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Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2 Hey, the Jays got at worst a series split while the Yanks and their now nervous fans will be hoping the Red Sox can beat the O's tonight. Take that Yanks! It seems really petty as at least the Yanks have done well where as the Jays have stunk up the place since July, but it is about the only enjoyment I have gotten from Sept baseball for the last... 20... 20!!!! years. Jeez.
Ricky Romero's last start of the season really didn't begin so well. Two BABIPed hits to start off the game and the Jays were in trouble. A walk loaded the bases with no outs and two sac flies scored the Yanks runs in the 1st inning. Ricky made it through three innings but he injured his left knee (his drive leg) in the 3rd and didn't come back. On a sort of high note, he did strand the bases loaded with nobody out in the 3rd.
Might as well get the Bad Y Day out of the way first. Yunel Escobar and Yan Gomes both had awful days. Yunel made a mental running error (again) that might have cost the Jays a run in the 6th. It was so bad that even Buck and Pat took Yunel to task for not advancing on a fly ball to CF with none out. Jeff Mathis then drove a fly ball to the OF deep enough to allow Escobar to score if he was on 3B, but instead he tagged up and got to 3B. Adeiny Hechavarria drove Yunel home with a two out RBI double but the rally ended when Yan Gomes got picked off 3B after running through a Butters Stop sign. Yan also made an error in the 8th on an easy grounder to 1B, but Mathis heaved a rocket to 2B to take out pinch runner Brett Gardner trying to steal.
Today was more about the bullpen than anything. Welcome back Shawn Hill who pitched 3 decent scoreless innings, Brad Lincoln, Aaron Loup, Steve Delabar and Casey Janssen kept the Yanks off the board the rest of the way. Casey pitched his usual drama free self by striking out Russell Martin who didn't like the strike calls for three fastballs that Casey placed right on the outside black (it's not like the strike calls that are 3 inches off the plate that Mariano gets... hey, I'm not bitter about that), a popup by Jeter, an infield hit on a chopper that Yunel had no chance on by Ichiro and a flyout by A-Rod for the save.
Rajai Davis was pretty much the main offense the Jays could muster against Andy Pettitte. He homered in the first to cut the Yanks lead in half and had an infield RBI single in the 5th that scored Jeff Mathis. The infield single was "clutch" as it was a 2 out hit after Gose flied out to really shallow CF with Mathis on 3B and one out.
Yunel did score the winning in spite of himself in the 6th. Adeiny's RBI double came off of Joba Chamberlain who then struck out the side in the 7th when it didn't matter.
Shawn Hill is the winner winner chicken dinner while Andy Pettitte is the loser.
Jays of the Day (based on FG WPA) are: Davis (.231), Hill (.188), Delabar (.126), Loup (.103), and Janssen (.173.)
Suckage Jays of the Day: EE (-.118), Sierra (-.179) and Gose (-.135). Surprisingly base running blunders don't count as Yunel and Gomes had positive WPAs.