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Toronto Tumbles Once More, Swept By Yankees

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The long season for the Toronto Blue Jays continued on a dreary Thursday afternoon, as questionable calls and a lack of execution down the stretch found the Blue Jays on the wrong end of a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees.

After having to endure a 3:32 rain delay, in and of itself a longer wait then the actual duration of the game, the Blue Jays, who led 1-o going into the bottom of the fifth, had their momentum totally unravel in a matter of minutes.

It began with what was once a familiar sight for the Pinstripes back in 2012, when center-fielder Curtis Granderson took Toronto starter J.A. Happ deep to the second deck in right-field to tie the game at 1-1 with his fourth home run of the season.

A walk to Ichiro Suzuki resulted in Happ loading the bases for Vernon Wells.

What happened next was an unusual chain of events that appeared to play into the direction of the contest. Wells hits a ball that appears will drop as a bloop single in shallow left-field, until Rajai Davis makes a sliding catch. Davis though is not credited with having made the out. The ball is ruled as having hit the ground, and Wells picks up an RBI-single on the fielders-choice, with Eduardo Nunez scoring from third, 2-1 Yankees.

“Not sure why they called it a trap,” Davis said. “I caught the ball. You just want the right call. I don’t know how we do that…I would think they would make some sort of signal for catch or no catch.”

What should have been a double-play turns into one out for Toronto, with Yankees’ catcher Chris Stewart the second out of the inning when he is caught stretching on the play. Toronto manager John Gibbons would be ejected for the fifth time this season after arguing whether or not the ball was caught [which replays clearly show it was, and which appeared even live to have been caught] by first base umpire Scott Barry.

“I thought he [Davis] caught he it,” said Gibbons adding, “It’s the second coming of the Tropicana Center,” in reference to how the Blue Jays have little success at Yankee Stadium [0-10 in 2013] or when they play on the road in Tampa Bay.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, matter only got worse for the Bluebirds.

Two consecutive walks by Happ would put an end to his outing, with reliever Brad Lincoln coming in. Lincoln’s luck hit tails with a walk to Mark Reynolds, loading the bases for Nunez. Nunez delivered big time with a two-RBI single into right center-field scoring Rodriguez and Granderson, giving the Yankees a 4-1 cushion.

“I just walked two guys in the sixth inning and it cost us the game,” said Happ [3-3] who picked up the loss allowing four earned runs off three hits in 5.1 innings pitched.

Aaron Loup entered in for Lincoln, but a Stewart ground-out RBI, scored Reynolds from third base for a 5-1 Yankees lead.

Toronto tried to get back into the swing of things in the top of the seventh inning when Shawn Kelley subbed in for Yankees’ starter Andy Pettitte.

Blue Jays’ shortstop Munenori Kawasaki’s RBI-single into left-field drove in Moises Sierra from second, cutting the deficit to 5-2. The Jays added another run after Edwin Encarnacion hit into a fielders-choice RBI scoring rookie left-fielder Kevin Pillar from third, 5-3 Yankees.

In a lefty versus lefty situation, Toronto would have Adam Lind pinch-hit for Mark DeRosa after the Yankees replaced Kelley with Boone Logan. The strategy favored the Bombers as Lind struck out swinging to end the Jays’ half of the seventh inning.

The Blue Jays initially led 1-0 after Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia broke Pettitte’s shutout with his 19th homer of the year over the auxiliary scoreboard in left-field in the top of the fifth inning.  That same inning almost resulted in more runs for the Jays on a single by Jose Reyes that A-Rod couldn’t reach, leaving Nunez with no play. Toronto loaded the bases for Davis, who grounded out into a 5-5-3 double-play to end the inning.

Pettitte picked up the win to even his record at 9-9 by going six innings in which he surrendered one earned run off four hits while striking out three.

David Robertson earned his second save of the season, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

The Yankees [68-59] have now won their fifth straight game, each of them from behind, and are now 30-o at home when holding a lead.

 

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