. In the first, Derek Jeter was on second with one out and Teixeira and Robinson Cano coming up and they didn’t score. In the second, when they had Toronto starter Kyle Drabek on the ropes with a run in and first and second with nobody out for Martin and Brett Gardner, they only got one run. In the sixth, they had runners on first and second with nobody out for Jorge Posada and they didn’t score.
For some reason, Ivan Nova came in for the tenth and gave up a game winning double to Travis Snider. Why he went to Nova and not Boone Logan or Hector Noesi (who has still yet to be used with the Yankees) beats me. Must have been his throw day.
So it was a tough to the road trip for the Yanks, but they have to shrug it off and try to at least go for the split tonight. They have Bartolo Colon making his first start of the season along with a strong possibility of Alex Rodriguez returning to the lineup. Should be good one with first pitch at 7:07 on YES.