Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/13/12

The Toronto Blue Jays kicked off their series with the New York Yankees on a sour note on Friday night, losing 10-4.  Starting pitcher, Ricky Romero gave up four hits, two earned runs three walks, and struck out two batters in seven innings pitched.

In Saturday’s game, The Yankees got on the scoreboard first in the fourth inning when Jayson Nix drove in Mark Teixeira with a single.  Later in the inning, Casey McGehee hit a three run homer to make it 4-0.  “That three run homer by (Casey) McGehee was obviously the difference in today’s ballgame,” said Jay’s manager, John Farrell in Saturday’s  postgame press conference.

Toronto got one run back  the bottom of the inning when Edwin Encarnacion drove in Rajai Davis with a single.

At the top of the sixth inning, Derek Jeter increased New York’s lead, driving in McGehee with a double.

The Jays score their last run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Encarnacion drove in Davis with a infield single.

The Jays went down one, two, three in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Yankees the 5-2 win.

Jays starting pitcher, Aaron Laffey gave up seven hits, five earned runs, four walks, and struck out two batters in 5.2 innings pitched.  “Aaron (Laffey), other than that one pitch, did his job,” said Farrell.

A little bit of bad news for the Jays.  Centerfielder, Colby Rasmus is day-to-day with a mild strain in his groin.   He did not play on Saturday.

Colby Rasmus day-to-day with a mild strain in his groin

 The Blue Jays avoided the three game sweep on Sunday by winning 10-7.

“Finally, a good offensive day, ” said Farrell in Sunday’s postgame press conference, “A much needed win.  A good one.”  It certainly was a good one.  It’s been a while since Toronto scored 10 runs or more.

The Jays got on the scoreboard early when David Cooper drove in Edwin Encarnacion with a single in the bottom of the first inning. 

There was no scoring until the bottom of the fourth inning when Toronto scored six runs to give them a huge 7-0 lead.   First, Jeff Mathis drove in Moises Sierra with a double.  Rajai Davis made it 4-0 by driving in Mathis and Anthony Gose with a double.  Mike McCoy increased the Jays lead by driving in Davis with a single.  Encarnacion then hit his 30th home run of the season with one on base.

The Yankees did not get their first run until the top of the fifth inning when Casey McGehee drove in Andruw Jones with a double.

In the bottom of the inning, Davis drove in Mathis, Yan Gomes,  and Adeiny Hechavarria with a double to make it 10-1 Jays.

The Yankees didn’t give up, though, as they clawed their way back in the later innings.

At the top of the sixth inning, the Yankees hit two home runs.  First, Derek Jeter hit a solo home run to make it 10-2.  Robinson Cano hit a two run homer to cut the Jays lead to six runs.

The very next inning, the Yankees scored three more runs.  First, Jayson Nix drove in Curtis Granderson with a double to make it 10-5.  Jeter also hit a double and drove in Nix to make it a 10-6.  Finally, the Yankees comeback came to an end when Nick Swisher drove in Jeter with a single.

Jay’s starting pitcher, J. A. Happ gave up six hits, four earned runs, no walks, and struck out four batters in 5.2 innings pitched.

The Blue Jays host the Chicago White Sox for four games starting tonight.

 

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