Walking Nightmare Hands Jays Win

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Michael Pineda on the mound against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on September 12, 2015

Game 140 / 77-63 / 2nd / -3.5GB : Michael Pineda couldn’t protect a 4-1 lead. Dellin Betances couldn’t keep the game tied. Chris Martin and Chasen Shreve couldn’t find the plate. On the other side of the coin, after tying the score at 5, the offense couldn’t scratch out the go-ahead run in the 8th with the bases loaded and one out. With the exception of a sterling, 2-inning performance by Andrew Miller, nothing good happened after that. A hands down nightmare of an 11th inning saw Toronto plate 4 runs with only one hard hit ball. Four walks, a wild pitch, a hit batsman added up to a gut-wrenching loss in a crucial game.

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

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 5

  • The Bright Spots   Brett Garner gave the team their first lead of the series with a first inning homer to right. Chase Headley delivered a solo shot in the 2nd inning, while Alex Rodriguez added a two-run opposite field blast in the 4th.
  • Against All Odds   You don’t expect to get beat by Toronto in the manner of today’s outcome. 5 walks and one hit batter in an extra inning, no less. They don’t need the help, but graciously accepted it.
  • No Place Like Home   The Yankees are now 3-8 at home when tied in the 7th inning or later.

“The first homer to Bautista was a little surprise for me. It was not really a good swing. He’s a pretty good hitter and he swings it hard so he got it.” ‐ Michael Pineda  (h/t: Gregor Chisholm and Grace Raynor / MLB.com)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1914, Yankees shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, replaces Frank Chance and becomes the all-time youngest manager, and the seventh in the club’s twelve-year existence. He will go 10-10, but didn’t manage again until 1928, skippering the Cleveland Indians…

In 1979, Yankees righty Jim Beattie served up Carl Yastrzemski‘s 3,000th hit, a ground ball single. New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 9-2 that day …

In 1996, Bernie Williams drove in eight runs with two home runs and a single to lead the New York Yankees to a 12-3 victory over Detroit…

(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)

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