(Courtesy of the AP)
When the Jays came to town to face the Yankees last week, New York was fresh off 2 tough losses to end a series against Oakland. They won 3 straight against Toronto to right the ship, pulling themselves back up close to the top of the division in the proces. Last night, they were coming off 2 tough losses at the hands of the Orioles over the weekend and looking to get the ship going the right way again. Chase Whitley put in a strong effort in his first start against Toronto. Fellow rookie starter Marcus Stroman not so much, so the advantage appeared to be on New York's side. The Yanks also had the benefit of not facing Brett Lawrie or Jose Bautista, both out with injuries, and yet they managed to find a way to get blown out again.
- The Jays hit Whitley early and often in this one. A double and a single gave them a run in the 1st, 3 straight singles set them up in the 2nd, and a big 3-run home run by Adam Lind highlighted a 6-run inning. Lotta sliders left up.
- Naturally the Yankee lineup curled up in a ball and puked on itself to attempt to help Whitley. Brendan Ryan got their first hit against Stroman in the 3rd inning, and a Mark Teixeira solo home run was responsible for the only run through .
- Joe left Whitley out there to take his whooping and eat up as many innings as possible, but that still only got him into the 4th before he was finally lifted after 8 ER allowed. David Huff was up next and ate 3.2 innings without giving up any more runs, so at least the bullpen was saved.
- The Yankees made a gallant attempt at coming back and making the game interesting. Just kidding, they only got 1 more hit post-Teix homer and went down as quietly and easily as possible while the game was close.
- When the game was over in the 9th, they made their move. Yangervis Solarte's first hit in 29 at-bats scored Carlos Beltran for 1 meaningless run and a Kelly Johnson RBI double got another.
- Teix: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K. One man, alone...
- Huff: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. The beat guys were getting a kick out of joking about it, but there's something to be said for Huff stepping in and giving the bulk of the 'pen an extra night off.
- Whitley: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Really rough night in his first time facing a team for the second time, although I think Whitley would have gotten hit like this even if it was a team seeing him for the first time. He left a ton of sliders up in the middle of the strike zone and didn't seem to have any idea where his fastball or changeup was going. It happens, guys have an off-night. Whitley had a big one last night.
- Brian Roberts: 0-4, 2 K, 2 LOB. Go away, dude. Just pull something and go the hell away.
David Phelps and Mark Buehrle take the hill tonight in game 2. I'm setting the Yankee runs scored betting line at 2.5.