Yankees Game 125: Nix knocks the walk-off winner

Brett Gardner does the Gatorade honors for walk-off winner Jayson Nix in tonight’s win. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Toronto Blue Jays 2 — New York Yankees 3

 

The Yankees complete the doubleheader sweep with a walk-off in tonight’s 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Phil Hughes was looking to follow his good start against the Angels with a good start tonight. Rajai Davis singlehandedly gave Hughes hell in the first inning. After hitting a single, Davis would steal second base. He advanced to third on a ground out and a wild pitch during the Encarnacion at-bat would bring home Davis. Hughes would lose that at-bat when Encarnacion walked after starting with an 0-2 count. While Hughes has had a habit of not finishing off batters when he reaches two strikes, he was effective tonight.

In the third inning, the Yankees got the offense started with Austin Romine’s one-out single. Romine would advance on a ground out and Vernon Wells would walk. Robinson Cano carried the hot bat from his 4-for-4 day game with a two hit night game. The first of two hits came in the third inning when he brought home Romine to tie the game.

Hughes didn’t throw a bad pitch to shortstop Munenori Kawasaki on the 0-2 count, but the energetic shortstop would hit the low slider into the right center gap for a one-out triple in the fifth inning. Rajai Davis would be another thorn in the side of Hughes as he brought home Kawasaki on a deep fly to left center field. The Blue Jays reclaimed the one-run lead.

In the seventh inning, Phil Hughes would walk Kevin Pillar and that was the last batter he faced. Preston Claiborne would finish off the inning that Hughes started and kept it to a one-run game, striking out Mark DeRosa looking to end the inning.

In six innings, Phil Hughes allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking two. He was much more effective mixing locations and having much more effective use of his pitches.

In the seventh inning, Mark Buehrle reached 100 pitches in what was a good start. Unfortunately for him, he lost a role in the decision. Utility man Jayson Nix would tie the game with a home run to left field. Austin Romine had a night to remember with three hits in his three at-bats and in the eighth inning, he caught Lawrie trying to steal second base.

For the ninth inning, the Blue Jays turned to veteran left-hander Darren Oliver, who walked Mark Reynolds. With 3,999 hits, Ichiro Suzuki would not get to swing a bat but he did come in as a pinch-runner for Reynolds. Eduardo Nunez would drop down a perfect bunt to move Ichiro over. Ichiro would take a big risk by going for third base but Brett Lawrie would be unable to handle the throw from J.P. Arencibia. With a runner on third and one out, the infield was in and Jayson Nix was up. Nix would jump on the 1-1 slider and send the Yankees home happy, with a single to left field. The Yankees celebrate a doubleheader sweep.

The Yankees catchers had a great doubleheader. Chris Stewart went 1 for 4 today but the one hit was a three-run home run to put the Yankees ahead. Austin Romine went 3 for 3 tonight.  Robinson Cano went 4 for 4 in the day game with his 200th home run and went 2 for 4 in the night game.

 

Win – Mariano Rivera (4-2)

Loss – Darren Oliver (3-4)

 

Notables

Blue Jays

*Rajai Davis – 2 for 4, R, RBI (15)

*Munenori Kawasaki – 2 for 3, R, 3B

Yankees

*Jayson Nix – 2 for 4, R, 2 RBI (24)

*Robinson Cano – 2 for 4, RBI (81)

 

Current Yankees Record: 66-59

 

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