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Thanks, Toronto! See you again next time! Enjoy the flight! You kids get home safe!
- The scoring was early and often against Blue Jay starter Drew Hutchison. Brett Gardner doubled to lead off the game for the Yanks and scored on an Ellsbury sac fly in the 1st, Carlos Beltran worked his way around and scored on a Kelly Johnson sac fly in the 2nd, then sac flied Ellsbury home himself in the 3rd.
- In between all the saccing (sacking? sacing?), David Phelps gave up a 2-run home run to Melky Cabrera in the top of the 3rd to keep the Jays close. Those were the only runs he'd allow in 7 very good innings.
- Not that he didn't have to work for them. Toronto put a runner on base in all but 2 innings and put a runner in scoring position with no outs in the 5th. Phelps handled the trouble well every time and he punctuated the outing by K'ing the final 2 batters of the 7th.
- The Yanks tacked on for him with a Beltran RBI double in the 5th, a Derek Jeter RBI groundout in the 6th, and a Yangervis Solarte bases loaded walk in the 7th. Toronto just couldn't keep them off the basepaths. Story of the game.
- Shawn Kelley took over in the 8th and very quickly gave up a 2-run home run to Edwin Encarnacion to pull the Jays back within 2. Joe had to use Matt Thornton to get out of that inning and Adam Warren for the save with a short bullpen, but they did the job.
- Phelps: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Got a well-deserved win with how he handled that game. That was a pretty big statement game and Phelps came out and made a statement of his own. Hopefully this is something he can build on because I thought this was one of his best games in his career so far.
- Ellsbury: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB, 2 LOB. Was a nightmare to deal with at the plate and on the basepaths. His speed help set up some of those early cheap runs and he was the sole manufacturer.
- Brian McCann: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K, 5 LOB. Come on. No big follow-up game?
- Kelley: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Has been inconsistent since coming off the DL (3 ER, 2.1 IP in 4 games). Probably still shaking the rust off.
The Bombers will stay right where they're at and welcome the Orioles to town for a 3-game series, Old Timers' Day weekend. Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez start things off tonight.