Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Milestone Day for Soriano Gets Yankees a Victory
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

August 27th, 2013

New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 7 Blue Jays 1

The New York Yankees were able to bounce back from losing the first game of the series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a nice win on Tuesday night. The win moves the Yankees to (70-62) on the season, which has them 7.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, and 4.5 games behind the two Wild Card spots.

On offense the Yankees looked very good on Tuesday night getting to Blue Jays Starter J.A. Happ, and handed him his fourth loss of the season. They wasted little time getting to Happ, as in the first inning Derek Jeter singled home Brett Gardner, who led-off the game with a double. A few batters later Alfonso Soriano hit career home run number 399, which was a three-run shot. In the third inning Soriano would get the best of Happ once more by hitting a solo-home run for his 400th home run of his career. Happ finished going just 4.2 innings allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks.

Esmil Rodgers wasn’t much better out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, as in the sixth inning Mark Reynolds hit a solo-home run off of him for his 17th long ball of the season. In the seventh inning it was Alex Rodriguez who took Rodgers deep for career home run number 651, which is now just nine home runs behind the great Willie Mays, and a nice six million dollar bonus in his contract.

Andy Pettitte was once again great for the Yankees pitching with a nice lead the whole game; he never came close to letting it up, and earned his 10th win of the season. Pettitte finished going seven innings allowing zero runs on five hits and two walks. It is the third straight very good start from him, which is need due to the Yankees not knowing what they will be getting when C.C. Sabathia or Phil Hughes is on the mound.

Adam Warren allowed the only Blue Jays run in the eighth inning in mop up duty, as Kevin Pillar doubled home Ryan Goins. Warren didn’t look sharp in his two innings of work, as he allowed five hits and a walk.

A scary moment happened for the Yankees in the first inning, as Second baseman Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch on his hand and was forced to leave the game. The good news was that it was announced in the seventh inning that X-Rays came back negative.

Next up the Yankees will be looking to win the rubber game of the series with Hiroki Kuroda (11-9, 2.71) on the mound facing Todd Redman (1-2, 4.44).

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