The Yankees bats struck first with two runs in the first and then fell silent as Andy Pettitte got very little run support in a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto this afternoon.
The Yankees went up 2-0 right away off Ricky Romero on sac flies by Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson in the first inning, but where then shutout the rest of the way. They certainly had their chances though as they put runners on base in all but one inning, but failed to get a bit hit when it mattered.
Pettitte started and had his worst game since coming off the DL. It wasn’t horrible, he did allow eight Jays to reach base in 5.2 innings, but left with the game tied before Joba Chamberlain came in and promptly surrendered a RBI-double to Adeiny Hechavarria that gave them the lead.
This loss isn’t on Pettitte or even Joba for that matter. This was on the offense who, as has become a regular thing this season, struggled when it mattered. They also ran themselves into trouble as Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner were both thrown out trying to steal.
The Yankees still hold on to a half game lead in the AL East, but that might not last long as the Orioles are facing the lowly Red Sox. If the O’s win tonight’s game the two teams will be tied for first in the East.
The above pic was not from tonight’s game, but I felt it was appropriate as Andruw Jones left five runners on base tonight in just two at bats. Why Joe Girardi continues to play him even though he has a .198/.295/.409 line is beyond me.