Blue Jays 8, Yankees 1
Looking for a common theme in the New York Yankees’ eight losses
this month? Look no further than the poor results with runners in
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, J.P. Arencibia added a
two-run drive and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 8-1 on
New York has scored 11 total runs in eight May losses and, after
a 1-for-8 showing Wednesday, is just 3 for 53 with runners in
scoring position in those games.
”We just have not hit with runners in scoring position on a
consistent basis,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Catcher Russell Martin acknowledged some Yankees were trying to
do too much at the plate.
”We got in a hole and then it seemed like every hitter was
trying to hit a three-run homer with nobody on,” Martin said.
”That’s not how you win ballgames.”
The Yankees dropped to 1-13 when scoring three runs or fewer,
and 0-8 when failing to hit a home run. New York is the only team
in the majors this season to not win a game in which they did not
Jose Bautista and Kelly Johnson added solo home runs as the Blue
Jays tagged Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda for seven runs,
matching a career-high.
”At times (Kuroda) threw the ball really well but when he got a
ball up, they didn’t miss it,” Girardi said.
Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek (3-4) snapped a four-start
losing streak, scattering three hits over seven innings to win for
the first time since April 15 against Baltimore. He walked four and
struck out five.
Using a hard sinker, Drabek got 13 of his 21 outs on ground
”That sinker was really working,” New York’s Mark Teixeira
said. ”You don’t want to say (Roy) Halladay because Halladay is a
special pitcher but I felt like Halladay was out there tonight
because (Drabek) just wasn’t getting the ball up in the zone at
Luis Perez worked the eighth and Francisco Cordero finished for
Arencibia had three hits and scored twice, helping Toronto snap
a three-game losing streak and giving the Blue Jays their seventh
win in their past 11 home games against the Yankees.
”More important was keeping the momentum on our side, Kyle
going out and putting up a zero each time, but this was a good
offensive night for us,” Toronto manager John Farrell said.
Kuroda (3-5) allowed eight hits and a season-high three homers
in five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Arencibia got the Blue Jays started with a two-out drive to left
in the second inning, his fourth. Encarnacion made it 5-0 with a
two-out shot to center in the third, his 13th of the season and
second in as many days.
”I almost got out of the inning but both times I gave up home
runs with two outs,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. ”I wish
I could take those pitches back.”
Arencibia doubled and scored on a two-out single by Johnson in
the fourth and Bautista drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck
in left in the sixth, his ninth.
New York broke up Drabek’s shutout bid in the sixth when
Teixeira singled home Robinson Cano, who had doubled. Teixeira’s
hit was the 1,500th of his career, while Cano’s double was his
Johnson restored Toronto’s seven-run lead with a milestone hit
in the seventh, smacking a leadoff drive to right off Clay Rapada,
his 100th career home run and eighth this season.
NOTES: New York SS Derek Jeter got the day off and was replaced
by Jayson Nix, with Curtis Granderson moving up to the leadoff
spot. It was Jeter’s first day off this season. … Yankees RHP
Ivan Nova (right ankle) did not throw his scheduled bullpen session
Wednesday but is expected to throw a side session Thursday. Girardi
said he still expects Nova to make his next scheduled start,
Saturday against Cincinnati. … Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie was
suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for Tuesday
night’s altercation with umpire Bill Miller. Lawrie is appealing
and can play until there is a hearing, which could be held next
week via video conference. … The Blue Jays were unsuccessful in
detaining the fan who hit Miller on the shoulder with a cup of beer
as the umpires walked off the field Tuesday. Umpires and stadium
security pointed at the fan, but he managed to evade security as he
exited the building. … OF Vladimir Guerrero, who signed a minor
league contract with Toronto last week, has started taking batting
practice at extended spring training in Florida and could see his
first game action next week.