Yankees 17 Game Home Winning Streak over Blue Jays Ends with Loss
Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays ended the Yankees’ 17 game Yankee Stadium winning streak over the Blue Jays that began on September 19, 2012. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the winning streak is the fourth longest by one team over another at home since divisional play began in 1969.
Yankee skipper Joe Girardi expressed more surprise at the lengthy winning streak than at the loss on Saturday, “It’s surprising to me. You don’t ever expect to beat a team that many times. They have a lot of talented players over there.”
John Gibbons, the Toronto manager said, perhaps joking, “I never felt so excited about winning a ballgame.”
The two starting pitchers, Drew Hutchinson of Toronto and Chris Capuano of New York, in his first start of the season, dominated the batters until the bottom of the fourth.
The Yankees began the scoring first. Carlos Beltran led off the inning by drawing a walk. Brian McCann, the next batter, drilled a 1-1 pitch into the stands for his 11th home run of the season and gave a 2-0 advantage to the Yanks.
The Blue Jays quickly followed by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Jose Reyes walked. Melky Cabrera plated the speedy Reyes with a double. The hit by Cabrera raised his hitting streak at Yankee Stadium to 12 games. The former Yankee has had great success against his former team. He has compiled a batting average of .323 and hit safely in 24 of 26 games against them. Cabrera scored the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Steve Tolleson.
Capuano was removed from the game after six innings. It was his first start since September 6, 2013, when he lasted only 1.2 innings. Saturday’s start was very different. In six frames, he yielded two runs and five hits, walked four, one intentional, and hit a batter.
After the game, Girardi expressed his satisfaction with Capuaano’s first start as a Yankee, “He really did a good job, gave us six good innings.” The performance was no surprise to the Yankee manager, “You know that he’s pitched in important games and pitched deep in games.”
The damage was done to the Yankees off the relief corps, Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton, Chase Whitley and Jeff Francis.
Questionable fielding plays by McCann at first and Brian Roberts at second led to a Toronto run in the seventh.
The first home run of the season by Dan Johnson, a three run blast in the ninth, iced the game for the Blue Jays.
The Yankees did not die easily as Beltran smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
Rookie Shane Greene of the Yanks and J.A. Happ of the Blue Jays will start in the rubber game on Sunday afternoon.