New York Yankees Recap: Yanks’ Fall In First Of Three In Toronto
After a great series across town against the Mets, The New York Yankees took a trip up to Toronto for their most important series of the year. The Yankees were 2.5 games out of first as of last night with Boston taking two against the Jays. On the mound was Adam Warren trying to continue his success as a starter, and for the Jays’ it was David Price, who has had recent success against the Yankees.
Warren surrendered some runs early but would stay calm after that. Jose Bautista drove in a run with runners on the corners. Edwin Encarnacion would follow with a ground-out, and Justin Smoak with a single. Warren would give up three runs in the first, but to his credit stayed clean for the rest of his day. Warren is still under a pitch limit as the Yankees try and ease him in to the rotation as best they can. After Warren came out, James Pazos would finish the inning and continued to look solid.
After Pazos, Joe Girardi continued to play roulette with the bullpen so he didn’t have to use the top three guys. Caleb Cotham gave the Yankees five clean outs, and Chasen Shreve escaped a jam he put on himself (one hit and two walks).
As David Price just kept the outs coming, the Yankees struggles would continue. Branden Pinder came on to start the bottom of the seventh, but with a hit and two walks he’d leave with the bases loaded and no out. Next Joe went to Andrew Bailey who was making his fifth appearance on the year. Russell Martin would drive a run in with a sac-fly moving it to a 4-0 deficit. Besides that, Bailey worked a good inning getting all three outs. The movement on Bailey’s pitches looked pretty good, hopefully it’s a sign of things to come with Shreve struggling.
In the top of the seventh the Yankees would finally score on a Jacoby Ellsbury single up the middle bringing in Didi Gregorius. However, the inning would end on an empty feeling as Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez, and Brian McCann would all strikeout with two men on to leave it a three-run game.
That’d end any chance of a comeback the Yankees would have despite a Greg Bird homer (9) with two outs in the ninth. The Yanks’ would lose 4-2 and fall to 3.5 games back in the division. The next two games are must-wins if they want to stay close in the division. Tomorrow Luis Severino takes the mound against Marco Estrada.
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