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New York Yankees Reaction: Yanks Blow Lead And Drop Series With Toronto

The New York Yankees dropped the first series against one of their main competitors in the American League East on Thursday.

  • New York Yankees: 2 (4-4)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: 4 (5-5)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score
  • Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON

The New York Yankees couldn’t contain Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki as they both hit home runs while Marcus Stroman continued his dominance over the Bombers.

Nathan Eovaldi, who had his splitter dominating through four innings, was keeping the Blue Jays quiet until the fifth inning when he surrendered a three-run home run to center field off Donaldson.

The very next inning, Tulowitzki pulled one down the left field line and the Jays took a 4-2 lead that they would hold for the rest of the ballgame.

Nate Loses His Nastiness:

Eovaldi was on his game early on, as he held the Blue Jays to no runs on three hits and struck out seven through his first four innings of work.

His splitter was phenomenal, but it started rising on hitters after getting through the fourth inning.

In his last 2.2 innings, Eovaldi surrendered two home runs and gave up four total runs as he took the loss in Toronto.

Final line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K’s, 2 HR

Play Of The Day:

One of the lone bright spots came from an acrobatic play by Brett Gardner.

Ryan Goins lifted a foul fly ball in the bottom of the third towards the seats in left. Gardner sprinted to the wall, leaped and made the play while falling backwards into the stands.

Not as entertaining as Yoenis Cespedes’s play from the other day, but at least Gardner caught the ball.

Get Those Bats Going:

The Yankees only scored two runs on three hits today, with the only runs coming on a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch.

With runners in scoring position, the Yankees went 3-for-22 in the series.

Gardner went 0-for-4 which dropped his batting average to .174, Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3  which dropped his batting average to .120, and Chase Headly went 0-for-2 which dropped his average to .150.

The Bombers’ three hits tonight tied a season low and they have scored two runs or fewer three times in 2016.

What’s Next:

The Yankees will kick off a nine-game homestand against Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium.

Luis Severino will take the mound opposite Nate Karns with first pitch being at 7:05 PM ET. Complete coverage will begin on the YES Network at 6.

Tomorrow is also Jackie Robinson Day, a day in which we celebrate how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

As a tradition, everyone will sport the jersey no. 42 to honor the legendary Civil Rights figure.

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