Cano’s Homers Not Enough As Yanks Fall To JaysPosted: April 30, 2011
Last night, the Yankees took on the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of three game weekend set. They sent the veteran junk-baller Freddy Garcia to the hill while the Jays sent young south paw Ricky Romero. The Yanks would wind up losing a tough one by a score of 5-3.
In his first two starts, Freddy Garcia didn’t necessarily turn back time as Bartolo Colon has, but he had still been very good. He wasn’t throwing hard at all, maybe topping out at 88, but he was changing speeds and locations and throwing strikes. However, to be this kind of pitcher, he must have pin-point control and in his first two starts he did, but last not he did not. It became clear to me when in the third inning, he hung a slider to Jose Bautista and he took him yard.
In five innings of work, Garcia allowed three runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out six. Sure he struck out more than he walked, but only one more and he walked more in last night’s game than in his first two starts combined. He did keep the Yanks in the game, but he wasn’t as sharp as he has been.
I thought that once this game got to the bullpens, the Yankees were going to win because they have the better pen and they are well-rested. In the sixth, David Robertson came in to relieve Freddy. He committed a cardinal sin among relief pitchers which is to never walk the lead off man. Even worse, it was the very fast Rajai Davis.
Davis moved to second on a fielder’s choice and then stole third. Jose Bautista then walked. With runners on the corners, D-Rob tried the old Jeff Nelson trick of faking to third and then throwing to first and it actually worked. Bautista took off for second and he had him. He threw the ball to second but over the head of Robinson Cano and into centerfield allowing Davis to easily score. Juan Rivera then singled in Baustista to make it 5-3. the rest of the nine outs were gotten by Buddy Carlyle, Joba Chamberlain, and Boone Logan with ease.
The Bombers offense centered around Robinson Cano last night. He scored on a Russell Martin double in the second and homered twice (both solo unfortunately). Nick Swisher, Alex Rodriguez, and Andruw Jones, who got the start at DH in place of Jorge Posada, combined to go 0 for 12 with six strikeouts. The worst though was when they loaded the bases in the fifth with nobody out for Mark Teixeira and A-Rod and didn’t score. Tex popped out to short and Rodriguez grounded into a double play.
So it wasn’t really a good not for the Yankees as they dropped the first game of this series. Now Kyle Drabek and AJ Burnett will go at it today with the first pitch at 4:05 on the YES network.