New York Yankees

The New York Yankees were unable to win their second consecutive series after dropping the rubber game to the Blue Jays at the stadium.

  • Toronto Blue Jays:  3 (24-25)
  • New York Yankees: 1 (22-24)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

What a frustrating ballgame for the New York Yankees. They get a historic ace-like start from their former ace CC Sabathia but their defense and offense abandoned them as they dropped the series to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sabathia gave up two runs, none of which were earned while striking out seven batters over seven innings of work. To make the start even better the lefty only surrendered two hits to a high-octane offense.

But do you know what really made his start epic? He passed Tommy John for 20th on the franchise innings pitched list with 1,366.1 and passed Tom Glavine with 2,608 strikeouts.


Additionally, Sabathia has surrendered one or fewer runs in his last three starts dating back to his shutout effort against the Baltimore Orioles on May 4. He has given up one earned run since then while striking out twenty in twenty innings.

So yeah, the big guy has been absolutely phenomenal but it didn’t matter as his team did nothing to help make his effort a winning one.

In the bottom of the first, the Bombers got on the board thanks to the lumber of Starlin Castro. Off J.A. Happ, he lifted one over the wall and into the Yankees bullpen for his sixth home run of the season.

It was “Darlin Starlin’s” fourth home run at Yankee Stadium, the venue in which he was batting .292 entering this game compared to his .235 average on the road.

Following the homer, Happ would settle down and finish his day with only one earned run on three hits while striking out five. His slider worked beautifully today especially against Carlos Beltran, who finished the day 0-3 with three strikeouts.

The turning point of the game came in the top of the third inning when Devon Travis reached on a fielding error by the Yankees’ shortstop Didi Gregorius.

Following the miscue, Edwin Encarnacion tattoed a Sabathia changeup into left which scored Travis and Jose Bautista.

After adding an insurance run off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth, Roberto Osuna came on to close out the 3-1 victory for the Blue Jays. The Jays took the series at the Rogers Centre in early April and did the same here in the Bronx.

Injury Update:

The Yanks were given some bad news today regarding Chasen Shreve and Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees’ left-handed reliever landed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that was the apparent cause of his injuries. Shreve has allowed seven home runs in 19 innings of work this season despite owning an ERA under 2.00 through his first five months as a member of the Yankees.

 

Their struggling first baseman has suffered an annoying neck injury and has taken a few cortisone shots in order to ease the pain.

As he targets a return to the lineup on Sunday, he’ll look to turn around a season in which he’s batting .195 with three home runs and 12 RBI.

 

What’s Next?

The Bombers will take a trip down to Tampa to face the Rays at Tropicana Field for a three-game series beginning on Friday night. New York’s ace, Masahiro Tanaka will take the ball in the first game opposite side Chris Archer.

Tanaka is coming off an outing in which he managed seven innings of one-run ball while striking out four as he picked up his second win of the 2016 season.

He’ll be pitching on an extra day’s rest thanks to the off-day this past Monday which will be beneficial to the 27-year old. With extra rest this season, he owns a 1.57 ERA while maintaining a WHIP of .872.

Archer managed only three innings of work and allowed six runs on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers as he watched his ERA climb to 5.16. In his career against New York, the former All-Star owns a 5-2 record while maintaining a 2.25 ERA.

First pitch will commence at 7:10 on WPIX but you can get everything you need to know from ESNY’s exclusive preview coming to you tomorrow before the contest.

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