Blue Jays 4, Yankees 1
Drew Hutchison isn’t pitching anything like a 21-year-old
Jose Bautista and J.P. Arencibia each hit two-run home runs,
Hutchison won consecutive starts for the first time and the Toronto
Blue Jays beat the Yankees 4-1 Thursday night, sweeping their
Making just his sixth major league start, Hutchison (3-1) didn’t
flinch after allowing a run in the first, pitching out of some jams
to beat the defending AL East champs.
”If the game is speeding up on him mentally, he certainly
doesn’t show it outwardly,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
”One of the reasons why we felt, with limited experience even
above A-ball, he could handle this environment (was) because of the
poise and composure, and he shows that almost every start. He does
a very good job of keeping the game under control.”
Hutchison, who turns 22 on August 22, allowed one run and five
hits in six innings, matching his longest outing. He walked four
and struck out three.
”The kid’s aggressive,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
”He’s got some deception to his fastball. He’s got some movement.
He’s not afraid to throw strikes.”
Hutchison has allowed just two runs in his past 12 innings and
the Blue Jays are 4-2 in his six starts.
”I think I’ve thrown the ball pretty well, battled, like I did
tonight,” Hutchison said. ”Got in some situations, battled
Jason Frasor worked the seventh, Darren Oliver pitched the
eighth and Casey Janssen finished in the ninth for his second save
in three opportunities.
The Yankees opened the scoring in the first when Curtis
Granderson drew a one-out walk and scored on Robinson Cano’s
Jeter and Granderson had consecutive one-out singles in the
fifth but Cano flied out and Mark Teixeira popped out to end the
”We should have scored a few runs early, that was the
problem,” Teixeira said.
The slumping Yankees, who have lost three straight and four of
five, went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
”Offenses are going to go through that,” he said. ”I’ve got
to tell you, it’s no fun when you’re going through it. The guys
don’t look like they’re having a lot of fun. But they’re doing
their work and they’re preparing and it’ll change.
New York fell to 0-9 this season when failing to hit at least
one home run. The Yankees, who have scored 12 total runs in nine
losses this month, dropped a half game behind Toronto and into
fourth place in the AL East.
Like New York’s hitting woes, that slip in the standings was of
little concern to shortstop Derek Jeter.
”I’m not going to look at the scoreboard now,” Jeter said.
”You drive yourself crazy if you start looking at the scoreboard
in the middle of May. I don’t see anybody popping champagne in the
middle of May, just like I don’t see anyone hanging their heads in
the middle of May.”
Toronto took the lead for good in the third when Bautista
followed Yunel Escobar’s single with a towering blast to left, his
second homer in as many nights and his 10th this season.
Bautista has homered five times in his past seven games. He went
2 for 4, boosting his average to .207.
”If going deep five times in seven games isn’t locked in then
we’re in for a real treat if he’s yet to click in,” Blue Jays
manager John Farrell said.
Bautista’s drive came off New York righty Phil Hughes (3-5), who
lost for the first time in three starts. Hughes allowed two runs
and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out
”I didn’t really have a feel for my breaking ball at all,”
Hughes said. ”It was a struggle and I was just trying to keep us
in the game.”
Arencibia gave the Blue Jays some extra cushion when he drilled
a two-out drive to left off Cory Wade in the seventh, his fifth.
Like Bautista, Arencibia also went deep in Toronto’s 8-1 win over
New York on Wednesday, a game that featured four Blue Jays
NOTES: New York 3B Alex Rodriguez got the night off. … Blue
Jays 3B Brett Lawrie dropped his appeal and began serving a
four-game suspension for throwing a batting helmet that bounced and
hit umpire Bill Miller. … Toronto demoted 1B Adam Lind to
Triple-A Las Vegas and selected the contract of INF Yan Gomes.
Gomes started at third base Thursday, becoming the first
Brazilian-born player in major league history. … Yankees LHP Andy
Pettitte, who starts Friday against Cincinnati RHP Bronson Arroyo,
flew home ahead of the team to prepare for his second comeback
outing. … New York RHP Ivan Nova (right ankle) threw a bullpen
before the game and is expected to make his next scheduled start
Saturday against the Reds. … The Yankees acquired INF Matt
Antonelli off waivers from Baltimore. To make room on the 40-man
roster, LHP Cesar Cabral (broken left elbow) was moved to the
60-day disabled list. … The game was briefly halted when a fan
ran on the field in the top of the ninth. … Thursday was the 14th
anniversary of David Wells’ perfect game against Minnesota.