Game 28: NYY vs. TOR — Rather lackadaisical evening in “Queen City”

On the plus side, it only took 2 hours and 30 minutes to finish tonight’s game, and it was nice enough in Toronto for the retractable roof to be open. And the Yankees took an early lead in the 1st inning — Young singled, Rodriguez doubled, and then Young scored on Mark Teixeira’s ground out.

CC Sabathia served a mixed bag tonight and earned his 5th loss of the season tonight. Honestly, it was a decent outing, but the Blue Jays were just hitting. A lot. A total of 12 hits off Yankee pitching tonight. Sabathia’s 102 pitches in 6.1 innings, gave up 9 of those hits, 4 runs, and 2 walks, striking out just 4 batters. In the 2nd, a lead-off single and a double both scored on a long single to right field. In the 4th, that pesky former Yankee singled (one of his 3 hits of the evening), advanced to 2nd on a balk, and then scored on a single. And then in the 6th, that same pesky ex-Yankee got a big solo home run.

When Sabathia exited the game after getting the 1st out in the 7th inning, the game was 4-1 Toronto, and it was Esmil Rogers to try to keep things under control. But in the 8th inning, Rogers found himself in some trouble. After a pretty great double play to erase a lead-off single, Rogers gave up a single before turning the game over to reliever Chasen Shreve. Unfortunately, a big triple scored that runner to add an extra run for the Blue Jays before Shreve got a strike out.

Final score in Toronto: 5-1 Blue Jays. Blue Jays win the series 2-1.

Jose Pirela is made his 2015 debut tonight at 2nd. Pirela suffered a major concussion following a literal run-in with a backfield wall during Spring Training. The corresponding roster move was Gregorio Petit, who was placed on the 15-day DL due to a contusion (bruise) on his right hand, occurring late in yesterday’s game when he took a foul ball off his hand in an at-bat. X-rays were negative, but I can imagine things like holding a bat or a glove or a ball aren’t exactly high on his list right now of pain-free activities.

And Brett Gardner was sitting out tonight due to a stiff neck he seemed to injure himself sliding head first in yesterday’s game. Nothing serious, just a slight kink or twinge in his neck. He should be fine for this weekend’s 4-game home series against the Orioles.

On that note, I really don’t get this year’s schedule. They’ve been on the road this whole last week, and they’ll be home just 4 days before heading back on the road for 11 days (9 games — 4 in Tampa, 3 in Kansas City, and 2 in DC). And for future planning, the Yankees only play a total of 10 home games of 29 total games they’ll play this month. Ah, the joys of trying to balance 30 different schedules that require some of the oddest specifications for their 162 total games. 19 games against divisional opponents (76 games), 6 or 7 games against inter-division teams within their league (66 games), and the remaining 20 games are inter-league — 6 games against their inter-league rival and 3-4 games (for a total of 14) against the other four teams in the opposing division. And if that makes any kind of easy sense to you, I’m sure you can apply for a job at MLB headquarters sometime in the near future. Good luck!

Go Yankees!

{City nickname note: In case you were wondering, I was originally going to refer to Toronto as “Hollywood North” or the “416”, but I remembered that most French-Canadians refer to their city as “Queen City” still and decided to recognize that nickname over some of the more amusing ones like “Hogtown” or “Centre of the Universe” or “The Big Smoke”.}

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