CC Sabathia struggled with his command and Joe Girardi's bullpen management in the later innings led a 5-4 Yankees loss in Toronto.
Sabathia allowed four runs on ten hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight, but worked in and out of trouble all night until Adam Lind finally broke through with a bases clearing double in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Jays a 4-3 lead. Sabathia also allowed a run in the first on a fielder's choice.
For the Yanks, Nick Swisher's RBI double and Eric Chavez's two run homer gave the Yanks a 3-1 lead in the third inning.
Following the Lind double, Swisher drove in Robinson Cano to tie the game. But after that, the Yankees offense was kept quiet for the rest of the game.
After the bullpens shut their respective opponents down, the Jays finally broke through in the bottom of the ninth. Boone Logan allowed a leadoff double and then intentionally walked Brett Lawrie. One out later, Jose Molina sent a Cory Wade pitch into the right-center field gap to deliver a walk off victory.
There were plenty of criticisms to go around tonight, most of them regarding Joe Girardi's bullpen management. Why did Boone Logan start the ninth inning? Why did Cory Wade replace him in the ninth? Where was Mariano Rivera?
In the seventh, Rafael Soriano struck out the side, but was replaced for David Robertson in the eighth. What was the need to burn through relievers? Couldn't Soriano have pitched the eighth as well? Aren't they supposed to be stretching their relievers out now?
There's a lot to question here, but its still only one game. Tomorrow is another day.
Play of the Game: Jose Molina.