No matter what has happened to the New York Yankees this season, they have found a way to beat the Toronto Blue Jays. Going into Saturday afternoon’s game, the Yankees had beaten the Blue Jays seven of their last meetings and five straight against them at home. The question seemed to be not if the Yankees would win, but by how much? The answer eventually was five runs as the Yankees claimed the 7 – 2 victory.
To get the victory, the Yankees got a combination of solid pitching and power hitting. David Phelps gave the Yankees a solid outing in his fourth start of the season. Phelps went seven innings and gave up 1 run on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts. Helping out Phelps was Robinson Cano. Cano has been stellar this season. With the lead already 1 – 0 in the third inning, Cano hit a two run shot to make it a 3 – 0 game. Cano wasn’t finished. In the fifth inning, he hit a second two-run homer to make it 5 – 1. Travis Hafner joined the two-run homer club with a home run in the 8th to seal the victory even further.
Sunday afternoon, CC Sabathia will face the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Cy Young award winner has struggled in his first season with Toronto and the Yankees will look to take advantage and get the sweep.
So far this season, the star of the Yankee pitching rotation has been Hiroki Kuroda. Going into Friday night’s game, Kuroda was looking for his sixth win of the season. Keeping with the streak that he has had, Kuroda was masterful against the Blue Jays. He got that sixth win as the Yankees got a 5 – 0 victory.
The Yankees gave Kuroda the lead in the first inning thanks to Robinson Cano’s groundout RBI. With an early lead, Kuroda went to work. Through 8 innings, Kuroda gave up only 2 hits as he struck out five and issued just one walk. Behind Kuroda, the Yankees gave him plenty of run support. In the 5th inning, Jayson Nix knocked in the second run on a sacrifice fly. In the 7th inning, the Yankees put the game away for good. They put three more runs on the board on three consecutive hits from Austin Romine, Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix.
With the win, the Yankees made it five straight over the Blue Jays in New York. Saturday afternoon they will go for six straight as right-hander David Phelps faces fellow right-hander Brandon Morrow. Although Phelps gave up just one run in his start against the Indians, the lack of run support led to a loss.
In the final game of a three game series against Seattle, the New York Yankees sent Andy Pettitte to the mound hoping to keep the Mariners from taking the series. Even if Pettitte had a good outing, he would need some offensive help from the Yankee hitters. Unfortunately for the Yankees, neither happened and that led to a 3 – 2 loss.
Pettitte had a fair outing until the 4th inning. He gave up just 2 runs on 4 hits with 5 strikeouts. But then things went downhill. He left the game in the 4th inning with a sore trapezius muscle. When Pettitte left, the Yankees were only down by one run. They would go down by two runs but just couldn’t seem to get anything going. To make matters worse, they suffered another injury to an already thin lineup. Starting catcher Chris Stewart left in the 7th inning with a leg injury. Stewart was already filling in for Francisco Cervelli and now the Yankees might be down to using young Austin Romine behind the plate.
Whoever the Yankees have left, they will have to get ready for the start of a three game set against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night. Hiroki Kuroda will face Mark Buehrle in the series opener.