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Yankees lose as Mo blow save proving he is human after all

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Ontario, Canada (April 19) – The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays by the score of 6-5 in ten inning on Tuesday night. The Yankees played a good game despite A.J. Burnett struggling throughout. They had a 5-3 lead in the ninth and Mariano Rivera blew his first save of the year. He had pitched 8 1/3 innings coming into this game giving up four hits, no runs, and no walks. He gave up four runs, a walk, and a wild pitch all in the ninth inning in this game. He did not have his control and it does happen. Rivera even though he has started this season great usually starts worse then what he does the rest of the season.

A.J. Burnett struggled in this game, he had one 1-2-3 inning and the rest of the time had runners on. Burnett was able to battle through 5 2/3 innings giving up six hits and three runs with two of them being earned. He walked five, which is the real problem and struck out six batters. Dave Robertson came into the game with the bases loaded and one out and struck out both batters that he faced.

Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout, Rafael Soriano gave up a walk, he struck out one in his one inning, and Rivera gave up four hits and two runs with a walk and wild pitch in his one inning.

Ivan Nova took the loss pitching 2/3 of an inning and giving up two hits and one run. He gave up a couple of loud outs also, this just was not a good spot for him, but what can you do when all the good relievers were already used. The Yankees had Monday off and will have Thursday off so they are clearly going to skip Nova this time through the rotation.

The Yankees offense had a couple of homeruns again. Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson each hit one. Derek Jeter had a hit, Granderson had two hits, and an RBI and Teixeira had a hit and two RBI with a walk. Robinson Cano had a hit, Nick Swisher had a hit and three walks, and Eric Chavez had two walks. Jorge Posada had a hit and an RBI, Russell Martin had a hit and a walk and another strong game defensively.

Brett Gardner continues to struggle going 0-4 and leaving four men on base. If he would have had a couple of hits maybe even one hit then the blown save may have not been an issue. Gardner may be benched soon if he does not hit, he was already dropped to ninth in the order from leadoff.

Toronto scored first in the first inning on a Jose Bautista solo homerun. The Yankees scored two runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Jorge Posada and a groundout by Russell Martin that scored a run. The Yankees had the 2-1 lead, Aaron Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to tie the game at two. The Yankees would take a two-run lead in the sixth inning on a two-run homerun by Teixeira.

Toronto bounced back with a run back in the bottom of the sixth on a Edwin Encarnacion RBI double. The Yankees extended their lead to 5-3 in the seventh inning on a Granderson solo homerun. It would stay that way until the ninth inning when Toronto scored two runs off Rivera, he gave up a leadoff double, three more hit’s, a walk and a wild pitch.

The Blue Jays won the game in the tenth when Travis Snider who was in a huge slump hit an RBI double off Nova. The two teams will play the final game of the series Wednesday night with Bartolo Colon making his first start against Brett Cecil.

gmarchesej Posted by on April 20, 2011. Filed under Breaking News,MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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