"You can only tip your cap so many times to the other guy." Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that Alex Rodriguez quote in the morning news.
The Yankees fell to the Jays 8-1 on Wednesday night in Toronto behind poor pitching and a serious lack of hitting. In five innings of work, Hiroki Kuroda got knocked around for seven runs on eight hits, three of which landed beyond the fences. He also walked two while striking out six Jays.
Six of the seven runs scored off of Kuroda came via the long ball. In the second inning, J.P. Arencibia took Kuroda deep to give the Jays an early 2-0 lead. In the third, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run shot to increase the Jays' lead to 5-0, and in the fifth, Jose Bautista launched a homer that reportedly left his bat at 117 mph according to the YES broadcast. The only other run Kuroda allowed came on an RBI single by Kelly Johnson.
In relief of Kuroda, Clay Rapada tossed 1 1/3 innings, striking out one while walking one. He also allowed a solo homer to Kelly Johnson to begin the bottom of the seventh. Later in that inning, Cody Eppley entered and completed the game painlessly, allowing just two hits and striking out one.
On the offensive side, only Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Raul Ibanez had hits. The lineup also worked six walks on the day, as Kyle Drabek had some command issues (four walks) in an otherwise fantastic seven innings of work. Teixeira's hit resulted in the only run of the game for the Yankees, as it hit a lip in the turf, bouncing over Edwin Encarnacion's head and into right field.
It's hard to win games with only three hits, and even harder when the pitching fails to perform as well. It's only one loss though, and there's always tomorrow.
Comments of the Game: The string of music linking, since nothing during the game was worth talking about.
Edit: Specifically, the CoG will go to Jedi Master A-Rod since he was the only non-mod involved in the music sharing.