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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Bronx, NY (May 24) – The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night by the score of 5-4. C.C. Sabathia had one bad inning but he pitched a complete game and retired the last 16 batters he faced. He deserved a game like this after pitching so well early in the season and having nothing to show for it.
The offense was quiet for most of the game, even though they had many hits, they could not seem to put them together. The Yankees rallied for four runs in the eighth and ninth innings, which used to be a staple of the team but this season they have not done it, it is only their second win when trailing after eight this season.
Sabathia pitched nine innings giving up four runs and eight hits. He walked one and struck out three. Sabathia improved his record to 5-3 and he has a 3.17 ERA. Ricky Romero pitched seven innings for the Blue Jays giving up seven hits and one run with three walks and four strikeouts. Romero was outstanding and the bullpen is what cost them the game, you have to wonder about that he coming out after seven innings, the pitch count was not that high.
Curtis Granderson led the Yankees offensive attack with four hits. He also had an RBI, Mark Teixeira had two hits, a walk and an RBI and Alex Rodriguez had a hit. Robinson Cano had two hits and an RBI, he looked better tonight then he has in a long time. This could be the game that gets Cano and the Yankees going.
Russell Martin had two hits and two RBI including a homerun. Nick Swisher continues to struggle going 0-4 and his average is at 208, he may be sitting more games if he does not turn it around quickly. Brett Gardner had two walks, Eduardo Nunez had a hit and Jorge Posada had a big pinch hit double.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead on a Martin solo homerun in the second inning. The Blue Jays tied it in the third inning on a Corey Patterson RBI single. The Blue Jays took the lead with a big fourth inning scoring three runs. Juan Rivera doubled and J.P. Arencibia hit an RBI single. Rajai Davis hit an RBI single to give the Jays a 3-1 lead, John McDonald hit a sacrifice bunt that Cano couldn’t catch at first base which was an error, a run scored on the play.
The Yankees would not do anything until the eighth inning. Granderson led off with a double, Teixeira moved him to third with a groundball to first base. Rodriguez struck out but Cano doubled him home making it a 4-2 game. Martin followed with a sharp single up the middle making it 4-3. In the ninth inning, after one out Posada hit a double, Dickerson pinch ran, Granderson hit a single to tie the game.
Granderson stole second, Teixeira hit a hard smash to first that went off Juan Rivera’s glove, and the winning run scored setting off a wild celebration in the Bronx. A.J. Burnett delivered the pie to Teixeira and everyone went home happy.
The Yankees remain in first place in the AL East ½ a game ahead of the Boston Red Sox and a full game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays, two in the loss column. The Yankees record stands at 26-21 and the two teams will play the rubber game of the three game series on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00PM. Freddy Garcia will make the start against Jo-Jo Reyes who the Yankees have never seen before. The Yankees do not like facing pitchers they have never seen before as they struggle, we will see what happens in this game.
It was Teixeira first regular season walk-off with the Yankees. He had one in the 2009 American League Division Series against Minnesota. The big play of this game was with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning Sabathia got Bautista to strike out ending the threat and he wouldn’t be in trouble the rest of the game He would not allow a base runner the rest of the way as he really slammed the door on the Toronto offense.