Yanks lose to Blue Jays, look bad doing it

Gamel stays hot with three-hit night in win
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These were supposed to be the easy games, three at home against the last place and injury-riddled Blue Jays. Instead, the Yankees lost the rubber game on Wednesday to drop the series, continuing their second half skid.

(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

Needed More (Pitching)

The bullpen was short-handed and the Yankees needed a real quality outing from CC Sabathia, but instead he turned in his worst start against Toronto since 2005. It was his first lost at the hands of the Jays since 2007. The offense handed their ace two leads — 2-0 and 4-3 — and he blew them both with some help from his defense (more on that later). Sabathia did complete seven innings of work and only two of the five runs he allowed were earned, but it wasn’t good enough.

In the third inning, the Jays loaded the bases with no outs on two dinky singles and walk, and it appeared as though the Yankees would escape unscathed after Mike McCoy bounced into a 5-2 double play. Instead, the Jays came through with three straight two-out hits to plate three runs. The first two singles were dinky, but the double down the left field line was well-struck. In the sixth, Yunel Escobar took Sabathia deep after an Adam Lind single. Outside of those two innings, Sabathia retired 15 of 16 batters faced with the one exception being a Derek Jeter error. He struck out eight and walked zero, but those two innings did him and the Yankees in.

Needed More (Hitting)

(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

You know what was nice? The Yankees jumped out to a two-run lead right in the very first inning. They’ve been struggling in a bad way offensively, so scoring early is always a relief. Andruw Jones (single to center) and Curtis Granderson (fielder’s choice) did the run-driving-in honors after Jeter singled and Nick Swisher walked. In the third, one half-inning after Toronto took the lead, the Yankees responded with two runs when Granderson doubled over the head of Rajai Davis with two outs. Swisher and Jones came around to score after drawing walks.

But, of course, there were plenty of blown opportunities. Jayson Nix drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and moved to third on Ichiro Suzuki‘s double, putting men on second and third with no outs. The Yankees didn’t capitalize because Chris Stewart popped up on the first pitch and both Swisher and Robinson Cano struck out following an intentional walk to Jeter. It was his first intentional walk in two years. Leadoff double in the sixth? Stranded. One-out double in the seventh? Stranded. Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin hit back-to-back doubles to score a run leading off the eighth — Martin’s hit the third base bag and bounced over Adeiny Hechavarria — but Martin was left stranded at second. All told, the Yankees went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position as Jeter, Cano, Ichiro, and Eric Chavez each came up empty on multiple occasions.

Visual representation of the team’s play of late. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

Needed More (Defense)

The Yankees didn’t just pitch poorly and hit poorly, they also played the field poorly as well. Jeter botched a ground ball in the first inning that didn’t come back to bite them, but Nix booted a grounder in the third that contributed to the three-run inning. Chavez misplayed a ground ball of his own in the ninth, eventually leading to two more runs. Jones made a pair of diving grabs in right but didn’t manage to hold onto the ball either time — I didn’t see the first one, but the second one was a ball that had to be caught — leading to runs in the sixth and ninth. The Bombers aren’t a great defensive club to start with, but having three infielders boot ground balls while two catchable balls find grass in the outfield is too much to take. You can only give a Major League team so many extra outs before they make you pay. To Toronto’s credit, they turned four of the five miscues into runs.


(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

In a not-so-shocking turn of events, the non-David Robertson and non-Rafael Soriano portion of the bullpen allowing multiple runs after Sabathia exited the game. Derek Lowe (two hits, zero outs), Boone Logan (struck out the only batter he faced), Cody Eppley (one inning, one walk), Clay Rapada (walked the only man he faced), and Joba Chamberlain (one hit, two outs) combined to allow three late-inning runs in two innings of work. Some of that poor defense was a factor, but that’s five pitchers allowing five baserunners while record six outs.

The Yankees had eight hits total but no one had more than one. Jeter (single, walk), Swisher (single, two walks), Jones (single, walk), and Nix (double, walk) all reached base multiple times. Stewart and Steve Pearce were the only starters not to reach base while Ibanez and Martin provided knocks off the bench. Somehow the Yankees mustered six doubles and only one of those guys came around to score. They needed a bad read from Davis and a lucky bounce off the bag to score three of the five runs.

Escobar came into the game with a .246/.292/.328 batting line on the season, and he managed to go 4-for-5 with three doubles and a homer. It was just his second multi-extra-base hit game of the season (double and a triple against the Rangers in May) and the first four-extra-base hit game of his 758-game big league career. In terms of WPA (+.486), it was the fifth best game of his career. Again, a .246/.292/.328 batting line coming into the afternoon.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles lost and the Rays won, so they’re now three and four games back in the loss column, respectively. The magic number actually dropped down to 30. That’s entirely undeserved on the Yankees’ part, but I’ll take it.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next

The Yankees will look themselves in the mirror and try to regroup during Thursday’s off-day before welcoming the Orioles to town for a three-game weekend series. It is unquestionably the most important series of the season (to date), and that could have been avoided had the Yankees not been playing .500 baseball since the All-Star break. Hiroki Kuroda and Miguel Gonzalez kick things off Friday. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the game.

Gamel stays hot with three-hit night in win
Report: Yankees will remain with WCBS 880 in 2013
  • https://twitter.com/czm26 Craig

    CC looks more out of shape than Bart in that picture; must be the sun.

    • Brian S.


      • https://twitter.com/czm26 Craig

        Thanks, NoMaas

  • Brian S.

    Miguel Gonzalez did too well against us last time. We must destroy him.

  • Better off Eddard

    Four things must happen before Friday’s game-

    1. Joba Chamberlain must be sent down to AAA

    2. Andruw Jones must be prevented from ever playing the field again.

    3. Cashman must go down to the clubhouse and give a fiery speech.

    4. CC must be told that Hiroki Kuroda is the current #1 starter.

    If the Os lose again tomorrow we’ll regain a 4 game lead in the loss column and we’ll have a reset going into September. These next 3 series must be won and decisively or Andy Pettitte’s rehab starts in AA will be the last in an illustrious career.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I expect Pettitte back next season.

    • Mike

      Sending Joba down makes no sense considering Saturday is September 1st and the 40 man roster comes up.

      Even though I believe Joba has all his options, you would be losing him for ONE DAY. Makes no sense to send him down.

      • FIPster Doofus

        And doesn’t Joba have to agree to be sent down? I thought I read that the other day.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting


          • FIPster Doofus

            Thought so. Thanks.

        • Laz

          It wouldn’t make sense anyways. It’s one day, even if they don’t use him alot in september he can always eat up innings if they are out of a game.

    • Stevis

      1. Joba must be sent to Seattle
      2.A. Jones should be sent to the old age home
      3.Cashman should go to the clubhouse and give Girardi a kick in the ass…Steve fu-in Pearce!
      4.CC gotta get his Mojo workin’
      And I hope A-Rod comes back and kicks some ass

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Absolutely awful game. Hope this is a bottoming out.

    • Girardis Braces


      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        LOUD NOISES!!!

      • Brian S.

        CC is the best pitcher the Yankees have had since Mussina in his prime.

      • DT


  • English Teacher

    Mike: PROOF READ!!!

    • PBFog

      Yes, please!

      • A non-dick that is smart enough not to be ridiculously critical about grammar

        Get over the grammar shit, please.

    • rek4gehrig

      Just be thankful Mike is putting together a write-up after each game and stop whining about grammar.

  • Cy Pettitte

    David Adams as a RH bat please. Jones, Pearce and McGehee isn’t working.

    • Laz

      Adams as our new 3B.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I read that there have been three games where the Jays have scored 6+ runs this entire month. Predictably, all three came against the Yankees.

    To further wit – the Yankees allowed eight runs on Monday and again today. I’d be willing to place a very hefty wager the Jays don’t score eight runs in their entire series against the Rays. Nevermind the fact that the Rays own Toronto in the first place (something like 45-20 since 2009, and 9-2 this year), the Rays know how to beat a team that’s reeling.

    3-3 against the Jays and Indians. Absolutely fuckin’ shameful.

    • rogue

      …and scary.

      The Yankees successful regular season MO was dominating the weak to middling teams. Losing 2/3 to the lowly Jays was bad on many levels. If the O’s remain hot (and the Yankees, cold) there will be gnashing of teeth on Monday morning.

      BTW, I care about Kramerica!!!

      Kramerica Industries lives!!!

  • Rich in NJ

    I agree that they should take a chance on some kids with upside, even if it means rushing them, since the fungible veterans are kind of sucking right now.

    I still think the Yankees will be ok, but going all in probably means taking some risks that they usually don’t want to (or have to) take.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’m pretty sure they don’t have any. Well any that can make any impact at the MLB level.

      • Rich in NJ

        Montgomery in the K-Rod role, circa 2002?

        • Laz

          The yankees have a full 40 man and 8 players on the 60 day dl. Aardsma, wade, and Pettitte are the most likely pitching additions.

      • Brian S.

        Corban Joseph and Ronnier Mustelier are players that exist.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Mustelier is 28. And where is CoJo going to play? 2nd? The Yankees were terrified on Montero overtaking one of the worst DHs they ever had, do you think he’ll get time over Cano?

          • Brian S.

            Nobody knows what Mustelier will provide as an IFA signing. Worst case scenario is he comes up and can’t hit or play defense, which is exactly what Andruw Jones is doing (not doing?) for the team. Also Raul Ibanez hasn’t hit in months and Corban Joseph mashes righties so there you go.

  • jim p

    …so scoring early is always a relief

    But is it really? Through the 2nd half for sure, maybe the 1st as well, it seems to me we often score in the 1st and then lose the game; often blowing plenty of opportunities to tack on more runs after the 1st.

    Being not skillful at finding things I wonder if anyone knows:
    Do we have a winning or losing record when we score in the 1st inning?
    How many runs do we score in each inning?

    Given our 0-47 showing after the 8th inning when trailing, I’ve got to think very few runs scored in the 9th.

    • forensic


      Much of what you want can be found in that link. Its too much of a pain to type it all out individually for you while on the iPad.

      • jim p

        Thanks for this. How people can figure out how to use Baseball Reference that finely… I’ve spent hours and can’t get nothing.

        In summary, they win 2 of 3 when they go into the 2nd inning ahead. About .610 when their 1st inning runs match their opponents, a tie.

        It was nice to see we are 9-6 in extra innings, which rates out to 97 wins or so.

        In the runs allowed department, the 9th inning is our 4th worst, just .005 behind the 3rd place, 3rd inning.

        Thank you again for finding that, and posting the link.

    • Anthony

      There was a stretch of games towards the beginning of the summer (that included the first ChiSox series) where I remember we scored runs real early and wound up losing the game. Purely anecdotal; don’t have the concrete stats.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    I’ve been saying it all season – the Yankees scouting department is non-existent. This team constantly gets beat by the dregs of baseball – Rajai Davis, Carlos Pena, Sean Rodriguez, Jeff Mathis, a washed up Youkilis, Chris Davis, Gordon Beckham, the ghost of Russell Branyan and now Yunel Escobar. Not to mention, they’re 7-11 against rookies this year.

    It’s time to stop solely relying on the talent on the field and get an accurate scouting report of their opponents. God help me if I see Carlos Pena take the Yankees deep again this year.

    • Brian S.

      How do you think other teams’ feel when Russell Martin hits a home run or double? Sometimes bad hitters run into pitches, I guarantee it doesn’t happen more to the Yankees than any other team.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        These players aren’t running into one bad pitch – they’re repeatedly having good days against the Yanks. While the rest of the league can get these guys out at a 75-80% clip, these has-beens rake the Yanks all the time.

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly known as Brian S.)

          Sounds a lot like confirmation bias.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          None of those guys makes outs anywhere near an 80% clip. Mathis is the only one that make out at even close to a 75% clip. And he’s made out at a 75% clip against the Yankees. Assuming Pat’s numbers are right below, the only guys on your list that have made outs less often against the Yankees in their career than against the rest of the league are Sean Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis.

    • pat


      Carlos Pena .225/.342/.503
      Rajai Davis .219/.275/.305
      Sean Rodriguez .267/.343/.392
      Jeff Mathis .187/.250/.319
      Chris Davis .240/.275/.442
      Gordon Beckham .253/.283/.384
      Russel Branyan .237/.322/.542
      Yunel Escobar .250/.321/.306

      And the only actual good player on this list-
      Kevin Youkilis .300/.432/.483


      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly known as Brian S.)

        Pena is pretty good against us too if you look past the batting average.

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly known as Brian S.)

          Russ 2.0 as well.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Pena career: 234/349/472
          So he hits for slightly lower AVG, but with some extra power against the Yankees.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        pat – learn to read, dude. could have saved you a lot of work. i said they constantly get beat by these guys. No one said these guys were hitting 1.000 against them. Didn’t Mathis go 6-8 against them in the playoffs in ’09? you’re not going to see those stats reflected in your numbers.

        • special lol

          it’s 8 AB…… are you stupid?

        • Hardy

          Didn’t the Yankees win in 2009?

  • River Ave Bipolar Disorder

    You never would have heard a coach or player call these “easy” games. That sounds like something a media moron or a 12 yr old fan would say.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly known as Brian S.)

      U mad?

    • pat

      First place team playing a last place team fielding an AAAA lineup on a getaway day.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I have a feeling the Yankees may pull a 2011 Red Sox. Honestly, this is one of the worst Yankee teams I can remember seeing. It’s truly a testament to Cashman and Co, that an okay team is the worst that they’ve ever done. Their offense is basically Jeter and Cano, I guess Swisher too. Ibanez has inevitably cooled down, Granderson is hitting .191 in August, A-Rod is old and hurt, Teixeira is a shell of his former self, and the rotation is still being held together by spit and duct tape. It was a long time coming, and I think we’ll see more disappointing teams until 2015.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly known as Brian S.)

      They won’t have the opportunity to pull a 2011 Red Sox. They will have a 3 or 4 game lead at the start of September. Not 9.

    • DT

      Worst team you’ve seen? So i guess you didn’t see the 2008 team? Our Rotation right now actually is better than it was in 2009 or 2010 for that matter. Even offensively they their numbers are only slightly lower than it was in the prior years. The problems have been injuries. When the team was on full health mid season they were rolling.

      • Uncle Fester

        June only good month. Take out 20-7, and they are 7 games over .500 for the rest of the games. They are, outside of those 27 games, an average team that struggles to score runs when they don’t mash meatball hitter’s-count pitches for HR’s.

        • DT

          Does that matter which month they got hot in? They were rolling in June because they had a full team. They also played well in the first half of July before oakland.

          • Uncle Fester

            The month isn’t important, agreed, but 103 game sample vs 27 game sample, throw in first part of July…..still a small sample. Yes, health a factor, but may not be a whole team for the remainder of this year. Offensive #’s overall are obviously good, but such a one dimensional attack. No HR’s, no wins, no comeback mojo. I just think this team is not tooled for deep in playoffs

    • Laz

      CC, Kuroda, Hughes, Phelps, and Garcia is a solid rotation. When pettitte comes back swap out Garcia and you have a pretty strong rotation.

      Teix and arod are injured. Honestly how many teams wouldn’t be struggling with their previous #2 and #4 hitters gone ice cold, and their #3 and #5 hitters injured.

      They are expecting arod and Teix back later next week, and Pettitte in Mid-September. Judge the team then, not when many big pieces are injured.

      • Hugh


      • Uncle Fester

        Calf bad enuf, but WRIST is most worrisome….no HR’s, no wins.

      • CS Yankee

        Garcia will stay, Phelps should/will replace Lowe in the pen…but yes, very solid SP. One would have to go back to 2003 to find a better group.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    all those losses are so annoying because it feels like they could’ve been avoided. I’m looking at the standings and I just shake my head. We should lead by 10 games. At least.

  • Hardy

    At least we can celebrate 5-7 day:

    Yankees record: 75-55
    Yankees winning percentage: .577
    Yankees pythagoran wins: 75.7
    Odds of winning the division via coolstandings.com: 75.7%

  • Gary

    Bottom line: April, May, July, August = 7 games better than .500. Except June, this is an average team. If they make the playoffs, done in round 1.

    • CS Yankee

      You didn’t look on how the stars are aligned in October?…it is being called the second coming of June.

    • thenamestsam

      Oh my god! You’re never going to guess what I just discovered! I flipped this coin I have a whole bunch of times, and if you don’t count all the times it came up heads, it came up tails every! single! time! Seriously guys, I’m pretty sure I discovered a magic coin!

    • DT

      Why don’t you go take out every Team’s best month and see how their records are. I assure you it won’t be much better.

      • Uncle Fester

        I see your point, DT, and you are probably right. My gut feeling is that I am not overly confident in an offense that relies so heavily on HR’s and has such trouble w RISP when facing playoff pitching. Just my opinion.

  • Elmgrovegnome

    Look at the bright side. With an early playoff exit, we will all get a bit more sleep this fall, and be better prepared when we go to work in the morning.

  • Better off Eddard

    What they need is a wake up call and a reset. This time last year the Cardinals were out of it so there is enough time to turn things around. It needs to start Friday though. We must take at least 2/3 from the Os, the Rays, and the Sox. Right now the biggest vulnerability is against LHP so let’s hope we don’t see many of those. Vs RHP we can still field a respectable lineup.

  • Robert

    Why didnt the Yanks claim Joe Maur when he went on waviers???? George (RIP) would have!!!

    • CS Yankee

      I like Joe but you know he has these issues;

      1) Paid like a stud catcher, which he is when he catches…has just caught 60 games this year and only finished like 8 of them.

      2) Lost most or all of his power…was he lucky in 2009 or juicing or is he injured?

      3) Is on the books for 23M$ per thru 2018…this is one more year than Arod (although much younger), and Arod didn’t miss ant time in his peak years.

      4) What are you going to do with the other 100 games a year he can play at DH or 1B…we have Arod, Jeet, and other old dudes at DH…Teix and Swish and Chavy at 1B? Which 20-plus millon per year player hits the pine every night?

      5) They’ll want prospects beyond eating the money…helping someone out (ala Dodger style) and giving away talent is a clear cry for attention and future issues.

  • thenamestsam

    Incredibly frustrating loss, but a big part of the reason is that they actually played pretty well in this game. The results weren’t there, but Sabathia pitched well – there were very few hard hit balls, 8Ks, no walks. He cruised through most of this game, the Jays just got very fortunate on balls in play and with phenomenal sequencing (all of their baserunners in two innings? You really can’t get luckier than that). The offense created numerous chances to score runs but couldn’t find the killer blow. Bullpen was poor, but this was mostly just a bad luck game. Shake it off and get them tomorrow.

    • David K.

      You think they played well in this game – come on man – how could they play worse? It was everything today, they played well enough to lose, that’s it. No clutch pitching, no clutch hitting, terrible defense. This game shows everything that is backassward about this team. And their stupid manager – why is Andruw Jone playing the outfield?