Ricky wasn't good. He had base runners on in each of his 6 innings. He walked 5 and gave up 7 hits, with 5 strikes. It was a cross between a miracle and Brett Lawrie's amazing play that allowed him to get through with only 1 earned run. The best that can be said is that he didn't take the loss.
The honor of taking the loss went to Steve Delabar. He gave up a walk and a sac bunt in the 8th. Aaron Loup came in and got a strikeout but Ichiro Suzuki hit one of his slap singles to left. I really don't understand why we don't bring the left fielder in, put him about 30 feet behind short, but that's life. Ichiro gets the game winning RBI and then stole 2nd and 3rd. He might have been out at 3rd, Brett certainly thought so, but it is tough to get a call in the Bronx, unless you wear pin stripes. We did get out of the inning with him scoring.
On offense, we had the reoccurring theme of not doing enough. We had 3 hits and 3 walks, in 6.2 innings, against someone named Davad Phelps. Then we did nothing for 2.1 innings against 3 Yankee relievers. We did score in the 2nd when J.P. Arencibia and Kelly Johnson walked and Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI single. Then in the 7th, JP, Yan Gomes and Adeiny loaded the bases but we failed to score.
Jays of the Day: well, Romero had a .271 WPA, but I can't give it to him. He was incredibly lucky. So lets give one to Adeiny (.128). I also want to give honorable mention to Brett Lawrie for his terrific defense. To be honest those two were the only Jays that made that mess worth watching.
Oh, there was one other moment worth watching, Colby Rasmus made terrific throw from center field, and J.P. was equally get with the tag, putting Jayson Nix out at the plate in the 2nd inning. Without that, Ricky's line might have looked a lot different.
Suckage Awards go to Aaron Loup (-.186, though it wasn't a bad pitch Ichiro hit), Lind (-.172, 0 for 4, 1 k), Rajai Davis (-.134, 1 for 4, k and caught stealing) and Moises Sierra (-.122, just 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter, but it was a big moment).
The Yankee Stadium strike zone was getting to me today, but I'll try to ignore.
Tomorrow we finish the series in New York with Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.55) trying to salvage a win for us. Phil Hughes (15-12, 3.96) starts for the Yankees.