Mission ’13, Game 25: Yankees win 5-4

Did anyone think JA Happ would be the Jays’ most consistent starter in April? I’m glad he was chosen to be the #5 over Ricky Romero. Can you imagine? *shudders* The Jays staked him to a 3-0 lead in the first four innings on a Rajai ground out, a Jose homer, and a Lawrie fly ball that scored Edwin (shout out to Chris Stewart for dropping the ball).

Realistically, the Jays are playing the top of the AL East heap and their run differential after game 3 is -6, and their record is 1-5. They’re not getting blown out or anything; they’re not winning, either.

Having said that, Happ coughed up the lead. The Jays scratched out three runs against NY’s best starter, CC Sabathia, only to have Happ walk a pair, then give up a home run in the bottom of the fourth. As they say in soccer, we’re back to square one. No more damage was done in spite of a few more base runners. The Jays zeroed in on CC Sabathia when he struggled with his location; the Yankees did the same to Happ. Given the disparity in talent and experience, it doesn’t bode well for the Jays.

JA Happ bounced back effectively in the next inning, making the ‘bad’ inning almost comical in how out of place it was in the game. CC continued to struggle with his location into the sixth inning, though, as Brett Lawrie tagged him for an opposite-field homer (his second in two games), as the Jays re-took the lead, 4-3. This is about as much as we’re going to see CC struggle with his command. It’s good to see the Jays take advantage.

First Overbay triples, then Hafner triples? Seriously? Wells is now a certified Jays killer, but Travis Hafner’s resurrection has meant additional headaches for the Jays. Hafner’s triple against Brett Cecil has put the Yankees back in the lead. No disrespect to Rajai Davis intended, but I think Colby Rasmus catches that ball.

Mo’s participation in the first two games and his advanced age means that Joba Chamberlain is getting the call to close this game. Joba doesn’t even look confident on the mound, despite his stature and 95 mph fastball. No problem, though: it’s the Jays.  It’s sad but the Jays hope to avoid the sweep in game 4.

Wes Kepstro

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