The Yankees had a chance to sweep the Blue Jays today but had to settle for the series win instead. The offense failed to get much of anything going against Drew Hutchison, who has pitched well at Rogers Centre this season. On the flip side, Luis Severino got the hard-luck loss after a defensive miscue by Carlos Beltran extended the third inning.
Things got off to an unusual start in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Severino walked Jose Bautista who advanced to second on a balk. Bautista was subsequently picked off second by Severino to end the inning. It was smooth sailing until the third inning when Troy Tulowitzki came up to bat with two outs and no runners on base. He hit a fly ball to right field that should have been the third out, but Carlos Beltran lost the ball in the sun and Tulowitzki made it to second base. Josh Donaldson followed with an RBI single to score Tulowitzki, then Bautista mashed a two-run homer on a hanging slider. Beltran was initially charged with an error for his mistake, but the official scorer changed it to a double for Tulo later in the game, making Severino responsible for all three runs that went on to score.
With the exception of a few games, the Yankees have struggled offensively over the past week or so and that remained true today. Yankee batters only put together four hits, and it looked like they might be shut out until Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo shot to right field in the sixth inning. Ellsbury also picked up a single in the game (then was caught stealing), which was encouraging to see since he's been in a bit of a slump since coming off the disabled list. Brett Gardner hit a bloop single, and Brian McCann doubled to make up the remainder of the Yankee hits. Alex Rodriguez worked the only walk of the game.
That third inning ended up costing the Yankees the game as they wasted a quality start by Severino. He finished the day having struck out nine batters, while allowing five hits and three walks. Chasen Shreve and Adam Warren pitched the remainder of the game, allowing just two hits between them.
Tomorrow the Yankees travel back home to play a three-game series against the Twins. CC Sabathia will get the start against Kyle Gibson at 7:05 EST.