Yanks beat Blue Jays for fourth straight win

O'Brien homers again in another SI loss
Game 114: Sweep the Jays


Source: FanGraphs

The Yankees are starting to climb out of this recent funk, beating the Blue Jays on Saturday for their fourth straight win and sixth in the last nine games. They also secured their first three-game series win in Toronto since May 2009. Yeah, it had been a while. Let’s recap…

  • Super Duper Nova: This was a pretty big start for Ivan Nova, who came in having allowed at least six runs in four of his last seven starts. He responded by striking out ten and walking one across 7.1 innings of two-run ball. All ten strikeouts came on breaking balls, which he used heavily — Nova threw 46 curveballs and 13 sliders out of his 105 pitches, and he did a decent job of locating them down in the zone. He still hung a few, but all the Triple-A guys in the Jays’ lineup allowed him to get away with them. Sometimes you need a date with a bad lineup to kick start things, so hopefully Nova takes off.
  • Bats McGehee: The Yankees jumped all over former Yankee Aaron Laffey the second time through the order, tagging him for four two-out runs in the fourth. Jayson Nix singled in the first run of the game before Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer, a legit blast into the second deck in left-center. His first homer in pinstripes was no cheapie. The Yankees tacked on another run in the sixth when Derek Jeter drove in McGehee with a ground rule double, that one also off Laffey.
  • Bullpen Work: Nova did most of the heavy lifting, but both David Robertson and Rafael Soriano appeared in the late innings. Robertson threw all of one pitch, getting Omar Vizquel to ground into an inning-ending double play. Nix deserves some props for the tough turn at second. Soriano had a flawless ninth for his 28th save. It was about as routine as it gets for the eighth and ninth inning guys.
  • Leftovers: Jeter’s double was his 150th hit of the season, making him the only non-Hank Aaron player in history with 17 consecutive 150-hit seasons. Only three players have 18 150-hit seasons overall, nevermind consecutively … McGehee was the only player other than Jeter with two hits, and so far all of his hits with the Yankees have gone for extra-bases (two doubles and a homer) … the bottom third of the order did almost all of the damage (4-for-12), the top six guys went a combined 3-for-22 (.136). They did draw five walks though, so it’s not all bad.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some additional stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Rays won again, so the Yankees will remain six games up in the AL East regardless of what happens after all the rain in Baltimore. Phil Hughes will be on the mound on Sunday afternoon to try to secure the sweep. Toronto will counter with 2009 World Series opponent J.A. Happ.

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O'Brien homers again in another SI loss
Game 114: Sweep the Jays
  • Brian S.

    Andruw Jones=not good.

    • CUYanks

      You can say that again.

  • Brian S.

    Andruw Jones=not good.

    • CUYanks

      Exactly!

    • The Real Greg

      Wanted Scott Hairston

  • Laz

    I don’t care if it’s a save situation, Robertson gets 2 outs with 1 pitch and you take him out. Just give soriano the night off.

    • Florida – Ralph

      I 100% agree.

    • RetroRob

      Let him rack up as many saves as possible as long as he’s not over used, which he is not.

      He’ll make a fine free agent later this year. Let the Angels pay him next year.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    A return to form from Ivan Nova would be some great medicine for us fans concerned about any sort of DL stint for CC.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Just want to give a shout out to a kid I know, and hopefully first big leaguer I will know: http://www.baseballamerica.com.....-national/

    The first kid they mention, Rob Kaminsky is a friend/acquaintance of mine. This kid’s got a bright future.

    • Alkaline

      Awesome dude. It’s always fun following people like that. There’s a few acquaintances of mine from HS/College that are trying to fulfill their dream. It’s always fun to root for them.

      BTW, don’t think I told you. But I love the handle. I’m a huge HP nerd. I think you should use an unforgivable spell to fight the trolls.

    • Jeter Meter

      Rob Kaminsky and I went to elementary school together. Good kid.

  • pat

    Some 19 year old kid from Trinidad and Tobago just won gold in the javelin. SIGN HIM

  • Sean C

    I will never get tired of seeing Jeter’s name amongst the greatest of all time. I want him in the top 5 of all-time hits when his career is over. Two more healthy seasons, and he’s pretty much there with Speaker.

    • Jimmy

      2010 .270
      2011 .297
      2012 .315

      The trend is pretty well established that he is getting better as he gets older. He may be hitting .400 by the time he’s 45.

      Pete who?

    • CS Yankee

      Awesome stuff, could likely be the only one at 19 years with 150+.

      I was at the Friday night Jays game and he dove towards 2B and made a sweat play to help Garcia’s cause. His range isn’t great, but his glove and arm are still above average.

      I doubt him taking a part-time role when this contract is up, and doubtful they keep him out there at 40+ full-time…but you never know, he’s leads the league in beating doubts three years straight.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Casey McGeHEEEEE.

  • Dropped Third

    This team has some good role players, chaves, jones, nix, mcgehee, and even stewarts been clutch.