As A.J Burnett (4-1) took the field, anybody could see that he was ready to take on the Toronto Blue Jays against Kyle Drabek (2-1).
Burnett had worked himself into some jams, starting with Rajai Davis getting to third base due to a miscalculation by Curtis Granderson though the Yankees were able to bounce back from the 1-0 deficit in the first.
Russell Martin had an RBI single and Derek Jeter hit a SAC Fly to plate Granderson in a 3 run second inning. In the third inning the bases were loaded and two runs scored on Eric Chavez and Brett Gardner’s RBI singles before Drabek was taken out in the third inning. Since then it was lights out pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The score was 5-4 in the 7th inning when Joe Girardi went to his bullpen. Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect seventh inning with just 6 pitches, Rafael Soriano had a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera had a scoreless ninth to shut the door on the Jays. The Yankees had secured there 15th win this season.
The Toronto Blue Jays were in town, and they made a first impression on the New York Yankees. The battle was between Ricky Romero (2-3) and Freddy Garcia (1-1) and while there was offense that went around, the Yankees couldn’t capitalize.
The Yankees had taken an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Russell Martin doubled on a fly ball which scored Robinson Cano, but Garcia gave up the lead in the top of the third when the hot hitting Jose Bautista clobbered a 2 run shot, putting the Blue Jays ahead and never looking back. Brett Gardner who had been getting his average up, had started 2 bases loaded rallies by hitting an infield single in the 5th and walked twice, but the middle order hence Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, couldn’t score any runs.
Note: Jorge Posada was benched today in favor of Andruw Jones but Jones made Joe Girardi regret his decision by striking out three times; Coming into today’s game the only Yankee with good numbers against Ricky Romero was Brett Gardner who was 4 for 9 with a home run (Grand Slam, July 3, 2010); Derek Jeter had one hit today making his magic number 51; Mark Teixeira entered the lineup today after complaining of shoulder aches the last couple of days; This is the third game this week that Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner had combined to become the offensive duo; Fransisco Cervelli was activated today with the Yankees sending down Gustavo Molina to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.