Big Inning Dooms Yankees in 7-3 Loss

bartolo-colonOn a night when the Yankees entire offense consistent of two players, a five-run 6th inning by the Blue Jays did the Yankees in as they lost 7-3 Monday night.

After allowing a 1st inning homer to Jose Bautista, Colon was cruising right along. Then everything changed in the 6th when a leadoff double and a pair of intention walks, including one to Juan Rivera (OPS=.650), loaded the bases. Then a single, a RBI-walk, and a three-RBI double made it 6-1.

At the bottom of the inning Robinson Cano would drive Brett Gardner home, the second of three times he would do that, but it wasn’t enough. Nobody else was hitting as Jay’s starter Carlos Villanueva, who had faced them just twice before, held them to one run over five innings. The rest of the bullpen held them to just four hits over the final four innings.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Not much. It’s a tough loss coming after they finally started winning again. No reason to get too upset especially with Boston and Tampa both losing on the same night.

THE RISP MONSTER: In what is a common trend in their losses, the Yankees went just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

RUN BMG: Gardner continues to roll. He’s hitting .352 with a .965 OPS since April 23. After his two stolen bases last night (although one was a gift from the official scoerer), he has been sucessful in five of his last eight stolen base attempts.

A NOESI SIGHTING: Hector Noesi also got into this game. He gave up one run over three innigs to raise his ERA to 1.29 over his first seven innings. Not bad.

UP NEXT: It should be a pitchers duel tonight. The Yankees ace CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.06 ERA) is going up against the Jays ace Ricky Romero (4-4, 3.10 ERA).

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