Game 26 | 16-10, 1st : Chase Whitley matched scoreboard zeros with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey until the Yankees broke through for a run in the top of the 7th. Turn it over to the bullpen and it’s game over, right? Not tonight. While relief pitching and solid defense have been the backbone of the team’s recent success, that very combination eluded them tonight in Toronto.
In a rare early-season stumble, relievers Chris Martin and Dellin Betances were touched up in a 3-run Blue Jay rally that sealed the deal. The second and third Toronto runs could have been avoided had Garrett Jones been able to make a clean pick at first base on a spectacular stab at third by Chase Headley, who bounced the throw. Headley was charged with the error, but it’s a play you see happen 10 times a game at first.
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 1
“Stretched out for it, thought it was in my glove, and looked up and saw it rolling away. It’s unfortunate, because it was a helluva play. We got out of some jams in the game, and our pitchers pitched their butts off. It sucks to have to give them two runs on a great play, and a pick I should make.” ‐ Garrett Jones (Hat tip: LoHud)