Once again, the less than dominate J.A. Happ, shuts down the pathetic Yankee offense and spoils another brilliant performance by CC Sabathia. It’s déjà vu all over again. The good news is that Sabathia’s run of newfound effectiveness is continuing. The bad news? Well, just about everything else. The Yankees have dropped two in a row to the Blue Jays to fall 7.5 games behind the Red Sox.
Happ wasn’t exactly blowing the Yankee hitters away (7 Ks) and he also benefited from a few stellar defensive plays, including a web gem by Kevin Pillar that robbed Austin Romine of a double. The only Yankee run was scored by what looked like a double play, but Aaron Hicks barley beats out the ground ball and it’s scored a RBI fielder’s choice. The Yanks had a lead for about two and a half innings and never had it again. A Justin Smoak big fly to left center tied the game. It was only the second round tripper allowed by CC all year. Sabathia was cruising through six innings (80 pitches) , with the score tied, when Edwin Encarnacion hit a leadoff double. which prompted Joe Girardi to lift his starter in favor of Dellin Betances to get out of the jam. He didn’t. Betances retired the first two batters before issuing a walk and giving up a pair of run-scoring singles, sticking the Yankees with the 4-1 loss at Rogers Centre.
Once again it was the offense that never gave the Yankees and CC a chance. They managed only 6 hits, scoring two-or-fewer runs for the third straight game and fourth time in the past six. Once again managing 2 runs or less for the 22nd time in 51 games, an MLB worst. The only bright side of the offense has come from Carlos Beltran and the improving Chase Headly who had 2 hits last night. The death bell could begin to ring soon if Teixeira, Rodriguez, Hicks and Gardner continue to struggle and Michael Pineda, who has been a burden every five days, fails to turn around a miserable season. The reality is that there is no quick fix. Older non producing veterans with huge contracts and some promising arms in the minors who aren’t ready for the majors hand cuff Yankee brass. It reminds me of late August and September of last season. Déjà vu all over again.
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