It took 14 innings, but the Jays knocked off the Yankees 3-2 on an Aaron Hill RBI single off reliever, Chad Gaudin. Yankee starter, Andy Pettitte was once again great for the Yanks. In 7 2/3 innings, Pettitte gave up two runs on five hits while striking out a season-high ten hitters.

NY TImes

Initial Reaction:

Up until the 14th inning, Yankee pitching was great. In relief of Andy Pettite, Joba Chamberlain, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, and Chan Ho Park combined for 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball.

Offensively, the Yankees really struggled. The team left nine men on base and committed some really poor base running mistakes. In the top of the 7th with the game tied at two, Derek Jeter stepped to the plate with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Jeter lined out to second base and Francisco Cervelli, who occupied third base, broke home thinking that the ball fell. Cervelli was doubled off third base to end the inning.

Positives From The Game:

Pettitte Pitches Well: Another good start from Andy. He struck out a season-high ten hitters and look virtually un-hittable at times. Pettitte gave up home runs to Alex Gonzalez and Vernon Wells, but holding a team who has hit 94 home runs to only two runs is definitely a victory.

Jeet Jacks One: Jeter hit his sixth home run on the season, a 5th inning two-run blast off of Toronto starter, Ricky Romero.

The Bullpen: As I mentioned before, the bullpen was great over 5 1/3 innings. If anything, we can take the bullpen’s strong performance as a positive from today.

Negatives From The Game:

Teix Message–Not Sent: Mark Teixeira really, really struggled today. He went 0 for 6 with five strikeouts. This marked only the second time in his career that Mark has struck out five times in one game.

Robbie Left His Bat at Home: After having a great home stand against the Indians and Orioles, Robinson Cano is 0 for 10 with three strikeouts against the Jays.

Interesting Facts:

8: Number of times that Teixeira and Jorge Posada struck out today.

What’s Next?:

The Yanks will look to salvage the final game of this three game set.

Sunday, 1:07 PM, YES: Javier Vazquez (4-5, 6.06 ERA) vs. Brandon Morrow (4-4, 6.00 ERA)

Last Start:
Vazquez: Win, seven innings, one earned run, seven strikeouts (vs. Baltimore)
Morrow: Win, seven innings, one earned run, one strikeout (vs. Tampa Bay)

Career Stats:
Vazquez: 4-7, 4.17 ERA (fourteen starts); 2-1, 1.50 ERA (five starts at Rogers Centre)
Morrow: 1-0, 3.96 ERA (two starts)

**Morrow is 4-1 at home this season; Vazquez is 2-4 on the road.