Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Pettitte was good but the offense stuggled with RISP and fell to the Blue Jays
The Yankees continued the annoying season-long trend of stranding a bunch of runners in scoring position, falling to the Blue Jays 3-2 in Toronto.
The offense looking promising from the very start, as they loaded the bases in the top of the first, before Ricky Romero could record an out. Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki both singled, and Alex Rodriguez drew a walk. Robinson Cano hit a sac fly to score Jeter. Nick Swisher then singled to move up Ichiro and Rodriguez, leaving the bases loaded again. Curtis Granderson hit another sac fly, to make it 2-0. Romero got Andruw Jones to strike out to end the inning, but the game looked promising.
Andy Pettitte gave one run back, by giving up a solo home run to Rajai Davis, but after that he settled down, for the most part. Sadly so did the offense.
In the top of the second, Eduardo Nunez singled, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch, with no outs. No runs were scored that inning. Rodriguez walked and Cano and Swisher singled to start the top of the third. No runs were scored that inning. Chris Stewart walked to start the top of the fourth. Needless to say, no runs were scored that inning. The Yankees had a runner on base every inning, except the sixth. The 2012 Yankees trend of hitting poorly with RISP was in full force today.
Pettitte walked three and gave up five hits in 5.2 innings, but managed to escape most of the jams he got in, minus two.
He gave up a double to Jeff Mathis to start the bottom of the fifth. He would come around to score four batters later on a single by Rajai Davis. The game was tied at 2.
Pettitte was pulled in the top of the sixth with two on and two out. Pettitte had walked Yunel Escobar, and Yan Gomes had gotten on with a bunt single. Joba Chamberlain replaced him and gave up a double to Adeiny Hechavarria. Gomes was out at third on the play, but Escobar scored to put the Blue Jays up 3-2. It would be a lead they would never relinquish.
There's not much to be said about this game other than that the offense was really bad. The Yankees are gonna need a Red Sox win tonight if they want to keep their AL East lead. Phil Hughes will pitch tomorrow, as the Yankees try to salvage a split in Toronto