New York Yankees Lose To Toronto Blue Jays Because Of One Bad Inning


New York Yankees are done in with one bad winning, fall to Toronto Blue Jays.

The New York Yankees came up short against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night, digging themselves into an early hole they were unable to get out of. One bad inning actually did it, as the Blue Jays put up a four-spot in the second inning to take control of the game and never look back.

The culprit of the four-run inning was C.C. Sabathia, who flashed the same inconsistencies that have become the norm over the past couple of seasons that have frustrated the team and fans alike. That came in the second inning, when the Blue Jays put together five hits, all singles, that helped stake them to the four-run lead.

While the inconsistency is troublesome, there were some good signs for Sabathia tonight. For starters, he struck out eight Blue Jays and walked none. That is always a welcome sight as Sabathia was not helping the Blue Jays by putting men on base with free passes. Outside that second inning, he gave up only three hits in his other 4 ⅔ innings worked, surrendering one unearned run.

Too bad that one inning will count towards Sabathia’s stats, giving him a rather unsightly 5 ⅔ innings pitched with eight hits and five runs, four earned allowed to go with eight strikeouts.

The Blue Jays tonight got virtually all their production from four players. Jose Reyes, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson and Danny Valencia all registered two-hit games. Kevin Pillar was the only other Blue Jay with a hit tonight, while Devon Travis and Steve Tolleson each knocked in an RBI with productive outs.

The Yankees were unable to get much of anything going offensively once again, but they have to be happy with what they saw from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Both hit their first home runs of the season, and for Rodriguez, that has to be a huge relief. He will be the topic of discussion throughout the season, and have a target on him as well; the only way to stop that is to play well, and through one series he has done that.

Another positive from the lineup was Didi Gregorius. He got his first hit of the season, and made it count as he had an RBI single in the fifth inning to get the scoring started for the Yankees.

That was the closest the Yankees would get though. After Teixeira’s home run cut the lead to 5-3, Encarnacion launched his second homer of the season to push the lead to 6-3. The Yankees also couldn’t touch the Blue Jays bullpen, as they tossed 3 ⅓ scoreless innings, registering five strikeouts and giving up only one hit and two walks.

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Daniel Norris did just enough to earn his first career win, tossing 5 ⅔ innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks to go with five strikeouts.

Next up for the Yankees is a series against their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox. There will be plenty of new faces in this rivalry, as the Red Sox loaded up their lineup. The Yankees will have a first timer in this rivalry as well, as Nathan Eovaldi will be making his Yankee debut and be opposed by Red Sox newcomer Wade Miley.

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