The New York Yankees couldn’t figure out Brett Cecil and ran out of innings against the Toronto bullpen and lost the game tonight by a score of 6-3. Phil Hughes lacked command and took his sixth loss of the year. With the loss, the Yankees drop to 78-49 on the season and are still tied for first in the AL East with a Tampa Bay loss.

Only in Boston will you find a player with a glove on his hand that isn't a pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes. - AP

Initial Reaction:

Well, the Yankees are at least finally stumbled across the finish line on their consecutive days with games streak. Tonight, it was a combination of poor pitching by Phil Hughes and the offense never really getting anything going against Brett Cecil. He went eight innings while only allowing seven hits and one walk and striking out five. The Yankees really have had a lot of issues with good changeups, and the Toronto lefty had it working tonight.

Positives From The Game:

The New, Expensive, Type-A Long-Man: Javy Vazquez cleaned up Phil Hughes mess tonight, going four and a third innings. He allowed two hits and one run while striking out two and walking one. This all but guarantees that Ivan Nova will get another chance to start in the rotation.

A False Glimmer of Hope: Marcus Thames crushed a ball into left field for a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the top of the fourth, but that was the Yankees lone offensive output of the night.

Another False Glimmer of Hope: The Yankee offense came up too little, too late tonight in the ninth inning. Two quick outs were followed by two walks and an RBI-single by Eduardo Nunez to bring the score to 6-3. Derek Jeter worked the count full and fouled off a few pitches before a “LOOK OUT”-Ken Singleton moment as Derek got plunked on the back to load the bases for Curtis Granderson. Grandy fell quicky into an 0-2 count and flew out to deep center to end the ball game.

Negatives From The Game:

Phil’s Pitch Count: Phil Hughes needs to find ways to finish off hitters like he did earlier in the season. The reason certainly isn’t velocity, because he went up as high as 95 tonight which is pretty close to the 96 he was flashing earlier in the year. He walked a season high five batters, but still had decent command (63% of his pitches were strikes). The problem was the foul balls that led to runs, in both cases of Vernon Wells having huge hits early in the game.

Interesting Facts:

20 in 20: The Yankees just played their twentieth game in twenty days. With a record of 11-9, you really cannot complain with the cleanup hitter and second best starter on the DL.

Two Strikes: Both of Vernon Wells’ big hits, an RBI-triple in the first and a two-run home run in the third, came with an 0-2 count to start the at bat.

10: Javier Vazquez retired ten Blue Jays in a row to end the game.

What’s Next?:

Ah. An off day. Enjoy it folks, because I know the Yankees will be. They will use this off day to travel to Chicago to face the White Sox. First pitch is at 8:10 PM on Friday and can be seen on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

A.J. Burnett (9-11, 4.80 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (10-5, 5.08 ERA)