New York Yankees Recap: Yankees Fall 9-5 in Game One of Double Header


The New York Yankees walked in the decisive run in a 9-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Yankees broke on top in the bottom of the first. Brett Gardner launched a towering home run off of Toronto starter Marco Estrada. It reached the right field second deck. It was Gardner´s 14th home run of the season. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda retired Toronto in order in the first two innings.

In the second, Chase Headley added to the Yankees lead. Like Gardner, he homered to right to put the Yankees up 2-0. Significantly, Troy Tulowitzki ranged back to gather in a pop up to short center field. Tulowitzki then collided with a charging-in Kevin Pillar. Both players fell to the ground. But Tulowitzki left the game.

The Blue Jays cut the gap to 2-1 in the top of the fourth. Jose Bautista deposited a solo home run over the right field wall. Pineda also allowed a pair of singles and a walk, but was able to escape the inning without any further scoring.

But the Yankees countered right away in the bottom on the fourth. After a Brian McCann single, Alex Rodriguez lofted a two-run home run to right to give the Yankees breathing room at 4-1. This produced a chorus of ¨Let´s go Yankees¨ from the hometown faithful.

Pineda ran into trouble in the fifth. Ben Revere made it 4-2 with his first home run of the season.  Edwin Encarnacion then tied the score with a two-run home run that made it to the first row in left field.

Joe Girardi replaced Pineda with Justin Wilson with one out in the sixth. After Greg Bird allowed a base runner by dropping a pop up to short right field, Wilson cleared the bases by inducing an inning ending double play. Pineda allowed four runs on six hits. 

Dellin Betances took over for Wilson with two down in the seventh to face Josh Donaldson with the bases empty. Betances struck out Donaldson. The heralded Donaldson was so fooled by the slider of Betances, that his knees buckled.

But Betances was not as successful against Bautista in the eighth. Bautista produced the first soundly hit home run for Toronto on the day. The solo shot put Toronto up 5-4.

That was followed by a furious Yankees rally.  Jacoby Ellsbury and Gardner opened it up with back to back walks. After a Carlos Beltran pop out, Ellsbury moved to third base on a wild pitch, with Gardner staying at first.

Brian McCann then blooped a broken bat single to right that brought Ellsbury home to tie the score, with Gardner hustling into third. Rodriguez then walked to load the bases. But Headley popped up for the second out and Greg Bird grounded out to end the threat.

The game surged on until inning 11, when Chasen Shreve allowed four runs to score on one hit and a slew of walks.

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