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Game Hinges on a Couple of Bad Calls, Jays lose to Yankees.

Blue Jays 5 Yankees 7

One of those game where it all shifts on a couple of calls by the home plate umpire. 3rd inning runner on second, one out, Marc Rzepczynski pitching to Brett Gardner. If you take a look at gameday, ball two and three both look to be right on the outside corner. Ball 4 is clearly a strike. Take a look:


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A double later and then Teixeira is walked where balls 1, 2 and 3 are on the corner. Yankees score three runs in the inning. 

Then in the top of the 7th, tie game, Jose Bautista up with runners on first and second, no outs. He gets to a full count and the next pitch is clearly outside, but called strike three. That one call changed things from bases loaded no out to first and second one out.Bautista complains and he's thrown out. I guess no one has to be reminded of the game against the Yankees where Yunel Escobar was thrown out of the game by the plate umpire while at his position at short. Then later in the game Swisher argued loudly in the face of the umpire and nothing happened.

Anyway, Scrable was great in the first two innings. Gave up three runs in the 3rd, helped along by the shrinking strike zone. In the fourth he gave up 2 more, in part because of defensive mistakes. With a runner on first, a come-backer right to Marc the throw to Hill wasn't perfect and Hill wasn't to make the throw to second for the DP. Next batter, fly ball, Travis Snider makes a great play running a long way to make a diving catch, but the ball came out of his glove when he hit the ground. With a little luck he could have been out of the inning with any runs scored against.

Jesse Carlson came in in the 5th and pitched two perfect innings. Jason Frasor, on the other hand, gave up a 2 run homer in the 7th to take the loss. 

Lyle Overbay and John McDonald had homer in the 2nd inning to give us a 3 run lead. And Overbay doubled in the 5, driving in 2 to tie the game again. DeWayne Wise had 2 hits and a walk from the leadoff spot. 

Jays of the Day are Overbay (.319 WPA) and Carlson (.149). Mac and Wise deserve honorable mention. Jays with Suckage numbers are Scrabble (-.324), Frasor (-.259), Wells (-.165,  though deserves points for running hard from first to score on Lyle's double), Snider (-.106) and Bautista (-.101).

Tomorrow afternoon it is Brett Cecil against Phil Hughes. Hopefully it will go a little better.