CC Sabathia's line doesn't look particularly impressive. Five runs on eight hits reads like he pitched pretty poorly. But in reality, it's not totally true. I'm not gonna say he was great, but CC was missing bats and was getting strikeouts and actually looked okay. It's just that when runners did get on, a combination of bad luck and some crappy defense doomed him. A four run second inning put Sabathia and the Yankees in a hole they could never get out of of, as the Blue Jays picked up a 6-3 win.
In that crappy second inning, Edwin Encarnacion led off with a single that just managed to squeak by a shifting Mark Teixeira. Josh Donaldson then added another single, putting two runners on. That brought up Danny Valencia. Valencia hit one back up the middle. Sabathia got glove on it but couldn't hold on to it. It got through to Didi Gregorius, but he had nowhere to go with the throw and that loaded the bases. Had Sabathia not deflected it, it probably would've been a double play, but oh well. Kevin Pillar then added another single to score a run and make it 1-0. Steve Tolleson and Devon Travis followed that up with two straight ground outs, but both drove home a run each. Jose Reyes then added another single, scoring another run. By the time the inning was over, it was 4-0 Blue Jays.
Sabathia settled down after that, but it wasn't until a few innings later that the Yankees were able to score. After wasting a chance in the fourth, the Yankees finally got on the board in the fifth. John Ryan Murphy led off the inning with a double. After Gregorio Petit popped out, Gregorius singled to score Murphy. Unfortunately, Gregorius made too wide a turn off first and was thrown out before he could get back to the bag. However, the run did score and it was now 4-1.
The Blue Jays would get that run right back in the top of the sixth, thanks to some sloppy defense. After the first two batters went down in order, Donaldson reached on an infield single that Gregorius fielded, but had no real chance to throw Donaldson out. Valencia then singled just past a diving Petit. Beltran fielded the ball and threw to third to try and get an advancing Donaldson. Chase Headley couldn't field the throw and it got past him. Sabathia wasn't backing up at third, which allowed Donaldson to score, making it 5-1. That would be it for Sabathia. His line doesn't look great, but it's hard to say he pitched terribly. He went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits, while striking out eight. Esmil Rogers came in and finished off the inning without any problems.
Alex Rodriguez was due up first in the bottom of the sixth and he quickly got that run right back. A-Rod led off the inning with a long home run to make it 5-2. And then two batters later, Teixeira added another solo home run, making it 5-3. The Yankees would put the tying run on base, but weren't able to add any more runs in the sixth.
After the Yankees couldn't score in the seventh, Encarnacion made them pay in the eighth. After getting the first two outs in the eighth, Rogers allowed a long home run to Encarnacion to make it 6-3.
After David Carpenter pitched a solid top of the ninth inning, the Yankees had one last chance in the bottom of the ninth. That wouldn't amount to much. The Yankees went down in order as the Blue Jays took the series with a 6-3 win.
Tomorrow sees the Red Sox come to town for a three-game set. Nathan Eovaldi is set to get the start for the Yankees, while Wade Miley will go for the Red Sox. That game will start at 7:05 eastern.