As I have said all season, this is a very gutty Yankee team. An old school team with a ton of fight. Even if the bullpen, who usually does a great job, blows the lead, they don’t panic. They didn’t today either, as they took advantage of a Blue Jay mistake and won 5-3 in 11 innings. It wasn’t all good as Kevin Youkilis left in the sixth inning with a lower back injury.
The Yanks got the scoring started in the second when Vernon Wells went yard for the fifth time this year. The added to lead in the fifth. Jayson Nix singled and Brett Gardner doubled. After Ben Francisco struck out, Robinson Cano was intentionally walked. That brought up Youkilis who brought in two runs on a single.
The lead stayed that way til the eight, when the Blue Jays broke Hiroki Kuroda’s 20.1 scoreless inning stretch. Colby Rasums hit a one out single and that was it for Kuroda as David Robertson came in. After a strikeout, pinch-hitter Adam Lind walked. Rajai Davis singled to make it 3-1. Davis stole second and ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera tied the game with a single.
The game stayed tied in the 11th after Shawn Kelley got out of a runner on second with one out jam in the bottom of the tenth. Wells and Francisco Cervelli singled to lead off the inning. Ichiro laid down a bunt and Jays pitcher Aaron Loup committed an error which allowed the runners to score.
YGY Player of The Game: Vernon Wells