The Blue Jays haven’t been swept by the New York Yankees in a four game series since 1998 but that is exactly what just occurred in the Bronx. The Jays were in every game and the aggregate score for the series was 19-13 and it seemed that each night the Blue Jays found a way to lose.
If you aren’t already familiar you need to check out the game recaps by Wes, they are top notch.
Here is a sampling.
As has often been the case, though, the Jays were still in the game. They lost two of three to BAL, both by one run. Kuroda shut them down in this game after they flexed their muscles early, but they’re only down two and Kuroda’s out of the game. If Lincoln et al can hold the fort, the Jays have a chance to steal this one. Unfortunately for Jays’ fans, it was not to be. The greatest closer in baseball history recorded a K, a broken bat infield pop-up, and a K to finish it.
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?
Read all the recaps here.
I also wrote a quick commentary on when is the appropriate time to start officially “panicking” about the 2013 Blue Jays.
CURRENT RECORD: 9-17, 5th place, 9.5 games out of first place. (-34 run differential)
Here are the quick recaps and boxscores:
Game 1 – Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3 – Robinson Cano 3-run HR the difference.
Game 2 – Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4 – Yankees lose catcher Cervelli but overcome to pull out victory.
Game 3 – Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4 – Poor managing by Gibbons allows Hafner to beat them.
Game 4 – Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2 – RA Dickey solid but gives up late game homerun to Lyle Overbay.
UP NEXT: A much needed off day Monday followed by a mid-week series versus the first place Boston Red Sox (18-7, +35 run differential). We also get to see both Jon Lester (4-0) and Clay Buchholz (5-0). Oh joy.