Gary Sanchez homered again (5) but the Yanks lost Wednesday afternoon to Toronto, 7-4. They are off Thursday and now head out to the West Coast.
The Yanks fall to 61-59.
CC Sabathia struck out 12, but gave up all 7 runs.
CC gave up 3 runs in the second. Sanchez cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the second, and a HR by Starlin Castro in the fourth (15) cut it to 3-2.
But CC gave up 4 runs in the fifth, and that doomed the Yanks. Melvin Upton hit a 3-run HR for the Blue Jays.
Chase Headley’s 11th HR of the year made it 7-3 in the sixth, and Aaron Judge’s RBI single in the eighth made it the final margin of 7-4.
Sanchez and Judge were moved up in the lineup after their impressive beginnings. Sanchez hit cleanup with Judge fifth.
It looks like Sanchez has already supplanted Brian McCann as the catcher. McCann does have 2 years and $34MM left on his deal. When asked about it, McCann was quiet for a while, but then stated that Sanchez was a stud who will be an All-Star for years to come, and who was the best young catcher he has seen since coming to the majors. Nice praise. I also heard John Flaherty of YES, a former catcher himself, praise Sanchez.
What this means for McCann going forward, who knows? Talks between the Braves and Yanks regarding a possible trade fell though. Will Sanchez be the regular catcher in 2017? Will McCann be the DH in 2017? Do the Yanks think Sanchez and Romine is a good enough catching tandem to trade McCann, probably for pitching (especially with Eovaldi out all next year)? Time will tell, but this will be an interesting watch.
As for free agency in the off season, don’t expect much. There is not a good list of free agents out there to sign.
Chasen Shreve was sent down for Kirby Yates.
Sabathia (L, 7-10, 4.49) 6 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 12 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.52
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY)
Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk 1 K. 6.00.
Combined, the Yanks struck out 16 Blue Jays in the loss.