The New York Yankees added two home runs to their league leading total of 29 and AJ Burnett went 5.1 innings as the Yankees before Mariano Rivera blew his first save of the season and Ivan Nova took the loss as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 6-5.
Tonight’s performance was your typical AJ Burnett. Fortunately for him, the bullpen came up huge in some spots (not so much in others) and he was helped out by the powerful Yankee offense.
AJ Burnett was his usual volatile self tonight. In some moments, he looked like a Cy Young Award winner. In others, he looked like it was a 50-50 chance he would be able to throw it somewhere near the plate (huge props to Russell Martin for saving about five wild pitches, by the way). Joe Girardi pulled Burnett after he loaded the bases with one out in the fifth for David Robertson, who proceeded to strike out Yunel Escobar and Travis Snider on disgusting curveballs. Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano did their job in the seventh and eighth, but Mariano Rivera allowed his first two runs of the season on by far his worst outing. He allowed four hits and a walk in the blown save. However, he did forced a double play to send the game into extra frames. In the tenth, Ivan Nova gave up a Travis Snider double to win the game for the Jays.
The Yankees started their scoring in the top of the second. Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez led off with walks before Jorge Posada singled in Swisher with an RBI single. Russell Martin grounded into a double play that scored Chavez. The scoring stalled until the sixth when Mark Teixeira unloaded a two-run home run into the right-center field bleachers. Curtis Granderson jumped in the home run party in the seventh, hitting a solo shot almost identical to Teixeira’s in the sixth.
3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter went 1-4 with a single in first to get his 2,940th career hit.
10: With a single in the sixth, Robinson Cano now has a ten game hitting streak.
No A-Rod, but…: A-Rod was not in tonight’s lineup for the second straight game with a stiff back and oblique, but he reportedly did take batting practice before the game.
The Yankees and Blue Jays will wrap up their mini-series tomorrow night as Bartolo Colon makes his first start in the pinstripes. First pitch is at the genius time of 7:07 PM.
7:07 PM, YES. Bartolo Colon (0-1, 3.97 ERA) vs. Brett Cecil (1-1, 6.19 ERA)