Swisher slam propels Yankees to sweep of the Jays

After the Yankees pitching staff carried them through Wednesday’s doubleheader, the offense stepped up as they beat the Blue Jays 10-7 to complete the series sweep and increase their lead in the AL East to a full game.

The Yankees trailed 2-1 heading into the fourth inning, but Nick Swisher capped off a seven-run inning with a grand slam that put the Yankees ahead for good. Ichiro Suzuki also continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with a home run and a two-RBI double during the seven-run fourth.

Phil Hughes struck out a season high nine batters, but lasted just five innings as he and the bullpen struggled today. Really it was Cory Wade who struggled the most out of the pen which is a shame to see because he had done well in his last couple of outings. David Robertson came out and got the save with an impressive performance even if he still shied away from his curve (although he did record one strikeout with that pitch).

The Yankees have now won five in a row and eight out of 10 and as the Orioles had the night off their lead in the AL East increased to a full game. The Rays remain 6.5 back after they came from behind to beat Boston in an embarrasing loss for Beantown.

The Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics next. The A’s are 3.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West, but currently qualify for a Wild Card. They have given the Yankees trouble this year as they swept them in a four game series the last time the two teams faced off. That series was the start to a rough couple of weeks for the Yankees.

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4 Responses to Swisher slam propels Yankees to sweep of the Jays

  1. stoogazzo says:

    I would like to know why Girardi didn't stay with Lowe for another inning or two rather than go to Wade? Lowe is reportedly the long man, isn't he? Whenever Girardi starts playing musical chairs with his relief pitchers, he's out of control!

  2. I was happy that he put Wade in. Obviously it didn't work, but he hasn't pitched in a while and it wasn't long ago that he was a good option. With the bullpen faltering it would be nice to know if he can pitch in and that was a good spot to use him.

  3. stoogazzo says:

    Do you believe Girardi will have him on the playoff rooster?

  4. I don't think either Lowe or Wade will be on the playoff roster. I wrote about it yesterday.

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