For the third straight game, the score was 2-1, and for the second time, the Yankees lost. Also for the second time in that span, the Yanks lost to a knuckleballer (even though this particular knuckleballer did not get the decision).
Nathan Eovaldi was great for the Yanks, as he and Toronto’s R.J. Dickey had a pitching duel. Betances and Dickey were scoreless as usual, but rookie Brandon Pinder gave up a tenth inning HR to Jose Bautista and the Yanks’ lead in the AL East has shrunk to 3 1/2.
Josh Donaldson, the second batter of the game, homered in the first for the Blue Jays. After a review overturned the call, Mark Teixeira tied it up for the Yanks with a HR of his won (30, 393 career) in the second. #393 tied Jim Edmonds on the all-time list.
That was all the scoring until Pinder gave up Bautista’s HR in the top of the tenth.
Hopefully the Yankees’ bats get hot again and they start a winning streak that will open the lead up again.
One thing I really wish is that Ellsbury and Gardner start running again. It’s like the Yankees speed game has been completely shut down. Yes, Alex and Teix hit HR and you don’t want to get thrown out stealing in front of them. However Alex and Teix also are not fast runners, and by starting the runner, you may be keeping out of the DP, if not actually getting a SB.
There was a good article in the NY Post recently about how little the Yanks have been running recently.
So, a little more “littleball” may be necessary?
Eovaldi 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 4.15
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.52 (just one batter, a strikeout)
Betances 1 1/3 IP 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.26
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.66
Pinder (L, 0-1, 2.87) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
The Yanks have hit the 2/3 point of the season at 61-47, a pace for 91 or 92 wins this year. Hopefully they keep or pick up the pace.
Yankees 61-47 —
Toronto 59-52 – 3 1/2 (at least it is 5 in the loss column)
Baltimore 55-53 -6
Tampa Bay 54-56 -8
Boston 49-61 -13