Yankees get no timely hitting as Blue Jays complete sweep with shutout
|Picture Credit: Frank Gunn | The Canadian Press|
Once again, and far too often this early in the season, Masahiro Tanaka was tasked with stopping a Yankee losing streak. The box score indicates a fine outing for the Yankee ace, but Tanaka was far from effective tonight. Tanaka continually fell behind batters and was not missing many bats as confirmed by his low strikeout total of just two.
The Blue Jays got the first run on the board thanks to a single to right field by Josh Donaldson. Donaldson was caught up trying for two, but Darwin Barney was able to come home on the play.
A leadoff double by Michael Saunders would get the Blue Jays threatening in the sixth. Justin Smoak followed Saunders as he smoked one to center field. However, in an uncharacteristic misplay, the ball simply bounced off Jacoby Ellsbury’s glove as he was tagged with an error. The ensuing hitter Russell Martin would ground into a double play, but Saunders came home on the play.
The Yankee bullpen imploded in the seventh as Kirby Yates could not find the strike zone. Edwin Encarnacion drove home two runs on a single which knocked Yates from the game. Nick Goody then entered and he surrendered an RBI double to Saunders, as well as a 2-RBI single to Smoak.
The loss knocks the Yankees to 24-28 as they have not been playing good baseball of late. They will have a makeup game in Detroit tomorrow before starting a three game weekend set with Baltimore.
Article by: Chad Raines
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