TORONTO — Things just did not go the Yankees’ way in an 8-2 loss in Toronto. The loss ends a 9-game winning streak that began at home against the Diamondbacks.
For many fans, however, the thing that will be remembered is the questionable fourth-inning ejection of Brett Gardner by umpire Chris Segal. After some pretty terrible strike calls by the umpire all night, the New York dugout was particularly angered by a strike three call on Cameron Maybin.
Then, when another low strike was called on Mike Tauchman, the umpire suddenly looked at the dugout and ejected Gardner. It took about 30 seconds for anyone on the team to figure out who was thrown out and once he knew, Gardner went berserk at Segal after multiple camera angles showed that he had indeed said nothing.
Aaron Boone had to restrain Gardner and was eventually ejected as well.
As for the loss, J.A. Happ just could not get Blue Jay batters out tonight. After home runs by Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez in the first and second inning, respectively, it all came falling apart in the fourth inning.
After an overturned call favored Toronto and a misplayed foul ball by DJ LeMahieu, Danny Jansen made the most of his opportunity by taking Happ deep for three-run home run. That extended the Blue Jays’ lead to 6-1 at the time, and New York was unable to come back.
The Bombers did not do much against Toronto starter Sean Reid-Foley, with a Mike Tauchman solo shot the only damage done against him.