After the first few innings of tonights game, it looked like the Yankees might be shutout, which would have been especially disheartening following the other night's 9-hits-in-a-row game. Thankfully, they finally got on the board in the seventh inning, and those runs were enough to give them the win.
Tonight Chris Capuano earned his first win since becoming a Yankee, as he held the Blue Jays to just two runs. The first came in the fourth inning, a home run by Jose Bautista that carried into the second deck in left field. They didn't score again until the seventh inning, when Colby Rasmus worked the only walk of the night. Kevin Pillar then doubled to drive him in. On the next play, Jose Reyes ended up safe at first after hitting a grounder to Derek Jeter, who was charged with an error after Mark Teixeira was unable to dig his throw to first out of the dirt. At this point, Joe Girardi decided to take Capuano out of the game with two runners on and only one out, but he pitched well tonight overall, going 6.1 innings with four strikeouts.
The Yankees continued to struggle defensively after Adam Warren came into the game. Toronto's third and final run was scored on a sac fly by Melky Cabrera, however, Brett Gardner's throw to home plate beat the runner. Brian McCann just couldn't handle the bounce, so Pillar was able to score and for some reason Gardner was charged with the error. The Blue Jays also threatened to score in the eighth. With two outs, Munenori Kawasaki pinch hit, and Girardi decided to match that move with his own move. Newly acquired Josh Outman made his Yankee debut, and he failed to get an out, man (Sorry). Kawasaki singled up the middle and David Robertson was called on to get the final four outs of the game, which he was able to do with no problems.
It was a quiet night for the Yankees' offense up until the seventh inning when McCann hit a lead-off double over Bautista's head and off of the wall. Then Carlos Beltran worked a walk, and Gardner hit his own double over Bautista's head to score McCann. The cutoff man, Steve Tolleson, then airmailed the ball past third base, where he was trying to get Beltran, allowing Beltran to score. Gardner advanced to third, and there was some controversy over whether Gardner should have been allowed to score because of fan interference. The umpires said he shouldn't. Ichiro Suzuki came up next, and did what he does best, got on an infield hit. With one out, Dioner Navarro then decided to try and pick Gardner off of third base, but sailed the ball past third, allowing Gardner to score. The Yankees tacked on two more runs after Jacoby Ellsbury homered to right. According to the Blue Jays booth, that home run was the first that Aaron Loup has allowed to a left hander in his career.
They went on to add another run in the ninth inning, a home run off the bat of Chase Headley, who pinch hit for Stephen Drew earlier in the game. Ellsbury then tripled to center after the cutoff man didn't even attempt to make a play. This was followed by Jeter reaching on a fielder's choice, and Ellsbury deciding to try and score. Initially, Ellsbury was called safe at the plate after he slid and Navarro had to jump up for the ball. The Blue Jays challenged and the call was overturned. Girardi then challenged that there wasn't an open lane, and the call stood. Luckily, the outcome of the game didn't hinge on this decision. Ellsbury was wincing as he walked away from the plate, so hopefully he's okay.
Michael Pineda will get the start tomorrow afternoon against Drew Hutchison at 1:07 pm EST.