Friday, August 23, 2013

Another Jays Sweep

The Yankees are lucky to have the Toronto Blue Jays be their punching bags this season. The Yankees have won fourteen games in a row against the Blue Jays dating back to last season. This year the Yankees have lost just one game to the Blue Jays and it came in Canada early in the season. To add to the insult, this is the second time this season that the Yankees swept Toronto in a four game set. That says a lot about the drive and focus of the Yankees. They were playing horribly in June and July but August has been good to the Bombers, who have now won eight of their last ten games and ten straight games against the Blue Jays which is a large reason the Yankees are where they are right now. With five losses against the Blue Jays, the Yankees would not be in the postseason picture at all. However, their punching bags have been extra good to the Yankees this season.
It was a strange victory for the Yankees, and not because they had to wait over three hours for the game to begin due to a rain delay. The Yankees only had four hits in the game and scored five runs. Talk about run efficiency for the Yankees, who are scoring in times when they need the runs most. For the Yankees, the key to today's win came in the fifth inning when Vernon Wells hit a fly ball to Rajai Davis who caught it but the umpires ruled it a trap, which led to the ejections of manager John Gibbons and pitcher Mark Buehrle. The fly ball allowed a run to score and gave the Yankees a lead they would never relinquish. Eduardo Nunez came up big in the following inning when he hit a ball out of the strike zone for a single to right-center field to score two runs to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead. They would go on to beat the Jays 5-3 as Pettitte recorded his ninth win of the season against nine losses. Andy Pettitte has never had a losing season in his established career so it would only be fitting for him to win a few more before he hangs up the cleats. David Robertson came in for a resting Mariano Rivera to get his second save in the month of August. Robertson still has to work on pitch economy, as he was 3-2 on all three batters he faced before finally nailing down the save.

Things don't get any easier for this team as they head to Tampa Bay tomorrow night for the start of a three game series against the second place Rays. The Rays and Red Sox have been battling for first place for a while now, as only one game separates both teams in the standings. The Yankees will look to make some noise in St. Pete as they are surging at the right time. Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound tomorrow against stud rookie Chris Archer who pitched a gem last time out against the Yankees.

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