No Sweep, NY Settles For Series Win

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Jacoby Ellsbury drills a solo shot off the facing of the second deck to get the Yankees on the board in the 6th inning at Rogers Centre on August 16, 2015

Game 116 / 64-52 / 1st / +0.5G : A lazy fly ball that should have been caught for the third out was lost in the sun by Carlos Beltran and opened the door for a 3-run third inning which proved to be too much for New York’s offense to overcome. Hoping for a series sweep behind Luis Severino, the rookie acquitted himself well, making one mistake pitch that Jose Bautista showed no mercy on. ‘Joey Bats’ clocked an 87mph slider that had too much of the plate for a 2-run blast, and 3-0 Jays’ lead in the third inning.

Toronto starter Drew Hutchinson kept the Bombers off balance all afternoon. A rocket home run from Jacoby Ellsbury in the 6th inning was the sum of the Yankees’ hitting efforts.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Blue Jays 3, Yankees 1

 

The Game Changer

“As soon as the ball was hit, I saw it all the way. I lost it when it was basically getting close to me. I couldn’t do anything. The ball hit me in the back. Unfortunately, it would have been a different story if I had caught that ball.” ‐ Carlos Beltran

  • Never Bet Against The Streak   The Yankees have not swept a three-game set in Toronto since the first time the two teams met in the 2003 season. (h/t: Ian Harrison/The Associated Press)

“I thought we did a good job coming in here and winning a tough series on the road. We snatched one the other day and had a few chances today. We didn’t have many chances, but anytime you can win two out of three, that’s a good series.” ‐ Joe Girardi on the ‘almost series sweep’  (h/t: Bryan Hoch and Jamie Ross / MLB.com)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1929, the Yankees *almost* became the first team in major league baseball to wear numbered uniforms. Their scheduled game on August 16, 1929 was rained out, and wasn’t played until August 18th. Technically the Cleveland Indians — who did play on the 16th — became the first team to actually wear uniform numbers. There, now go win a bar bet with this little gem …

In 1927, Babe Ruth inaugurates the newly-constructed Comiskey Park grandstand roof by cranking a Tommy Thomas pitch over the addition. The renovation expanded Comiskey’s seating from 23,000 to 55,000 and was regarded as the most modern baseball stadium of the time …

(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : The Yanks return home for a three game set with the Minnesota Twins, and while it looks like we’ll miss old buddy Phil Hughes, the Twins are throwing all right-handers against New York. Matchups announced are CC Sabathia vs Kyle Gibson in the opener, Nathan Eovaldi vs Mike Pelfrey on Tuesday, and Ivan Nova against Ervin Santana on the Wednesday afternoon finale…

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