Aaron Laffey subbed for Josh Johnson, as he of the many injuries is injured. It’s a triceps thing. Laffey then played “Where’s Waldo” with home plate for 2.2 mostly-ineffective IP. In Laffey’s defense only one of the five walks came around to score. He was relieved by Brad Lincoln, who gave up two runs in his 1.0 IP. In Lincoln’s defense, Overbay tripled at least once every year between 2004 and 2011. Ugh.
Mercifully for the Jays, Ivan Nova wasn’t any better, giving up two runs in two innings before he left with an injury. One of those runs came on Edwin Encarnacion’s 6th homer. Unfortunately for the Jays, David Phelps replaced Nova and was terrific. He struck out nine Jays in four innings.
Chicken wings are the order of the day today. Edwin has homered in his fourth straight game, it’s his third homer of the series, and his second homer of the game. I keep waiting for Jose Bautista to wake up and notice that the hitter behind him is white hot, and to do anything he can to get on base. I guess I’ll just keep waiting patiently. Until then I’ll keep cringing as Jose strikes out to end an inning and then watching Edwin hit solo homers and getting on base somehow. Edwin’s latest tater made the score 4-3 Yankees.
In the bottom of the 6th, Loup tired and put a couple of runners on base. Steve Delabar was summoned to face Jayson Nix and keep it a one-run game. He struck out Nix on five pitches. I love watching Steve Delabar pitch.
JP Arencibia needs to go. His offense is one-dimensional and his defense is atrocious. Delabar gave up a double to Robinson Cano and, with two out, walked ichiro intentionally. The 2-2 pitch was low, and Arencibia let it go to the backstop. 5-3 Yankees. The next pitch was strike three. In the ’80s, the Boston Red Sox were enamoured with Marc Sullivan because he was the chairman’s son. The Minnesota Twins held on to Tim Laudner for far too long. Arencibia fits the mold. A player with some perceived value that keeps him hanging around. Seriously, is his one-dimensional offense really special enough to offset horrific defense? The Blue Jays scratch and claw to score runs, and their defense—notably Arencibia, Bonifacio, Lawrie, and DeRosa—gives them away. (Not to mention poor base running. Well done, Rajai.) Jose Bautista’s homer in the top of the eighth would have tied the game, albeit briefly…
Darren Oliver has done nothing this season to make me glad that Alex Anthopoulos went to Texas to talk him out of retiring. He’s been ordinary this season when he’s pitched, and he seems disinterested. The home run by left-handed hitting Brett Gardiner has put this game out of reach. 6-4 Yankees. Mariano Rivera is on to pitch the ninth.
For the umpteenth time this season already, we’re saying ‘the Blue jays hope to split the series’, or ‘the Blue Jays look to salvage one game in this series’. CC Sabathia is slated to pitch game three. Good luck, Blue Jays. The New York Yankees have been decimated by injuries, and they’ve toyed with Toronto thus far in the series.