Pineda struggles, Yankees lose to Blue Jays 7-5

The New York Yankees started off their thirteen-game A.L. East trip struggling out of the gates against the Baltimore Orioles. After losing two out of three games in a ballpark they have struggled in, the Bombers traveled north of the border to take on the surging Toronto Blue Jays. After starting the season very slow, the Jays are getting healthy, and slowly climbing up the A.L East standings. Thursday night in Toronto, in what would be game one of a four game set, the Yankees were able to showcase their stellar offense and pitching. Winning the game 12-2, behind two home runs by Gary Sanchez, and six runs batted in by Aaron Hicks, C.C Sabathia was able to relax and attack the strike zone in route to just over six innings pitched and seven strikeouts. With Aaron Judge batting third in the lineup for the first time all season, Sanchez was obviously able to benefit, and hopefully this is where his hot streak will begin.

AP Photo/ Frank Gunn

Friday night in Toronto, the Yankees sent Michael Pineda (6-2, 3.32 ERA) to the mound where he was coming off a string of quality starts. Pineda had not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since April 5th. However, Friday night Pineda did not have his best stuff. In just five innings he gave up ten hits and five earned runs while only striking out one batter. While Pineda did not help himself out, one positive is that he did not get flustered, and he did not let the game get out of reach. Pineda battled, and did his best to keep the explosive Yankee offense in the game.
During the top of the sixth inning, the Bombers were able to claw back and make this a ballgame. Trailing 5-0, Sanchez singled on a sharp ground ball to center field, and Judge hit a towering home run on a fly ball to right field. After a pitching change Matt Holliday worked a walk, and Starlin Castro hit a line drive homer to centerfield. For the Yankees after the top of the sixth it was now 5-4 and a brand-new ballgame. Jonathan Holder came into the game during the bottom of the sixth inning, and allowed Toronto to get one run back on a Josh Donaldson homerun to left center field. After six full innings, it was 6-4 Blue Jays.

AP Photo/ Frank Gunn

This Yankee team has showed a no quit, never out of the game attitude all season long no matter the deficit and that was evident tonight. Down two runs the Bombers kept fighting. Judge worked a walk, on a low pitch that he would have swung at least season, and Holiday doubled on a fly ball to center field that made the score 6-5.

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Tonight, it was just not meant to be for the Bombers. The Yankees fought back, and the Jays continued to keep the gap in the score. A single by Justin Smoak, and sac fly by Devon Travis made it 7-5 after seven innings. Although the Yankees seem to find ways to grind out at bats, they fell to the Jays tonight by a score of 7-5. Credit the offense for battling, and Pineda for not letting the game get out of hand, but on the road against a dangerous team such as Toronto you simply need your starter to be better.

AP Photo/ Frank Gunn

Tomorrow afternoon the Bombers continue their series against the Jays 1:07 PM ET, as Jordan Montgomery (2-4, 4.11 ERA) takes the hill, looking to give the Yankees a leg up in the series. For the Blue Jays, Joe Biagini (1-3, 3.64 ERA), makes the move from the bullpen to a starter as he will look to give the Jays another win in front of their home crowd.

Winning Pitcher: Francisco Liriano (3-2, 5.94 ERA) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5K
Losing Pitcher: Michael Pineda (6-3, 3.76 ERA) 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Starlin Castro: 1-4, R, 2 RBI (30)
Aaron Judge: 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI (40), HR (18), 2 BB
Matt Holliday: 1-3, R, RBI (34), BB
Aaron Hicks: 2-4
Gary Sanchez: 1-5, R

Article By: Randy Hancock


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