5 Toronto HRs Draw 1st Blood In 11-5 Rout

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Didi Gregorius launches a three-run home run to right field, cutting the deficit in the bottom of the 6th inning at Yankee Stadium on September 11, 2015

Game 139 / 77-62 / 2nd / -2.5GB : Not the best time for Luis Severino to turn in a bad start. Lifted after 71 pitches in 2.1 innings, the rookie right-hander was torched for 2 home runs, and 6 earned. It didn’t matter who toed the rubber after that, as the powerful Blue Jays hammered New York pitching at will.
After Jays’ starter David Price was pulled after 5 innings and a 9-2 lead, Didi Gregorius made it interesting with a 3-run rocket into the right field seats in the 6th, closing the gap to 9-5. A Russell Martin 2-shot (his second of the game) in the 7th put New York down 6 runs again, 11-5.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Blue Jays 11, Yankees 5

This Is More Important

  • Now It’s Official  In what was no surprise to anyone, it was announced today that Mark Teixeira is officially done for the 2015 season. The latest MRI revealed a fracture in his right shin, which requires a three-month recovery, putting him on track for a return by Spring Training 2016. After fouling a pitch off his right leg against the Twins on August 17th, Tex has been through the gamut. Day-to-day, on crutches, on the DL, then finally the dreaded news. His injury was a major blow to the Yankees. Tex was hitting .257/.359/.553 with 31 homers and 79 RBI. If he’s in the lineup everyday since that night, no way the Yankees are looking up at Toronto in the standings.
  • Shreve Shakey. Again.  After months of stellar work out of the bullpen, Chasen Shreve seems to be running out of magic. The lefty surrendered the deciding home run to Chris Davis in the 2-1 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday, and laid one over the plate for Russell Martin tonight, right after Didi’s 3-run shot gave the Yankees a sliver of hope.
  • Golden Sombrero  A-Rod struck out 4 times, his first sombrero in 7 years.
  • Double Jeopardy  Tonight’s loss dropped the Yanks 2.5 games in the division, and a game shaved off of their lead in the Wild Card race, now +3.5 games.
  • Where Is Everybody?  Tonight’s announced attendance of just over 40,000 was 9,000+ short of a sell out. In the most important September series in at least 3 years? Really?
  • Saturday TV Schedule  The first game will air on FOX (12:30PM EST/9:30AM Pacific), the second game on YES — 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

“We know what he’s made of. We know what he’s capable of doing and again you have games like this. You turn a page.” ‐ Brian McCann on Luis Severino  (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)

The 14th Anniversary of 9/11/2001

  

  


MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1922, the Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated crowd of 40,000 overflows the stadium with another 25,000 turned away. Joe Bush beats the Philadelphia A’s in the opener, 10-3, and Waite Hoyt takes the second game 2-1. This is the last regular season American League game at the Polo Grounds as the Yankees will open Yankee Stadium in 1923 …
(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Happy 57th Birthday to Don Slaught, who shared catching duties for the 1988 and 1989 Yankees…
 

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