The Toronto Blue Jays used a five-run six inning to propel past the Yankees in the first game of this three-game set, 7-3. Bartolo Colon had a meltdown of epic proportions in the sixth inning, giving up three hits, issuing three walks (only one was unintentionally, but allowed in a run), and burying the Yankees in a 6-1 hole. Colon’s mistakes came early on in the contest as MLB Home run leader, Jose Bautista cranked his 19th bomb of the season. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 25-21 on the season.

Jose Rounding The Bases

 

 

Recap

The top of the sixth inning was about as unconvential of an inning as you’ll ever see. After Corey Patterson hit a lead off double, Joe Girardi opted to intentionally walk Bautista (who homered earlier). At the time, the game was tied at 1. Cleanup hitter Yunel Escobar (who was hitting cleanup for the first time this season) sacrifice bunted the runners over. Girardi then chose to intentionally walk Juan Rivera to face Aaron Hill. Hill singled, Eric Thames walked, allowing in a run. J.P. Arencibia delivered the knockout blow, doubling in three runs to give the Jays a 6-1 lead.

This inning had it all. Colon was leaving fastballs in the fat area of the plate. Two intentional walks in the sixth inning. A cleanup hitter bunting. This is stuff fans rarely see and it paid off for Toronto tonight.

For the Yankees, the team was only able to muster six hits after their seventh inning explosion on Sunday against the Mets. Curtis Granderson recorded three walks (and scored all three Yankee runs). A-Rod and Brett Gardner both went 2 for 4. The Yankees went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position, a situation that has plagued them all season long.

Key Stats

71: The Yankees lead baseball with 71 home runs.

52: The Blue Jays are second with 52 home runs.

What’s Next?

Same two. Same time on Tuesday.

7:05 PM: Ricky Romero (4-4, 3.10 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.06 ERA)