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Yankees Game 119: Rain chills Pineda as bullpen implodes in loss

Toronto Blue Jays 12 – New York Yankees 6

After a nail-biting finish to the first game, the Yankees looked to secure the series with another win against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

In the first inning, Marco Estrada retired the first two batters on strikeouts but Didi Gregorius prevented the perfect inning with a bang. Jumping on the first pitch, Gregorius went deep to right for a solo home run to put the Yankees ahead early. In the second inning, Gary Sanchez followed Gregorius when he hit a two-out solo blast to left-center field to put the Yankees ahead by two.

Marco Estrada pitched a scoreless third inning but the Blue Jays starter could not get through the fourth inning unscathed.

With two outs in the fourth inning, Starlin Castro and Brian McCann reached base with singles and Gary Sanchez delivered a mammoth shot to the second deck in left field. The three-run home run was the second home run of the night for Sanchez and it gave the Yankees a five-run lead.

Rain shortened the outing for Michael Pineda.

In five innings, Michael Pineda allowed no runs on four hits while walking none and striking out two.

With the rain delay knocking Pineda out of the game, Anthony Swarzak came in for relief but provided little of that for the Yankees tonight. Devon Travis led off with a double and Josh Donaldson hit a single to bring home Travis while advancing to second on a throwing error by Headley. Strikeouts of Encarnacion and Saunders appeared to get Swarzak right but Troy Tulowitzki changed that when he hit a two-run home run to right field to cut the Yankees lead to three. A solo home run to center field by Russell Martin made it a two-run lead for the Yankees and forced a change on the mound as Tommy Layne came in to stop the bleeding.

Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless seventh inning. In the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson worked out a 12-pitch walk against Adam Warren to lead off. On the second pitch to Edwin Encarnacion, the game was tied on a no-doubt, two-run home run to left. After the first out, a single by Tulowitzki, Russell Martin went the other way for a two-run home run that put the Jays ahead. Chasen Shreve followed Warren but had an awful appearance out of the bullpen. After hitting Darrell Ceciliani with a pitch, Melvin Upton walked and Ezequiel Carrera hit a single to load the bases. Devon Travis came up with a run-scoring single and Josh Donaldson walked with the bases loaded to bring in a run too, ending Shreve’s night on the mound without recording an out. Blake Parker came on to get the final two outs but allowed two inherited runners to score.

With 12 unanswered runs, the Yankees bullpen imploded following the 40-minute rain delay that took out a cruising Michael Pineda.


Win – Scott Feldman (6-4)

Loss – Adam Warren (4-3)


Blue Jays

*Troy Tulowitzki – 4 for 5, 2 R, Two-run home run (21) in the 6th, 2 RBI (63)

*Russell Martin – 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR (12; Solo & Two-run) in the 6th & 8th, 3 RBI (47)


*Gary Sanchez – 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR (4; Solo & Three-run) in the 2nd & 4th, 4 RBI (10)

*Didi Gregorius – 2 for 4, R, Solo home run in the 1st, 2 RBI (54)


Current Yankees Record: 61-58